The program will provide students with an opportunity to integrate theoretical frameworks provided in course material with a firsthand experience of the context and dynamics of innovation and entrepreneurship in France and the European Union. Though readings and classroom experience students develop an understanding of the complex historical, cultural, economic, political, institutional and regional elements of doing business in the EU. Within this context, the students will focus on the implications on five specific areas:
- Approaches and practices in innovation in France with special emphasis on the greater Toulouse region.
- Entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in France in general and with special emphasis on Toulouse and the Airbus ecosystem.
- Comparative advantages of the national frameworks and incentives supporting and encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship in France.
- Innovation and entrepreneurship within the context of the European Union structures.
- The role of cities in creating ecosystems fostering and encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship, with specific emphasis on Toulouse.
There will be a few class sessions prior to departure, where the program's coursework will be discussed, and students will receive important pre-departure information about health, safety & insurance. There may also be at least one class session held after returning to Atlanta for debriefing. Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
May 7 - The program begins with a class session the evening of May 7. At that session, we will review our objectives for the trip, address any last-minute questions, and begin our discussions of the challenges associated with identifying innovations and bringing them to market.
May 9 – We leave for Toulouse on May 9, arriving in Toulouse on May 10. That afternoon and evening are free to relax and explore the central city. Our hotel is ideally located for both activities.
May 11-15 – The formal activities begin the morning of May 11 with a welcome visit and tour of the Toulouse School of Management campus
. Each day, May 11 to May 15, we will begin with classroom activities at TSM. After a break for lunch, we will have a corporate visit. Below is our tentative schedule:
- EDF Bazacle
- Airbus (Airplane manufacturer)
- IOT Valley (Startup incubator)
- Easy Mile (Driverless mobility company)
- Spherea (Aerospace and military innovation)
- May 16 – We have a day of cultural experiences planned so that you have a final chance to be immersed in French culture and cuisine.
May 17 – Return to Atlanta
May 21 & 28 - Class meets at Buckhead campus to complete the study abroad experience.
Students will be staying at the Ibis Styles Toulouse Centre Capitole Hotel. Rooms are double occupancy; a limited number of upgrades to single rooms will be available for an additional charge of approximately $500. Please note during application if you seek a single room so that you receive an updated payment schedule.
The program is open to graduate students in the Robinson College of Business. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.
- Transient students should visit the Transient Student tab on the How to Apply page of our website
- International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
Participants who successfully complete the program’s courses will receive 3
semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Graduate students should register for IB8410
. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $4,250, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Nonresident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes:
- Round-trip airfare
- Hotel accommodations, double occupancy
- Breakfast each day in Toulouse (11th-17th); dinner final night in Toulouse (16th)
- All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
- Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
- Group cultural events
Program Cost Does Not Include:
February 1, 2020: $1,200 deposit due with application
March 15, 2020: $1,200 payment due
Early April 2020: Program fee posted to PAWs
Early May 2020: Remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for Maymester
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Georgia State University students may use any financial aid they currently receive for the term they study abroad, including: Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS loans), Perkins Loan, HOPE Scholarship, and other scholarships. Please note: due to federal regulations, these funds are not available in time to use for your initial payments!
Georgia State University students may be eligible for the IEF Scholarship
and the International Access Scholarship
- Meet the eligibility requirements
- Are accepted into a program
- Pay a deposit by the deposit deadline
will be considered for these scholarships based upon the program application they submit. Visit the scholarship page on our website
or stop by the Study Abroad Programs Office for advisement to learn more about other scholarship opportunities
& financial aid for study abroad
Study Abroad Advising
Interested in studying abroad, but not quite sure where to get started? Meeting with a Peer Advisor
is your first step in studying abroad! All of our Peer Advisors have study abroad experience and can help you define your goals for studying abroad and point you to resources to make your study abroad experience a success. After you meet with a Peer Advisor to learn the basics about studying abroad, you are eligible to come in to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor
during walk-in advising hours. Study Abroad Advisors are here to guide you through the entire study abroad process, from choosing a program and applying to scholarships to making sure you're readjusting to life back on campus when you return. To view our current advising schedule, please visit our website
Study Abroad Programs Office
Georgia State University
Dahlberg Hall, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303