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Paris, Beaune, France

Program Description

This 3-week summer course in Paris and Beaune, France explores the history and impact of French food on contemporary culture. Through a wide range of experiences and on-site lectures, students will be exposed to the history of French cuisine and its importance in the modern dining experience.

Students will visit historical and cultural sites that help to demonstrate the history of France and especially Paris. We will visit the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, the Eiffel tower, take a boat ride on the Seine, have a macaron tour, see most of the famous regions of Paris and eat our way through marketplaces and several famous restaurants.

Location Description

Paris is the center of all French culture. It holds many of the greatest sites and museums in Europe. Beaune, Burgundy, is one of the prettiest towns in all of Europe and the center of Burgundy the famous wine region. There we will bicycle through the vineyards of Burgundy. 


Melanie Munier | | Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures


In Paris the students live in a lovely hostel near the center of the city but in a quiet safe location located near metro stations. In Beaune, the group lives in a house where we can cook meals and enjoy ourselves after riding bicycles through the countryside.

In Paris students are provided with breakfasts at the hostel. Then a weekly meal allowance covers all lunches and dinners. Several times along the way, the group will be eating together either in famous restaurants or in Beaune, meals cooked under the direction of the JMU alumna chef.

Additional Items to Consider

No visa is required. All pertinent information will be provided in advance such as the best cell phone setup, how and what to pack, how to carry a passport, safety measures. etc.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.2

No French language is required. All the lectures and tours are in English

All undergraduate levels and graduate students welcomed

Open to all majors

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
  • Interview with Program Director
  • 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


FL 447: Topics in Civilization and Culture: Food and Culture of France (3 credits)

HIST 391: Study Abroad Seminar (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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