• Student on the Eiffel Tower

    Capstone in France

  • Cassis, France

    Capstone in France

  • Student in Luxembourg Gardens

    Capstone in France

  • Avignon, France

    Capstone 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 the museums, monuments, and cafes of Paris as well as “every-day” life with host families in Avignon.

Elizabeth is a fountain of knowledge. We were so lucky to have her there to guide us and to teach us all about Paris and France in general. It is obvious how much she cares about her students and how passionate she was about the course topic. -Sierra, 2018

This program was absolutely incredible. I learned so much not only about culture in France, but also about French history, relations with America, and the language. There is not a second of this trip that wasn't amazing, and I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone. -Katelyn, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed my Capstone in France program! I learned a lot by staying with my host family. -Hannah, 2018


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.


CAP 3550: Constructing Cross-Cultural Bridges (3 credit hours)

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. To view the course syllabus, click HERE

Participation in this program requires several class meetings throughout the spring semester and one meeting at the beginning of the fall semester. 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.


  • In order to receive Capstone credit, program participants must have completed 60 credits hours prior to the program's course start date (i.e. be of Junior standing). Students who participate in capstone programs without meeting the credit hour prerequisite will receive elective credit. In this instance, students should consult with their academic advisor(s) regarding how the elective credit fits into their specific plans of study.
  • 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.
  • Capstone courses cannot be repeated. If you have previously taken this capstone course, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.


Tentative Program Dates: Saturday, May 11, 2019 to Friday, May 24, 2019

Sample itinerary is subject to change.

Day 1: Arrive in Paris in morning; group dinner in evening

Day 2: Seine River Tour in morning; Latin Quarter, Luxembourg Gardens, and Notre Dame

Day 3: Arc de Triomphe; explore/shop Champs-Élysées

Day 4: Louvre museum visit; explore the Opera/Grands Boulevards area

Day 5: Train to Avignon; meet host families

Day 6: Visit the Palais des Papes and the Pont Saint Benezet with free time in Avignon center

Day 7: Day trip to Nîmes with visit to The Arena, a Roman amphitheater

Day 8: Day trip to the fishing port of Cassis; boat tour on the Mediterranean  

Day 9: Visit to Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct

Day 10: Travel to Paris; Eiffel Tower visit

Day 11: Free day in Paris

Day 12: Montmartre neighborhood including Sacré Coeur Basilica

Day 13: Return to U.S.

Housing & Meals

Students will stay with a host family while in Avignon. While in Paris, students will stay in a youth hostel or hotel. Approximately half of the meals while abroad are included in the cost of the program. Students will pay for the remainder of their meals (primarily lunches) out-of-pocket while abroad. 

Program Costs

Capstone 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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Room & Board:




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

Dates & Deadlines


App Deadline: 
Friday, December 14, 2018
Program Dates: 
Saturday, May 11, 2019 to Friday, May 24, 2019

The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. 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 GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
    • If your cumulative GPA is between 2.40 to 2.49, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (28 Gilchrist):
      • A letter of reference from your academic advisor supporting your pursuit of study abroad
      • An essay, which should explain why your cumulative GPA is below a 2.50, include how your cumulative GPA is stable or improving, a detailed plan for improving your academic performance a strong academic and/or personal interest in your study abroad location and/or course, and a compelling academic rationale for studying abroad.
  • 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.