Based at the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy (AGSIRD), located in the center of Paris, the program is supplemented by French language instruction at the prestigious Alliance Française. Designed to provide a comprehensive cultural and academic experience, this challenging semester program offers a unique interdisciplinary curriculum. The core of each student's academic program is a six-credit seminar: History, Politics, and Diplomacy of France and Europe. The course will incorporate academic research projects and field study excursions that will take full advantage of many French, European, and international institutions discussed in the classroom. A major component of the core course is the capstone project that will enable students to do research in many areas of current events in Paris and Europe. In addition to the mandatory French language study, the program offers electives in European and French international relations, politics, and government.
For exceptional students with a demonstrated background in the appropriate academic areas, Arcadia graduate courses. Students will earn undergraduate credit for attending graduate classes and completing independent assignments and exams. One important component of these courses is the opportunity to develop an undergraduate research project in conjunction with the appropriate AGSIRD faculty member and program director. There are only two undergraduate student placements per graduate class, so early application and discussion with your program manager are encouraged.
Established in 1993 by a trio of professors with a vision for international relations through the 21st century, AGSIRD is an independent, private, American institution of higher education which is an officially affiliated campus of Arcadia University. The school boasts a distinguished international faculty and a strong commitment to individual student goals and objectives. Located on the left bank of the Seine in a cosmopolitan area between the Latin Quarter and Montparnasse, the school provides students with academic, practical, and observational experiences, set within the framework of a curriculum that is insightful, innovative, and multi-dimensional. The school offers MA and PhD programs as well as summer and semester options for undergraduates.
About the Alliance Française
What better place than Paris to learn the language of France from a renowned faculty with a passion for all things French? As a truly international institution, the Alliance Française brings the study of French language and culture to diverse adult learners in 129 countries. The Alliance Paris, located in the city's heart, boasts not only highly-trained faculty but an enthusiastic student body, as well as innumerable language and culture learning resources and opportunities. An integral part of the Alliance's facilities is a multimedia resource center, available to students to facilitate and enhance further language study.
The Arcadia staff provides students with a full orientation that plays an integral role in helping students make the most of their experience. Activities and events will take advantage of the many cultural riches of the City of Light (a name attributed to Paris because of its fame as a center of education and because of its early adoption of street lighting).
Fall Semester: April 20
Spring Semester: October 15
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