January Embassy Studies: France, Morocco, Belgium

Spend January exploring American diplomacy with the beautiful backdrop of six cities, three countries, and two continents. Discover the vibrant diversity between France, Belgium, and Morocco while participating embassy briefings and academic lectures by scholars and resident experts.

Warm up your winter! Pull back the curtain of diplomatic relations in Europe and North Africa by hearing directly from those that work behind the scenes at U.S. Embassies. This program will run in 2017!

Location based- Get ready to explore a wealth of countries and diversity as you travel throughout Europe and North Africa. Make sure to note the cultural differences and enjoy the unique opportunity to develop a world perspective!

Academic Based –  Gain course credit in Political Science, Peace Studies, or International Relations from the experts and professionals. Surrounded by the history and geography influencing diplomatic work, you will hear real-world examples first-hand and understand the economic, environmental, and security challenges faced.

La Vida Local – Each program destination will share its own unique culture and story through the sites, sounds, language, and food as well as discussions with local diplomats. You will also get a deeper taste through a guided city tour at each destination, an insider look at each embassy, and a visit to the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.

Spend January exploring American diplomacy with the beautiful backdrop of six cities, three countries, and two continents. Discover the vibrant diversity between France, and Morocco while participating embassy briefings and academic lectures by scholars and resident experts.

  • Get ahead academically through a traveling study program in January
  • Visit six cities in three countries in 15 days 
  • Study Political Science, Peace Studies, or International Relations with world-renowned lecturers 
  • Learn and travel through this unique multi-country program 
  • Takeoff to touchdown support services by English-speaking staff

While learning about modern American diplomacy your education will be experiential and integrade with cultural visits. Lectures will be paired with political experts. Your traveling seminar will travel through the following locations:

  • Visit Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Casablanc, Rabat, Tangiers, Paris, Brussels
  • Experience first-hand the economic, environmental, and security challenges faces these countries
  • Learning about modern American diplomacy and the people who make it happen
  • Go behind the scenes at U.S. embassies in Europe and North Africa to meet U.S. diplomats at the forefront of American engagement
  • Cultural visits, Embassy briefings and academic lectures by IAU scholars and resident experts will place U.S. policies in their historic and geographic context
  • Provide real-world examples of how American diplomats work, and explore the economic, security and environmental issues they face.

The 3 credit traveling seminar covers political science, international relations, or cultural studies.  This program is for students interested in learning about modern American diplomacy and the people who make it happen. Students will go behind the scenes at U.S. embassies in Europe and North Africa to meet U.S. diplomats at the forefront of American engagement. Cultural visits, Embassy briefings and academic lectures by IAU scholars and resident experts will place U.S. policies in their historic and geographic context, provide real-world examples of how American diplomats work, and explore the economic, security and environmental issues they face.

GPA: 2.5

Coursework: 1 course (3 credits)

Courses:
Please choose one course of study that you may transfer back to your home univeristy for credit:

Political Science 345: American Diplomacy in Action – U.S. Engagement in the 21st Century

International Relations 345: American Diplomacy in Action – U.S. Engagement in the 21st Century

Cultural Studies 345: American Diplomacy in Action – U.S. Engagement in the 21st Century 

Traveling Seminar: Sites visited include France (Marseille, Paris, Aix-en-Provence), Morocco (Rabat, Tangiers and Casablanca) and Belgium (Brussels).

You will study and travel to the following locations:

  • France (Marseille, Paris, Aix-en-Provence)
  • Morocco (Rabat, Tangiers and Casablanca)
  • Belgium (Brussels).

Get ready to wear your walking shoes! This program is largely travel-based, meaning most of the time you’ll stick to the itinerary, which offers a blend of academic, social, cultural and recreational activities. The limited free time can be spent exploring your host city with other participants.

Following is the itinerary for January 2017, which has not yet been finalized but should give you a good idea of what to expect. Please do not make any travel or academic arrangements until you've received a confirmed itinerary from your CISabroad staff:

Jan.1 
Depart US

Jan. 2
Arrival to Aix-en-Provence

Jan. 3
Aix-en-Provence, France
• City Tour to Marseille

Jan. 4
Aix-en-Provence, France
• Visit the consulate
• Flight to Marseill-Casablance

Jan. 5
Casablance, Morocco
• Visit the consulate
• Visit Hassan II Mosque
• Travel to Rabat 

Jan. 6
Rabat, Morocco
• City Tour
• Lecture Rabat
• Embassy visit

Jan. 7
Travel to Tangier
• Lunch in Assila
• Arrive Tangier
• Class 

Jan. 8
Tangier
• Site Visits
• Class

Jan. 9
Fly to Tangier - Paris

Jan. 10
Paris, France 
• Embassy Visit
• Visits in Paris

Jan. 11
Paris, France
• Class
• Visits in Paris

Jan. 12 
Travel to Brussels, Belgium
• City Tour
• Site Visits

Jan. 13 
Brussels, Belgium
• EU Commission

Jan. 14 
Brussels, Belgium
• Class 

Jan. 15
Depart Brussels
• According to individual schedules 

IAU College, the academic host of this program, administers this program with assistance from local guides and academics. IAU College in Aix-en-Provence is one of the premier academic centers in Europe, with a strong emphasis on immersion in French language and culture. IAU College’s academic and cultural foundations shine brightly through the January Traveling Seminar program, as they bring in experts from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds to provide students with the greatest insight into each location they visit.

While traveling throughout France, Morocco, and Turkey you’ll be supported by a variety of staff. The program’s Resident Director and faculty that will traveling with the program the whole time.

About the Professor - Philip Breeden
Former Minister Counselor for Public Affairs
U.S. Embassy Paris

Philip Breeden recently retired from the Senior Foreign Service after serving as the Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Paris from 2011 to 2014. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Press Counselor for the U.S. Embassy in London, and the Consul General in Marseille. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service specializing in Public Diplomacy, Mr. Breeden also served in Turkey, Tunisia, and Madagascar.

He currently teaches Foreign Policy and Cultural Diplomacy in Paris and Aix-en-Provence. He received numerous honors, including a Superior Honor Award for his outreach efforts in Tunisia, and the “Palmes Académiques” for his work with high schools in France. Mr. Breeden speaks French, Arabic and Turkish. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and a M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

1. What is the cost of program tuition? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for the January Embassy Studies program can be found here.

2. When are the program fees due?

Program fees for January Embassy Studies are due on November 1st. If you have any questions about tuition deadlines, please contact an advisor at info@cisabroad.com.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

The application process can be broken into easy steps!

1. The first step is to fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. (Only takes five minutes!)

2. After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms. 

3. The next step is to pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 

4. Within a day after submitting your deposit, you will receive a welcome email from your Program Coordinator—the person you will work with until departure. Your Program Coordinator will then give you program-specific items in your portal. (Note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program-specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)

#CISabroadTip: Contact your school’s registrar and have them send us your transcript early on in the application process (you can send us your transcript even before you’ve made the $200 deposit!) since snail mail makes this the slowest piece to submit. (We also accept electronic OFFICIAL transcripts if your school provides them.)

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. For application deadline, please check here or contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

Yes, you WILL need a passport to travel on this program. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For the Embassy Studies program, visas are NOT required.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes. The GPA requirement for the January Embassy Studies program is 2.5, but sometimes a lower GPA is accepted. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact a CISabroad Advisor" button on this page or call us at 1-877-617-9090 to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you! 

6. What are my housing options?

For the January Embassy Studies you will stay in 3- and 4-star hotel rooms shared with fellow program participants. Additionally, you will be provided with breakfast everday and dinner on most nights.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

For January Embassy Studies a student will take one course offering and receive 3 U.S. credits. For more information on course options, go here.  

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

Term: January 2017
Arrival January 2
Departure January 15
Application Deadline October 1
Prices
Term: January 2017 Price: $5,390


Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Housing and some meals
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • On-site orientation
  • All program-related travel (except round-trip airfare from the US)
  • IAU College official transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel 


CISabroad  reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.