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January in Paris: Youth in French Society

Paris by Night

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 Louvre, Orsay Museum, and Pompidou Center
  • Enjoy French cuisine at charming cafés and brasseries, and sample delicious pastries & chocolate at the most popular boulangeries and patisseries
  • Tour parks & gardens, including the famous Luxembourg Garden

Academic Calendar:

January 5-18 (departure from U.S. on January 5)

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.

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

Estimated Cost:

$2,300 + 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.

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To Apply:

  1. Attend an 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 2 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 $2,000 is due on Thursday, November 16th 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.
  4. Submit your flight details to Global Education here:  Flight Information Form
  5. A mandatory pre-departure orientation will be held Friday, December 1 with Professor Pina to discuss arrival instructions and the upcoming course(s).  Some course sessions may take place prior to leaving, beginning in December.  More details will follow.

January in Paris 2018 Application [CLOSED]:

We are no longer accepting applications for January in Paris 2018. 

  • Paris Student Contract (coming soon)

Attend an Information Session today:

Date Time Room
September 19 12-12:50pm SBSB 1105
September 21 12-12:50pm SBSB 1105
September 26 12-12:50pm SBSB 1105

For more information, contact Dr. Darlene Piña at