Cathedrals, Castles, Culture and Cuisine-Sustainable, Safe, and Nutritious Food in France

Type of Travel: 
Program Director(s): 
Departure Date: 
Sunday, May 20, 2018 to Saturday, June 2, 2018
Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 1, 2017


With the growth of the world’s population and the increasing awareness that our natural resources are limited, development of sustainable systems to produce food is essential. Globally, the food industry is one of the largest industrial sectors, consumes tremendous amounts of energy and water, and can result in large quantites of waste; thus food has a critical impact on the environment, including greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

Historically, the criteria for food choice amongst consumers has been based on taste, price, availability, quality, and nutritional attributes; however, evidence now suggests that consumers are increasingly interested in the environmental impact of foods.  Students will learn about these issues (both in the US and in France), and they will have many opportunities to experience French cuisine and French culture as related to food, and will obtain different perspectives in terms of diet, food production, food preparation, food consumption, and the major role of food in French culture.  Students will also be immersed in French history, and will understand how cathedrals and castles have been, and continue to be, key to French culture and cuisine.

Course Information
Choice of:  FSHN 496, FSHN 596A, ABE 496 [R ("required") credit in Spring 2018, 3 credits in Summer 2018]
R credits pre-departure for Spring 2018
3 credits in-country for Summer 2018

Selection Criteria
Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior undergraduates and graduate students.
You must be open to other cultures and be an ACTIVE participant in the program.
GPA = 2.5 or higher (or permission of instructor)


Program Fee
$4,860.00 (includes airfare, lodging, several meals, transportation, health and emergency insurance, entrance fees).

Out of Pocket Expenses
~$200 for meals
~$200 for incidentals
$135 passport*

*If you are a first time traveler in CALS, contact Mr. Jodi Cornell or Visha Arumugam to find out how you can get the cost of your passport reimbursed

Summer 2018 Tuition and Fees (Estimated)

Undergraduates:  $906 for tuition and $235.50 for fees,  $105 study abroad admin fee billed by 3224 MU
Graduate:  $1,455 tuition and $232 for fees,  $105 study abroad admin fee billed by 3224 MU
Engineering Junior and Senior:  $1,200 tuition and $285 for fees, $105 study abroad admin fee billed by 3224 MU 
Note:  Some students may pay more or less for ISU fees depending on their major


Sunday, May 20, Day 1
  -  Departure from Ames to Paris 
Monday, May 21, Day 2 – Arrival in Paris
  -  Discovery of the city, Metro system, Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Trocadero
Tuesday, May 22, Day 3 – Paris region
  -  Chateau de Versailles and gardens
Wednesday, May 23, Day 4 – Paris
  -  le Louvre, Jardin Tuleries, Place de la Concorde, 9 pm cruise on River Seine
Thursday, May 24,  Day 5 – Paris
  -  Notre Dame de Paris, St. Chapelle, Basilique de St. Denis
Friday, May 25, Day 6 – Paris
  -  Arc de Triomphe, Musee Rodin, Musee d'Orsay
Saturday, May 26, Day 7 – Paris
  -  Basilique Sacre Coeur, Montemarte art district, Macaron making technical class
Sunday, May 27, Day 8 – Paris
  -  Musee Gourmand du Chocolate (chocolate making class), Jardin Luxembourg, Marché 
     Bastille farmers market, The World Comes to Dinner
Monday, May 28, Day 9 – Paris
  -  Free day to explore city; shopping, optional activities (buddy system)
Tuesday, May 29, Day 10 – Regions south of Paris
  -  Tour of vinyards in Bourgundy and Sancere regions
Wednesday, May 30, Day 11 – Paris
  -  Palais Garnier, Fragonard Perfume Museum, cheese tasting class
Thursday, May 31, Day 12 – Paris
  -  Traditional and high-end grocery stores, chocolate stores, ice cream, wine tasting class
Friday, June 1, Day 13 – Paris
  -  Bagguette baking class, Abbey St. Germeain de Pres, St. Sulpice
Saturday, June 2,  Day 14
  -  Study Abroad complete; all participants on their own to stay or return as they choose