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France: Paris - Arts & Sciences Program (Summer)
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer,
Program Cost
To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
PROGRAM COST Program Cost,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 03/02/2016
Rolling Admission 07/08/2016 07/30/2016
NOTE: Students enrolling in FREN 201 should plan to arrive in Paris on July 1, 2016.

** 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.

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Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: varies GPA: good academic standing
Disciplines offered: Architecture (ARCH), Art History (ARTH), College of Arts and Sciences, Communication Studies (COMM), French (FREN), Philosophy (PHIL), Theology (THRS), Undergraduate 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 2016 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.

Dr. Can Bilsel

What role has utopia played in the formation of the modern city? The architectural and urban projects that have shaped great cities throughout modernity embody a number of social visions ranging from the utopian hope of unlimited freedom in an ideal society, to the dystopian ideas of absolute control and surveillance. Using Paris as an urban laboratory, this course surveys the emergence of modern art, architecture and urbanism in the nineteenth and twentieth century, and the intersections of architecture with utopian ideas. Topics include the transformation of Paris under Baron Haussmann, the work of Le Corbusier, the Situationist International, and the construction of the
grands ensembles (modernist new towns) around Paris.
Faculty-led fieldtrips and museum visits in Paris will follow class readings, lectures and discussions. Bring comfortable shoes and sunblock. The course is open to students with no background in architecture and art history, and satisfies Fine Arts Core. Upper-division students are
encouraged to enroll in 321, which offers opportunities for further student-faculty research.

Dr. Bradley Bond
Sex is foundational to the development and maintenance of human relationships. Communication about sex happens in a myriad of interpersonal, group, organizational, and mediated contexts. This course explores the many ways in which sexual communication intersects with our personal, relational, institutional, and cultural values and norms. Paris is an appropriate location to teach this course because of the emphasis (and paradoxically, de-emphasis) that French culture places on sexual socialization.  The similarities and differences between French and American sexual culture will also provide students with a unique context from which they can directly apply many of the concepts and research conclusions that will be discussed in this class to better understand sexual socialization.  The “city of love” affords a multitude of immersive experiences related to attraction, love, and sex that will allow students to engage in experiential learning in ways not possible on USD’s campus. 

Dr. Michele Magnin
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. Fulfills language competency core requirement. Pre-requisite: FREN 102 or equivalent or language placement exam.

Dr. Lori Watson
France has a rich philosophical history, and Paris is a large part of that history.  In this course students will study the ethical and political philosophies of Rousseau, Simone De Beauvior, Sartre, and Focault.  Each of these thinkers is important in the history of philosophy, however they are all often considered minor figures.   This course aims to highlight their contributions in the context in which they were developed.  Rousseau was a transformative political thinker in French society, and found himself exiled after the French Revolution.  Simone De Beauvoir’s The Second Sex is a seminal feminist text with a specifically French context and perspective (given the influence of Sartre and Socialism prevalent in France at that time).  We will read Foucault’s Discipline and Punish, and situate that in the French context (the revolution, especially).   Philosophy was a very public enterprise in France during the Enlightenment period and beyond.  

THRS 367 | SAINTS, SEX, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE : French Feminism in Conversation with Catholic Theology & Ethics
Dr. Emily Reimer-Barry
This course is an exploration of contemporary feminist theology from the Christian perspective to gain knowledge of its contribution and challenges to the whole of the Christian tradition. Included is a survey of its historical emergence, methods and approaches, major theological themes, tasks, commitments, and spirituality.  
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. 


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 201 course may qualify for the Professor Gisela Sulzmann Scholarship. Please check out the scholarship application for more details.



Students with US, Canadian, Mexican and / or European Union citizenship will not need to secure immigration documents other than a valid passport until January 2017. 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
Optional Day Trip to Chantilly

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