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Each study abroad program fulfills one year (6 credits) of Honors credit requirements.

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2023 France: Art, War, and Human Rights

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From great conflict comes great change. This interdisciplinary course examines France’s dramatic political, intellectual, and cultural conflicts. Students will experience French history firsthand, from the Roman conquest of Gaul to the Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy, by way of the intellectual battles of the Enlightenment and the artistic revolution of the 19th century.  Based in Paris, the class navigates Francois I’s Renaissance in the Loire castles, Marie Antoinette’s final trek through Paris to the guillotine, and Hemingway’s walk through the streets of the Latin Quarter. Students engage in debates about absolutism, nationalism, revolution, and human rights in the country that saw the most radical, idealistic, and brutal revolution in Europe. They encounter the personalities that have shaped world history–Voltaire, Rousseau, Maximilien Robespierre, Olympe de Gouges, Napoleon Bonaparte, Dwight D. Eisenhower–as well as the figures that revolutionized art history: David, Gericault, Monet, Van Gogh, Matisse, and Picasso. The class visits the Louvre, Orsay, Invalides, Sainte-Chapelle, Eiffel Tower, and other museums and monuments of Paris. Included in the program visitation are the castles of the Loire, the beaches of Normandy, the French Alps, Fontainebleau, Versailles, and Lyon.

2023 Syllabus


Paris, Loire Valley, Orsay, Normandy, Lyon, the Alps, and Geneva in Switzerland

June 30 – July 31, 2023




The cost of the 2023 France program is $2800. It will include the $500 non-refundable Honors College administrative fee, housing for the duration of the trip, local transportation, admission to required museums and monuments (approximately 20), some meals, and mandatory insurance.

Program costs DO NOT include: $195 Office of Education Abroad non-refundable fees, FIU instructional fee (6 credits, $205.57 per credit), airfare, meals, vaccinations/PCRs if needed, or personal expenses (including out-of-class transportation).

Students participating in the FIU Honors College France Program must register for the 3 credit hour pre-trip seminar in the Spring 2023 term at the Modesto A. Maidique campus, and the 3 credit hour “in-country” course in the Summer B 2023 term in France. While in France, students are lectured in the field by Professor John Bailly, and complete the Over Under Paris project. Students also participate in the Normandy American Cemetery project, in conjunction with the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Students will be housed at the Cite Internationale Universitaire de Paris. While in Lyon and Bayeux, students will stay in a hotel, with breakfast included.

France: Art, War, and Human Rights
Spring On campus: IDH 4007 – Fridays 3:30PM-6:15PM (3 credits)
Summer B Abroad: IDH 4008 – France: Art, War, & Human Rights (3 credits)

The program fulfills one year of Honors credit requirements (6.)

John Bailly –

John Bailly is a French-American professor and artist. Born in the UK, he holds an MFA from Yale University. He has been Faculty Director of study abroad programs since 2010, offering students a unique and authentic experience in Europe. Bailly is Artist-in-Residence Fellow at the Deering Estate and teaches the Miami in Miami seminar.