On our January Great Cities program, you’ll travel throughout several of Europe’s most famous and illustrious cities, including Rome, Marseille, Paris, Amsterdam, and Prague. This three-week program explores each city’s historical art and literature. Expect to absorb an academic foundation about each location, and take a deep dive into the cities’ culture, literature, cinema, music, and art. You’ll attend lectures and study with distinguished, expert scholars and local guides. At the end of this seminar, you’ll have a better appreciation for how art and literature have shaped Europe and the people who live there.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
- Avg Course Load
- 1 course (3 U.S. credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program Highlights
- Great support services with English-speaking staff
- Varius academic focuses, including anthropology, communication studies, European studies, geography, and literature
- Trips to famous landmarks, fun outings, and unique tours
- All program-related travel (except round-trip airfare from the US) included
Your Journey Begins Here
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
Life in Rome, Paris, Marseille, Amsterdam, and Prague
Welcome and Orientation
This traveling study abroad program packs a lot in a short amount of time. That said, it’s of utmost importance that students respect and can confide in the professors and program leaders. We’ll start building good rapport among all program attendees and establish expectations through a comprehensive orientation. We’ll cover local topics such as culture and language, as well as rules, regulations, guidelines, and expectations of the program in general.
Since we’ll be moving at such a quick rate, we’ll typically provide a briefing of each location before or upon arrival, as well as city tours and tours of various places of interest. While you can’t expect to learn your way around each new city, you’ll always have resources and the program staff and local guides of whom to ask questions about each location. Program activities are sufficient enough as to allow you to see most iconic sights, but you’ll always have free time to explore, and with just a bit of preparation you can be sure to make the absolute most of your time!
Farewell and Re-entry Program
While your academic and personal learning and growth will continue long after this amazing and engaging program is over, we’ll have to part ways eventually… Swap contact details and plans to share your treasured memories in digital form, and plan a European reunion with the friends you’ve made. We’ll also provide resources so you’ll know what to expect upon your “return to reality,” which will likely come with a dose of “reverse culture shock.” Not to worry though, as you’ll have plenty of resources to continue to process your experience, whether that’s through involvement at your school, through our ambassador program, or by planning your next study abroad program with CISabroad (for which you’ll get a discount!). If friends and family can’t appreciate all that you experienced, we know of some great “support groups” (one being us)!
Housing will be shared rooms with up to four people per room. Students will stay at hotels, hostels, student dorms, and/or homestays in each location. Breakfasts will be included most days.
- Rich Culture, Then and Now: This program was designed to emphasize the cultural richness of each destination visited. It shouldn't come as a surprise that cities renowned for their cultural heritage dating back a couple centuries still maintain a certain sense of pride and rich cultural traditions nowadays. "When in Rome" (or any of the other program's culturally-rich cities) do as the locals do, whether that is strolling the promenade, sipping espresso at a streetside cafe, lounging in the park, enjoying a fine meal, or simply people-watching in the plaza.
- Awe-Inspiring Monuments: From the Colosseum and Pantheon to Fascist-era architecture, Rome alone will allow you to visit a wide range of landmarks of historic and cultural significance spanning a wide timeline. Enjoy a glimpse back in time while walking through places like the old town of Prague and 17th century canals of Amsterdam. Equally inspiring are more contemporary places like Palais Garnier in Paris and Soviet-era remnants in Prague.
- Field-Based Studies: In other words, ditch those books for the real thing! This study-tour type program not only moves frequently between destinations, but also within each impressive city. Enjoy tours of historic districts, archaeological sites, palaces, gardens, museums and just about anything of aesthetic, historic, and/or cultural significance. Bring extra memory and charging capability for your preferred photo capturing devices!
More About Rome, Paris, Marseille, Amsterdam, and Prague
This three-week program is absolutely packed with travel and exploration. You'll visit four countries and six cities so you can experience a wide range of European cultures. Expect to see and do things that provide genuine insight into the places you’re visiting.
The journey begins in Rome, known as the Eternal City. If you've ever wanted to glimpse the past while also enjoying the thrills of a modern city, you've come to the right place. Rome offers countless historical attractions alongside a vibrant cultural scene. As the hub of European politics, art, and fashion, it's an appropriate first stop on a tour of Europe's great cities.
Your next stop is Marseille, located along the southern coast of France. While it's the country's second largest city, Marseille is the largest port on the Mediterranean coast. The city is an economic and cultural powerhouse thanks to its location on the edge of Europe and its proximity to Africa. Trade and cultural exchange flourish in Marseille, all within sight of the glistening Mediterranean sea.
At its heart, nearby Aix-en-Provence (or just "Aix") is a university town. It also happens to be one of the most charming cities in France. The winding streets of Aix are often filled with visitors from around the world. In spite of its global appeal, Aix feels quaint, and you can walk across the center of town in just fifteen minutes.
Paris is famous for its romantic atmosphere, rich history, and incredible influence on fashion, design, art, cuisine, and culture. This densely populated city is the capital of France and considered a cultural capital internationally. While in Paris, you can visit iconic sights like the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, or the Tuilerie Gardens. Just strolling along the Seine River and watching life go by can be a magical experience in Paris.
From Paris, you'll head north to Amsterdam. Often called the "Venice of the North," it's tranquil canals set this city apart from most others on the continent. Amsterdam's 17th-century architecture lacks the skyscrapers of other European capitals. Don't miss the works of one of the Netherland's most famous artists, Vincent Van Gogh.
The final destination on this epic jaunt around Europe is Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Prague is widely considered one of the continent's most beautiful, best-preserved cities. While Prague is small enough to avoid being overwhelming, the city is large enough to hold many treasures. From the hill-top Prague Castle, you can see Charles Bridge over the Vltava River and the city beyond.
If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
How to Choose Your Courses
Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 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.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
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.
IAU College, a not-for-profit institution of higher education, has been operating study abroad programs for US college and university students since 1957. IAU College has received students from more than 700 colleges and universities, with over 20,000 participants over its long history. The oldest and largest American institute in southern France, IAU College has recently expanded program offerings outside of France to compare and contrast the languages, cultures, landscapes, and contemporary issues within and between broader European and African locations and contexts.
With operation bases in both the US and France, as well as staff and faculty who travel to and research throughout much of Europe and Africa, IAU College's programs offer a unique cross-cultural perspective. While proud of their French foundation, IAU College are equally enthusiastic about their multi-disciplinary and comparative multi-country study abroad programs. Through intensive study, travel, and reflection, IAU College's thematic traveling programs allow students to gain leaps and bounds personally, academically, socially, and culturally. IAU College continually strives to deliver on its mission of providing "an international education that inspires intercultural awareness and prepares students for responsible roles in a global community through the study of European and Mediterranean history, languages, cultures, and contemporary issues."
CISabroad is proud to collaborate with IAU College to offer this unique "traveling seminar" or travel-study program.
Accreditation(s): IAU College (formerly the Institute for American Universities) holds an Absolute Charter awarded by the Regents of the State University of New York, is registered with the French Ministry of Education and recognized by the Recteur of the Université d’Aix-Marseille.
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Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
Program Coordinator - Costa Rica, Ghana, Greece, January Multi Country, Czech Republic, and South Africa
Application DeadlineOct 1ArrivalDecember 28 (Estimated)DepartureJanuary 15 (Estimated)PRICE$5,390 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- Cities on itinerary are Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, and Prague
- Visits to museums, galleries, and historical monuments
- All program-related travel (except round-trip airfare from the US)
- Breakfast daily and most dinners
- 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
- Tuition and fees
- IAU College official transcript
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program