Lyon and Paris, France

Application Deadlines: 
  • Enrolled in OSU's Honors College
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Interview with Program Leader

Application deadline: Mar. 15, 2018

Program Details: 

2018 details to be available in early November.

Please Look for your Program on our "Faculty Led Program Offerings" site at that time.

*** Last Year's Program Description:

Academic Goals, General (across both Colloquia)

  • Develop, challenge and expand students’ abilities to observe, experience and think critically. These colloquia are meant to challenge students’ perceptions about France and the U.S.
  • Learn experientially, by designing an academic program that uses the physical localities, local personnel and cultural and historic sites as “living classrooms”

Academic Goals specific to "Commodities to Cafes"

  • *Study and then observe how agricultural and food products are produced, distributed and marketed within France’s food systems, and critique how French food systems are designed to meet the demands of French consumers.
  • Examine and compare how the U.S. and France societies integrate their food systems into broader cultural, social and economic contexts, especially in terms of food quality, food marketing, and most fundamentally, food consumption.

Academic Goals specific to "Outsider to Insiders"

  • Identify and interrogate outsider conventional wisdom about France and its people from a variety of angles and disciplines; open new lines of thinking before, during, and after our experience in the country.
  • Use experiential learning and critical reflection to explore how preconceived assumptions compare with students’ unfolding in-country experiences and investigations; tailor part of student exploration to their own academic and professional aspirations.


Daily site visits and tours, typically programming one “content-based” activity each morning and each afternoon, combined with one “general cultural” activity in the late afternoon or evening.


In Lyon, stay in a hostel with students sharing sleeping space with 2 to 5 other students. In Paris, stay in two-star hotel with students sharing hotel rooms with one to two other students.

Unique Opportunities

Multiple Farm visits in the Lyon region; potential cross-cultural meetings with French university students;

For more information, contact Program Leaders: Dr. James Sterns and Dr. Rob Drummond.

Program Administrator: 
OSU Faculty-Led
Program Costs: 

Program cost estimates for 2017:

  • Tuition: $772 (4 cr. undergraduate)
  • Participant Fee: $3,150

(includes: lodging, some meals, ground transportation, program excursions, etc.)

  • International Airfare: $1,200 (estimate)
  • U.S. Passport: $135
  • Books & Supplies: $0
  • Meals (not included in the Participant Fee): $420
  • Incidentals and miscellaneous: $185

Total Program Cost Estimate: $5,912