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



Paris Food

Quick Facts

  • July 1- July 23, 2020
  • Live in and explore Paris focusing on the intersection of food, culture and health!
  • Discover the food culture of France through cheese, bread, pastries, chocolate, and more!
  • Day trip to Reims to visit a champagne house and the Cathedral where French kings were crowned
  • Overnight trip to Normandy to explore cheesemaking and rural food production
  • Hands-on class activities include a cooking class, a bakery tour, a chocolate-making workshop, a luxury food tasting, and excursions to food markets
  • All majors welcome!
  • Space is limited so apply early!
  • View a Proposed Calendar 2020 V2.docx
  • Earn 6 credits
  • Honors contracts are available upon request

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.


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Location Details

France is not only known for its beautiful landscapes and historic places, but also for its unique culture of food which is unparalleled in any other region of the world. Culinary expertise can be found in many different arenas, from cheese, pastries and chocolate to the finest wines and champagne in the world. In this program, we will explore these different arenas and how they represent and interact with the themes of food and identity, rural and urban food systems, immigration, colonization, and globalization. We live in central Paris and through excursions, walking tours, museum visits, day trips, and (of course) eating, we will learn how food is not only deeply embedded in French culture, but also how food culture in France has changed throughout history due to industrialization, immigration, urbanization, and globalization and how these changes impact social ties, cultural meanings, and human health. Lead jointly by faculty in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and the School of International Letters and Culture, this innovative program encourages students from a wide range of majors to come together to eat and examine the complicated relationship between humans and food in the city that has been the icon of food culture for centuries.


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

  • Courses are all designed to be suitable for non-majors and students from a wide range of backgrounds or with no prior knowledge of food, culture, and health
  • Prerequisites are often waived
  • Students need to be in good standing and have a G.P.A. of 2.50 or above. (Those with G.P.A.s between 2.00 and 2.50 may still apply, but must submit an academic letter of recommendation.)
  • Students are welcome to apply to participate during the 1st or 2nd semester of their Freshman year but they must have Sophomore standing (24 credit hours) by the time that the program travels abroad in the summer.
  • Click to view a sample syllabus- SHESC France_Syllabus.pdf
  • Honors contracts are available upon request

Non-ASU students should view the following application instructions.


Students must take 6 credits

ASB 443/SSH 403 Cross-Cultural Studies in Global Health (6)- Fulfills CLAS Science & Society; and/or fulfills General Studies (L or SB) & G (This course is repeatable for credit.)

ASB 300 Food and Culture (3)- Fulfills General Studies (L or SB) &  C and fulfills Global Health Culture Society and Health requirement 

ASB 370 Ethics of Eating (3)- Fulfills General Studies (L or SB) & C

SLC 394 Transcultural Connections (3)- Fulfills General Studies G & C

ASB 584 (TBD)- Structured practical experience following a contract or plan, supervised by faculty and practitioners (for Graduate students)

Students participating on this program may wish to enroll in the Gateway to French course offered during the spring session B semester preceding the summer program.  This course is designed for non-speakers of French to gain basic language skills to help them during their study abroad experience. For more information, please consult this flyer.  Please note that enrollment in this course is entirely separate from the study abroad program





Faculty Directors

Dr. Rhian Stotts
School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Dr. Enrico Minardi
Lecturer Sr.
School of International Letters & Cultures

SHESC Faculty France



Marché Charonne food Photos from the Marché Charonne, a neighborhood market that occurs twice a week outside of the residence hall.

Program Housing

Students will be housed in shared rooms at the Foyer du Charonne. More information coming soon! 



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. An Exploration of Culture, Cuisine and Health in the City of Light program does rely heavily on walking as a form of travel throughout the city, including walking tours. 

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 $6,690.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition, all housing, transfer from the airport in Paris, local transportation, some meals, course-sponsored field trips, admission to cultural events, and health insurance.
Not included: ASU student fees, airfare to/from Paris, passport, books and your own 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 07/01/2020 07/23/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** 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.