Summer 2023 in Paris

Summer 2023 Study Abroad in Paris, France

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View of Paris and Eiffel Tower as seen from Arc de Triomphe

Study geography abroad in Paris, France, for 5 weeks in Summer 2023 through the USG Goes Global Paris summer study abroad program! In July 2023 (specific dates TBD), I'll be teaching two geography courses as part of this program in Paris:

GEOG 1101 (Introduction to Human Geography): Shining a Light on the World from the City of Light

  • We live in a dynamic world! Geography and Geospatial Sciences equip us with the perspectives, skills, and tools to apply knowledge to better understand the world and its many diverse physical and human processes, and to contribute to sound decision-making about those processes, from the local to the global scale. Geography and maps are a fundamental language for understanding the world. They provide a framework for organizing and communicating our knowledge. Increasingly geography is used in virtually every field of human endeavor, providing a universal language for understanding, communicating ideas, and providing insights. Geography asks the big questions—Where? How? Why? What if?—and gives you the perspective to answer them with advanced technology and a solid knowledge of the world in which we all live. Through this human geography course, we’ll explore global geographic patterns of resources, population, culture, economic, political, and urban systems and their local level impacts while being immersed in a foreign culture and landscape. We will explore defining concepts in geography by focusing on the stories of real people, global trends, topics that transcend borders, and how these patterns affect local places. In essence, how do global patterns shape local lives, near and far? While in France, we’ll observe broader concepts as they occur on the Parisian and French landscape, allowing us to compare and contrast these patterns with our home culture. GEOG 1101 satisfies a social science general education requirement.

GEOG 3300 (Urban Geography): Exploring Cities and Urban Life in Paris

  • Cities are dynamic landscapes! Urban geography explores the origins and development of cities, uncovers the excitement and diversity of cities, and examines urban challenges and opportunities. While in Paris, we’ll examine Paris through the lenses of physical and historical geography, urban economic geography, urban cultural and social geography, and urban political geography. Additionally, we’ll observe examples of global urban dynamics and local level impacts. We’ll witness how broader urban concepts occur on Paris’ historical and contemporary urban landscapes, allowing us to compare and contrast with the urban structure of our own familiar cities and towns in the U.S. GEOG 3300 satisfies an upper division related studies requirement for many majors.

Additional Program Details

Each class meets for 2.5 hours in the morning and afternoon for two days each week. Students choose one morning course and one afternoon course (two courses total). There will also be full-day field trips as part of each class two days each week. Most weekends (Friday to Sunday) are free for you to explore Paris or travel elsewhere on your own. Several faculty are offering a variety of courses for you to mix and match two courses in two different disciplines. Courses planned for the Summer 2023 program in Paris will likely include (tentative until program is officially set):

  • Introduction to Human Geography: Shining a Light on the World from the City of Light
  • Urban Geography: Exploring Cities and Urban Life in Paris
  • World Literature from Paris
  • Americans & Paris: A Survey of US History with a French Twist
  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: An American/French Transnational Approach
  • Intermediate French Language
  • French Conversation

How to apply for this program?


Why go?

In addition to completing courses in an amazing location, this is your opportunity to visit many famous bucket list sights and places not only in Paris, but in France and Europe more broadly. You'll also have weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) free to explore on your own! You might choose to remain in Paris, explore some of the other nearby towns and countryside of France, or travel further afield to places such as Normandy, Provence, Alsace, Loire Valley, French Alps, French Riviera, or visit another European country, and much, much more! 

More reasons to go?

  • Immerse yourself in a new culture
  • Learn through experience while earning credit hours
  • Explore the actual geographic landscapes you're learning about in class
  • Experience first-hand masterpieces of art, architecture, and great historic venues
  • Build your resume
  • Make new friends
  • The opportunity to study abroad is a life-changing experience!

Where is Paris?

  • Check out this Google Map (be sure to view the accompanying photos and also zoom in on the map) and Google Earth link!

More Information about Paris and France

Videos about Paris and the Surrounding Region