USAC encourages you to participate in the tours; however, they are optional and have an additional fee. Deepen your academic experience by turning the tours into a one-credit field study by completing additional academic requirements, keeping a journal, and engaging in discussions of the sites visited to better understand their historical and cultural contexts. Destinations may change at the discretion of the Resident Director.
The following are possible destinations, view term calendars for specifics.
Nîmes - Pont du Gard (overnight)
Nîmes, capital of the Gard department, retains the charm of a typical southern France atmosphere. You will have the opportunity to visit Roman ruins, play an escape game inside the Arena while learning its history, and walk on the famous Pont du Gard, considered one of the world's best preserved Roman Acqueduct.
Avignon - Theater Festival (overnight)
Avignon is one of the most important cities in the region of Provence, while retaining the charm, narrow streets, and Roman ruins of towns in the area. You will have the opportunity to attend the Avignon Theater Festival that attracts people and performers from all over the world. A guided visit of Avignon will include the Papal Palace and the Avignon bridge, famous for the French song, "Sur le Pont d'Avignon."
Paris Tour/Field Study
At the beginning of the summer session, you have the opportunity to visit the extraordinary number of historical and artistic sites of interest in Paris. The Paris Tour/Field Study can be taken for pleasure as a four-day tour or as a 1-credit field study course. Your stay in Paris will be a busy one and will include tours of great Parisian landmarks such as le Louvre, la Tour Eiffel, l’Opera, and many more. Bring your walking shoes! USAC encourages every student to participate; however, this segment of the program is optional for an additional fee. The one-credit field study option is available for students enrolled in both sessions; field study students will be expected to keep a journal and choose a research topic specific to Paris. You will sign up for the tour or register for the field study on your Course and Tour Registration Form; sign up early as space is limited and fill quickly.
Marseille and the Mediterranean Sea Tour/Field Study
Nestled between sea and hills, Marseille is an amazing city that moves with the seasons and passions and combines the richness of a unique heritage and an intense cultural life. It is a port city with a strong identity that has kept abreast of the changes throughout time to become an important capital of the Mediterranean open to the world. We will travel along the famed Mediterranean Coast and will visit a calanque, right outside of Marseille, a natural setting which combines pine forests, ochre or white rocks, and plain or terraced vineyards that stretch to the Mediterranean Sea. We will enjoy the blue water of the Frioul islands, and will walk along the streets and visit the castle of les Baux-de-Provence, a typical Provencal town where the Mistral (northern wind) blows and medieval ruins are still visible. We will finish our tour of the region with Arles, where the painter Van Gogh lived for a few years and painted some of his best materpieces. Be sure to reserve your spot as these fill early.
Provence and Occitània Tour/Field Study
This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Provence Tour by providing a solid historic and artistic base for your studies of French language and culture. We will go to the gorgeous city of Avignon, the state city of popes, and visit the palace, the center of Avignon, and the bridge, famous for the French song “Sur le Pont d’Avignon”. We will admire the famous Pont du Gard, a worldwide renowned construction from the first century AD. We will also explore the beautiful region of Lubéron to visit a typical provençal village (Gordes) and admire a unique landscape in France la Terre d’Ocre, referred to as the French Colorado. Then we will visit Aigues Mortes, a village located in Camargue at the delta and surrounded by saline landscapes. These visits will allow you to experience the provençal atmosphere, so different from anywhere else in France. Be sure to reserve your spot as these fill early.