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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Program Cost, Summer
  • PROGRAM COST: Program Cost
  • To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/21/2018
Rolling Admission 07/08/2018 07/28/2018
NOTE: Students enrolling in FREN 201 should arrive in Paris on July 1st.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: varies GPA: good academic standing
Professor(s): Dr. Can Bilsel, Dr. Emily Reimer-Barry, Dr. Esteban del Rio, Dr. Michele Magnin, Prof Scott Ripley Disciplines offered: Architecture (ARCH), Art History (ARTH), College of Arts and Sciences, Communication Studies (COMM), French (FREN), Theatre (THEA), Theology (THRS), Undergraduate, Women and Gender Studies (GNDS)
Accomodations: Host families, Residence halls, Shared apartments off-campus Prerequisite(s): varies
Program Advisor: Alana Franklin - Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes
Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:


Summer Program


Arts & Sciences 2018 Summer Program



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. Classroom space is located at the CEA Global Campus, located in the 3rd arrondissement.

ARTH 138/ARCH 321/ARTH 321: City & Utopia: Paris
Dr. Can Bilsel
What role has utopia played in the formation of the modern city? The architectural and urban projects that have shaped the great cities often embody a radical social vision: they imagine the society in a perfected state. This course examines the urban and architectural history and visual culture of Paris from the revolutionary period of the 18th century to the present. Topics will include Baron Haussmann’s urban transformations that shaped the grand boulevards, the urban utopias of Le Corbusier, the playful architectural utopias of the 1960s such as the “Mobile” or “Relational City” of Yona Friedman, as well as the vision for building the “grands ensembles”—the modernist new towns in the periphery of the city. In this course we use Paris and its collections as our primary source and our classroom. The class meetings and daily field trips are organized to take benefit of the city’s temporary and permanent exhibitions, museums, and architectural heritage sites. The course, City and Utopia: Paris welcomes students of all majors and backgrounds.
Pre-requisites: None
Additional information: ARTH 138 is recommended for introductory level students who are exploring architecture, art history and visual arts as humanistic fields, and who wish to satisfy Fine Arts Core or 2017 Artistic Inquiry Core requirement. ARCH 321 / ARTH 321 is recommended for the current and prospective Architecture and Art History majors, and/or upper division USD students. This course has an additional faculty-guided research requirement.

COMM 338: Media & Conflict
Dr. Esteban del Rio

Media and Conflict examines how reality-based media represent and construct social conflict, influence human action, and shape public opinion and public policy – particularly in the context of Paris and around the constructs of human difference. Course content investigates the relationships between journalism, documentary film, art, protest, and state authority with democracy and social justice through the lens of historically situated examples of political violence and social control. This course endeavors to address the how and why of public conflict, focusing on comparative examples from the U.S. and E.U./France. We will examine and spend time understanding French motherhood, Charlie Hebdo, the migrant crisis, Mai 1968, the rise of the National Front, French food systems, and mobility justice. This course satisfies core requirements for DISJ II Domestic, toward the Communication Studies major, and as an elective toward the Bachelor of Arts degree.
Pre-requisites: None

*FREN 201: Third Semester French
Dr. Michele Magnin
This four-week summer course in Paris is similar to FREN 201 taught on campus: it completes the introduction of the basic structures of the language, with increased emphasis on grammatical exactness to further develop communicative proficiency, but with the added benefit of full immersion as students are placed in French families. The academic and cultural components are enhanced by field trips, tours and discussions. Your instructor, a native Parisian, will share with you her inside knowledge of the “City of Lights” and help you understand lesser known cultural traits of the French.
Pre-requisites: FREN 102 or equivalent
Additional information: Fulfills language competency core curriculum requirement. 
*This course begins on July 1st. Students enrolling in FREN 201 must plan to arrive in Paris on July 1st, and depart on July 28th. 

THEA 230: Acting I
Dr. Scott Ripley
This course examines the tradition of the actor as storyteller and challenges students to increase their ability to express their own experience and the experience of others. It involves improvisation, scene work, mask work, technical methods in voice, physical action, and text analysis.  In addition to Stanislavski based technique, commedia dell’arte technique will be introduced. Course will include trips to L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq and Comédie-Française.  
Additional information: Satisfies Artistic Inquiry Core requirement; fulfills requirement for both THEA Major and Minor   

THRS 367: Saints, Sex, & Social Justice
Dr. Emily Reimar-Barry
Christine de Pizan—French poet, author, and invited member of the court of Charles V and Jeanne de Bourbon, king and queen of France—wrote with passionate conviction over six hundred years ago that “there is not the slightest doubt that women belong to the people of God and the human race as much as men and are not another species or dissimilar race.” (The Book of the City of Ladies, pub. 1405). The implications of this claim—that women are human—continue to befuddle people of faith today. What does it mean to be human? Does sexual differentiation matter, and if so, how? Is Christian theology sexist? How does the principle of social justice inform contemporary Christian understandings of sexuality, and what work remains to be done? This course will explore these questions through readings, discussions, and field trips in one of the most vibrant, historically significant, culturally rich cities in the world: Paris, France. After an introduction to theological method and feminist methods, we will embark on a thematic journey through feminist theology and ethics with the aim of building skills in gender analysis, critical thinking, cultural competency, and self-reflection. We will read texts by prominent French feminists, including Simone de Beauvoir, Luce Irigaray, and Julia Kristeva. We will learn about French saints (Jeanne d’Arc, St. Geneviève, Louise de Marillac, Vincent de Paul, Jane Frances de Chantal, and others), and we will discuss the Catholic Church’s contributions to human rights discourse in the modern world, especially the role of Catholic social thought. Paris is our classroom, and students will be required to go on field trips to churches, museums, and historic sites that will enrich our class discussions and student learning.  
Additional information: THRS 367 counts in the old core as THRS upper division. In the new core it counts as FTRI upper division, FETI, and FDD1. This course also counts for majors/minors in THRS and in the Women's and Gender Studies Minor.


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. 

Students applying for the FREN courses may qualify for the Dr. Jeanne Rigsby Scholarship. Please contact Michele Magnin for more information. 


Students with US, Canadian, Mexican and / or European Union citizenship will not need to secure immigration documents other than a valid passport until January 2018. Please make sure you have a valid passport as well as at least 2 blank pages for stamps in your passport. If you are not a citizen of the aforementioned locations, please contact your study abroad advisor promptly to learn immigration requirements.


More information on course activities coming soon!

Optional Day Trip to Bruges (additional cost of $255). 
Optional Overnight Trip to Normandy (additional cost of $395). 



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