In the summer of 2020, Barrett students will have a unique opportunity to study history, literature, and art in France. Students will reside in Paris—the fascinating city that will be the main focus of the program—but also experience a four-day excursion to the beautiful region of Normandy. Classes will be seminar-style in the mode of The Human Event, and supplemented by numerous field trips to museums, monuments, and sites of historical importance.
Residence in Paris with a four-day excursion to Normandy
Planned or anticipated visits to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the D-Day beaches in Normandy, Mont St-Michel, and more
Open only to students in Barrett, the Honors College
Participants will earn 6 upper-level Honors credits
Summer 2020 program dates are May 25 - June 16
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.
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Paris, the “City of Light,” is France’s capital; an international epicenter of literature, art, fashion, and cuisine; and the world’s number-one tourist destination. Its many celebrated sights include the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysées, the River Seine, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe. Its extraordinary museums include the world’s largest art museum, the Louvre; the Musée d’Orsay, with its definitive collection of Impressionist masterworks; and other institutions addressing the experience of contemporary, multicultural France, like the Museum of the History of Immigration. The city’s famous sidewalk cafés offer opportunities for unhurried refreshment as well as unparalleled people watching. In addition, few places in the world reward the simple pleasures of walking and looking more than this city of broad boulevards, stunning architecture, and beautifully maintained parks.
The program will include a four-day excursion to the region of Normandy on the western coast of France. This bucolic region, dotted with apple orchards and half-timbered houses, is especially rich in history. In 1066 William the Conqueror launched his invasion of England from Normandy, and in 1944 the Allies, invading from the other direction, landed here to begin the liberation of Nazi-occupied Europe. Our Normandy excursion will include, along with other stops, visits to the D-Day beaches as well as to the famous medieval monastery island of Mont-St.-Michel.
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.
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.
Open to Barrett Honors College students in good standing only.
All participants will be enrolled in two upper-level Honors courses:
HON 394: France and the Birth of the Modern (3 credits) (Dr. Stanford)
This course will cover the history, art and literature of France in the period 1848-1914. In this era of political turmoil and cultural brilliance, Paris became arguably the capital not just of France but of Western civilization. It was during this time that a vast urban renewal project created the city of broad boulevards and sprawling, manicured parks that everyone today envisions as “Paris.” Literature flourished in the hands of writers like Baudelaire, Flaubert, Zola, and Colette. And the artists Renoir, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Matisse, Cassatt, and Picasso created a second Renaissance of painting and sculpture, setting a standard and an agenda for artists in the century to come. We will explore this cultural flowering as it still manifests itself on the pages of its poets and novelists and in the streets, monuments, and museums of Paris.
HON 394: Postcolonial France: Race, Colonialism, and Frenchness (3 credits) (Dr. Agruss)
This course will investigate French cultural and national identity in relation to the twentieth- and twenty-first century afterlives of French colonialism in Africa and Asia, which began in the nineteenth century and ended with decolonization in the decades after World War II. In order to better understand the complex and contested terrain of “Frenchness,” we will consider race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and other axes of difference as they intersect and overlap with what it means to be French in contemporary France. We will explore these questions by reading novels by authors such as Algerian-French writer Leïla Sebbar, Algerian-French writer Mehdi Charef, Vietnamese-French writer Linda Lê, and Senegalese-French writer Marie NDiaye as well as sort texts by theorists such as Edward Said, Michel Foucault, Aimé Césaire, Albert Memmi, Frantz Fanon, and Achille Mbembe.
Dr. Michael Stanford
Barrett, The Honors College
Mail code 85287
Sage South 163
Except for three nights when participants will stay in shared hotel rooms in Normandy, all participants will stay in shared apartments located in various parts of Paris. Travel to the classrooms and excursion sites will be by public transportation.(Transportation passes, for use on buses or the subway, will be provided.) No meals will be provided, with the exception of breakfasts in the Normandy hotels. But the Paris apartments will have cooking facilities, and participants will be able to save a considerable amount of money if they opt to cook for themselves rather than eating out. That said, the street food in Paris is both inexpensive and delicious.
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.
Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.
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. 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.
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. 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 ourRacial and Ethnic Minority Students page.
The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $6,675.
Program Fee includes: Shared accommodation in both Paris and Normandy, daily breakfast whilst in Normandy, academic visits, cultural excursions, in-country transportation, Paris transportation card valid on bus and metro for duration of program, ASU faculty support, tuition for six upper-division honors credit, and international health insurance. Not included: Airfare, passport & visa fees, most meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.
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
View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
Barrett offers a limited number of need-based scholarships that may be applied to our summer travel programs, including the France 2020 program. Note that the deadline for applications is October 16, 2020. You need not have already applied to the France program when you apply for the Barrett scholarship.Just indicate your intention to do so. For details, please go to https://scholarships.asu.edu/scholarship/417
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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until the Study Abroad Office contacts you to do so.
** 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.