Undergraduate Fall/Spring Study Abroad Program: "Arcadia in Paris: International Relations, Politics and Business"
In partnership with the College of Global Studies at Arcadia University, AGS offers a semester study abroad program for undergraduate students: "Arcadia in Paris: International Relations, Politics, and Business."
This program provides a comprehensive cultural and academic experience in Paris. It features an interdisciplinary curriculum focusing on the culture and international relations of France and the European Union, and is supplemented by French language courses at Alliance Française. It is open to undergraduates wishing to gain international experience and knowledge while earning credits.
Students may attend for one or two consecutive semesters.
The program is composed of:
Optional graduate courses may be added to the curriculum.
Core seminar: Culture, History, Diplomacy of France/the European Union
The core of each student's academic program is a six-credit seminar:
The coursework and fieldwork combine to deepen the student's understanding of French and European governmental institutions, diplomacy, and foreign policy formulation. Several field-trips are organized, taking advantage of the proximity of French, European and International institutions, to supplement the knowledge acquired in the classroom with first hand observational experience.
A major component of the core course is the capstone project that enables students to do research in areas of current events in Paris and Europe.
There are four electives from which the student chooses two:
In the mornings, students take three- or four-hour long French language classes, depending on their level, at the world-renowned language school Alliance française. Prior to starting the program students are tested online to assess their level so they may be assigned to the class that is best fitted to his or her ability.
Optional graduate courses
For exceptional students, in, or about to enter, their senior year and with a demonstrated background in the appropriate academic areas, Arcadia is pleased to provide the opportunity to follow a graduate course selected from those offered by AGSIRD as electives or area/electives during the semester the student is studying in Paris (see Graduate Course Offering). Students will earn undergraduate credits for attending a graduate class and completing independent assignments and exams. Entry to these courses will depend on space available.
Orientation and extra-curricular activities
AGS and Arcadia's staff in France provide students with a full orientation before the beginning of the program.
They also organize activities and events throughout the program to take advantage of the many cultural riches of Paris and ensure that students make the most of their French experience.
The staff remains available at any time during the program to help each student adjust to the new cultural environment and achieve his or her particular goals.
Students earn 16 hour-credits over one semester (in accordance with the American credit system) toward an undergraduate degree:
Housing can be provided for this program.
Students may also choose to arrange for their own accomodation.
Omar Shamiya United States
In addition to the many benefits of studying international relations in a highly specialized program, located in a dynamic city that fosters learning the discipline, my overall experience at AGS has been enhanced by an outstanding administrative staff that is diligent, professional and, above all, friendly. Their tireless efforts are key in making the experience of AGS students positive. I have done my best to thank them with good French desserts and bad American humor!