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France: Paris - Arts & Sciences Program (Summer)
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: varies GPA: good academic standing
Disciplines offered: Arts and Sciences - non science, Core, Engineering Accomodations: Host families, Residence halls, Shared apartments off-campus
Prerequisite(s): varies Program Advisor: Ali Droster -
Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:





Arts & Sciences

Summer Program



NOTE: Students who apply after the application deadline are held to the cancellation & refund policy regardless of when application is submitted


Paris, "The City of Light" draped in history, tradition, culture, and glamour, has long been a center of academia. The Seine River has long been a source of the city's economic, political, and artistic notoriety. The two banks of the Seine each have distinct personalities: the spacious boulevards and formal buildings of the Rive Droite [right bank] to the north and the cultural and intellectual reputation of the Rive Gauche [left bank] to the south. Both banks contribute to the diversity of this magnificent city. While Paris probably has more familiar landmarks than any other city in the world, it also has an endless amount of enchanting nooks to be discovered.

Watch the video, UNE NUIT PARISIENNE [Paris by Night].



In this faculty-led summer program students will have the opportunity to get a taste of la vie Parisienne. Classes will be offered in a variety disciplines and lecture material is enhanced through excursions and site visits throughout the city. All courses are instructed by USD faculty. With the exception of the French (FREN) courses, all classes are instructed in English.

Courses Offered Professor
COMM 338 : Media & Conflict Dr. Esteban Del Rio
ENGL 225 / 494 :
American Writers in Paris
Dr. Fred Robinson
FREN 201: Third Semester French* Dr. Richard Stroik
FREN 202:
Fourth Semester French*
Dr. Michele Magnin
ISYE 494 :
Sustainability and Engineering
Drs. Truc Ngo & Bradley Chase

COMM 338 - Media & Conflict
Professor: Dr. Esteban Del Rio

Media and Conflict looks at the relationship between the symbolic and the real through an examination of how reality-based media and culture shape instances of political violence, social control, and resistance. The course provides both intellectual dynamism and practical implications for the most urgent, lived questions facing people around the world today. Using Paris as our unfolding case study, we examine the politics and poetics of war, immigration, French motherhood, memory, mobility, gender, race/ethnicity/religion, revolt, craft, solidarity, and cinema - studying sites in Paris as a regular part of our course. This course is especially useful for those interested in understanding the world in a radically relevant way - and ultimately intervening in conflict to promote justice, empathy, and deliberation.

ENGL 225/494- American Writers in Paris
Professor: Dr. Fred Robinson
Pre-requisite: TBD

Course description coming soon.

FREN 201- Third Semester French
Professor: Dr. Richard Stroik
Pre-requisite: FREN 102 or equivalent or Placement Exam

The final course of the core language sequence completes the introduction of the basic structures of the language, with increased emphasis on grammatical exactness to further develop communicative proficiency. At this level students are encouraged to participate in community service-learning and/or cultural activities within the French-speaking community. In addition, students in Paris will have the opportunity to speak French in their host families, and will have a more direct experience of French culture than students taking French in San Diego.

Additional Information: Fulfills language competency core requirement. Students are required to live with a host family.

FREN 202- Fourth Semester French
Professor: Dr. Michele Magnin
Pre-requisite: FREN 201 or equivalent or Placement Exam

This course is the key to upper division courses in French for future majors and minors. Emphasis on accuracy and fluency will be reinforced through short essay writing, readings of short stories about Paris as well as conversations about contemporary French culture, Parisian life and history. Students will have the opportunity to speak French in their host families and with local students. Their Parisian-born professor will help them explore the lesser-known facets of the city and understand its rich culture.  Museum and monument visits, walks, shopping, open air markets, cooking, will complement class time as well as optional day-trips outside Paris: Bruges and Giverny. This class is guaranteed to increase your enthusiasm for French and will make each subsequent French class on campus more meaningful.

Additional Information: Students are required to live with a host family.

ISYE 494- Sustainability and Engineering
Professor: Drs. Truc Ngo & Bradley Chase
Pre-requisite: Junior-standing

This course is interdisciplinary and provides an overview of engineering roles and opportunities to improve the sustainability of engineering products, processes and systems. Topics include carbon footprint, life cycle assessment, design for sustainability principles, wastes and recycling, energy, and water. 

Additional Information: This course fulfills 3 units of engineering technical electives, applicable towards any engineering major.



Students enrolled in all classes other than French will be able to indicate their housing preferences after admittance to the Summer prorgram. Students may request accommodation in a residence hall, shared studio, or apartment. While students are able to indicate preferences, placement will be based on local availability in Paris. Housing accommodations are a minimum of double occupancy and students will be roomed with other USD program participants.

Students enrolled in a French course will be housed with a French host family.



For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage. Click on the link which corresponds to the term you plan to study abroad.



More information coming soon!


To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)