While participating in “Discover Paris, The South of France and Morocco” students will experience the culture and business practices of three unique locations: Paris, a vibrant capital city; Aix-en-Provence, a beautiful town in southern France; and Marrakesh, Morocco, a diverse market with strong ties to Europe.
IAU in Aix-en-Provence will be host to the Penn State group for this customized program. During the first three and a half weeks, one Penn State faculty leader will be on site to teach and accompany the group for all site visits. During the final three weeks, Penn State students will remain in Aix-en-Provence and enroll in one IAU College course of their choice during Session C.
This program begins with four exciting days in Paris visiting cultural sites and learning about Parisian business. Students will walk the hallways of famous museums like Musée du Louvre, where the Mona Lisa sits, and Musée de Orsay, where the most celebrated impressionist works are showcased. They will witness the melting pot of Francophone culture while exploring picturesque neighborhoods, wandering along the Seine and sipping espresso in outdoor cafes. A Penn State faculty or staff member will accompany students to offer a perspective on Parisian history, culture and business practices. Students will also have free time to explore the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, Notre Dame, and other famous Parisian gems.
After soaking up the big city life, students will take a high-speed train to Aix-en-Provence, a classically Provençal town in the south of France. Here they will begin their formal coursework with a Penn State Course (3 credits) and then continue with their IAU College course (3 credits) during the second half of the program. All students are required to take six credits for this summer program.
During their time in Aix, students will visit Morocco on a four-day field study which includes opportunities to experience traditional Moroccan culture, food and bazaars. Students will discover traditional street markets and snake charmers as well as new European-style luxury shops and restaurants.
All students participating in this program will take two courses and earn six credits. During the first session, students must enroll in one business class (3 credits) taught by Smeal faculty and then during the second session of the program students will select one additional course (3 credits) offered by IAU College. The business course is listed below:
MGMT 399- A Month in Provence: Intercultural Communication in Work and Play (3 credits)
Nancy Ross Mahon, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Management and Organization
German cars, Italian leather, Brazilian football, Spanish flamenco, French wine …today’s economy is a global one, offering exhilarating opportunities to try new things and enjoy new experiences. In fact, it has never been easier to visit new cities, new countries, and new cultures. Professionally, the global economy can transform short intercultural visits to longer career stays. The global marketplace means that, at home or abroad, we will work and play with people from all over the world. While new cultures offer exciting opportunities, the challenges of successfully communicating in a new environment can sometimes spoil the experience.
This course provides students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to successfully enter and flourish in intercultural environments. Using Aix-en-Provence as a vibrant example of French business and culture, the course examines cultural context, intercultural communication norms, and differences in nonverbal communication in both professional and personal contexts. During this course, students will examine cultural components of French businesses and explore everyday business communication and negotiation practices. We will be learning about intercultural communication through hands-on classroom activities, guest speakers and field excursions in Aix-en-Provence, Paris and Marrakesh. The result is a rich exploration of the dynamic intersection of culture and communication. After completing the course, students will have greater cultural and communication competence in professional and social settings.
Additional IAU Course - Session C (3 credits)
Students will select one additional course offered by IAU from Session C. Courses will likely include French language at varying levels along with a selection of general education (arts and humanities) courses. You can find a PDF file of IAU course offering using the large link at the top of the following page: https://iau.edu/academics/aix/summercourses
Before departing, all students will be registered for six credits. Students will need to complete the course equivalency process upon return to receive the appropriate credit for the IAU course. To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the IAU Course Equivalency List.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. 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.
All students will be placed with a local French family in Aix for the duration of the program. Daily breakfast and six dinners per week are included in the program fee while in Aix with families.
Students will arrive in Paris. Four nights lodging in Paris is provided and travel by train to Aix as well as round trip flight Aix/Morocco. Students will be responsible for travel from Aix at the completion of the program. Students will be responsible for paying for their meals in Paris and Morocco and some meals in Aix (all lunches and one dinner per week).
Lodging in Morocco (plus breakfast and dinner) is included in the program fee.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
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
- Signature Documents
Application deadline: February 1, 2019
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.
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