January Great Cities: Rome, Marseille, Paris, Amsterdam, Prague

Travel throughout some of Europe's premier destinations on this January Term study abroad program! Visit and study Rome, Italy; Marseille and Paris, France; Prague, Czech Republic; and London, England as you focus on each city's artistic development over the last couple centuries.

We created this unique program just for you! We know students are having a hard time fitting study abroad into their schedules, so we created this unique January Term study abroad program to allow you to have an amazing experience without falling behind in anything back on campus. 

We’re here to support you - before, during and after. We’ll make sure you have all the right information up front, including how much you should expect to pay on-site, put you in touch with other participants on the program, and prepare you for adjusting to your new home overseas. Once on location, you’ll be supported by a variety of people throughout Italy, France, England, and the Czech Republic - all seasoned staff that have years of experience engaging students in cultural exchange. When you get back, we’ll make sure you have appropriately digested your experience by asking you to reflect. We’ll also be happy to share any resources or help you go abroad again!

We reduce our carbon footprints and nearly erase yours! We reduce, reuse and recycle. We use clean source energy at our office in Massachusetts. We offset the carbon produced by all our participants’ flights each year, so don’t feel bad about jet-setting to Europe next January. We’ll plant trees or contribute to clean energy research on your behalf.  

On this J-term study abroad program, you travel throughout several of Europe’s most famous and illustrious cities during your Winter Break. This short term program focuses on the concept of the city in historical art and literature. Expect to absorb an academic foundation about each location, but then also experiencing the culture, art, and history for yourself while visiting cities such as  Rome, Marseille, Paris, Amsterdam, and Prague.

Always wanted to travel to Europe, but couldn’t choose where to go? - Now you don’t have to! This program includes trips to Rome, Marseille, Paris, Amsterdam, and Prague in its itinerary. These experiences will not only give you a deeper insight into the academics explored on the program, but will give you a chance to see some of Europe's top destinations for culture, history, art, and architecture in only a few weeks! You then might consider returning to any of the countries visited for a semester or summer, or check out a new country/region with us.

Choose from several courses for your academic experience - Though an overarching urban and cultural studies theme is present in all of the available courses, you can choose from a wide variety of course topics including: European Studies, Anthropology, Literature, Communications, and Geography. No matter which one you choose to take, all courses are taught by experts in their fields, with a combination of classroom-based lectures and on-site learning.

Great cities = great inspiration! - Enjoy abundant visits to museums, galleries, and historical monuments. You'll have the unique opportunity to visualize the physical and artistic development of each location, as you visit sites that have inspired countless famous artistis, architects, poets, and film-makers. Our hope is that you are also inspired to create your own works of art, whether that means actual artwork, meaningful photos, life-long memories and friends, or whatever else your inspiration leads to.

Here are just a few of the reasons why you should participate in this amazing January-term program:

  • Winter break program allows you to get ahead academically
  • Visit six spectacular European cities in about 16 days:  Rome, Marseille, Paris, Amsterdam, and Prague
  • Study in a variety of subjects with world-renowned lecturers
  • Great support services with English-speaking staff
  • Fun experiential learning using the cities as your classroom

Since the January in Europe: Rome, Marseille, Paris, Amsterdam, and Prague program is a true travel-study course, most of your time on the program will be dedicated to mixing the academics of the program with trips around the various locations in which you will be studying. In Italy, you’ll visit Rome; in France, you’ll visit Paris, Aix en Provence and Marseille; in the Netherlands you’ll visit Amsterdam; and in the Czech Republic, you’ll visit Prague. Within each city, you'll also enjoy field trips and excursions to numerous sites of interest, including churches, castles, museums, plazas, and more. The itinerary boasts visits to places such as Château d'If, Trevi Fountain, The Louvre, Prague Castle, and many more.

The January in Europe:  Rome, Marseille, Paris, Amsterdam, and Prague program is hosted by IAU College, which is based out of Aix en Provence, France. 

The academic component of the program will consist of lectures from leading experts in the fields being explored on the program. Particular attention will be paid to the rise and establishment of the urban setting in contemporary European culture and civilization, and the artistic conception of the city in the late 19th century up to the contemporary setting.

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Contact an advisor or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses:
Now the fun part...As part of the application process, you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses.

Course load: 1 course (3 U.S. credits)

Course approval:  Before you go abroad, it is best to get two or three classes approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

Course descriptions and catalog: 

The following are the approved courses for January 2016:

  • European Studies 303: Europe and the Urban Space
  • Anthropology 301: The Artist and the City
  • Literature 375: The European City in Literature
  • Communications 375: The European City in the Visual Arts
  • Geography 201: Europe and its Cities

For details or syllabi, please contact your designated CISabroad staff or a study abroad advisor

Did you know that 70 percent of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

Quite a bit of traveling is packed into this three-week program! You will visit four countries and six cities during the program, getting to experience a wide range of European cultures. Expect to see and do things that provide genuine insight into the place you’re visiting. Here’s a rough outline of the places you'll visit:

  • Paris: 3 nights
  • Aix: 2 nights 
  • Marrakesh: 3 nights
  • Rabat: 2 nights 
  • Algeciras: 1 night
  • Sevilla: 2 nights
  • Granada: 2 nights
  • Madrid: 3 nights
  • Day trip Marseille
  • Day trip Assila
  • Day trip Cordoba
  • Day trip Toledo

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 in Europe 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.

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.

The following is a tentative itinerary for 2016-2017 (please contact an advisor for details or for future year's itinerary):

December 27 - Depart US for Rome
December 28 - Arrive in Rome
December 29 - Rome: Ancient Rompe Palatine, Forum and Colosseum
December 30 - Rome: Baroque Rome Trevi Fountain 
December 31 - Rome: Baroque Rome Sant Andrea della Valle, Castle St. Angelo
January 1 -      Rome: Modern Rome, Fascist Architecture
January 2 -      Flight from Rome to Aix
January 3 -      Marseille: Notre Dame de la Garde, Château d’If
January 4 -      Aix-en-Provence: History of a Roman City
January 5 -      Train from Aix to Paris
January 6 -      Bon Marché, Tuilerie Gardens, Palais Royal
January 7 -      Opera Garnier, Arcades
January 8 -      Paris: Pere Lachaise Cemetary
January 9 -      Train from Paris to Amsterdam
January 10 -     Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House
January 11 -     Flight from Amsterdam to Prague
January 12 -     Prague: Old Town and Castle
January 13 -     Charles Bridge, Theatre
January 14 -     Soviet-era Prague
January 15 -     Depart for US 

Throughout the program, you’ll stay in three and four star hotels and hostels. You will share a room with other program participants. Breakfast is included each day as well as a majority of dinners.

While traveling throughout Italy, France, England and the Czech Republic, you’ll be supported by staff from IAU College. They will be with you from the moment you step off the plane to the day you depart. 

1. What is the cost of program tuition? What is included in the program fees?
The program cost for the January Great Cities program can be found here.

2. When are the program fees due?
Program fees for the January Great Cities program are due on November 1st, 2015. 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 to Europe. 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 January in Europe Program, visas are NOT required for US passport holders. We recommend that you apply for your passport the second you are interested in a CISabroad program!

5. Is there a GPA requirement?
Yes. The GPA requirement for the January in Europe 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 Great Cities program, 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 the January Great Cities program 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 December 28
Departure January 15
Application Deadline October 1
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.