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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Hotel
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate, Non-Degree Seeking
Type of Program: Faculty-led Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:
Paris park and Louvre

Intercultural Communication for Organizational Contexts in Paris

This experiential course will introduce theories of intercultural and organizational communication within the context of French culture. Students will understand and analyze aspects of culture shock and cultural adaptation through journal analyses.  Ethnographic analyses will enhance students’ understanding of organizational communication in France.  

Program Details

Credits Offered:

  • Communication (COMM) 307: Field Study in Communication
  • Sociology (SOCI) 395: Special Topics in Sociology
  • Communication (COMM) 696: Directed Readings and Research

Eligibility & Prerequisites

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University. Housing

Double or triple occupancy in hotels.

Program Cost (Winter 2018): $3000

  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Hotel accommodations
  • 6 Day Museum pass (includes entrance fee to Versailles and Louvre as well as other museums)
  • All breakfasts
  • Welcome luncheon or dinner
  • Lunch at the Eiffel Tower
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not Included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Transportation cards (estimated at $75)
  • Personal spending
  • Gratuities 


Day 1 Arrive in Paris, France
Day 2 Welcome to the course: explanation of syllabus, course guidelines, assignments, expectations.  Lecture on Ethnography. For lunch enjoy a welcome meal at a Parisian Cafe followed by a visit to Gare Montparnasse and the Louvre Museum.
Day 3 Discussion of approach of the class: self-awareness, observation of cultural rules, experiential learning.  Excursion to the Sorbonne and the Rue Mouffetard open market area. 
Day 4 Visit to the Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees.  Lecture: Basic Concepts of Organizational Communication. Journal #1 due.
Day 5 Morning lecture: Culture Shock and Cultural Adaptation Theories. Full-day  visit and tour of Versailles. 
Day 6 Free Day and time for observations
Day 7 Free Day and time for observations
Day 8 Excursion to Monmartre and Sacre Coeur Cathedral. Lecture on Hofstede's 4 Cultural Dimensions.
Day 9 Lecture: Intercultural Communication in Business Contexts. Journal #2 due.  Visit to the George Pompidou Cultural Center and the Mitterand National Library.
Day 10 Excursion to the Jardins de Luxembourg and the  Eiffel Tower including a class lunch in the tower or at a location nearby.
Day 11 Ethnography and Journal Presentations. Submissions of Ethnography papers due.
Day 12 Wrap-up of course including reflection
Day 13 Free Day
Day 14 Free Day followed by last group meeting before program departure
Day 15 Depart Paris for flights back home
  *Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed.  Full syllabus available upon request.

Contact Information

Program Officer

Rachel Spence

Academic Director

Esther Yook

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.