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January in Paris: Youth in French Society

The Louvre

Program Overview:

Explore the beautiful city of Paris while learning about youth in French society.  Guided by Dr. Darlene Piña, students will have first-hand experiences with French youth culture as well as opportunities to establish international networks in Paris. 

During your time abroad, you will:

  • Study the social position of youth in French society, both past and present
  • Examine the institutions that socialize and control youth, including government, education, and employment
  • Learn about youth subcultures and immigrant experiences
  • Observe French customs for youth regarding friendship, dating, and family relationships
  • Discover the roles media, pop culture, and technology play in the lives of French youth
  • Analyze youth social movements and political participation

Program Excursions:

  • Attend lectures by local experts on the following topics: Youth subcultures and immigrant groups in Paris; Political and social movements organized by French youth; French social, economic, and educational policies affecting youth
  • Attend art exhibits, concerts, and theatre performances featuring French youth
  • Meet with organizations such as the UNESCO Youth Programme
  • Visit local schools and colleges, including La Sorbonne
  • Visit world-famous Paris sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, Sainte-Chapelle Cathedral, Champs-Elysées and more
  • Take guided walks through the famous Paris neighborhoods of The Left Bank, The Marais, Medieval Latin Quarter, and Village Montmartre
  • Explore the important museums of Paris, including the Orsay Museum, L'Orangerie, and L'Gaite Lyrique
  • Enjoy French cuisine at charming cafés and brasseries, and sample delicious pastries & chocolate at the most popular boulangeries and patisseries

Academic Calendar:

January 5-18, 2019 (fly out January 5 to arrive by the afternoon of January 6)

Academic Focus:

Sociology (SOC) 317: Youth & Society; Satisfies Upper-Division General Education requirement in the Social Sciences for students with 60 units or more (3 units of UDGE DD credit)
OR 3 units of GE credit in Lifelong Learning (E) in which 60 units is not required.

For students who have already taken SOC 317 at CSUSM, 3 units of elective credit is available through SOC 498C.

Language of Instruction:



  • Class level: Open to all students. Students seeking Upper Division GE credit must clear 60 units prior to taking this course.
  • GPA: 2.75 and above; good academic standing prior to departure


3 units, SOC 317 or Area E credit

Students who have already taken SOC 317 at Cal State San Marcos will be enrolled in SOC 498C and earn 3 units of elective credit.


Shared triple rooms at the 3-star Citadines Apart’Hotel Didot Montparnasse in Paris.

Estimated Cost*:

$2,250* + Extended Learning Fees, estimated at $798 for 3 units

All fees include transportation in country, accommodation, welcome and farewell dinners, all excursions and medical insurance. Airfare and personal expenditures NOT included in the program cost, estimated at $1,350-$1,500.

*Final program price is contingent upon enrollment and currency fluctuation. Global Education will finalize the final payment with registered participants before the due date to hopefully offer a reduced fee.

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To Apply:

  1. Attend a required information session led by Program Leader, Dr. Darlene Pina.
  2. Fill out the online application materials via the link below.   All application materials must be received by Monday, October 1 along with your non-refundable $300 deposit to the Office of Global Education, Craven 3200.  Online payment preferred through CashNet.  Please be advised to choose E-check and enter your checking account details to avoid the 2.75% convenience fees applicable to all non-checking account payments. Cash, checks, and money orders made payable to CSUSM will also be accepted.
  3. Final payment of $1,950 is due on Tuesday, November 13th to the Office of Global Education, following the payment guidelines outlined above.  Payment of tuition related expenses (estimated at $798) will be billed by Extended Learning and appear on your Student Center, following the payment guidelines set out for Winter Intersession.  Applicants must submit a passport photocopy and passport picture (3.00x4.00 cm) to the Office of Global Education by this time.
  4. Submit your flight details to Global Education here:  Flight Information Form
  5. Attend mandatory pre-departure orientation with Professor Pina to discuss arrival instructions and the upcoming course(s).  Some course sessions may take place prior to leaving, beginning in December.  
    • Date: November 29, 2018
    • Time: 12pm to 12:50pm 
    • Location: SBSB 1109

January in Paris 2019 Application:


Attend an Information Session today:

Day Time Location
Tuesday, September 18 12:00-12:50 pm SBSB 1109
Thursday, September 20 12:00-12:50 pm SBSB 1109
Tuesday, September 25 12:00-12:50 pm SBSB 1109

For more information, contact Dr. Darlene Piña at