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  • Locations: Nice, France; Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/27/2018
Rolling Admission 05/06/2018 05/27/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
UCIE Program Coordinator: Monica Ratliff Program: Ambassador
Program Type: Internship Abroad, Study Abroad Program Faculty Advisor: Abadie, Pascale, Dr., Halling, Kirsten, Dr.
Eligibility Restrictions: Yes Registration Term: Summer A
Language Prerequisite: Yes Language of Instruction: French
Language Courses Offered: Yes Credit Hours: Hotel
Program Description:



Program Description:

Discover Paris, past and present, in this incredible French language program that will take you through the magnificent City of Lights as well as day trips to Normandy and Versailles. Choose an optional 3rd week for an assistantship in Nice.

Students will learn about French history in the very places where events unfolded. Historical events, heroes, and villains come to life as students visit vestiges of the Roman Empire, medieval fortresses and Renaissance palaces, the sights and sounds of the vibrant Latin Quarter, masterpieces in the Louvre, monuments and museums dedicated to the victories and excesses of Revolutionary Paris, grim reminders of the wars of religion, romantic traces of Napoléon and Joséphine’s Paris, tributes to the Commune, Haussman’s “grands boulevards,” memorials devoted to the fallen soldiers and resistance fighters of the two world wars, and vast collections of impressionism and modern art.

In addition, students will discover how present-day Paris, a historical, cultural, and social melting pot, has become a main player in the European Union, and the world’s most visited tourist destination.

Nice: Capital of the French Riviera

Students opting to participate in the weeklong assistantship program in Nice will broaden their perspective by discovering another French city in a very different geographical and cultural region of France. Students will stay in a hostel and will participate in French professional life by presenting American culture to French students of  English. In addition to having an insider’s view on French schools, students will develop presentation skills and will gain a deeper understanding of cross cultural nuances. Also, during the program, students will visit Monaco, Cannes, and other beautiful sights along the fabled Côte d’Azur.


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Academic Course Information:

Students will register and pay for FR 2500 (replaces FR 2020) or FR 3500 French Immersion Ambassador Program (pre-requisite FR 2020) or ML 3500 Ambassador Program Abroad (pre-requisite FR 1010), a 3 credit hour course offered during Summer Session A. Those students wishing to participate in the Nice assistantship must register and pay for a second summer course: FR 3550 (pre-requisite FR 2020) or ML 3990 (pre-requisite FR 1010): Service-Learning in France.

While in Paris, students will attend on-site, interactive lectures, while taking notes and answering questions in a course booklet. After the program, students will submit a blog comprised of selected photos and cultural observations. Nice Assistantship students will submit a blog based on their experience.

Free days will be provided to allow students to explore the wonders of Paris and Nice. Evenings are also generally free, apart from a few required group activities.

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About the Faculty Program Advisor(s):

17 France facutlyPascale Abadie, PhD and Kirsten Halling, PhD are professors of French in the Department of Modern Languages. They have both lived in and traveled extensively through France, and since 2003, have led a collective total of sixteen successful Ambassador Programs to France. Both Pascale and Kirsten are true believers in the benefits of cultural and linguistic immersion through short faculty-led target-language study-abroad programs, and many of their programs’ graduates have gone on to study abroad for longer periods. Professors Abadie and Halling’s combined areas of research include: Twentieth and Twenty-first Century French and Francophone Literatures and Cultures, French History, Contemporary French Music, Film Studies, Comic Book Studies, Oral Proficiency Training, and Language Pedagogy.

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Meals and Accommodations:

Students will lodge in a 3-star hotel in the fourteenth arrondissement, a lovely residential district in the heart of Paris. Students will share double rooms with others in the group. In Nice, students will stay in a centrally-located youth hostel and breakfast will be provided.
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Eligible students will have completed the minimum equivalent of French 1010. Candidates with no French experience must enroll in and complete a section of FR 1010 in the spring semester. Students must have a 2.5 G.P.A., and will be interviewed by the program advisors.
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Before You Leave:

Prior to departure, during the spring semester, students will attend several class sessions to learn practical information about travel to France, cultural etiquette, essential vocabulary, Parisian geography, and navigating the Métro. Nice service-learning students will prepare group and individual presentations under the program leaders’ guidance.

Students will be required by the University Center for International Education to complete mandatory pre-departure orientation information, online, a few weeks before departure.
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Getting There:

Students will purchase their own tickets to and from Paris, and may choose the same flight as the faculty program advisors. Students are free to arrive early or stay later but should be aware they are not part the program during those times and are not covered by WSU insurances.

UCIE recommends the following travel agencies that work with university students.  They may be able to provide payment plan options: STA Travel and Student Universe.
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Program Costs:

The $100 application fee for this program has been waived!

The cost of the two-week Paris program is $1450. This includes room, health and accident insurance, metro passes, museum fees, day trips to Normandy and Versailles, and travel to and from the airport.
NOT included are tuition, airfare, passport costs, and meals.

The optional one-week Nice Assistantship program will cost $700 and this includes lodging, breakfast, transportation, and day trips!
To officially reserve a spot, you will need to pay a $100 application fee and a $500 program deposit.

Additional payment deadlines:
Feb 1 -$475 Paris only
            (or $825 Paris & Nice )
April 1-$475 Paris only
            (or $825 for Paris & Nice.)
All  payments are non-refundable.
The UCIE reserves the right to adjust the price of the program up to 10%.
Students who apply for the program before December 31, 2017 will automatically be awarded the Joëlle Giacinti
Scholarship of $100, which will be applied to their bursar account.

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Affording the Program:

For this program ONLY: Students who apply for the program before December 31, 2016 will automatically be awarded the Joëlle Giacinti Scholarship of $100, which will be applied to their bursar account.

WSU financial aid is applicable to this program.  To learn more about your specific financial aid options you should contact the Financial Aid Representative, Gail Cyan, at to schedule an appointment and learn about your specific situation.

Some academic departments offer scholarships for study abroad, there are some scholarships available nationally as well.  Please ask your study abroad coordinator for more information.

Many students reach out to family, friends, and community and religious organizations for support.  Some choose to create an online funding site, others send out letters requesting support.  
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Passports and Visas:

A valid passport is required for all international travel. Its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. The UCIE is an official US Passport Center and we can help you with your photo and passport processing needs.  See here for more information.

Some study abroad destinations will require you to obtain a visa.  A visa is permission given to you by your host country to allow you to enter the country for a specific amount of time.  In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is visa the US Department of State’s webpage.

The UCIE is happy to guide you to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close information to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.
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Health and Safety:

WSU is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

WSU faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. Please consider reviewing the following sites for further information:
US Department of State
US Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)
International SOS ( for medical and security advice. WSU membership #: 11BSGC000054

Before travel WSU students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in several ways including:
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad
  • Get advice on how to travel with your medication
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad

WSU faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)   in case of an emergency abroad.

If you are participating in a WSU Ambassador Program, you are automatically covered with UHP International Insurance through University Health Plans.  
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Contacts and More Information:

University Center for International Education (UCIE)

Program Coordinator:

 Megan Trickler           
 Education Abroad Advisor                                                                                                                                                                  

Faculty Program Advisors:

Dr. Pascale Abadie, Assistant Professor of French
Dr. Kirsten Halling, Professor of French
Department of Modern Languages &
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This program is currently not accepting applications.