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Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.



France-Marseilles 2


This study abroad course coincides with the 2020 World Conservation Congress (WCC) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) which will be held in Marseilles, France. We will attend this forum for 5 days (June 12-16), then we will visit four regional parks in Provence over the next four days (June 17-20), and learn about the history of conservation in France. Students will experience the world of conservation in practice, where science meets policymaking, and then experience the stunning landscapes of France, which has the greatest number of protected areas on the IUCN green list of protected areas. This WCC comes at a significant time, when world leaders are in the process of setting new global targets to curb the growing biodiversity crisis.

Quick Facts

  • June 10 - June 21, 2020
  • Participate in the 2020 World Conservation Congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), where global biodiversity policy is hatched and hashed out
  • Visit stunning landscapes of Provence including mountains, wetlands, beaches and forests.
  • Learn about the history of conservation in France and around the world
  • Learn about global conservation policy and what goals and targets have been agreed upon
  • Learn about the science behind the IUCN Red List, and how it is coordinated
  • Learn about the structures and functions of the IUCN, and how decisions are made by this global organization focused on nature conservation
  • June 10-11 – first two days will be getting to know Marseilles
  • June 12-16 at the World Conservation Congress - Forum and Members Assembly
  • June 17-20 visiting four national and regional parks in Provence and learning about the natural history of the region and experiencing the local cuisine
Check out this video to see why you want to go to the WCC next year

  • Open to all majors, an interest in conservation a plus!
  • GPA of 2.0 for undergraduates and 3.0 for graduates
  • Due to IUCN ticketing restrictions, students born before June 19, 1993, may NOT be able to participate in this program. If you meet the eligibility requirements listed above but were born before this date, please contact Jessica Pearce for additional details.
  • 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.



France Marseilles Marina

France-Marseilles 3

Location Details

According to the IUCN Congress, the city of Marseilles has undertaken a sustainable development strategy that responds … to the global challenges stated by the parties to the United Nations conventions on biodiversity and climate. It includes the Sea and Coastal Plan, the Territorial Climate Plan, the creation of the Calanques National Park and, soon, the establishment of a local biodiversity policy, developed with the IUCN French National Committee.

National and Regional Parks in Provence:
Parks that may be visited include;
  • Calanques Parc
  • Camarque Parc
  • Alpilles Parc
  • PreAlpes d'Azur Parc
These visits will provide students a change to learn about biodiversity and parc management in France, as well as about the natural and cultural history of the region and specific sites. These visits may also include visits to ancient and medieval sites. 

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 Withdrawal Policy

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

  • Open to all majors, an interest in conservation is a plus! 
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students 
  • Undergraduate students must have a 2.0 GPA to participate
  • Graduate students must have a 3.0 GPA to participate
  • Due to IUCN ticketing restrictions, students born before June 19, 1993, may NOT be able to participate in this program. If you meet the eligibility requirements listed above but were born before this date, please contact Jessica Pearce for additional details.
  • Non-ASU students should view the following application instructions.


Students will enroll in one course for a total of 3 credits; 

  • Undergraduate students will enroll in SOS/LSC/ENV 494: Global Biodiversity Conservation Practice, Policy and Science
  • Graduate students will enroll in SOS/LSC 598: Global Biodiversity Conservation Practice, Policy and Science 

IUCN groupOn 5 October 1948 in Fontainebleau, France, delegates from governments and civil society organisations gathered to create the International Union for the Protection of Nature, renamed International Union for Conservation of Nature in 1956. Credit: IUCN Photo Library / © UNESCO / Inez Forbes



Faculty Directors


Candice Carr Kelman
Clinical Assistant Professor
Office: Wrigley 436, Tempe campus
Office phone: 480-965-4460
E-mail address: 

Beth Polidoro
Associate Professor
Office: CLCC 315 F, West campus
Office phone: 602-543-5686
E-mail address:

Candice Carr Kelman

Beth Polidoro


SOS France Hotel- Marseille

Program Housing

Students will stay in twin apartments with private bathrooms and kitchenettes at a hotel in Marseille, Citadines Castellane Marseille . Daily breakfast will be included! 



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. The Global Biodiversity Conservation Practice, Policy and Science program will include traversing outside over potentially uneven terrain for moderate distances. 

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. 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 Summer 2020 is $5,275.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuiton for 3 credits, accommodations, excursions, cultural events, program-related transportation, ASU faculty support and international health insurance. 

Not included: ASU student fees, international airfare, passport, books, additional meals, independent travel, and other personal expenses.

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.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. 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.


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 for This Program


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020
Rolling Admission 06/10/2020 06/21/2020

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

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This program is currently not accepting applications.