International Politics, INR 2002 – France & Switzerland


Program Fee: $4.150
Scholarship: $1,800

Click on the France & Switzerland Estimated Fees Breakdown form for details. Note that the information is subject to change.


In this three credit course, students will study government in Europe, the operation of international organizations, the practice of international law, the outcomes of regional diplomacy by experiencing them firsthand at the European Parliament and the Council of Europe with its European Court of Human Rights. They will also see the European Commission (agency of the European union) and the administrative base of operations for NATO. Tour the beautiful cities of Paris, Geneva, and Strasbourg with reserved trips to major attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysees, the Moulin Rouge, the Palais Rohan, The Reformation Wall, Mont Blanc, and other beautiful locations. Of course, there will be many opportunities to browse the famous shopping areas and free time each day for exploration of the areas of world heritage as well.


Basic concepts and processes of world politics will be illustrated through the analysis of power rivalries, competing images and ideologies and transformation of international relations. Students should acquire a basic understanding of the nation-state system, power relationships, the balance power, and of political and economic relations among nations so that they will be more aware and informed as world citizens.

Students will combine classroom learning with hands-on application of the material. Students will have assignments to complete and meetings to participate in to prepare them for the overseas portion of the program. The study abroad portion of the program will be led by host country faculty and American faculty. Students will, through experiential learning, understand the practical application of international law, security, diplomacy, and foreign policy through visits with intergovernmental organizations and to parliaments. Students will have a paper to complete based on their experiences in Europe after they arrive home.

Overview of Service Learning project:

  • TBD


  • This program will require an extensive amount of walking.
  • The group will be using trains for travel between cities, public transportation between excursions within cities (subway trains and above-ground trollies), and vans to and from airports to the hotels.
  • Please note that food can be very expensive in France, so plan accordingly.
  • If you have special dietary needs, students should have extra money for meals and snacks.
  • Most places we visit will NOT have air-conditioning
  • Valencia’s Student Development Office does not allow drinking alcohol on this trip.
  • It is understood that students will be acting as cultural ambassadors from the U.S. and representing Valencia positively to our foreign hosts.


  1. The program will receive partial funding by Valencia's Student Development Office (SDO), the Valencia Foundation, and the SAGE Office which will be contributing a percentage towards the cost of participation for a limited number of students accepted into the program.
  2. Eligible students can use their financial aid to cover the additional program costs (airfare, accommodations, meals, etc.) as long as the course satisfies your degree requirements. Complete a MY EDUCATION PLAN or meet with an Academic Advisor for details. It is important that this course count towards your degree or certificate program; otherwise your financial aid payment may be reduced.



June 17-26, 2018

Program Leader Contact:


Name: Professor Scott Creamer 
Phone: 321-682-4971 
Room: Osceola Campus, 3-323 

Program Leader In Training:

Name: Professor Jonathan Lair
Phone: 321-582-7014
Room: Lake Nona Campus, 7-1



Apply to the International Politics in France & Switzerland INR 2002 (3 credits) study abroad program. You will need a Dynamic Forms login.




Application Deadline: February 2, 2018
Deposit Deadline: March 2, 2018
Final Payment (if applicable): April 16, 2018

Pre-departure Meetings:

SAGE Mandatory Orientation Meeting, February 16, 2018, 2-5pm, location Osceola Campus, room 4-105
Meeting 1: 3/02/18, 10am-12pm, location Osceola Campus, room 3-328.
Meeting 2: 3/30/18, 10am-12pm, location Osceola Campus, room 3-328.
Meeting 3: 4/20/18, 10am-12pm, location Osceola Campus, room 3-328.
Meeting 4: 5/11/18, 10am-12pm, location Osceola Campus, room 3-328.
Meeting 5: 5/25/18, 10am-12pm, location Osceola Campus, room 3-328.
Meeting 6: 6/15/18, 10am-12pm, location Osceola Campus, room 3-328.

Re-entry Meetings:

7/12/18 (9am-2pm) at Osceola Campus, room 3-328

Please note that all orientation sessions are mandatory. The number of predeparture and re-entry meetings will depend upon your program.


  • Apply by the application deadline
  • Be a degree-seeking student with Valencia College
  • Completed one semester within last year
  • Completed 12 college-level credits
  • Be at least 18 years’ old on day of departure
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 at application deadline



Minimum grade of C in ENC 1101 or 1101H or IDH 1110 - (Freshman Composition I or Interdisciplinary Studies in General Education I).


  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Airport Welcome and Orientation
  • Accommodations
  • Daily Breakfast and Welcome Dinner
  • Cultural and Professional Visits
  • All Ground Transportations
  • Onsite Director and support
  • Medical and Travel Insurance


  • Course materials
  • Course tuition and fees
  • Airport departure fees and taxes
  • Luggage transport/storage fees
  • Lunches and some dinners
  • Passport application (if needed)
  • Visa (not required for U.S. citizens)
  • Immunizations
  • Spending money
  • Tips



Please note that the program may be altered or canceled at any time at the discretion of Valencia College, and in many circumstances airfare or other transportation costs incurred by the student may not be refundable. Dates and prices are subject to change without notice.