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Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Pre-Spring 2021.



Eiffel Tower in Bloom

Students will form foundational knowledge on healthcare structures represented in the US and around the globe. They will also explore the historical emergence of these health care systems as well as form foundational knowledge on the risk factors that lead to health and healthcare disparities. The Global Intensive Experience will help solidify some of the key historical events in terms of disparities in care, anatomic and medical exploration, scientific inquiry, and integration of medicine and system design.

Quick Facts

  • Spend 2 glorious weeks in Paris, France, December 27, 2020 – January 8, 2021! Please note that this program runs over New Years Eve. 

  • Immersive experiential learning in one of the most beautiful and cultured cities in the world!

  • Academic visits to iconic cultural and medical institutions: Institut Pasteur, the Curie Museum, Musée de l'histoire de la médecine, and more!

  • Earn 1 credit abroad and later deepen your knowledge with at least one complementary CHS 3-credit course in Spring 2021 

  • Honors contracts available

  • Space is limited. Apply early! 

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.



Location Details

Paris is the center of art and culture, with unique exhibits that illustrate the historical relevance of (and connection between) health, policy, and culture. The City of Light is rich source of history on scientific and public health discoveries that still resonate today. Students will discuss how these historic factors influence care of patients today. Sharing these perspectives across disciplinary boundaries provides students the opportunity to experience deep learning and understanding of person-centered values.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • GPA of 2.75 or higher

  • Completed 25-30 credit hours at the time of enrollment

  • Brief interview with program leaders prior to acceptance

  • Students are required to register for at least one complementary CHS 3-credit course in Spring 2020: 

    • HCD 303: Global health Care Systems (Spring A Session, both in-person and online)

    • HCD 332: Health Care Legislation (Spring B Session online or in-person Spring C Session)

    • HCD 422: Health Disparities (Spring C Session in-person or Spring B session online)

    • HCD 521: Law and Health Promotion (Spring A session, both in-person and online)


Students will register for the following course during the Spring registration period:

  • HCD 394: Global Intensive Experience (1 credit)* 

*Please note that this course counts towards your Spring semester load.  If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.

Course Format

HCD 394 is a one credit, standalone class with the majority of the coursework occurring during the program abroad (December 27, 2020 - January 8, 2021). There will be two to three required class meetings during Fall 2020 semester to prepare for the program abroad. Dates and times of these meetings to be announced soon so that all students can plan ahead.  
Paris - Champs Elysees



Faculty Director

Swapna Reddy
Clinical Assistant Professor
College of Health Solutions

Matthew Speer
Faculty Research Associate
College of Health Solutions

Dr. Swapna Reddy

Matthew Speer



Program Housing

Students stay in shared rooms in a hostel or hotel. Most of the program's transport will be by walking and public transit when possible.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus. This program includes a lot of walking and heavy use of Paris' public transportation system, specifically via the metro. 

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in France, while there are a variety of accessible forms of transportation, Paris Metro stations remain largely inaccessible to people with mobility disabilities due to its underground configuration and age; however, the network has undergone major work to improve accessibility to transport and stations. For more information, please review the city's accessibility webpage. Students may find that sidewalks are narrow and uneven, and cobblestone streets make access difficult in some areas.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. For example, in France racism and discrimination do occur, but seem to be directed more towards immigrants from Africa or the Middle East.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Pre-Spring 2021 is TBD

Program Fee includes: Shared accommodation, daily breakfast, a welcome and farewell meal, site visits and cultural events, a Paris Metro pass, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for the one credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, most meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities

  • College of Health Solutions Scholarships

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.