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France Short Term Study Abroad

International Politics (INR 2002)
3 credits

  •  June 18 - June 27, 2023
Estimated Fees
Program Fee:
$ 309.18
SAGE Scholarship:
SAGE Credit:
Estimated Cost:
$ 2,369.18

Before reviewing this page or applying to this program, read the entire COVID-19 Statement.  If you have questions, please contact SAGE.  All information is subject to change.  Prices are an estimate only until flights are booked and could fluctuate.

In this 3-credit course, students will study government in Europe, the operation of international organizations, the practice of international law, the outcomes of regional cooperation (especially economically), and diplomacy by experiencing them first-hand in Paris at the French Parliament and United Nations’ agencies. Students will also visit Strasbourg’s European Union, Council of Europe, and the European Court of Human Rights. Cultural activities include tours of Paris with reserved trips to the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and other beautiful sites in the “City of Lights,” along with exploration of the famous areas of world heritage in Strasbourg, France.

Course Description

This course will primarily involve analysis of world politics, focusing on the role of nation-states and international organizations and on selected foreign policy issues. This is an introductory survey course in international relations designed to help the student relate, organize, and analyze in a meaningful way the welter of political events that occur on the international level.  We will touch on a range of questions: What are the causes of important international outcomes? What are the sources of power in the international arena? What role do states, international organizations, and transnational movements play in international politics? What trends are most interesting or important for understanding the present and predicting the future?  It is a Gordon Rule course which requires a significant amount of student writing in assignments before the international travel and in a final paper to be submitted following the study abroad.  Minimum grade of C in the course is required if INR 2002 is used to satisfy Gordon Rule and general education requirements.

Things to Consider Before You Apply

  • Familiarize yourself with France’s travel risk outlook, including COVID-19 entry restrictions and levels.  Please visit the Department of State by clicking here and the CDC by clicking here to see more information.
  • This program is open to students in good standing only. Please see GPA requirements.
  • Students are required to attend all face-to-face pre-departure and re-entry class meetings.
  • Although this is a summer course, some of the course work, assignments, and travel preparation will take place during the spring semester. If you have questions about this, please contact Professor Creamer.
  • Students should expect to walk at least 10 miles per day, sometimes on uneven surfaces. Bring comfortable walking shoes.
  • Students will be traveling in the country via airplane, train, or bus. Packing light will be critical since the group will be moving around to different cities during the program. Be prepared to transport your personal belongings during those transitions.
  • If a student has dietary restrictions, he/she should be prepared with extra money for meals and snacks. Dietary needs will be communicated beforehand but alternate meals may not be available due to travel arrangements, and students should plan accordingly.
  • Daily breakfast and two dinners will be included in the price. All other meals, souvenirs/shopping, and structured free time activities will be the responsibility of the student.
  • Students must acquire passports. Passport fees, course tuition, and course materials are not included in the price.
  • Students can expect to share room accommodations with students of the same gender with in-suite bathrooms shared.
  • During free time, students must always be in a group of three or more for safety reasons.
  • Students are not allowed to drink alcohol per SAGE and Student Development rules.
  • It is important to understand that students will be acting as cultural ambassadors from the U.S. and representing Valencia positively to our foreign hosts. Students will be expected to follow the Valencia Student Code of Conduct.
Applications are open!

Late Summer Application & Payment Deadlines

  •  TBD - Application Opens
  •  02/03/2023 - Application Closes
  •  02/09/2023 - Application Payment Deadline
  •   02/24/2023 - Passport Deadline & SAGE Orientation
  •   03/03/2023 - Deposit Payment Deadline
  •   04/07/2023 - Final Payment Due

Contact us

  • Monday to Friday: 8am to 4:30pm (Virtual appointments only)
Email and Phone
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Program Eligibility

  • Be 18-years-old by time of travel.
  • Have an Institutional GPA of 2.5 time of application.
  • Meet course requirements, including prerequisites if applicable.

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Be a degree-seeking student with Valencia College.
  • Completed one semester within last year.
  • Completed 12 college-level credits by time of travel.
  • Have not received a SAGE scholarship in the current academic year.

Course Prerequisites

  • ENC 1101/1101 H or IDH 1110

Funding Information

This program will receive partial funding by Valencia's Student Development Office, the Valencia Foundation, and the SAGE Office. These departments will be contributing a percentage towards the cost of participation. Funding is limited to a set number of students per program.

Eligible students can use their financial aid to cover part or all of the final payment and/or 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.

Paris, France

Program Fee Includes

  •  Roundtrip Airfare
  •  Daily Breakfast and two dinners
  •  Accommodations 
  •  Cultural and Professional Visits 
  •  All Ground Transportation
  •  On-site Director and Support
  •  Medical and Travel Insurance

Program Fee Does Not Include

  •  All lunches and remaining dinners apart from the welcome dinner and farewell dinner
  •  Course tuition and Fees
  •  Airport Departure Fees and Taxes
  •  Luggage Transport/Storage Fees
  •  Passport Fees
  •  Visa (not required for U.S. citizens)
  •  Immunizations
  •  Spending money
  •  Tips

Travel Information


Pre-Departure Meetings

All Meetings are required, unless noted.

  •  02/24/2023 SAGE Orientation
     1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
     East Campus
  •  04/14/2023 Meeting #1
    10 A.M. -12 P.M.
    Lake Nona Campus
  •  05/5/2023 Meeting #2
    10 A.M. -12 P.M.
    Lake Nona Campus
  •  05/26/2023 Meeting #3
    10 A.M. -12 P.M.
    Lake Nona Campus
  •  06/16/2023 Meeting #4
    10 A.M. -12 P.M.
    Lake Nona Campus
Re-Entry Meetings

All Meetings are required

  •   7/07/2023 Meeting #1
    10 A.M. - 12 P.M.
    Lake Nona Campus

Please note that the program may be altered or cancelled 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 before the application deadline.