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LSU in Paris
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/22/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
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Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel APA Program Type: Summer Programs
Credit Type: LSU courses & credit APA Advisor: Jill Clemmons
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LSU in Paris 2018 

from Montparnasse

Ernest Hemingway once wrote that if you are lucky enough to live in Paris as a young person, "then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast."  
To Americans, Paris seems both excitingly foreign and invitingly familiar; a city that engages the mind as it enchants the heart.  Since the birth of the U.S., Americans have been drawn to Paris.  Celebrated expatriates include Benjamin Franklin, James Fenimore Cooper, Mary Cassatt, Gertrude Stein, Aaron Copeland, Richard Wright, and Jim Morrison.

Summer study in the Left Bank indeed affords an unforgettable experience of four weeks of concentrated classes and group excursions.  


Students will earn six hours of LSU credit, pursuing courses in French language, literature, culture, cinema, and history, all adapted to the special opportunities of Paris.  

Classes will explore sites throughout Paris, as well as longer trips to locations outside of Paris.  Those longer trips (although subject to change) include: the Ubaye Valley and Lyon, as well as day trips to Strasbourg, Auvers-sur-Oise, Giverny, and Cassis.

Want to meet the students and faculty you'll be traveling with this summer to Paris?  Join our Facebook page!

Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees 
(Undergraduate, 6 hours)
LSU Tuition & Fees
(Graduate, 6 hours)
May 30 July 2 $4,425 instate: $2,784
out of state: $6,888
instate: $3,323
out of state: $7,571

Program Fee Includes

  • FIAP bedroom

    Housing in double occupancy rooms at the FIAP Jean Monnet
  • Two meals per day (breakfast everyday and your choice of lunch or dinner everyday)
  • Weekly pizza nights on the Seine River
  • Dinner cruise on the Seine River
  • One month metro/bus/tram pass
  • 4-day museum pass
  • Fieldtrips and class excursions
  • Overnight course trip (Ubaye Valley, Lyon, Sarlat/Dordogne river valley, Brittany/Mont St Michel)
  • Health insurance

In the event of an unfavorable exchange rate, some activities may be cancelled or changed.

Housing: Students will be housed in double and triple rooms at the Foyer International Jean Monnet (FIAP).  Each room has its own bathroom.  Towels and bed linens are provided.  There is a coin-operated laundromat inside the FIAP.  The FIAP is a modern, comfortable residence centrally located near the metro line to the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysees.  It is two metro stops from the theatre and entertainment district of Montparnasse, and a short walk from the catacombs and the Park Montsouris.

Internet Access: Wifi access at the FIAP is not included in the cost of the program.  Wifi is free in the lobby in 30 minute intervals.  You can also set up a one-month internet "hotspot" that can be used all over France through a third-party provider that contracts with the FIAP.  The cost is $200 (€165) for one month and is not included in the program fee.

Advice and Suggestions (from students who went last year):

  • Be prepared to walk a lot.  Bring Woolite. Have fun!
  • Make sure you don't wait until the day before to pack.  
  • Bring clothes for a wide range of temperatures.
  • Do any homework you can before you leave the US
  • If you're using student loans, borrow during the spring semester, not the summer semester.  Otherwise, you'll be waiting until mid-June for your loan disbursement.
  • Budget before you go!
  • Don't spend all of your money in the beginning on eating out and shopping
  • Read the syllabi and meet with the faculty before you leave Baton Rouge
  • Plan your arrival in Paris carefully.  If you're going to stay after the trip to travel in Europe, plan that before you leave the US
  • Bring an umbrella

Need help getting around Paris?  Check out the list of helpful phrases and expressions compiled by the FREN 2154 class: Helpful Expressions.pdf

Program Fee Does NOT Include

Tuition: All students must pay tuition and fees for all courses taken 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. 

Mike on a planeAirfare: Each student arranges his/her own roundtrip airfare.  Do not purchase a ticket until you are told to do so by your Program Director, Dr. Bongiorni.  

Once you are told you can purchase a ticket, you should plan to fly out of the US on May 30, so that you land in Paris on May 31.  If you're not planning to stay in Europe and explore on your own at the end of the program, you should schedule your return flight for July 2.  You must check out of your room at the FIAP by 9:30am on July 2. 

Some students choose to fly with another student on the program.  You will have the chance to meet the other students and hear more details about purchasing airfare at the program orientation, held during spring semester. 

You should plan to fly into Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport; instructions will be given to you at orientation on how to get from the airport to the FIAP.

Spending money: Although most meals are provided, you should plan for additional expenditures, such as meals not covered by the program, snacks, or refreshments.  You should budget a minimum of $47/day for food and discretionary spending.  Because the program is 32 days long, this comes to $1500 in spending money.  The program recommends that you have $1500-$2000 for your spending money.  In the past, some students have said they would recommend $2000-$2500 for spending money.  The amount you will need will vary, depending on your own spending habits and how much travel you plan to do during free weekends.


LSU in macaronsAll students on the LSU in Paris program take two courses (six credit hours).  You should choose two courses from the ones listed below.  Course descriptions and prerequisites can be found in the LSU Course Catalog.

You do not need to speak French, unless you plan to take a French course.
Course Description Prerequisite(s) Instructor
FREN 2154 Intermediate Oral Communication FREN 2101 Pointiere
FREN 2155* Intro to Reading French Literature FREN 2102 Pointiere
FREN 3058 Advanced Oral Communication   Pointiere
FREN 3080 French Culture and Civilization FREN 3060 Bongiorni
FREN 4100 Special Topics in French: Service Learning FREN 3060; permission of instructor Bongiorni
CMST 3900 Selected Topics in Communication: Performing Tourism   Suchy
CMST 4150 Special Topics in Communication permission of instructor Suchy
CMST 7999 Gradual-level course permission of instructor Suchy
FMA 3001 Special Topics in Film and Media Arts: Paris Cinema   Suchy

* Course may be taken for Gen Ed credit


April 10 5:30pm Students' Orientation (234 Prescott Hall)
April 14 10:00am Parents' Orientation
May 2 Fee bills available via myLSU
May 17 Fee bills are due
May 30 Depart the US
May 31 Arrive in Paris; check into the FIAP (you should arrive at the FIAP between 2pm and 3pm in order to pick up your room key)
June 1 Scavenger hunt
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June 8 Ubaye Valley trip
June 9 Ubaye Valley trip
June 10 Ubaye Valley trip
June 11 Ubaye Valley trip
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June 13 Lyon trip
June 14 Lyon trip
June 15 Lyon trip
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June 20 Strasbourg daytrip (optional)
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July 1  
July 2 Depart from the FIAP by 9:30am; return home or continue to travel on your own
Aug 1 Grades are available via myLSU

Please note: this itinerary is tentative and subject to change.  


Faculty Member Department Photo
Dr. Kevin Bongiorni
Program Director

Click here to read an interview with Dr. Bongiorni
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Dr. Trish Suchy Communication Studies suchy
Ms. Mathilde Pointière French faculty placeholder

Eligibility & Withdrawal

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In 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

This program is open to students from all disciplines. Qualified applications from other institutions 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 and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and the 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 mid-May (exact dates TBD by 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.

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