UCLA Travel Study

Global Studies: Global Challenges in Postcolonial France

  • Dates

    July 1 – July 28, 2022

  • Location


  • Eligibility Requirement

    COVID-19 vaccine required for entry into France

  • Program Fee

    UC Undergrads: $5,800

    UC Grad Students: $6,400

    Visiting Students: $6,400

    Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents: View full fee disclaimer.

Perhaps no other country than France has emerged as such an exciting and complex site for the investigation of cultural, economic, political, and social relations in the 21st century.

The Global Studies program in Paris will explore the following questions: How has “Americanization” been addressed in France since 1945? How can one better comprehend concerns with “the imperialism of Mickey Mouse” and “coca-colonization”? How has France negotiated its transition from a leading colonial power to a post-colonial one? How can one begin to understand immigration policies and politics, uprisings in the banlieues housing projects, the widening gap between rich/poor, rural/urban, young/old, unemployment, and the rise of extremist political agendas?

How is France dealing with a perceived weakening of national identity in a rapidly expanding European Union? What is France’s role in “Fortress Europe” and in global security since 9/11? What are the particularities of religious expression in France? How do French Republican ideals and values correlate with 21st century identities? How have anti-globalization debates been framed in France? What differences are there between freedom of expression regulations in France and the United States? How has France responded to the 2015 Charlie Hebdo and other terror attacks? How has the Front National reshaped French politics, and what challenges lie ahead for newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron?

Through readings, classroom discussions, visits to museums, along with guest speakers and the unique opportunity of exploring these fascinating questions through fieldwork in one of the most vibrant global cities, we will seek to achieve a better contextualization of these issues, unpack their deeper significance, and attempt to assess the various global challenges France faces at this important turning point in world history.

All students are expected to have taken at least an introductory course on globalization prior to participating in the summer program as a basic understanding of globalization issues will be assumed for all participants. For more information on prerequisites, please see curriculum section below.


Program Courses

All students will enroll in two required courses while attending the program:

  • GLBL ST 110A (5 units)
  • GLBL ST 110B (5 units)

Course Descriptions

GLBL ST 110A (5 units): Globalization in Context – Global France: A Study of Contemporary Economics, Politics, and Society

GLBL ST 110B* (5 units): Globalization in Context Seminar  – Culture and Multiculturalism in France

*Can be applied towards the Diversity requirement for the College of Letters and Science, School of Music and Public Affairs. Courses can also fulfill major requirements for Comparative Literature and French.


UCLA Global Studies majors–  GLBL ST 1, 102, 103, and 104
Other majors and Global Studies minor– No prerequisites

These courses explore the multifaceted nature of contemporary globalization and the social, political and economic faces of developments. Students will examine the expansion of markets and its relationship to political processes and social dynamics. General themes about marketization, democratization and culture and identity will be analyzed in the context of the particular experiences of different countries around the world. The courses will combine required readings with classroom discussion, experiential learning, and primary research.

Courses fulfill UCLA Global Studies major/minor requirements (automatically); One course can be applied to International Development Studies major Disciplinary Elective requirements and European Studies Major and Minor Social Sciences group 1


Grades will be based on attendance, class participation, weekly “(auto) -Ethnography”, and final examinations. Instructors reserve the right to vary this format.


All schedules, itineraries, and group activities are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.  


You are responsible for purchasing your own textbooks. We strongly suggest you read as much of the text material as possible before you depart. Textbook information will be available at a later date.

Budget and Financial Aid

Budget UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Students
Program Fee $5,800 $6,400 $6,400
Textbooks (estimate) $150 $150 $150
Airfare (estimate) $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
Meals (estimate) $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
Spending Money (estimate) $800 $800 $800

Program fee includes registration and course fees, accommodations, program excursions and health insurance.

Airfare, textbooks, optional courses, meals, optional excursions, and any COVID-19 testing required for travel are additional.

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents. View full fee disclaimer.

Document Fee

Non-UCLA students will be charged a $50 Document Fee. This is a one-time document fee which covers fees for first-class mailing of official transcripts, diploma and much more. Please visit the Registrar’s Office Website for more information. Matriculated UCLA Students: Please visit the Registrar’s Office Website for document fee information.


All undergraduate students will be charged a $61 IEI fee per summer. The IEI (Instructional Enhancement Initiative) fee is a course materials fee that is charged in order to support the use of technology in undergraduate education at UCLA. For more information please click here.


We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, meals, emergencies, etc.  How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment, and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.


Merit-based scholarships from the UCLA International Institute are available for several outstanding UCLA Global Studies majors or minors participating on a Global Studies summer program. Global Studies majors/minors must have a 3.50 GPA overall for their academic studies at UCLA. Since scholarships are limited in number, we recommend that UCLA students interested in the program’s scholarship also apply for financial aid by the necessary deadlines. See Scholarships page.

Purchasing Airfare

Please do not purchase airfare until instructed to do so by your Travel Study Program Coordinator.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for Summer Sessions Travel Study programs is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this website

On Location

Accommodations & Study Center

Students will stay in a student dormitory in Paris, the Cite Internationale Universitaire de Paris. Rooms are single occupancy, with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities.  Students will also have access to a launderette & common rooms within their buildings as well as to a library, post office and dining facilities on campus. Students will study at the Accent Paris Study Center.

UCLA Travel Study reserves the right to change housing & study locations. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable facilities elsewhere.


No meals are included. Accommodations include a shared kitchen for preparing meals.

If you have strict dietary requirements, this program may not be able to accommodate your needs. Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs as well as any physical or medical conditions. We will advise you accordingly.


This program includes several excursions as part of its curriculum. In past years the program has visited the Quai Branly museum, the Jewish Quarter, the Musée de l’histoire de l’immigration, the Latin Quarter and taken a river cruise on the Seine.  A schedule of excursions will be available at a later date.

Limited free time is built into this program for independent sightseeing. If you plan on traveling extensively, we recommend that you budget additional spending money.

Student Stories

Sarah Eguchi

Program Correspondent

UCLA Travel Study 2016