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Paris, one of the oldest and most fascinating cities in the world, has fired the imagination of artists, writers, and students for centuries. La "Ville Lumière", Paris is home to countless museums, cafés, and medieval streets that wind around contemporary architecture. A city à decouvrir, Paris is an invitation to experience all the world's cultures while maintaining a proud and distinctly French feeling. Picture yourself spending a summer studying in the “City of Light,” the “museum without walls,” immersed in history and surrounded by some of the world’s finest art, architecture, and music. As a participant in the Paris Study Program, you won’t have to imagine these things—you can live them.

The “Capital of the World” is your classroom as you study history where it was made, attend theater and music performances by world-renowned companies and ensembles, write in parks and cafés where Fitzgerald and Hemingway wrote, and learn French immersed in the language. Paris offers all of this and more as part of the study abroad program

Group in front of Notre DameProgram Dates, Structure and Course Structure

The group departs for Paris June 30, 2014 and will return to Atlanta on August 3rd.  Classes are held at the Institut Protestant de Théologie (Facultyé de Paris), with each academic course carrying three semester hours of credit. Students take one or two three-hour courses, with courses meeting in the classroom twice a week and required field trips on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students will have three day weekends to travel in France or other European countries

On the first weekend, the program organizes group excursions and acquaints program participants with Paris, the  Cité Universitaire  and its neighborhood. The Paris Study Program is based at the Cité Universitaire de Paris which provides lodging, classrooms, cafeteria, restaurant, cafe', and a park that is also open to the public. The Cité Universitaire is down the street from the metro (RER line B) which connects students to all of Paris as well as all the major points of air, rail, and bus travel..

Paris program participants can easily make train connections for traveling to other cities in France or to adjacent countries. In five to six hours students can be on the Riviera of the Basque region of Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Amsterdam, and most cities in France are reached in three hours or less. Even London is only a three hour trip away on the Eurostar train.

Program Costs

The package cost of $4,990 for the five-week program includes: Round-trip airfare from Atlanta to Paris, transportation from the airport to the Cité and return to the airport, lodging at the Cité, five meals per week (or its equivalent), a primary health insurance policy providing coverage for medical expenses, a visit to the house of Money in Giverny, and a pass for unlimited travel on the Paris Metro and bus systems for the month of July.

The package cost does not include tuition, additional meals, fieldtrips associated with the classes, passport and related expenses, spending money, travel to Atlanta, or other costs beyond those listed above. 

Group in front of DormsHealth Matters and Insurance

Participants are provided with health-care from CISI insurance (Cultural Insurance Services International) that covers them while they are abroad. Students with special medical problems may be required to provide a physician's assurance of their ability to undertake foreign travel and study. It is not possible for the European Council to guarantee accessible facilities abroad for students with special needs.

Participants should bring medications they regularly depend upon and should have copies of prescriptions in generic form in case they need to acquire additional medications. 

No special immunizations are needed to enter France, and the International Immunization Certificate is not required.

Passports and Visas

Everyone who travels to France must have a valid passport. Participants with expired passports should have them renewed. Participants who have never had a passport should begin the process of obtaining one immediately as it takes more than 3 months to get a passport. Inquire at your local post office for instructions on obtaining a passport.

Holders of U.S. passports do not need visas to enter France for summer study. Participants traveling on passports of other countries should contact their campus representative for assistance in determining whether they need a visa.

Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six (6) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.

Please visit the Department of State’s website for more information on how to apply for a passport. Students are required to turn in a copy of their passport by April 8th, 2014 to avoid a $50 late fee.

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The Paris Study Program is based at the Cité Universitaire de Paris, located in the heart of Paris on the left bank, 14th Arrondissement between the Place Denfert Rochereau and the Place d'Italie.  The Cité Universitaire de Paris is a one-of-a kind meeting place that receives more than 135,000 visitors from over 100 countries each year.  Students have single rooms with a private bath. You can visit their website at

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The cost of $4,990 for the five-week program includes:
Baguette GirlRound-trip airfare from Atlanta to Paris, transportation from the airport to the Cité Universitaire de Paris, and return to the airport, lodging at the Cité Universitaire de Paris, five meals per week (or its equivalent), a primary health insurance policy providing coverage for medical expenses, a day in Giverny and Val d'Oise, and a pass for unlimited travel on the Paris Metro and bus systems for the month of July.

Courses in the 2014 summer program at Paris are part of the regular course offerings of member institutions; therefore, students may apply for loans or grants for which they would normally be eligible. Students should apply for financial aid at the campus where they are registering for courses. Campus representatives will assist students in obtaining information about financial aid.
Students must meet all campus requirements in applying for financial aid. The package cost for the Paris 2014 program is $4990 Payment Schedule and Refunds. 

Payment Schedule
March 3, 2014
Application form and $200 application fee due
March 10, 2014
 First payment of $2395 due
April 8, 2014
Final payment of $2395 due


Cheerleaders in front of Eiffel TowerRefund Schedule

Application fees and other payments are applied toward required advances, purchase of airline tickets and other costs related to the program. Note that the $200 application fee is non-refundable and covers processing and reservation fees.

Participants who withdraw from a program after the application deadline receive a refund according to the schedule below. Please note that all withdrawals must be emailed to the EC Coordinator, Beverly Vantine, at AND to the student’s campus representative at the home institution.

Withdrawal before March 10
All but $200 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 11 and March 18
all but $400 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 19 and April 1
all but $850 will be refunded
Withdrawal between April 2 and April 30
all but $2,000 will be refunded
Withdrawal after April 30
No money will be refunded

Check It OutThe package cost does not include tuition, textbooks, extra meals, entrance fees, and weekend travel expenses, passport and related expenses, spending money, ground transport to and from the U.S. airport through which flights will be scheduled, or any other costs beyond those listed above.

Students should plan to budget a minimum of  $150 per week for additional meals. If students plan extended travel or major shopping, additional funds should be budgeted. Some course excursions might involve additional fees; course instructors will inform students if such fees apply prior to departure at the mandatory student orientation on May 17, 2014.

All costs are subject to change because of unanticipated increases in airfares or other program elements or fluctuations in monetary exchange rates. The European Council will make every effort to keep program costs as advertised and will inform prospective participants of any changes as they occur.

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Important deadlines:

Application Due- March 3rd (spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis and students are encouraged to apply early)

First Payment- March 10th

Final Payment- April 8th

-4 passport photos due April 8th ($50 late fee if not received IN OFFICE by 5pm on this date). Photos MUST be passport photos that adhere to the passport agency’s rules and regulations for photos. Photos that are submitted that do not comply with these rules will be denied and late fees will still apply. Please visit the Department of State’s website for detailed passport information.

-An electronic copy of your passport is due April 8th. Passports should be scanned and emailed to the European Council coordinator; faxed and mailed copies are not accepted. ($50 late fee if not received by email by 5pm on this date)

-There is an all-day*Mandatory* planning meeting on May 17th in Milledgeville at the Georgia College & State University Campus. This meeting starts at 9am and is over at 4pm. Students who fail to attend will be penalized by dropping  the final grades for study abroad courses by an entire letter; if you receive an “A” in the course, the grade of “B” will be submitted to your home institution as your final grade.

Flight Deviation/Separate Airfare



Airfare is included in the price of the program. However, if you wish to arrive to Europe sooner, or stay later, there is a *possibility* that you can do this at an additional expense to you. Students are also allowed to do 100% of their airfare; however, in order to keep our group rate only a certain number of students may do this and must receive authorization from the EC Coordinator. If you are given, permission to do your own airfare, there will be a deduction with your SECOND payment. All deviation and separate airfare request must be submitted by April 8th and these opportunities are provided on a first come, first serve basis. All requests submitted after April 8th will be denied. 

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Students can choose to take one or two classes in Paris. Courses are 3 credit hour and students should check with campus representatives to determine course equivalencies at the home institution. 

LD-Lower Division Course

UD-Upper Division COurse

Morning Courses

Please choose only one 


Elementary French 1002

Prof.  Sabrina Wengier (Middle Georgia State College) Catacombs

This study abroad course will provide you with the unique opportunity to continue learning French in France, to experience the language and the culture, and to be able to use your French inside and outside of the classroom. The streets of Paris, its museums, restaurants, and malls, will become your extended classroom. In class, we will focus on grammar, vocabulary acquisition, and conversation, and we will use our language skills during our various field trips.


French Conversation (UD)

Prof. Beth Mauldin (Georgia Gwinett College)

This upper-level course is designed to improve students’ conversation and composition skills.  Emphasis will be placed on vocabulary building and advanced grammar structures.  Students will visit and write about various sites in and around Paris such as Versailles, the Paris opera house, and the Musée d’Orsay.  This course is taught entirely in French.   

Developing Individuals Across Cultures (LD)

Prof.  Tsu-Ming Chiang (Georgia College & State University)

This is an introductory course in child development. An overview of principles and theories of human growth and development will be examined with an emphasis on cultural application and analysis.  Students are expected to read the theoretical perspectives on human development and observe cultural differences in relation to these perspectives.  Field trips to museums, parks and the local schools in observing children and family interaction will be used for in-class discussion.  This course will provide opportunities for students to contrast American and French family dynamics and education systems to understand cultural influences on human development.

World Literature I (LD)

Prof.  Laura Thomason (Middle Georgia State College)

pastriesGertrude Stein’s famous statement “America is my country, but Paris is my hometown” suggests the ways in which people, languages, nations, and cultural movements are connected.  This course will explore those connections by allowing students to experience world literature in a new context.  From the Iliad and Odyssey through Beowulf, Dante, and Machiavelli, students will not only read and interpret literary works but see artifacts and visit historical sites.  These hands-on experiences will contextualize a series of literary periods that can often seem remote.  Students can then synthesize connections among literary themes, historical moments, and social movements. NO Prerequisites 

The Photographic Journal

Prof. Rick Pukis (Georgia Regents University)

The camera can record our world with dramatic results if we know how to properly operate the tool and compose the frame. Students will study the principles of photography, form, balance, symmetry, mise-en-scene (light, blocking, and composition), depth of field, contrast, color and more. The class will examine and deconstruct the work of renowned French photographers such as Robert Doisneau and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Students will become photographic “flaneurs” using the sidewalks of the city as their stage to compose images for a photographic journal of their experiences in Paris. Additional academic rigor is infused by including focus on multimedia journalistic storytelling.

Introduction to Political Science (LD

Prof.  Jamie Scalera (Georgia Southern University)

No prerequisite; Intro to America Government is recommended but not required

Political science is incredibly dynamic, drawing on a number of disciplines to explore the distribution of power and authority across a diversity of political systems around the world. In this course, we will explore the foundations of political science, paying particular attention to the structural and procedural elements of politics. Along the way, we will survey the four main subfields of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. We will also examine a number of contemporary political issues, including the polarization of partisan politics, efforts to control political violence, and the struggle for economic equality.


Visual Art in Paris: Observed, Experienced, Created  (LD)

Prof. Ed Akins (Southern Polytechnic University)                       

This course provides an observational and experiential survey of contemporary art within Paris. Students will visit active artists ateliers to learn from visual artists practicing within the city and region.  Atelier visits will support lecture topics, readings, and artistic exploration within the studio/classroom setting.  Documentation and analysis of observed art will prioritize themes, elements, and principles of artistic expression that will be used in student work.  Students will be asked to document and analyze their own work and position it within the context of contemporary artistic practice or a chosen period of artistic expression.  The end of the course will result in an exhibition of work / installations and the documentation of processes that lead to a final work of art by each student.   


Theatre and Performance in Paris (LD)

Prof.  Ming Chen (Kennesaw State University) 

Theatre and Performance studies the value of the arts as vital and relevant forces in the lives of human beings, with particular focus on the arts of theatre and performance.  Through a variety of aesthetic experiences, students examine elements of theatre, performance, music and visual arts and investigate the ways in which they reflect our experiences, express and arouse emotion, foster community and deepen our understanding of humanity. This course will satisfy the arts core requirement on all University of Georgia campuses.


Afternoon Courses

Please choose only one

La France Diverse: Grammaire et composition

Prof. Sabrina Wengier (Middle Georgia State College)

What does it mean to be French today? France has always prided itself on its model of integration and its motto of “liberté, égalité, fraternité.” However, this model and motto are being challenged by France’s diverse and multicultural population, a population that is redefining the concept of  “Frenchness.” While strengthening grammatical, written, and oral skills, we will discuss this evolving French identity. Through various media (cultural readings, movies, articles, songs,…), we will examine the topics of education, immigration and integration, the French language in movement, and France’s modèle social. As a class, we will create an online magazine, where each student will blog about his/her study abroad experience, and his/her personal reflections on France and French culture. The class is conducted in French.

 & C Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in French 2002.

Lock BridgeFrench Culture (UD)

Dr. Beth Mauldin (Georgia Gwinett College)

This course begins with the 1860s and the massive restructuring of the city by Baron Haussmann and ends with occupation and liberation of Paris during World War II.  Topics include the Belle Époque, impressionism, café culture and writers of the Left Bank, life under the occupation, and the French Resistance.  Classroom discussions will be supplemented by museum visits, film viewings, and walking tours to explore the vibrant and rich history and architecture of the city.  


Cultures and Interpersonal Relationships (UD)

Prof. Tsu-Ming Chiang (Georgia College & State University)

Interpersonal relationships are profoundly influenced by cultural contexts and ethnic heritages.  Such influences are difficult to detect without contrasting relationships across cultures. Through readings and field trips, this course examines how individuals’ personalities, family interaction and larger economic and cultural contexts affect interpersonal behaviors from parent-child, family, friendship to romantic relationships.  Students will be challenged to analyze individual relationships and learn to appreciate cultural construction of perceiving principles and norm behaviors.  It will provide a valuable cross-cultural perspective in understanding how cultural contexts contribute to social interaction and relationship formation in the increasingly globally connected world.

Documentary Film (UD)

 Prof. Rick Pukis (Georgia Regents University)

Cinema is a medium of experiencing. In the field of film, the documentary is a remarkable tool because it can share the inner lives of those it records. Documentary filmmaking emphasizes production as a process of discovery, experimentation and collaboration between subject and filmmaker. This class will introduce students to the documentary format. Students will explore developing methodologies, shooting styles, and editorial strategies. Students will watch, discuss, and analyze to gain further appreciation of French and American documentary films.

Introduction to the European Union (UD)

Prof.  Jamie Scalera (Georgia Southern University)

The European Union (EU) is one of the most complex and unique actors in the world today. In this course, we will examine a number of questions about the EU that have puzzled scholars and policy-makers alike. We will explore the EU’s history, political institutions, major policies, and foreign policy relationships with the rest of the world. At the end of the semester, we will apply our knowledge of the EU by participating in a simulation of a European Council summit.


Eiffle TowerEcological Urbanism: Learning from Ile Seguin-Rives de Seine (UD/Grad)

Prof. Ed Akins (Southern Polytechnic University)

This course is offered to strengthen student knowledge of ecological urbanism. The course is particularly interested in the analysis of contemporary ecological practices operating in this field. The class will use the Ile Seguin-Rives de Seine redevelopment project as our “learning lab” wherein we will witness ecological urbanism in progress! Design principles will be studied at multiple scales (from land planning to facades) to engage those who have diverse knowledge within the topics presented. Trips to other redevelopment sites throughout Paris will allow students to see areas of the city that underwent similar transformations during the late twentieth century and early twenty-first century. 


Intro to Theatrical Design (UD)

Prof.  Ming Chen (Kennesaw State University) 

This course introduces students to the fundamental elements and principles of design and how they apply to the creation of scenery, costume and lighting for theatre. Through lectures, class discussions, projects, reviews of realized productions and text analysis, student will develop an understanding of the contribution of designers to the experience of a theatrical productions. Topics covered include design elements, principles, process, styles, scenery, costume and lighting. It culminates in a collaborative project in which students design costumes, scenery and lighting for a designated play text. This course will satisfy a theatre major requirement and an elective requirement for non-majors.  


Music Appreciation (LD)

Prof.  Kenneth Kirk (Valdosta State University) 

An introduction to music.  Students will learn to use fundamental concepts of music history and theory as they encounter masterworks of western music.  Fieldtrips will include concerts and recitals in such beautiful and historic venues as the church of St. Julien Le Pauvre, the Sainte Chapelle, and the Caveau de la Huchette jazz club.  Fulfills Area C Humanities/Fine Arts requirement.

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Directions on how to apply: 

  1. Download and complete the European Council application
  2. Turn the application to your campus representative. If you do not know who your representative is click here
  3. After you submit your application to your campus rep, please pay the $200 non-refundable application fee.

*Your application will not be processed until we receive BOTH your application and $200 deposit.

** Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. Some programs will fill as early as November. Once a program is full, students will be placed on the waitlist. Please do not be discouraged if you’re placed on the waitlist as we always anticipate a 15% drop.

 Any full-time or part-time student is eligible to participate in the program as long as the student will be 18 years of age by the time of departure.  Students from institutions that are not part of the University System of Georgia must become a transient student at Valdosta State University. Click here for information on becoming a transient at Valdosta State University

An application form is available above; copies of the form are also available from campus representatives listed on this site. Completed applications should be submitted to the campus representatives, along with a required application fee of $200 (to be paid online). Campus representatives forward completed applications to the program office at Valdosta State University.  Applications will not be processed by the EC office until both the application form (approved by the campus representative) and the $200 application fee are received.

Because of space limitations, acceptance is on a first come, first served basis, according to the date of receipt of the application and application fee.  Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline to assure them of a place in the program.

The application deadline for the 2014 program is March 3, 2014.

Eiffle at NightStudents must be in good standing in order to be admitted to the program. Completion of an application form does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Note also that individual campuses may require letters of reference or other information beyond that required by the European Council. 

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Advice From Previous Paris Students

Pack for hot AND cold weather. Also, bring an umbrella and be sure to weigh your bags MULTIPLE times before you leave! Learn a few French words and phrases, they will help a lot. Come to Paris with an open mind, you never know where the breathtaking city will take you!

Apply for your passport early. Apply for the program early!

Take advantage of every opportunity given, but also make sure to explore the city on your own. You really get a feeling for what Paris is like just by walking the streets and seeing how French people live.

Don't be afraid to ask questions.

Plan your travel plans far in advance, and stick to France! It's amazing to see other countries, but with the short amount of time you have, get to know France intimately. There is SO much to do!

Prepare to make friendships of a life time. Spend some time on your own or with one other individual because it will allow you to experience the culture without the influence of your American counter-parts.



Beverly VantineCanoe the Seine

European Council/ISEP Coordinator



Dr. Luc Guglielmi

Paris Program Director

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