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    Faculty-led Program in France

  • Louvre in the evening light

    Faculty-led Program in France

  • Group of students at Marina with boats in background

    Faculty-led Program in France

  • Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct

    Faculty-led Program in France


Participants of this unique program will examine the link of culture and communication and the importance of intercultural understanding while experiencing French culture firsthand. While abroad, students will experience monuments, museums, cafes as well as several cities in the south of France, including a boat ride along the Mediterranean coast. 

 This program was fantastic and I wouldn't trade my experience on the France capstone for the world. - 2022 participant

I would recommend this program to other students studying abroad. The host family experiences is really unique and important for students learning. I would also recommend this program because students got a mix of "big city/country". The excursions on this trip were so fun and cover most of the iconic attractions of France. - 2019 participant


Course Leaders

Elizabeth Zwanziger, Associate Professor

Departments: Languages and Literatures; Teaching
Phone: 319-273-2858
E-mail: elizabeth.zwanziger@uni.edu
Campus Address: BAR 1030

Elizabeth teaches French at UNI and has traveled to France over 40 times. More than 20 of her trips to France have been with students, and she looks forward to sharing her appreciation for French culture and cuisine with students each summer.


LANG 2020: Constructing Cross-Cultural Bridges (3 credit hours)

This is a UNIFI: Human Condition Global category course. It can count as a general education UNIFI elective credit under the category of Connect. For students in the Liberal Arts Core, the course can also fulfill the capstone requirement. If interested in French credit for participation in the program, contact the course leader, Dr. Elizabeth Zwanziger. 

Through a variety of fields such as anthropology, communications, and linguistics, this hands-on course examines the link of culture and communication and the importance of intercultural understanding in effective global interaction by studying a specific culture and experiencing it firsthand. By looking at a variety of specific cultural patterns, this examination begins with an exploration of how culture shapes and modifies an individual’s view of reality and shapes perception. Elements of culture such as history, religion, values, social organization and language all work together to this end. Participants in the course will also put the theory of intercultural communication into practice by exploring the differences between verbal and nonverbal message and how those differences can impact the intercultural encounter.

Participation in this program requires several class meetings throughout the spring semester and one meeting at the beginning of the fall semester. The course is scheduled for the summer.  If you are a summer graduate, you must notify the course leader in order for coursework completion and grading to be adjusted for your graduation. Not doing so could result in delayed graduation, since final grades are assigned in the fall for this program. Please contact the program's course leader for more information on coursework requirements. 

The Study Abroad Center will enroll participants in their study abroad course. 


  • Students planning to participate in the spring commencement ceremony in May can enroll in this summer term program, however, their degree will not be conferred until the end of the summer term and is contingent on the successful completion of the program and all required coursework.
  • Students attending colleges and universities other than UNI are welcome to participate in this program. If you are not currently a UNI student, but would like to participate in this program, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.


Tentative Program Dates: Friday, May 19 (depart) - Thursday, June 1 (return), 2023

Sample itinerary is subject to change. Activities in Paris will be scheduled according to availability. 

Day 1: Arrive in Paris, take metro to hotel, check in, explore neighborhood, and rest; group dinner in evening 

Day 2: Seine River Cruise followed by lunch in small groups in the Latin Quarter; view Notre Dame Cathedral, followed by group walk past Hôtel de Ville, Centre Georges Pompidou, Les Halles; metro back to hotel 

Day 3: Free morning, then travel via train to Nîmes, in the south of France

Day 4: Day in Nîmes center: Arènes visit and guided walking tour; option of Musée de la romanité; group dinner in the evening

Day 5: Day trip to Avignon: guided tour of Palais des Papes; visit of le Pont Bénézet with individual audio guides

Day 6: Day trip to Pont du Gard via bus

Day 7: Day trip to Cassis excursion via bus; 90-minute Calanques cruise on the Mediterranean Sea, followed by a group lunch

Day 8: Free morning in Nîmes, then travel to Paris via train; check in to hotel OR meet with host families (the possibility of a host family stay is dependent upon a variety of factors) 

Day 9:  Take metro to the Arc de Triomphe; climb stairs and enjoy a scenic photo opp of the city; stroll on Champs-Élysées; visit exhibit in Grand Palais or Petit Palais

Day 10: Take metro to Louvre Museum; visit Louvre; walk down the rue de Rivoli to the Marais neighborhood; explore la Place des Vosges; optional visit to Victor Hugo’s home

Day 11: Visit Sacré Cœur Basilica and Place du Tertre; group lunch in Montmartre, followed by the option to visit Galeries Lafayette and Opéra Garnier 

Day 12: Visit Eiffel Tower - observatory level; walk across the Seine River to Trocadéro - group photo

Day 13: Free day; group dinner in the evening

Day 14: Departure

Participant Info

Important information to review:

  • Review the roles of the Advisee and the Advisor under the main menu Get Started

Entry and Exit Requirements 

  • Review and follow the travel recommendations of the CDC for International Travel
  • Monitor appropriate websites for updates and information about COVID or other emergencies before departing and while in the destination country. The U.S. Embassy for France provides updates that can be found on their website

Housing & Meals

Students will stay in hotel or hostel-style rooms arranged by the Study Abroad Center and paid for before departure. If possible, a host family stay may be arranged for a portion of the time in Paris. Only a few meals abroad are included in the program cost. Students are encouraged to try the local foods.

Program Costs

Faculty-led Program in France

Estimated Program Cost:


* estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors

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Cost of studying on-campus*

*per semester, estimated, will vary per person

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Source: https://admissions.uni.edu/costs

Dates & Deadlines


App Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Program Dates: 
Friday, May 19, 2023 to Thursday, June 1, 2023

Eligibility Requirements to Study Abroad

The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. Students must have a completed study abroad application, including supportive recommendation form(s). Additionally, students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to Study Abroad:

  • Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this cumulative GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
  • If your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (103 East Bartlett):
  • Letters of reference from two academic contacts (e.g. academic advisor and former or current professor) supporting your pursuit of study abroad. If you are attending a faculty-led study abroad program, one of the letters must be from a course leader. However, if the program has two course leaders, only one of the letters can be from one of the course leaders.
  • Must be over the age of 18 years old
  • Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
  • Must be in good standing with the University
  • UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements, if applicable.
  • Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.
  • All study abroad applicants must pass the Study Abroad Applicant Assessment with a score of 70% or greater.
  • Applicants may be selected for an in-person interview before being accepted. Selection for an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program. You will be contacted directly by the Study Abroad Center if selected for an interview.