Planning Abroad


Program Description

Study the juxtaposition of modern Paris as a global financial center against its historic background which is still very much alive  today as a major tourist destination. Study urban design/transportation & analyze how Paris is addressing the same urban and environmental concerns as Florida.


Program Dates and Deadlines:
Term Year Application Deadline
(or as space permits)
Start Date/Check-in End Date/Check-out
Summer 2024 February 5, 2024 May 20, 2024 May 27, 2024

Program fee payment deadline: See details below in program cost section. Program fees cannot be deferred. Plan accordingly. 

Information Sheet

Open to All academic disciplines
Language of Instruction English
Level of Study Undergraduate and Graduate
Credit Offered FAU credits
Program Primary Subject Urban & Regional Planning
Sponsoring College Science/Urban & Regional Planning


Program Course Offerings:

  • URP 4955 Planning Abroad: Paris 2024 (3 credits)
  • URP 5958 Planning Abroad: Paris 2024 (3 credits)

Course Eligibility & Requirements:

Students participating on the program are required to take one of the course offerings listed for 3 credits. 

Include your course(s) of interest on your study abroad application in the course section.

Program Eligibility & Requirements

  • Must have a 2.5 overall GPA for undergraduate and 3.0 for graduate at the time of application
  • Must be in good academic standing at the time of application
  • Must be eligible to take FAU courses during the study abroad program term
  • See Policies & Procedures page for more information

*Before a study abroad application is approved for this program, students are required to contact one of the faculty-leaders to discuss the program and expectations. 


On-site Program Faculty Leaders: 
Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Education Abroad Advisor: 

Peter Henn, Instructor 
Phone number: 561-297-4279

Dr. Stephanie Wakefield, Assistant Professor

Brendan Richardson, Associate Director
Phone number: 561-297-3227


Travel Documentation

Important notice! Passport processing times have changed. Review up-to-date details HERE.

Routine processing times can take 10-13 weeks, and expedited applications in 7-9 weeks. Processing times begin when your application is received by a passport agency or center, and do not include mailing times. It may take up to 2 weeks for your application to be received by passport agency, and up to 2 weeks for you to receive your completed passport after agency mails it to you. Therefore, you should add an additional 4 weeks to you passport application processing time. 

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you are traveling anywhere abroad, you need a passport to board an international flight and to enter the country. Passport cards will not be accepted as form of I.D. You may be denied boarding if you travel with a passport that appears damaged or altered.

Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met. Check the Country Information to learn about entry and exit requirements for the country or countries in which you are traveling.  

If you are applying for a passport for the first time, you need to renew your passport, or you have any other passport questions, you can find information on the Travel.State.Gov website. In addition, several U.S. Embassies and Consulates provide information to assist applicants in collecting the documentation needed. For a list of Embassies, please visit U.S.


Paris, city and capital of France is in the north-central part of the country located along the Seine River. Known as the "City of Lights" ranked second most visited city and is home to the Eiffel Tower which is one of the world's premier tourist attraction. Paris is one of the world's major centres of finance, commerce, culture, fashion and known for its leading role in art.


Shared triple and quad ensuite rooms with FAU program participants at a central location in Paris. Daily breakfast included. 

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Program Cost and Funding

Financial Aid and Scholarship Information 

  • Students participating on FAU Faculty-led Programs may use eligible financial aid
  • Program participants may be eligible to apply for the FAU Education Abroad Scholarship
  • See additional scholarship and funding information here.


Program Cost

$ 2,044.00 + tuition for courses/credits taken on program (FAU in-state and out-of-state rates apply)

Program fee payment deadlines: 
1ST PAYMENT:       $1,100 Due Thursday, February 8, 2024
2ND PAYMENT:      $944 Due Thursday, February 22, 2024

Accepted participants will receive detailed payment instructions from the Education Abroad team via email. 

Program Fee Includes:

  • Accommodations for programs dates in Paris with daily breakfast
  • Metro pass for local public transportation
  • Walking tours and lectures
  • Admission fee to Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, River Boat, the Lourve, and Nature Urbaine!
  • 2 group lunches
  • International Medical Insurance

Program Fee Does Not Include :

  • $200 administrative fee due at time of application
  • International flight
  • Tuition for courses/credits taken on program (FAU in-state and out-of-state rates apply)
  • Most lunches and all dinners
  • Personal spending money

Health, Safety and Travel Documentation

All students must attend pre-departure sessions prior to study abroad. Education Abroad and your program faculty leaders will provide you with further details pertaining to dates, times, and location in the semester before your program. 

1) Mandatory pre-departure orientation hosted by the Education Abroad office. This session will cover general international travel related topics such as health, safety, insurance, and travel tips. 
2) Mandatory pre-departure meeting hosted by program faculty leaders. This session will cover program and location specific information such as arrival, expectations, itinerary, and course overview. 

International Health and Travel Insurance

All FAU students participating on an FAU Faculty-led Program will be registered in international health and travel insurance coverage through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). This mandatory insurance ensures that students have access to medical and emergency support services while abroad. This is included in the program cost.


  1. Reduced risk of denied entry if a country requires vaccination for entry
  2. Reduced risk of having to get vaccinated abroad if it becomes mandatory in the country of study
  3. Reduced risk of denied acceptance to one of our foreign universities
  4. Reduced risk of denied acceptance into campus housing or host accommodations abroad
  5. Reduced risk of spreading COVID-19 and its variants to other parts of the world, including the communities where we have programs
  6. Reduced risk of contracting COVID-19 while abroad, which could lead to missed classes and excursions, mandatory quarantine or isolation, and other disruptions to the program
  7. Increases student access to local events, services, and travel while abroad
  8. Provides more flexibility in planning study abroad extracurricular activities, including excursions
  9. The WHO and U.S. CDC agree that the vaccine helps reduce the risk of serious illness and helps prevent the spread of COVID-19
  10. Alongside our other prevention measures, the vaccine significantly increases protection for FAU faculty, staff, students, and international partners

Regarding increased access because of being vaccinated, please be aware that businesses and services may legally restrict access to exclude unvaccinated individuals. Local ordinances may allow the same. In such cases, FAU won’t be able to intervene or advocate on your behalf.