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Ourso in France (spring intersession)
Paris, France; Strasbourg, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Intersession
Restrictions: LSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Spring Intersession
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Intersession 2018 03/23/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/12/2018 05/26/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
APA Program Type: Summer Programs APA Advisor: Jill Clemmons
Language of Instruction:
Minimum GPA:
Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel Credit Type: LSU courses & credit
Program Description:

Ourso in France 2018

Golden Eiffel TowerLet's geaux to France!

Far from just a vacation, this program focuses on "doing business in France."  This is your chance to better understand demand and supply networks in a global context and to explore the strategic relationship between American and French industries, including food, energy, and water.

While in Paris and Strasbourg, you will be encouraged to observe what's happening around you, including cultural differences, French consumer lifestyles, and consumption patterns.  

What makes French business and industry tick?  The itinerary has been designed to maximize your observations and experiences.

Want to meet the students and faculty who will be going with you to France this May?  Join our Facebook page!

Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees (3 hours)
May 12 May 26 $2,920 instate: $1,207
out of state: $2,007

Program Fee Includes

  • FIAP room

  • Breakfast daily
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Transportation to/from the airport in France
  • Transportation between Paris and Strasbourg
  • Fieldtrips and cultural events
  • Health insurance

Housing (Paris): while in Paris, you will live at the FIAP Jean Monnet, a modern and comfortable student residence centrally located near the metro line to the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysees.  Students are housed in double rooms (pictured above).  Each room has its own bathroom.  Towels and bed linens are provided. 

Housing (Strasbourg): your home in Strasbourg will be the Chateau de Pourtales, part of the CEPA European Study Center.  The center provides wifi internet and laundry facilities.  You will be housed in double rooms and have access to a student kitchen, lounge, and tv room.

Program Fee Does NOT Include

Tuition and Fees: You must pay tuition and fees for all courses you take through LSU.  The tuition you pay is based on whether or not you are a resident of Louisiana.  If you are an out of state student, you will pay out of state tuition and fees for all courses taken through LSU.

mikeonaplaneAirfare: Each students arranges his/her own roundtrip airfare.  Do not purchase a ticket until told to do so by Dr. Chen, your Program Director.

Once you are told you can purchase airfare, you should plan to fly out of the US on May 12, so that you land in Paris on May 13.  If you're not planning to stay in Europe and explore on your own at the end of the program, you should schedule your return flight for May 26 from Frankfurt.

Spending money: Although some meals are provided, you should plan for additional expenditures, including meals not covered by the program fee, snacks, souvenirs, and outings with friends.


Course Description
GBUS 3999 Special Topics in Business: Ourso in France

Rue du LouvreThis course focuses on "doing business in France."  Through readings, lectures, discussion, debate, and an extensive, immersive fieldtrip to France, you will gain tremendous insight and knowledge into France history, culture, and business practices, as well as insight into what makes French business and industry tick, and how to approach business opportunities in France.  

Coursework will include both group projects and individual research, as well as daily journals.


April 20 Fee bills available via myLSU
May 2 Fee bills due
May 12 Depart the US
May 13 Arrive in Paris; check into the FIAP; onsite orientation; guided boat tour of Paris; welcome dinner
May 14 Class; guided tour of the Montmartre Quarter
May 15 Business visit (TBD); free afternoon
May 16 Class; Louvre Museum
May 17 Business visit (TBD); Musée d'Orsay
May 18 Free day in Paris
May 19 Depart Paris; bus to Strasbourg; check into the Chateau; onsite orientation; guided walking tour of Strasbourg
May 20 Day trip to Alsace with local guide
May 21 Free day in Strasbourg
May 22 Business visit (TBD); l'Epicier Grand Cru
May 23 Class; University of Strasbourg
May 24 Class; business visit to a food processing company (TBD)
May 25 Depart Strasbourg; bus to Frankfurt; check into the Hotel Scala Frankfurt; farewell dinner
May 26 Fly home (Frankfurt - US)

Please note: itinerary is tentative and subject to change


Faculty Member Department Photo
Dr. Ye-Sho Chen
Program Director
Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship
and Information Systems
Dr Chen

londonolympicsEligibility & Withdrawal

Strasbourg flagsIn order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate students).
  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
  • Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
  • Have the prerequisites for the courses you take

NOTE: This program is open to students from all disciplines. Qualified applications from other insitutions are also welcome.

Application Deadline
March 23, 2018

Although the application deadline is March 23, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program. Students at other universities must send in a check or money order (made payable to "Louisiana State University") for the $500 deposit along with their applications.

The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after February 2, 2018.

Payment Deadlines: the $500 deposit is put on your billing statement when you are accepted into the program and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and tuition/fees for the courses will appear on your summer fee bill.  Those fee bills are available via myLSU in early May and are due in late May (specific dates TBD by the Registrar).

If you withdraw from the program: After February 2, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program. The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw. The withdrawal schedule is:

Date Withdrawal Costs
February 2, 2018 $500 deposit is non-refundable; student is obligated to pay for any non-refundable reservations the program has already paid, or is already contractually obligated to pay, on the student's behalf