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Food and Culture in France (Spring Intersession)
Paris, France; Strasbourg, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Intersession
Restrictions: LSU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Intersession 2018 03/23/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/14/2018 05/28/2018

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
APA Program Type: Summer Programs APA Advisor: Jill Clemmons
Language of Instruction:
Minimum GPA:
Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel Credit Type: LSU courses & credit
Program Description:

Food and Culture in France 2018

cheeseThere are some things you just can't learn by staying home and reading a textbook.  Food and Culture in France will show you just how valuable hands-on learning truly is.

The course will explore the topics of culinary techniques, socio-cultural and ethnic food consumption, issues and trends, food safety and sanitation, and the role of food in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.  You'll understand how socioeconomic, cultural, and psychological factors influence food and nutrition behavior.  The difference between this and an on-campus class is that you will experience these topics, not just talk about them!

This is your chance to have hands-on experience learning about French cuisine.  Let's geaux to France!

Want to meet the students and faculty who will be traveling with you to France?  Join our Facebook group!

Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees (6 hours)
May 14 May 28 $2,400 instate: $1,207
out of state: $2,007

Program Fee Includes

  • dinnerHousing
  • Breakfast and some meals
  • Ground transportation
  • Fieldtrips and cultural events
  • Transportation to/from Frankfurt airport
  • Health insurance

Housing in Strasbourg: your home in Strasbourg will be the Chateau de Pourtales, part of the CEPA European Study Center.  The center provides wifi and laundry facilities.  You will be housed in double rooms and have access to a student kitchen, lounge, and tv room.

Program Fee Does NOT Include

Tuition and Fees: You must pay tuition and fees for all courses you take through LSU.  The tuition you pay is based on whether or not you are a resident of Louisiana.  If you are an out of state student, you will pay out of state tuition and fees for all courses taken through LSU, including those that are part of study abroad programs.

mikeonaplaneAirfare: Each student arranges his/her own roundtrip airfare.  Do not purchase airfare until you are told to do so by Prof. Myhand, your Program Director.  

Once you are given permission to purchase airfare, you should plan to fly into Frankfurt, Germany on Tuesday, May 15 (which means you leave the US on Monday, May 14).  Your return flight should be booked out of Frankfurt on May 25 if you are not doing the optional Paris excursion, or out of Paris on May 28 if you are planning to purchase the optional excursion.

Spending money: Although some meals are provided, you should plan for additional expenditures, including meals not covered by the program fee, snacks, souvenirs, and outings with friends.

Optional excursion to Paris: for those who want to continue on to Paris, you will pay an additional fee (TBD) to cover transportation to Paris, housing, excursions, and meals (see itinerary for more details)


Course Description Prerequisite
NFS 1014 Food and Culture NFS 1014

pink macaroonsAll students on this program will take NFS 3114.   You do not need to speak French to go on this program!

The course includes several opportunities for lay and technical writing, media presentations, interpersonal communication skills, and concepts of human and group dynamics through group work and discussion.  Course content focuses on social sciences related to socio-cultural aspects of health, especially as it relates to food consumption and nutritional health.

Tours to pâtisseries, farmers' markets, cheese markets, and wineries will bring to life the concepts studied.  You will also have the opportunity to prepare some favorite French dishes!

All students taking this course are required to be student members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)


May 14 Depart USA
May 15 Arrive in Frankfurt; bus to Strasbourg; check into the chateau; welcome orientation and tour; guided boat tour through Strasbourg; welcome dinner
May 16 Tarte Flambée workshop; class
May 17 Local supermarket; prepare evening meal 
May 18 Local food market; explore the city of Freiburg; visit a brewery in the Black Forest
May 19 Class; visit the city of Colmar, the "capital of Alsatian wine"
May 20 Fieldtrip to Heidelberg
May 21 Class; visit the Alsatian Museum
May 22 Meeting with local dietitian to discuss the French health system; discussion of the Slow Food Movement; visit a pâtisserie 
May 23 Bus tour through the Alsatian "Route des Vins" (Wine Route); visit a cheese cave and a winery; class in the PM
May 24 Cooking workshop; free afternoon in Strasbourg
May 25 Program ends
Not going to Paris: bus to Frankfurt International airport
Going to Paris: train to Paris; guided boat tour on the Seine river
May 26 Guided tour of La Grande Epicierie
May 27 Free day to explore Paris; farewell dinner
May 28 bus to the airport; fly home

Please note: this itinerary is tentative and subject to change


Faculty Member Department Photo
Ms. Judy Myhand
Program Director
School of Nutrition and Food Science Judy Myhand

Eligibility & Withdrawal

dessertsIn order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate students).
  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
  • Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
  • Have the prerequisites for the courses you take

NOTE: This program is open to students from all disciplines. Qualified applications from other insitutions are also welcome.

Application Deadline
March 23, 2018

Although the application deadline is March 23, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program. Students at other universities must send in a check or money order (made payable to "Louisiana State University") for the $500 deposit along with their applications.

The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after February 2, 2018.

Payment Deadlines: the $500 deposit is put on your billing statement when you are accepted into the program and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and tuition/fees for the courses will appear on your summer fee bill.  Those fee bills are available via myLSU in early May and are due in late May (specific dates TBD by the Registrar).

If you withdraw from the program: After February 2, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program. The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw. The withdrawal schedule is:

Date Withdrawal Costs
February 2, 2018 $500 deposit is non-refundable; student is obligated to pay for any non-refundable reservations the program has already paid, or is already contractually obligated to pay, on the student's behalf

Parents: Have questions about the study abroad process?  Want to ask questions?  We have a Facebook group just for parents of students going on our summer programs!  Join us here.