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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/17/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/13/2019 06/22/2019

** 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:
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Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Type of Instruction: Fieldwork/Research, Independent Study, Lecture
Classes With: UGA Students Language Program: No
Language of Instruction: English Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professors(s)
Housing Type: Dorm/Student Residence Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: No
College/School: Franklin Academic Area: Communication Studies, Geography, History, International Affairs, Sociology
Minimum number of credit hours: 6 Maximum number of credit hours: 6
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.7 or above Number of Student Participants: 21-40 students
Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling) Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Program Description:
uga paris

We are presently planning for Summer 2019 and should have more information on prices etc later in the fall.  In terms of the overall program, though, it will be pretty similar to Summer 2018.  If you are interested in coming with us to Paris in Summer 2019, we recommend that you apply early in the Fall 2019 semester -- during the past few years we have been full and had to turn students away.

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 2019, students tentatively arrive in Paris on May 13 and depart on June 22. 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 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 13
First Block Classes run May 15-May 30


Dr. Jennifer 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 4–June 21


Dr. Andrew Herod, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Geography, & Adjunct Professor, Department of International Affairs
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 4540 – Communication and Conflict

This course will provide an opportunity to explore the complexities of communication and conflict, to understand the forces that make conflict challenging, and to develop a repertoire of skills for thinking about and managing conflict more effectively in a variety of relationship contexts, including inter-personal, international, and intercultural situations. In addition to exploring intra- and inter-personal dynamics influencing conflict processes, we will focus on French and American communication patterns to better understand the cultural and systemic differences impacting our approaches to managing conflict.


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 addresses the complex phenomenon of terrorist violence, focusing on five fundamental questions: What is terrorism? What causes terrorism? Why do people join terrorist groups, often at enormous risk to themselves? Is terrorism effective? What strategies are most effective in countering terrorism?  Students sign up for SOCI or INTL credit.

Program Itinerary 

Sunday,
May 12
Depart USA
Monday,
May 13
Arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris; ISA pick up
Check in at St. John’s
Tuesday,
May 14
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 15
First block classes begin
Welcome Dinner
Thursday,
May 16
First block classes
Friday,
May 17
First block classes
Saturday,
May 18
Free day
Sunday,
May 19
Free day
Monday,
May 20
First block classes
Tuesday,
May 21
First block classes
Wednesday,
May 22
First block classes
Thursday,
May 23
First block classes
Friday,
May 24-
Saturday,
May 25
Group trip to the Loire Valley
Sunday,
May 26
Free day
Monday,
May 27
First block classes
Tuesday,
May 28
First block classes
Wednesday,
May 29
First block classes
Thursday,
May 30
First block classes end
Friday,
May 31-
Monday
June 3
Break between blocks
Tuesday,
June 4
Second block classes begin
Wednesday,
June 5
Second block classes
Thursday,
June 6
Second block classes
Friday,
June 7-
Sunday,
June 9
Group trip to Normandy and Brittany
Monday,
June 10
Free day
Tuesday,
June 11
Second block classes
Wednesday,
June 12
Second block classes
Thursday,
June 13
Second block classes
Friday,
June 14
Free day
Saturday,
June 15
Free day
Sunday,
June 16
Free day
Monday,
June 17
Second block classes
Tuesday,
June 18
Second block classes
Wednesday,
June 19
Second block classes
Farewell dinner
Thursday,
June 20
Second block classes
Bateaux mouches trip on the river Seine
Friday,
June 21
Second block classes end
 
Saturday, June 22 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
To see photos of where you will stay, click HERE

Program Costs

The total cost for the Summer 2018 program was $5,685 (a mandatory UGA deposit of $300 plus the $5,385 program fee). We anticipate that the cost for 2019 will be similar but will not know for certain until later in the Fall semester.  The program fee covers: accommodation for 6 weeks at the St. John’s University Maison-mère residence in central Paris (6th arrondissement; double rooms); breakfast and lunch (M–F); arrival/departure buses; 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), and some other UGA fees.

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Program Reviews:
Summer 2017 Participant
Fantastic. I definitely felt like we had a lot of opportunities to interact with the culture.

Summer 2016 Participant
Incredible experience

Summer 2016 Participant
This program was excellent and I would recommend it to any UGA student interested in studying abroad.

Testimonial:
Testimonial:
After living in Paris for this program, I have decided to study abroad in Paris again. After college, I would like to move there and work for an American company within the city of Paris.
     — Brianna Whitney, Summer 2016
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