International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987

Available Excursions for Paris

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Excursions may not be available for all programs and sessions.


Optional for some or all sessions
Aix-en-Provence (or simply "Aix") is the historic capital of Provence, originally called Aquae Sextiae, from the name of the Roman general who conquered the town in 123 BC. The name also makes reference to the presence of natural hot springs, which later brought important thermal activity to the... Read More


Optional for some or all sessions
The first thing that comes to mind for most individuals when speaking about Bordeaux is wine, and with good reason! Bordeaux is the world's major wine industry capital and is home to the "Vinexpo", the world's most popular wine fair. Half of this port city is registered as a UNESCO World... Read More


Optional for some or all sessions
The historic center of Bruges has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Students will discover the city during a guided walking tour highlighting such sights as the Beguinage, medieval almshouses and hospitals, and the Basilica of the Holy Blood. Students will gain familiarity with... Read More


Optional for some or all sessions
Students will enjoy the seaside charm of Cassis, a scenic little town known for its beautiful sheltered inlets (calanques), which can be explored by boat. Students will enjoy the pastel-colored houses and the exquisite seafood served in the numerous restaurants of this area. Cassis is part of a... Read More

France Discovery Day Trip

Students are taken on a day trip to explore outside Paris' city limits. This change of scenery, from the bustle of the city to the calm of the countryside, allows students a different perspective on French culture. Visits can include nearby castles or famous sites, such as Versailles, Château... Read More


Optional for some or all sessions
One writer has described the city as "historical without being fossilized, small without being provincial and lively without being boisterous". It is formerly the second largest and most important city in Belgium; it was the home of Holy Roman Emperor and Hapsburg Spanish King Charles V who... Read More

Mont Saint Michel

Optional for some or all sessions
This spectacular site remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of France, second only to Paris. Students will perform "La Traversée", the crossing of the Bay between San Malo and Mont-Saint-Michel to get to the Mont Saint Michel Abbey and surrpounding areas. The tidal range... Read More

Moroccan Cities and Desert

Optional for some or all sessions
During this multi-day optional excursion, students will be introduced to another continent (Africa) via a multi-stop five night itinerary across Morocco, one of the world's most colorful, diverse, and -- for reasons we ll have occasion to explore -- pro-American countries. Our trip encompasses... Read More


Optional for some or all sessions
Normandy is in the Northwest part of France, just under 3 hours from Paris. Made up of "Haut Normandie" and "Basse Normandie" (Upper and Lower Normandy), this area accounts for approximately 5% of France's territory. This excursion gives an in-depth look into the D-day landings and the roles... Read More

Saint Malo

Optional for some or all sessions
Located at the mouth of the Rance River in the Bretagne region, Saint-Malo was a fortified island during the Middle Ages. Its proud, defiant townsfolk once declared themselves an independent republic with the motto "not French, not Breton, but Malouins." The walled port city was notorious for... Read More

The Loire Valley

Optional for some or all sessions
Come away to the Valley of the Kings for a weekend where Châteaux decorate the landscape. Wander the never ending halls of the royal residence of Blois where 7 kings and 10 queens spent their days surrounded by their courts. Take in the sumptuous decorations of the Château de Chenonceau... Read More