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France: Revolutions in Paris



Experience French political theory and history this summer in Paris - one of the most captivating cities of the world! 

Examine differences between French, European and American politics firsthand. You will visit many of the important sites of revolutionary activity including Versailles, a key figure in the 1789 revolution. Other sites visited include the cemetery Pére Lachaise where many of the communards from the Paris Commune were executed, as well as the Montparnasse cemetery where Sartre and Beauvoir are buried. 

Take advantage of the many museums offering artistic representations of the themes of the course include the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and the Pompidou Center. Learn about the Napoleonic period, the Napoleonic Code, and the role of colonial soldiers in WWI and WWII through a visit to the military museum, Les Invalides. You will also examine the roles of the aristocracy and the concept of class.

Your summer in Paris would be incomplete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower, an important symbol of transformations in architecture, the rise of steel an industrial material, and modernity.


Hear the benefits of this program from previous participants: 

"I was never a person who really wanted to study abroad, but when this opportunity arose, I took a chance and it has been one of the best decisions of my life. This month in Paris will stick with me forever."

"Not one of us is leaving Paris unchanged. The program has re-inspired and reinvigorated me on creative and professional levels."

"What I've learned on this program may have been the most influential experience toward my larger vision and goals yet. Despite how powerful Paris itself was, it was through our conversations and our time in the classroom that the program truly unfolded into the experience it was."

"This was a wonderful opportunity to study and learn about French politics and culture. I enjoyed every last bit."

Program Dates

May 12 - June 8, 2019

Application Deadline  - extended to February 15, 2019 


Additional Information

Couldn't make the information session? Click here to view the powerpoint slides from the session.

Living arrangements 

Shared occupancy housing (2-4 students per room) in a centrally located hotel. Breakfast will be provided daily, as well as a group welcome reception and farewell dinner.

Courses and credits 

Undergraduate students with earn a total of 6 credits by selecting 2 courses from the list below:

  • POLS 4720 Resistance, Reform and Revolutions (3 credits)
  • POLS 4390 Government and Politics of France (3 credits)
  • POLS 4933 Directed Research in Political Theory (3 credits) 

POLS courses counts toward Political Science, War and Peace, Francophone Studies, and Francophone Studies programs.


Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

Eligibility Requirements 

Early application is encouraged, with a final application deadline of January 15, 2019. This program is open to all undergraduate students, regardless of major, with a minimum 2.5 grade-point average or above. Students with a GPA under a 2.5 should contact the program director.  
Students will apply via Ohio University’s  online application.
Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

Requesting accommodation for disabilities

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the  Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an  Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

Health and safety 

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the  Centers for Disease Control  for healthy travel to your destination.
Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Refer to the  State Department website  for information related to safety and security at this destination.
Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Entry and exit requirements 

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport  now.
For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO's  Visa Information Page.
Information for NON-US citizens can be found  here

For more information on this program contact:

Dr. Judith Grant, Program Director
Ellie Koewler, Program Coordinator






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