May Term 2014 — Paris and Strasbourg, France with Dr. Terri Schroth

FRN3880-01 French Cultural Studies: Paris and Strasbourg, France                     
4 semester hours

This faculty-led travel course will provide students with a first-hand experience of French culture, food and history. From the airport in Paris to Strasbourg, students will have the memorable chance to ride on the high-speed train (the TGV). The trip begins with an eight-night stay in a hotel/castle (a château) in Strasbourg, France. Strasbourg is a lovely city and the capital of the Alsace region of France (on the border of Germany), which is the official seat of the European Parliament. At the Château, we will experience a welcome dinner, reception and orientation program, which will include the history of the castle, the city and the region. In Strasbourg, we will visit several historical museums and monuments (including the Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle) and take a guided tour of the city to learn about its interesting architecture and history. Other unique excursions include: the charming town of Obernai, the former concentration camp Struthof (in Natzwiller), the European Parliament, and the city of Nancy (Medieval and Renaissance architecture). We will also visit the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) and learn about the trade and economic relations between this region (Alsace) and the U.S. Then, we will enjoy a visit to a true French "Pâtisserie/Chocolaterie" (pastry and chocolate shop) that will include a discussion with a chocolate maker and samples! You will also get the chance to visit Germany for a day—the group will head across the border to Kehl, Germany, where we will attend a lecture at the Euro-Institute. We will learn about the continued cross-border cooperation between France and Germany in a post-WWII Europe. Our stay in the Alsace region will allow students to learn about European relations, history, economics and culture.

The group is then off by high-speed train (TGV) for a five-night stay in Paris, France. In Paris, local, bilingual guides and guest lecturers will accompany our group on private tours and academic excursions to many historical monuments, museums and sites (including a famous boat ride on the Seine River, walking tour of the Latin Quarter, the Pompidou Center/museum ,the Chateau de Versailles, the Louvre art museum, the Sacre-Coeur and Montmartre, the Carnavalet Museum, the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame Cathedral and much more). Explore Paris on your own or in small groups in scheduled free time—go to an open-air market, walk in the famous Tuilerie gardens while sampling some pastries or sandwiches along the way, shop on the Champs-Elysées or visit the Catacombs underneath Paris. The possibilities are endless!

Students should be willing and able to participate in a lot of walking per day—in France, students will encounter many stairs and we will be using some public transportation and walking throughout the day. Dietary restrictions or special dietary needs must be told to the instructor as soon as possible so arrangements can be made ahead of time.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

Instructor: Dr. Terri Schroth

Course dates/times:  Monday and Tuesday, May 5-6 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; 2-3 pre-departure meetings and discussions during the Spring 2014 semester (TBA)

Trip dates:  May 7-21

Trip costs: $3,950 to include airfare, board and lodging, ground transportation, weekend trips, in addition to undergraduate tuition of $1,960.