France Study Abroad Information

France Study Abroad


For details on France study abroad program costs and registration details, please visit the FIU Honors College website.

FIU Honors students in Sainte-Chapelle in Paris in 2019. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

France: Art, War, & Human Rights. From great conflict comes great change. This interdisciplinary course examines France’s dramatic political, intellectual, and cultural conflicts. Students will experience French history firsthand, from the Roman conquest of Gaul to the Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy, by way of the intellectual battles of the Enlightenment and the artistic revolution of the 19th century.

Professor Bailly of FIU lectures in front of Les Invalides in Paris (Photo by Stephanie Sepulveda CC BY 4.0)

Know your professor! Professor Bailly is dual French and US citizen. He holds an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University. Read more about Bailly here.

Cite Internationale Universitaire de Paris (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

Each FIU student will have an individual dorm room in Paris for a month. We stay at the Cite Internationale Universitaire de Paris. In Lyon and Bayeux, we lodge at Hotel des Celestins and Hotel Reine Mathilde.

Paris is the number one tourist destination in the world. Over the course of one month, students will discover the famous monuments, as well as the obscure magical streets of the French capital. More about Paris here.

FIU France 2015 on the Fourviere Hill in Lyon. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

Lyon was the Roman capital of Gaul and is currently the culinary capital of France. History is alive on its streets. FIU France explores Lyon for three days, the city that Professor Bailly calls his second home. More about Lyon here.

Vicky Atencio takes in the Mont-Saint-MIchel during low tide. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

Students will spend four days in Normandy, studying the D-Day landings of WW 2 and the Norman Conquest of Britain. We also visit the iconic Mont-Saint-Michel, the abbey on the mount, characterized by one of the most extreme tidal changes in the world.

The Saint-Antoine market in Lyon is world famous for the quality of it’s produce and street food…its also a five minute walk from the FIU lodging. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

Ah, La France and its cuisine: baguettes, croissants, fromage, macarons, fondue, creme brûlée, moules frites, gratin…The diversity and crazy amazingness of French food is endless.
Amaranta Bailly, Stephanie Sepulveda, and Vicky Atencio enjoy Paris Plages. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

Paris is one of the most innovative cities in the world. In the summer, Paris turns the banks of the Seine into a street festival named Paris Plages. Free concerts, yoga classes, picnic areas, pop-up bars along the the river.

Corey Ryan of FIU on the peak in Haute-Savoie in France. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

France study abroad features FIU study abroad’s legendary hike in the French Alps. The class hikes so high that we can see mountain ranges from Italy and Switzerland. We end the hike in a mountain refuge with a dinner of local specialties.

Amaranta Bailly in front of Monet’s Waterlilies in the Orangerie in Paris. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

When you participate in FIU France Study Abroad, you get to live in Paris for one month. After a few days, you don’t need a map anymore. After a week, you’re on a first name basis with the baker. And then you see a group of people and think to yourself, “How cute, look at those tourists.” Your transformation is complete; you have become a Parisian.

France Study Abroad Gallery

Check out Bailly’s study abroad programs
France: Art, War, & Human Rights
Italy: Grand Tour Redux
Spain: Miami, Espana: Ida Y Vuelta

Stephanie Sepúlveda & John William Bailly  23 December 2019

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