Earn credit by visiting two of the most magnificent cities in the world. The course begins in London where you will come to understand the politics and culture of the British by visits to their most important historic sites including Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more! After five days, you travel into the heart of Paris via the high-speed Euro-Star train. Learn about French politics, culture, healthcare and social welfare from local experts and then explore the city heralded as one of the cultural and diplomatic capitals of the world with visits to such historic landmarks as the Eiffel Tour, the Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame. Be prepared to budget your time as you view thousands of great works in the countless museums in the City of Light. Throughout the program, Dr. Merrick will be lecturing and highlighting the various elements of each city's politics. This exciting education abroad experience is open to student from all majors.
Londonis the capital of both England and the United Kingdom and the largest metropolitan area in the European Union. The city is one of the world's most important business, financial and cultural centers and its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion and the arts contributes to its status as a major global city. Greater London contains four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London (http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/); the historic settlement of Greenwich; the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; and the site comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey (http://www.westminster-abbey.org/) and St. Margaret's Church. The public transport network (including the subway system, called the “Tube” of the “Underground”) is one of the most extensive in the world.
Paris is the capital of France and the country's largest city. It is situated on the river Seine in northern France at the heart of the Île-de-France region. Paris is one of the world's major global cities and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world with a multitude of historic and cultural landmarks among its many attractions, along with world-famous institutions, breathtaking architecture, and popular parks.
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Financially liability is not enforced until you choose to "commit" after you have been accepted.
Non USF Students can apply by following the directions on our Non-USF Students page.
Academic Program & Course Information
Preliminary Course Introduction:
The goals of this academic tour are to enhance students':
understanding of urban politics using London and Paris as on-site case examples;
understanding of comparative politics using the U.K. and France;
critical thinking skills; and
recognition of the globalized nature of urban politics and economics.
CPO 4930: Politics and Culture in London and Paris
Since 1978, Dr. Merrick has served as a teaching faculty member and/or faculty director for programs in the northern U.K., former Soviet Union, Denmark, London, Paris, Spain, and Italy. As the daughter of missionaries, she traveled extensively throughout Asia during her high school years, and it was this travel that convinced her to pursue a university career in political science. She lives in Europe during the summer months, usually traveling to potential education abroad sites and meeting with faculty members from European universities. As a result, she has a large network of international university colleagues. Dr. Merrick also has a strong background in international research among university students having been the Principal Investigator for a grant-funded project in which she personally administered attitudinal surveys on campuses in France, Italy, and the U.S. (Her co-investigator administered the same survey to students in the U.K.
2017 Program Fee: $2999
Program Fee Includes:
3 USF in-state credits ($520.17)
Hotel accommodations (shared occupancy)
Airport transfers to hotels
Breakfast & some additional meals.
Museum passes and entrance to events on itinerary
Transport passes (ie subway passes) in each city
Transportation by high speed train from London to Paris
USF-provided sickness/accident, emergency medical insurance
Program Fee Does Not Include:
Passport/Visa fees (if applicable)
Meals which are not including in program
Upon Commitment - $500 deposit is due within 5 business days after charges are posted to your account
90 days before departure - 25% of program fee exclusive of tuition is due
60 days before departure - 75% of program fee exclusive of tuition is due
30 days before departure - 100% of program fee exclusive of tuition is due
Tuition is due at the time on-campus tuition is normally due for the term. Please see the Registrar's Calendar
Post-Commitment Cancellation Policy:
Students who have been accepted and are committed to the program are liable for the following post-commitment cancellation fees. Please read the Financial Terms and Conditions in your application for more details.
$100 plus non-recoverable program costs if you cancel at least 91 days prior to departure.*
$300 plus non-recoverable program costs if you cancel 61 to 90 days prior to departure.*
100% of the program fee if you cancel 60 days or less prior to departure.*
*Education Abroad will assess on a case-by-case basis the non-recoverable costs of the program for which the student is liable.
How and When to Pay
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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding
Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.
Health and Safety
USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.
U.S. citizens going on this program must be in possession of a valid passport that has an expiration date at least 6 months after the student’s scheduled return to the U.S. (Last Updated: July 2015). There is no visa requirement for students traveling on a U.S. Passport. For more information, see travel.state.gov.
Students traveling on passports from non-U.S. countries should check to see if they need a visa for the UK and/or France.
You will be residing in historic hotels during your time in London and Paris, based on shared occupancy. While in London, you will stay at a London bed and breakfast hotel in a restored Georgian House located a short walk from the beautiful Hyde Park, Kensington Palace and other prominent historic sites. Paddington rail and tube stations are just steps away. Included are free broadband internet in each room, air conditioning, and many other amenities.
Your hotel in Paris is located in the heart of the historic center, just a two-minute walk from the River Seine, a five-minute walk from the Cathedral of Notre Dame, and a ten-minute walk to the Latin Quarter and the Louvre. The hotel is half a block away from the Place du Châtelet, where all means of transportation converge: Metro (subway), RER express train, and taxis.
Dr. Merrick will designate a “group flight” and advise students on how they may reserve and purchase their airline tickets. Students traveling on the group flight will be transported to the hotel by a private van service. Students who prefer to travel on a separate airline may do so. Dr. Merrick will provide these students with instructions on how to reach the hotel.
Faculty and Contacts
Contacts for More Information
Dr. Janna Merrick
Office: SOC 361
Cell: 941 224 3805
Please contact Dr. Merrick via email rather than text message.