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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: European Council 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Minimum GPA: 2.0 Housing: Dorm
Language of Instruction: English, French Program Type: Non-GSU
Program Description:
About the Program | Program Information & Course Structure Payment & Refund Schedule | Deadlines & Late Fee Schedule Course Descriptions | How to Apply to the Program Insurance & Passport Information | What Students Have to Say | Contact Us Find Your Campus Representative List of all 2019 European Council Classes: Courses by Program | Courses by Subject 

About the Program

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.

Dates: June 30 - August 5, 2019
Cost: $5,200* *Price may fluctuate and will be finalized by September 10th. The package cost of $5,200 for the five-week program includes:
  • Round-trip airfare Atlanta to Paris
  • Airport transfers to and from the airport in Paris to Cité Universitaire
  • Single room dormitory lodging at Cité Universitaire
  • 10 meal tickets and one 100€ grocery card
  • Unlimited travel on the Paris metro and bus system
  • Day trips to Chartres and Giverny
  • Versailles Gardens Visit and Fireworks Show
  • Boat tour and formal dinner cruise on the Seine
  • A primary health insurance policy providing basic coverage for medical expenses.
  • Free weekends
The package cost does not include tuition, textbooks, extra meals, entrance fees, 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.
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Program Information & Course Structure 

Classes in the European Council Paris Program are held at the Institut Protestant de Théologie (Facultyé de Paris). Each course carries three semester hours of credit, and students take either one or two courses. Classes meet twice a week, and in addition each course had one required field trip each week. Students will have three day weekends to enjoy the Parisian life, travel to other cities in France, or explore other European countries. In five to six hours students can be on the Riviera of the Basque region of Spain and France, 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. {Back to Top}


Students in the Paris Program have single rooms with private bath at the Cité Universitaire de Paris, and international dormitory campus for the University of Paris. Cité Universitaire provides lodging, a cafeteria, a restaurant, a café, and a park open to the public. It is conveniently located across the street from the Metro RER line B that connects the heart of Paris as well as all major points of air, rail, and bus travel. Cité Universitaire is a one-of-a kind meeting place that welcomes more than 135,000 students and scholars from over 100 countries each year.  You can visit their website at Dorms kITCHEN


Courses in the 2019 Paris Study Abroad Program are part of the regular 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. Students should plan to budget a minimum of $1,400 for extra meals, entrance tickets, evening entertainment, travel, and shopping. Some course excursions might involve additional fees; course instructors will inform students if such fees apply at the mandatory student orientation held at Middle Georgia State University on Saturday, May 11, 2019. 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.

Payment Schedule:
March 15, 2019 Application form and $300 non-refundable program deposit due.
March 15, 2019 First payment of $2450 due
April 8, 2019 Final payment of $2450 due
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Program deposits and other payments are applied toward required advances, purchase of airline tickets and other costs related to the program. Note that the $300 program deposit is non-refundable and covers processing and reservation fees; the program deposit can not be transferred to a subsequent year. 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 at AND to the student’s campus representative at the home institution.  
Withdrawal before March 15 All but $300 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 15 and March 18 all but $500 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

Important Deadlines

  • March 15th -  Deadline for application fee & application form.
  • March 15th - First Payment
  • April 8th - Final Payment
  • March 29th - Four passport photo due (late fees apply, see below for details) if they're 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.
  • March 29th - An electronic copy of your passport is due. Passports should be scanned and emailed to the European Council coordinator; faxed and mailed copies are not accepted. Late fees apply, see below for details.
  • March 29th - Deadline for separate airfare waiver or flight deviation; see below for details.
  • May 11th - There is an all-day*Mandatory* student orientation in Macon at Middle Georgia State University. 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.
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Late Fees for Passports & Photo

Items received between Mar 31 - Apr 13 $25 late fee
Items received between Apr 14 - Apr 28 $50 late fee
Items received between Apr 29 - May 12 $75 late fee
Items received on May 13 - May 20 $100 late fee
Items received on May 21 or after $100 plus $5 per additional day

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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 own 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 in your SECOND payment. All deviation and separate airfare request must be submitted by March 30th and these opportunities are provided on a first come first serve basis. All requests submitted after March 30th will be denied.

Course Descriptions

Students may choose to take one or two classes unless their home institution requires two classes. Those who take two courses must chose one class in the morning, and one class in the afternoon. See your campus representative for your institutions course equivalency. LD-Lower Division Course UD-Upper Division Course

Morning Courses

Please choose only one

French 1001: Introduction to French Language and Culture I (LD)
Dr. Luc Guglielmi
Introduction to French language and culture, stressing productive acquisition of effective communication skills in both written and spoken language and an understanding of the practices and products of French and Francophone cultures. Students will take advantage of living in Paris by participating in many out of the class activities such as visits to museums, and cafés. In addition, field trips will provide real experiences which will enable students to establish concrete and direct connections between classroom activities and French culture and institutions.

Intro to French Film (LD) 
Dr. Brian Carroll (Berry)

A study of major French films and filmmakers in the context of French culture. We begin with the silent films of George Méliès and Louis Lumière. We cover important periods and movements in French filmmaking, including impressionism, realism, surrealism, New Wave, Living in the Past (la mode retro), French Modernism, and modern-day explorations of jouissance and ennui. Since French film is inextricably linked to France’s history, we also discuss the socio-historical contexts of these films. Teaching and learning in France allow us to visit historic sites, film shoot locations, and important places and spaces relevant to epochal French films and to the industry as a whole.



Introductions to Sociology (LD)
Dr. David Hunt (Augusta)

This course introduces students to the major concepts, methods, theories, and findings of sociology—the study of human interaction in groups and organizations as well as the nature of our society and its major social institutions. Students will examine different aspects of culture, society, and social institutions, including symbols, norms, social structure, interaction, deviance, families, education and religion. Students will draw comparisons between French culture and other cultures they are familiar with. Outings and field trips will include opportunities to observe and interact with French society, culture, and social institutions.

Exploring Space & Place: Watercolor Painting in Paris (UD/GRAD)
Prof. Clint Samples (West Georgia)

Come paint and sketch in Paris, France! This class will introduce students to drawing and watercolor painting while studying abroad in the historic city of Paris, France. Course content includes in-class presentations about the history of watercolors in addition to watercolor lessons and demonstrations. Students will visit the art museums of Paris and paint onsite at various locations within the city such as the Louvre and Tuileries Gardens. Emphasis will be placed on direct observation, composition, color, and drawing. The course is designed for all levels of students.

French Conversation (UD)
Dr. Steven Crawford (North Georgia)

Guided informal discussions on assigned topics. Intended to increase fluency, improve pronunication, expand vocabulary, and masteUD)
Dr. Karen Young (Clayton)

Everyone wants to travel to Paris, known as the City of Love and the City of Light. To experience the exquisite beauty and the rich history that you find everywhere in the city of Paris is an opportunity of a lifetime! From looking at the past (a rich historical background of Blacks such as James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, jazz musicians and Harlem renaissance folks who came to Paris) to examining today’s culture (Serena Williams, the African/Afro-Caribbean community, artists, singers, musicians & others) this course will come alive and exciting things are in store for students as we travel to experience what “Black Culture in Paris Today” is all about. We will meet a famous black expatriate author and playwright in the neighborhood in which he lives; examine the art, photography and have a mini-concert by the first African American expatriate photo-journalist to photograph the runway models for Givenchy & Christian Dior; see a live jazz concert in a famous Paris nightclub; and partake in food, music, an exciting art show, concert and engage in stimulating conversation with many blacks currently living in the city of Paris!! Join me for an experience of a lifetime!

Fren 2001 (LD)
Dr. Brian Mann (North Georgia)
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. (Prerequisite: FREN 1002 with a C or better)

World Literature II (LD)
Dr. Lauren Curtright (Georgia State)
Students in this course will learn about Parisian writings and influences as they survey world literature translated into English or originally published in English. They will draw intertextual connections and situate literature within biographical and cultural contexts, exploring relationships between writing, art, politics, and place. Assignments and field trips will illuminate the ways in which the city of Paris has shaped and has been shaped by diverse literatures and cultures. Paris Catacombs   {Back to Top}

Afternoon Courses

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Human Development: Why French Children Don't Have ADHD and other Curiosities of Being Human on Planet Earth (LD)
Dr. Carla Bluhm (College of Coastal Georgia)

Studying Human Development in Paris, France introduces students to unique customs such as French parenting styles, social and community impacts on development, adolescent behavior, schools, parks, and other settings where life unfolds and can be observed to support course materials. Imagine sailing a little sailboat on a lake at Luxemburg Gardens and observing the life of children around you! French cemeteries possess some of the most remarkable people who have ever lived; a visit there will help students to engage in conversations regarding the end of life. The Museum of Natural History in France provides a deeper understanding of Course concepts such as evolutionary theory, human development across history, and a highly unique way to further understand diversity. (Pre-requisites: PSYC 1101)

Feature and Travel Writing  (UD)
Dr. Brian Carroll (Berry)

Students will write and develop, revise, and publish to the web multimedia travel narratives. To do this, they will learn descriptive and narrative writing, as well as photographic and videographic skills and techniques. Students will learn to read Paris as a text by looking beyond the surface and by avoiding stereotype or the treatment of subject as a sort of exotic ‘other.’ As mostly a writing course, its emphasis is on writing as process.

Sociology of Sport (UD)
Dr. David Hunt (Augusta)

This course will examine sport as a social institution and component of culture. Topics will include sport and socialization, youth sports, deviance in sports, gender, race, and social class in sports, sports and the media, sports and religion, and sport in educational settings. Students will be encouraged to ask questions and think critically about sports as part of social life. Students will also compare sport in France with sport in other countries they are familiar with. Outings will include opportunities for students to observe, participate in, and interact with the social institution of sport in France.

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Art in the "City of Light": An Introduction to Art in Paris (LD)
Prof. Clint Samples
Explore the world of art and architecture in Paris, France! Students will learn about various movements in art history and experience famous works like the “Mona Lisa’ and “Venus De Milo” in person. Class content will focus on the stories and the history behind the art, both past and present. In addition, students will take part in a variety of field trips to museums and sites throughout the city. Come appreciate art in “The City of Light”!

Fren 1002 (LD)
Dr. Steven Crawford (North Georgia)

Even a beginner's level of French will enhance your stay in Paris. You will be immersed in the French culture, which will give you the absolute best environment to learn French quickly. Our course focuses on speaking: basic phonetics, practical language use and a bit of the other language skills, listening for comprehension, reading and writing.

French Reading and Writing (UD)
Dr. Brian Mann (North Georgia)
This course will help you develop all five basic skills in French: reading & writing (literacy), listening & speaking (oral proficiency), and cultural proficiency. You will start each learning module with exposure to and discussion of autheperhaps textual, perhaps visual/textual, or perhaps musical) about an important aspect of Paris that is, by extension, an important component of French Culture. These themes are as follows: La Seine, La Mortalité et Le Macabre, La Flânerie, La Présence Musulmane, and La Symétrie et l'axialité. As you will see, these are the driving themes behind each of our excursions, during which you will deepen your understanding of these concepts in the various places that exemplify them. Finally you will synthesize these two experiences by creating authentic French texts and/or veLD)
Dr. Karen Young (Clayton)
An exploration of races and cultures of our world and the intergroup relations that emerge from ethnic, religious, cultural, class, gender and other differences are considered basic to developing an understanding of our society. Our ability to observe different cultural entities in France such as French architecture, French festivals, French theater, cinema, photography and fashion, the arts and food, daily life, religious practices, and ties that connect marriage, family and kinship, will help us to understand concepts such as ethnocentrism, cultural relativity, cultural diversity, and participant observation. Students will enjoy touring many of the areas that make the culture and diversity of Paris come alive including visits to various market places; touring of immigrant neighborhoods where hip hop Paris style thrives; attend live theater in Paris; visit little Africa which is full of colorful fabrics, sights & good smells; and travel to some of the locations to see where real authentic French champagne is made and manufactured.  As we broaden our awareness and knowledge of other group’s experiences and perspectives, we will gain tools for more effective intercultural communications, strengthen our ability to interact and work with others unlike ourselves, and be given a mirror in which to see our own cultural group more clearly. Join us as we explore the city, culture and cultural diversity of Paris, and the natural surrounding countryside, people, and culture of France!

Crime Film and Literature (UD)
Dr. Lauren Curtright (Georgia State)

Why did Edgar Allan Poe set his (the first) detective fiction in Paris even though he never visited France? In what ways has the so-called City of Light signified criminality not only to Poe but also to other writers and to filmmakers since? To investigate, students in this class will visit sites that illuminate crime, policing, and punishment in Paris as they study “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”; The Phantom of the Opera; early film adaptations of Poe’s and Gaston Leroux’s thrillers; a true crime story of murder committed under hypnosis; classic cinematic crime scenes and characters from film noir to French New Wave; and the film La Haine, which responds to police brutality in the banlieues of Paris. Students will link forensics and modern art and will consider how inequity, geographic divisions, and discrimination based on ethnicity, race, gender, and religion influence crime in Paris and its representations.

Summer 2019 Directors and Faculty
Guglielmi Luc KSU
Kirk Ken VSU
Bluhm Carla Coastal Georgia
Carroll Brian Berry
Hunt David Augusta
Mann Brian North Georgia
Samples Clint West Georgia
Crawford Steven North Georgia
Young Karen Clayton
Curtright Lauren Georgia State
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Apply to the ProgramParis Eiffel Sass

Directions on how to apply:
  1. Download and complete the European Council application
  2. Turn in 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 $300 non-refundable program deposit at the payment page.
*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 $300 program deposit are received. ** Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis according to the date of receipt of the application and program deposit. Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline to assure them of a place in the program as 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.   buttonbutton (1)


    1. 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.
    2. Students must be in good academic 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.
    3. 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
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Health Matters and Insurance

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Participants are provided with health-care from CISI insurance (Cultural Insurance Services International) that covers them while they are abroad. Information about local doctors and medical facilities will be available from the program director. 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 can take more than 3 months to get a passport and sometimes require an appointment made well in advance. 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 three (3) 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 March 29th, 2019 to avoid late fees, please see "Deadlines" for details. {Back to Top}

What Previous Students Have to Say

      • Canoe the SeinePack 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!
      • The accommodations were more than what I was expecting; the amount of freedom to explore was refreshing, but I think we had the perfect number of group/whole program outings.
      • 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!
      • Cultural integration [was the best aspect], I loved being in Paris and embracing the culture.
      • 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.


European Council Coordinator (229) 259-2591
Dr. Luc Guglielmi Paris Program Co-Director
Dr. Ken Kirk Paris Program Co-Director
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This program is currently not accepting applications.