- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.75 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
Program DescriptionWhile 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.
Summer: May 28 - July 14, 2019
Program Leader Information
- Nancy Ross Mahon, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Management and Organization
Course Description(s)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)
Instructor: Nancy Ross Mahon
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 IAU College Aix Summer Course page.
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.
Course SelectionStudents are required to take the prescribed courses listed above as participants on the program. The Education Abroad Office will register you for MGMT 399 and a Penn State placeholder course. To determine how these courses will fit into your degree requirements, you will need to work with your academic adviser. Suggested tips:
- Research courses offered on your program
- Meet with your academic adviser to discuss potential courses abroad and your degree requirements.
- Keep in mind that courses abroad may change or may be unavailable for your selected term, so you will need to discuss possible back-up course options
- To register for courses on this program you will work with your host program.
Course Equivalency Process
In order for courses from abroad to appear on your Penn State transcript, each course must be given a course equivalency. Please visit the Academics section of the Global Programs website for information on the course equivalency process.
Courses can be submitted for course equivalency before, during, or after the education abroad program, however, you should begin this process as soon as possible as it can take on average 2-4 months or more for courses to receive a Penn State course number. In some cases, it can be difficult to obtain syllabi from abroad before the start of the term, but when possible, courses can be submitted for review before departure. Talk to your Education Abroad Adviser about requesting syllabi.
- You must enroll in 6 credits
- You cannot take any courses abroad on a Pass/Fail basis
- You may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad
- If you are studying abroad in your final semester at Penn State, please note that Penn State may not receive your grades in time for graduation
Housing and Meals
HousingHotels and Homestays
Students will arrive in Paris. Lodging in Paris (shared hotel rooms), travel by train to Aix, a round trip flight Aix/Morocco, and lodging in Morocco (shared hotel rooms) are provided. Once in Aix, all students will be placed with a local French family for the duration of the program. Students will be responsible for travel from Aix at the completion of the program.
MealsStudents will be responsible for paying for all their meals in Paris, some meals in Morocco (breakfast and dinner is provided), and some meals in Aix (all lunches and one dinner per week are provided).
Costs and Funding
Program CostsSummer Costs
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the 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.
ScholarshipsThe Education Abroad Office awards a number of grants and scholarships to students who participate in an education abroad program through Global Programs. The application for the scholarships awarded through the Education Abroad Office is included with your program application. Eligibility is based on academic merit and/or financial need. You must have a current FAFSA on file to be awarded. There are additional scholarship opportunities through our partner universities, Penn State Academic Departments, and other sources. To view a full list of scholarships, eligibility requirements, and deadlines visit Funding Study Abroad.
Student AidPenn State students who plan to study on a Penn State approved program can use most forms of financial aid towards the cost of the program. Exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships. If you have specific questions regarding your aid awards, contact the Penn State Office of Student Aid.
Withdrawal & Refund PolicyWithdrawal and refund details are dependent on the timing and reason for your withdrawal from a Penn State Education Abroad Program. For specific details and steps on how to withdraw, read the Education Abroad Policies.
After CommitmentOnce a student has committed to a Penn State Education Abroad program, they are financially responsible for any fees incurred on their behalf. Therefore, if a student plans to withdraw from a program it is their responsibility to immediately notify the Education Abroad office, in writing; email is preferred.
Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. For faculty-led freestanding programs, there is a specific withdrawal penalty schedule.
Education Abroad makes every attempt at keeping the program and administrative costs to a minimum. However, when you commit to participating in a program, Education Abroad begins to make financial commitments on your behalf. In case of withdrawal, the following fees will be charged to your Bursar account
Upon Commitment - 90 Days Prior to Departure: 25% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
30 - 89 Days Prior to Departure: 50% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
29 Days - Departure Date: 100% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
Following the start of the summer semester, any adjustment of tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. More information can be found on the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.
If a student withdraws after the start of a program, any adjustment of Penn State tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. Students may be responsible for up to 100% of program costs. In most cases, partial credit cannot be awarded for leaving a program before its successful completion.
After the Start of the Program
For additional information on withdrawal policies, separate and apart from financial consequences, please consult the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.
General InformationStudying abroad can be one of the most exciting and transformative experiences of your college career. It is an opportunity to develop independence, build cross-cultural competencies, grow as a person, and enhance your academic program. Entering a new culture can be challenging for everyone. You may ask yourself: is this the right country for me? What are their cultural norms? How will my identity be perceived there? What can I do to prepare for this experience? What will my daily life be like? Below are resources to help you answer these questions.
Accessibility ConsiderationsPenn State Education Abroad works closely with campus resources and our partner institutions around the world to ensure that students of all abilities reach their goal of studying abroad. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged on an individual basis. If you have accommodation needs or further questions please consult with the Student Disability Resources office and your Education Abroad Adviser. Additional resources are available through the Global Programs Website. Disability information will not be used during the admissions process, but rather is meant to provide students with resources to help in planning a successful experience abroad.
Gender and LGBTQA ConsiderationsThere are dramatic and subtle differences in how gender, identity, sexual expression, and sexual health are perceived in different countries. Before going abroad, it is important that you research the specific country or countries you will be visiting and have a full understanding of their cultural norms. Below are some resources to help you with that research and provide guidance for your life abroad.
- LGBTQA Resource Center
- LGBTQA Resources for Study Abroad
- Education Abroad Guide for LGBTQA Travelers
- Education Abroad Guide for Women Travelers
Race, Ethnicity, and Faith ConsiderationsWhen choosing a study abroad location and preparing for your travels, you will want to be mindful of how your experience will be different than what you are used to in the United States. Your racial, ethnic, and spiritual identities may be interacted with and labeled by others differently than what you expect. Here are resources to help you prepare for these differences.
- Multicultural Resource Center
- Multicultural Offices by College
- Religious Diversity Abroad Guide
- Education Abroad Guide for Diversity and Study Abroad
Non-U.S. CitizensIt is possible for non-U.S. Citizens to study abroad through Penn State. To do so successfully, you must plan early because this process may involve obtaining visas and other governmental procedures. Check with your DISSA Adviser prior to committing to a study abroad program and speak with your Education Abroad Adviser for specific information on the host country. If you plan on traveling to other countries during your study abroad experience, you will need to research and make plans to adhere to immigration policies for all of the countries that you plan to travel to and through. You are responsible for applying for visas for all applicable countries on your own. Advisers in the Education Abroad office cannot apply for your visa for you. Additional information may be available through your country's embassy and the consulate for your study abroad country.
Steps to Study AbroadThe planning stages outlined on the Global Programs website will help you have the best study abroad experience possible. We recommend that you begin this process at least one year prior to the semester you plan on studying abroad. Visit the Steps to Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
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Application procedures can vary by program. Students should consult the application instructions available within each application. For more information, see the Application Process section of the Global Penn State website.
DeadlinesYou must apply to this program by the Penn State deadline, February 1. For a list of deadlines visit the Application Process page of the Global Programs website.
Contact Education AbroadIf you have general questions about Education Abroad opportunities at Penn State, please email EducationAbroad@psu.edu.
Peer AdvisersEducation Abroad Peer Advisers are Penn State study abroad returnees who advise students on education abroad opportunities at Penn State. Each Peer Adviser can explain program options, give an overview of the study abroad process, as well as provide information about their experience abroad. Peer Advisers have walk-in hours in Boucke Building during the fall and spring semester when classes are in session. For more information, visit the Education Abroad Peer Adviser website.
Education Abroad AdvisersEducation Abroad Advisers can provide information about courses, support services, application processes, housing details, program costs, cultural expectations, pre-departure requirements, and much more. Education Abroad Advisers have two types of meetings - scheduled appointments and walk-ins. For more information about how to meet with an Education Abroad Adviser, please visit the Global Penn State website.
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