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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 04/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/11/2020 06/20/2020

** 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 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 Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 21-40 students
Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling) Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Program Description:
uga paris

Please note that we are presently planning the Summer 2020 program and more information will be made available as we have it.  If you are interested in coming to Paris, we encourage you to apply early.  We have been full for the past several years and have had to turn many students away (we can take a maximum of 36).

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 2020, students arrive in Paris on May 11 and depart on June 20. 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.

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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 11
First Block Classes run May 13-May 28


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 2–June 19


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 4560 – 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 10
Depart USA
Monday,
May 11
Arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris; ISA pick up
Check in at St. John’s
Tuesday,
May 12
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 13
First block classes begin
Welcome Dinner
Thursday,
May 14
First block classes
Friday,
May 15
First block classes
Saturday,
May 16
Free day
Sunday,
May 17
Free day
Monday,
May 18
First block classes
Tuesday,
May 19
First block classes
Wednesday,
May 20
First block classes
Thursday,
May 21
First block classes
Friday,
May 22-
Saturday,
May 23
Group trip to the Loire Valley
Sunday,
May 24
Free day
Monday,
May 25
First block classes
Tuesday,
May 26
First block classes
Wednesday,
May 27
First block classes
Thursday,
May 28
First block classes end
Friday,
May 29-
Monday
June 1
Break between blocks
Tuesday,
June 2
Second block classes begin
Wednesday,
June 3
Second block classes
Thursday,
June 4
Second block classes
Friday,
June 5
Free day
Saturday,
June 6
Free day
Sunday,
June 7
Free day
Monday,
June 8
Second block classes
Tuesday,
June 9
Second block classes
Wednesday,
June 10
Second block classes
Thursday,
June 11
Second block classes
Friday,
June 12-Sunday June 14
Group trip to Normandy and Brittany
Monday June 15 Free day
Tuesday,
June 16
Second block classes
Wednesday,
June 17
Second block classes
Farewell dinner
Thursday,
June 18
Second block classes
Bateaux mouches trip on the river Seine
Friday,
June 19
Second block classes end
 
Saturday, June 20 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 2020 will be similar but will not know for certain until early in Spring semester 2020, 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:
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Program Reviews:
Summer 2017 Participant
I was very pleased with the program, especially my professors

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

Priscilla Ann Doherty, Summer 2019 Participant
This trip was an absolute dream come true, the teachers were amazing, the trips were so interesting and enjoyable, would recommend to anyone and everyone!

Testimonial:
Testimonial:
Living in Paris for six weeks gave me the opportunity to explore not only Paris, but numerous cities in France. Along with that, meeting locals was very interesting and opened my eyes up to a new culture with a new way of thinking.
     — Brianna Whitney, Summer 2016
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