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French Culture, Food and Health

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Riorges, Grand Roanne, France
Course # SA 10223
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2019 05/18/19 to 05/26/19

Program Leader

Name Rachel Clark

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

Program Description

Join us during Maymester 2019 for a stay in Riorges, Grand Roanne, in the heart of Burgundy, France.

This one-week program provides you the opportunity to earn academic credit while exploring the rich culinary, cultural and health characteristics of France.  Scientists have been baffled about the French Paradox: the observation that the French eat such rich food and yet their rates of heart disease are less than that of Americans.  The course highlights the scientific and social issues surrounding this contradiction while simultaneously immersing students in the culture of French food and eating patterns.  You can enjoy the peaceful surroundings and people of a French town between cooking lessons from French chefs and daily excursions to local farmers’ markets, a vineyard, an oil press, a chocolate maker, various restaurants and more.  

We'll travel* to France May 18 - May 26, 2019, and stay 6 nights in a villa in the town of Riorges, and take day trips to nearby cities/attractions.  The last day/night will be in Lyon, considered the gastronomy center of France ( 

*You will book, pay for and conduct your own travel independent of the instructor.  This allows you to spend additional time overseas - if you choose - either before or after the week designated for this program.  Our overseas experience officially begins when we meet as a group at a specific time and location at the airport in Lyon on Sunday, May 19.  Many students in the past have gotten to know one another in the class meetings prior to travel and coordinated flights together.  

Check here for HHS scholarships and here for scholarships listed by the Study Abroad office 

Academic Credit

Students earn 2 credits for a letter grade.  You will spend 6 hours in class prior to our time in France, spread across 4 mandatory class meetings, all at a location that will be determined:

Feb 7, 5:30-7pm 

Feb 28, 5:30-7pm

Mar 28, 5:30-7pm

Apr 25, 5:30-7pm

During this class time, we learn about various factors related to French food, culture and health, and how they compare to American food, culture and health.  


Any student in any major* in good academic standing is eligible for this course.  There are no pre-requisites, nor language or skill requirements.  Past students have been from at least 24 different majors.  Maximum enrollment is approximately 15 students, which is limited by the capacity of our accommodations.  Students who participate enjoy getting to know their fellow students in a small, relaxed setting.    *French majors may participate, but should be aware that this course does not meet the French department’s requirements for language immersion.

Note: If a student is on academic probation, s/he cannot participate in this study abroad program.

Program Cost

Historically, the program fee has been about $2000.  This year's program fee has not been set yet, but when it is, this page will be updated with that information.  The fee is billed by the University after you register for SA 10223 (previously SA 10202), and that won't be until March at the earliest.  To be "accepted" into the program, you must first make a $500 deposit that will go towards the full payment fee; this deposit is due by Tuesday January 22.  Instructions for making the deposit are in the section below called "Application Deadlines" (step #5).  The program fee includes all meals (except 2), housing and transportation within France for the week.  Other, additional expenses you should factor in are the cost of a passport, airfare, and souvenirs.

Scholarship information is available for HHS scholarships and for scholarships listed by the Study Abroad office I always recommend this particular scholarship because it is a relatively simply application and most people that apply do receive some money.  

Application Deadline


1. Apply to our program on the Study Abroad website where it says Click Here to Enroll in this Program

2. Go to your My Study Abroad page to complete and upload these 4 forms: Medical Information, Risk & Responsibility, Information Release, Participation/Cancellation policy.

3. Upload a copy of your Passport to your My Study Abroad page. If you don’t have a passport yet, go to the post office ASAP to get that process started and bring/email Ellie ( in STON 213 a copy of that post office receipt.

4.Make your $500 deposit online by Tuesday January 22, AND upload a screenshot of your receipt to your My Study Abroad page. THIS IS THE FINAL STEP THAT RESERVES YOUR SPOT. ENROLLMENT IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED AND CAPPED AT 12-15 PARTICIPANTS MAX.

Your status will be changed to "ACCEPTED" after all of the above steps are completed.  

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