This program offers a 10-day immersion in French culture and cuisine. It is a wonderful way to experience France! The Institut Paul Bocuse is one of the premier schools in the world for learning French cuisine. The school offers degree programs (bachelor’s through PhD.) in French culinary arts. The week long program at IPB includes lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on food preparation with award-winning French chefs. There are wine tastings, cheese tastings, and numerous food experiences that are simply remarkable! Some of the instructors are winners of the famed French MOF award signifying that they are the very best at their craft.
There is a free weekend in Lyon, after the week at Paul Bocuse. Lyon is the third largest city in France. There are markets, cafes, historical sights, river cruises, etc. French language skills are not required to enjoy many of the attractions in Lyon.
Monday of the second week is spent touring Vairhona Chocolate Factory at La Cite du Chocolat, which is about a one hour bus ride from Lyon. This excursion is included as part of the course.
For further information about this program and application procedures, contact Mitchell Lawson.
All students will enroll in HM 498 International Food Service Management for 3 credits.
There will be pre-program reading assignments (2 books). Written reports will include a book report and submission of a cultural and culinary journal describing your experiences and impressions after completion of the program.
Attendance at three of four pre- departure meetings during Spring semester is mandatory.
Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program:
Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
Applicants are considered on a continuous, first-come, first-served basis. Students are encouraged to apply early, as enrollment is limited.
Housing and Meals
You will stay in a modest apartment with cooking facilities. A couple of group meals are included in your program fee as well as lunch on class days at Paul Bocuse. Otherwise, you will be responsible for paying for your own
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Summer budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlight of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Application deadline: February 1, 2018
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.