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Paris, France

Program Description

Students will spend six weeks studying Facilities & Events and Marketing in Paris, France, home of the 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games. During this time, students may have the opportunity to visit (depending on restrictions) iconic venues such as Stade de France and Stade Roland Garros along with various other venues that will play host to the games. Students will experience the robust culture, attractions, and sporting life of Paris.

As students experience life in Paris, they will also be completing 6-credit hours of instruction while taking courses like Facilities & Events in Sport & Recreation Management and Sport Promotion & Sales at the American Business School of Paris (ABS Paris). ABS Paris brings together students and its community from all over the world to create a multicultural, diverse and innovative learning environment.

Students will be taught by JMU faculty as they are immersed into an international environment with the best of the American pedagogy combined with the best of French and European practices.

Location Description

With a population over 2 million, Paris, France is a major European city and a hub for art, fashion, sport and culture. The 19th-century cityscape in Paris is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine.

Students will want to catch a show or exhibition, climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower, visit the 12th-century Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, stroll down the Champs Elysées, visit the Louvre or simply wander along the banks of the Seine.

The city is also known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. During this time, students will have the opportunity to attend major sport events such as the French Open at Roland Garros along with other events happening at the time.


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Housing for students will be close to the American Business School of Paris. Housing accommodations are centrally located and public transportation is easily accessible.

Students will be on their own for securing their meals. There will be a Welcome and Closing Meal included.

Additional Items to Consider

Students will need to purchase a passport if they do not already have one.

COVID-19 Location Information:

Each country has different requirements upon entry with regard to COVID-19. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on what is required for the country (or countries) that are part of this program. Please note that this changes often, so we encourage you to check back frequently.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5

French language skills are not required.

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Resume
  • Academic references
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


SRM 435: Sport Promotion & Sales (3 credits)

SRM 436: Facilities & Event Management in Sport & Recreation Management (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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