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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 02/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission 05/15/2022 06/25/2022

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Academic Level(s): Undergraduate Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling)
Participant Selection: Competitive Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 21-40 students
Type of Instruction: Fieldwork/Research, Interdisciplinary, Lecture, Site Visits/Discussion, Study-Travel, Tutorial Classes With: U.S. Students, UGA Students
Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professor(s) College/School: Franklin
Academic Area: Communication Studies, Geography, History, International Affairs, Sociology Language Program: No
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.7 or above
Minimum number of credit hours: 6 Maximum number of credit hours: 6
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: Yes Housing Type: Dorm/Student Residence
Program Description:

We are presently planning our Summer 2022 program and will have more information towards the beginning of Fall 2021 semester.  We fill up quickly and so encourage you to apply early in the fall 2021 semester.  Please contact the program director (aherod@uga.edu) for any questions in the meantime.
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SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!!!
Participating in Study Abroad is one way in which you can satisfy UGA's Experiential Learning requirement.  To help students do so, UGA has scholarships of up to $2,500 available for which students can apply.  The deadline to do so is October 15, 2021.  Please visit https://el.uga.edu/scholarships/scholarships/ for more information!!

UGA- Franklin- UGA à Paris

The UGA à Paris study abroad program focuses upon the economy, politics, culture, and history of France and Western Europe. For 2022, students arrive in Paris on May 16 and depart on June 25. The program is run on the “block” system and students take one course in each of the two blocks for a total of 6 credit hours.

Spending nearly six weeks in Paris, students will not only have the opportunity to gain credit towards their degrees but also to soak up aspects of Parisian and French culture. The program also includes overnight trips to the Loire Valley, where students will visit several chateaux, and to Normandy and to Brittany, where, amongst other things, you will see some of the beaches used during the D-Day landings of June 6, 1944 and the US Cemetery, together with the world-famous 11th century Bayeux Tapestry commissioned by William the Conqueror, the medieval city of St. Malo, and the fortified monastery of Mont St-Michel.

Program Location

uga paris 2Known as the City of Light, Paris is one of the world’s great cities, boasting numerous historical, cultural, and artistic sites. You will be able to visit world-renowned locations, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. Students can immerse themselves in Paris’s museums, galleries, and neighborhoods while exploring the Latin Quarter, the Marais, Montmartre, the Bastille, Les Invalides, the Champs Élysées, or the designer shops on the rue Faubourg St. Honoré.

There is also lots of opportunity for independent travel. Paris is well served by train and air service, allowing students to travel across Europe both during and after the program.

To view photos of Paris & program highlights, click HERE
To watch our videos about studying abroad in Paris, click HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE
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Loire Valley ChateauMont St MichelAmerican Cemetery Normandy
Stay in this lovely chateau                         Visit Mont St Michel in Brittany         Visit the D Day sites in Normandy
   in the Loire Valley              
                           

Contact Information

Dr. Andrew Herod, Director
Dept. of Geography
Tel: 706.542.2366
E-mail: aherod@uga.edu
   
Dr. Tom Lessl
Dept. of Communication Studies
Tel: 706.542.4893
Email: tlessl@uga.edu
   
Dr. E. M. Beck
Dept. of Sociology
Tel: 706.542.2421
Email: wbeck@uga.edu
   
Dr. Jennifer J. White
Dept. of International Affairs
Tel: 706.542.3428
Email: jenx@uga.edu
   
Dr. Jennifer Samp
Dept. of Communication Studies
Tel: 706.542.4893
Email: jasamp@uga.edu
   
Dr. Mark Cooney
Dept. of Sociology
Tel: 706.542.2421
Email: mcooney@uga.edu
   

Academic Program

Block 1
Arrive in Paris May 16
First Block Classes run May 18-June 2


Dr. Jennifer J. White, Instructor, Department of International Affairs
INTL/ GEOG 4694 – Politics and the Modern European State
France is the birthplace of modern democracy, and so we are in the perfect location to discuss what “democracy” means, how it evolves, and its different varieties.  In these discussions, we shall consider the political institutions, cultures, and economics that underpin democratic nations.  As we discuss these concepts, we shall also explore issues that currently challenge France – but also all democracies, in Europe and beyond – such as political violence, migration, the development of extremist/nationalist groups, and the effects of international institutions.  Students sign up for either INTL or GEOG credit.

Dr. Tom Lessl, Professor, Department of Communication Studies

COMM/ HIST 4635 – Paris and its Symbols: Public Art and the Public Self
One writer has called Paris the “capital of the modern self.” This is because its many creations in the visual and plastic arts, architecture, science, fashion, literature, religion, and philosophy lie at the cross-section of a long, historical struggle to come to grips with the human identity – both in its personal and public aspects. We will examine a selection of these artifacts on site in Paris in an effort to understand the stories they tell about how various notions of the Western self have emerged. Students may sign up for either course number.  Students sign up for either COMM or HIST credit.

Dr. E. M. Beck, Professor, Department of Sociology
SOCI 4500 (Special Topics) – On the Road: The Sociology of Travel and Tourism with Special Emphasis on Paris

Travel and tourism is a universal human activity, and for four hundred years Paris has been one of the most visited cities, if not the most visited destination, for scholars, political leaders, students, as well as tourists seeking culture, history, and fashion.  We will explore this human desire for travel adventure, with Paris being our laboratory.


Block 2
Second Block Classes run June 7–June 24


Dr. Andrew Herod, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Geography, & Adjunct Professor, Department of International Affairs, & Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology
GEOG/ INTL/ HIST 4634 – Paris and Modernity: Power, Politics, and Identity in the City

This course addresses issues relating to contemporary identity politics in France & Europe. The course focuses upon: i) 19th century French imperialism as an integral part of early globalization and efforts by France to present itself as a Muslim power in Africa; ii) how this led to the redesigning of Paris as an imperial capital, with a focus upon how the politics of identity and French nationalism were manifested in the urban landscape of the city; and iii) issues of national identity in the contemporary era in the wake of significant immigration from former French colonies (i.e., what does it mean to talk about "French national identity" in a multicultural France within the context of a European Union which is stressing "European identity"?). We will visit various locations in Paris related to course topics.  Students sign up for GEOG or INTL or HIST credit.

Dr. Jennifer Samp, Professor, Department of Communication Studies
COMM 4640 – Managing Conflict in American and French Culture

Navigating interpersonal conflict is especially challenging when reconciling what we “know” with what we experience in a different country. Focusing on “French” and “American” cultures, this course explores what makes conflict challenging, and develops a repertoire of skills for thinking about and managing conflict in interpersonal and intercultural encounters.


Dr. Mark Cooney, Professor, Department of Sociology
SOCI 4700/ INTL 4700 – Sociology of Terrorism/ Global Terrorism

Terrorism kills and maims thousands of people every year across the globe. Most victims are completely innocent, having little or no connection to the source of the terrorists’ grievances. This course analyzes the social origins of terrorist violence, focusing in particular on contemporary terrorism as perpetrated by organizations such as Islamic State and Al Qaeda and by white supremacists. We will address four fundamental questions: What is terrorism? What causes terrorism? Why do people join terrorist groups? What strategies are most effective in countering terrorism? Our focus will be global but we will pay particular attention to terrorism in France and other European countries. Students can sign up for this course for either SOCI or INTL credit.

Program Itinerary 

Sunday,
May 15
Depart USA
Monday,
May 16
Arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris; ISA pick up
Check in at St. John’s
Tuesday,
May 17
10:00AM ISA Orientation at St. John’s
2:00PM Guided city tour--Bus pick up at St. John’s
Students dropped off at ISA about 4:30 for reception
Wednesday,
May 18
First block classes begin
Welcome Dinner
Thursday,
May 19
First block classes
Friday,
May 20
First block classes
Saturday,
May 21
Free day
Sunday,
May 22
Free day
Monday,
May 23
First block classes
Tuesday,
May 24
First block classes
Wednesday,
May 25
First block classes
Thursday,
May 26
First block classes
Friday,
May 27-
Saturday,
May 28
Group trip to the Loire Valley
Sunday,
May 29
Free day
Monday,
May 30
First block classes
Tuesday,
May 31
First block classes
Wednesday,
June 1
First block classes
Thursday,
June 2
First block classes end
Friday,
June 3-
Monday,
June 6
Break between blocks
Tuesday,
June 7
Second block classes begin
Wednesday,
June 8
Second block classes
Thursday,
June 9
Second block classes
Friday,
June 10-
Sunday,
June 12
Group trip to Normandy and Brittany
Monday,
June 13
Free day
Tuesday,
June 14
Second block classes
Wednesday,
June 15
Second block classes
Thursday,
June 16
Second block classes
Friday,
June 17
Second block classes
Saturday,
June 18
Free day
Sunday,
June 19
Free day
Monday,
June 20
Free day
Tuesday,
June 21
Second block classes
Wednesday,
June 22
Second block classes
Farewell dinner
Thursday,
June 23
Second block classes
Bateaux mouches trip on the river Seine
Friday,
June 24
Second block classes end
 
Saturday, June 25 Students vacate St John's
ISA drop off at Charles de Gaulle airport or independent travel

Housing 

Students are housed on the campus of St. John's University in the centrally-located St Germain district of the city.  From this central location students can easily walk to such sites as the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Musée d'Orsay (home to arguably the world's greatest collection of impressionist paintings), and the Luxembourg Gardens.

To learn more about the St. John's campus's amenities, click HERE

Program Costs

The total cost for the Summer 2019 program was $5,125 (a mandatory UGA deposit of $300 plus the $4,825 program fee). We anticipate that the cost for 2022 will be similar but will not know for certain until early in Spring semester 2022, once we know the final Euro-US dollar exchange rate.  The program fee covers: accommodation at the St. John’s University Maison-mère residence in central Paris (6th arrondissement; double rooms); breakfast and lunch on class days; arrival/ departure shuttles; arrival/ departure receptions; guided overnight trips to the Loire Valley and Normandy and Brittany; entrances to chateaux/museums in the Loire Valley and Normandy and Brittany; breakfast and evening meal in the Loire Valley and Normandy and Brittany; a panoramic city tour of Paris; a boat ride through the heart of Paris; mandatory UGA health insurance; free internet access at St. John’s; weekly information packs; local emergency assistance; and more. What’s not included in the Program Fee: Airfare to and from Paris; cost of passport; over the counter medication; personal expenditures. In addition, students will be responsible for tuition for 6 credit hours (HOPE, Miller, & other scholarships can be applied to tuition; out-of-state students pay in-state tuition; for more information on tuition rates visit https://busfin.uga.edu/bursar/), and some other UGA fees.

Program Ratings:
Accuracy and usefulness of orientation materials:
1 2 3 4
Accessibility and quality of health care:
1 2 3 4 5
Safety of location, facilities, excursions, and transportation:
1 2 3 4 5
Academic quality, appropriateness of workload:
1 2 3 4 5
Choice of location for excursions, field trips, site visits:
1 2 3 4
Safety, cleanliness, comfort and appropriateness of housing:
1 2 3 4
Arrangements for and quality of meals:
1 2 3 4
Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture:
1 2 3 4
Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture/people:
1 2 3 4
Overall effectiveness of program staff in managing program:
1 2 3 4 5
Effectiveness of program staff in handling academic and personal needs and concerns:
1 2 3 4 5
Value of the program in relation to the cost:
1 2 3 4
Overall quality of the program in relation to expectations:
1 2 3 4 5
Program Reviews:
Katherine Nicole Sarris, Summer 2017 Participant
Amazing program! I was able to gain credit for major courses and explore Paris on my own. We had plenty of free time to really get to know the city.

Summer 2019 Participant
This trip is an opportunity of a lifetime–a chance to see the world, become a part of Paris, and form tight bonds with a small group of students.

Rachel Renee Adornato, Summer 2017 Participant
This program was life-changing for me. It's strange that six weeks can feel like a long time while you're living it, being impacted by it, but then you return home to everything being the same as when you left it. I came home from Europe a more well-rounded, independent person. The friendships I made on this program are rare and special, as well as the experiences themselves. It's one thing to see pictures and learn about history from afar, but getting to see the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and places like Place de la Concorde in person while learning about their cultural and historical significance, that is unique. That's the kind of thing this program can do for you. It's long enough for you to adapt to an entirely new way of living in an urban, European city, and get really familiar with the French state. 10/10 would recommend and I would do it all again in a heartbeat!

Testimonial:
Testimonial:
For me, there were several significant take-aways from my experience abroad. Some of these include but are not limited to learning about another culture while immersing myself within the culture, studying in a new and different environment, and being able to see another part of the world. Allowing myself to step out of my comfort zone for an extended period of time while studying and learning was a valuable experience that I won't forget.
     — Marlee Middlebrooks, Summer 2016
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