What has France Given the World and to Yourself?

Two semesters (Spring on campus & Summer abroad), 31 days, 4 cities

From $4,500 $3,500 (airfare not included) | Payments as low as $1,000                       

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   Structure: Two Semesters

  Activity Level: Extreme

Travel Portion:

2024: (FULL)
: Tuesday, June 11

End: Friday, July 12
Price (airfare not included): $4,500 $3,500


Why participate?

This interdisciplinary course examines France’s widespread, sustained and continued influence our individual and worldwide scenarios. Such profound and sometimes unrecognized legacy stems onto political, intellectual, linguistic and cultural portions of our lives.  

Students will experience French civilization by learning while on campus about France’s history from its beginning to contemporary times, stressing certain periods that will be experienced first-hand upon out summer visit.  We will also visit topics such as society, citizenship, sociopolitical structures, culture, ideologies and through various resources; we will be exposed to art, literature, cinema, music and of course gastronomy. 

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, –as well as the figures that revolutionized art history: Pierre Rodin, 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.  

Course focus

Program information

  • Spring 2024 (on campus): IDH 4007 (3 credits) - MMC, Wednesdays, 1:00PM-3:30PM
  • Summer C 2024 (abroad): IDH 4008 (3 credits) - June 11-July 12, 2024

Program highlights

  • Climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower
  • Exploring the Louvre Museum
  • Walking the grounds of Versailles
  • Hiking in the French Alps
  • Walking on the D-Day Beaches of Normandy

What is included

  • Month-long Paris Navigo pass
  • Train tickets to Lyon, Annecy, and Bayeux
  • Individual dorm in Paris university for entire program
  • 7 nights in handpicked accommodations
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Expert Program Director
  • 24/7 support from Program Director
  • 21 walking lectures
  • Admission to Fontainebleau, Loire Castles, Mont-Saint-Michel, and so much more

What is not included

  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • $195.00 Education Abroad administrative fee (OEA Fee)
  • FIU in-state tuition (6 credits, $205.57 per credit)
  • Passport, visa, and other necessary documents
  • Personal expenses

(#) = number of nights


  • Day 1: Travel Day

    Travel to Paris, France

  • Day 2-17: Paris

    The program is based in Paris, France with trips to Lyon, Annecy, and Bayeux. For the entire program, students have housing in Paris. While in Paris, highlights include walking lectures, Eiffel Tower, Sainte-Chapelle, Saint-Denis, Cluny Museum, Louvre, and more. Additionally, there are Day Trips to Loire Valley, Versailles & Fontainebleau

  • Day 18: Travel to Lyon

    Travel overland from Paris to Lyon, France

  • Day 19-20: Lyon

    Highlights include visiting Hotel de Ville, Resistance and Deportation History Centre & Montluc

  • Day 21: Travel to Annecy

    Travel overland from Lyon to Annecy, with a stop in Glières

  • Day 22: Return to Paris

    Return to Paris from Annecy

  • Day 23-24: Paris

    Free Days in Paris

  • Day 25: Travel to Bayeux

    Travel overland from Paris to Bayeux, France

  • Day 26: Normandy

    Highlight includes D-Day Beaches

  • Day 27: Return to Paris

    Before traveling overland to Paris, France, students stop at Mont-Saint-Michel

  • Day 28-32: Paris

    While in Paris, students complete Pere Lachaise project and visit the Pantheon; end of program

Program Director

Amilcar Castellano-Sanchez


Amilcar Castellano-Sanchez has been Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) since its inception. Dr. Castellano-Sanchez trained in Anatomic & Clinical Pathology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach and served two additional post-doctoral fellowships in Neuropathology at Emory University in Atlanta and Hematopathology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/University of Saint Louis; since his return to south Florida, he has been the Coordinator for Teaching and Research at the Department of Pathology in Mount Sinai. Currently he teaches to the Pathology residents at Mount Sinai Medical Center and during the first three years of medical school here at FIU. He was honored by HWCOM’s first class to receive the Teacher of the Year Award and as Co-Director also received the Best Pre-Clinical Course Award from the same class. Beginning Fall 2016, he will be teaching a Global Learning rated course titled: “History of Medicine through Art” for the Honors College. His research interest includes neoplastic hematologic and non-hematologic diseases, brain tumors and particularly lymphomas in brain tissue. In addition, Dr. Castellano-Sanchez is a volunteer Docent at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU and is passionate about anything that combines goodness, enrichment, personal growth / community growth and community engagement. He enjoys teaching and hopes to convey and exchange ideas with his students.

Contact Professor Castellano-Sanchez

2024 Payment Schedule

1st Payment (Deposit)*

2nd Program Payment*

Spring 2024
In-State Tuition

3rd Program Payment*

Education Abroad Fee*

Summer C 2024
In-State Tuition

2 Weeks After Interview


December 1


January 17


February 1


March 1


May 14


*Payments are non-refundable & non-transferrable

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