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Join JCCC on this study-abroad opportunity to visit some of the world’s most stunning sights in the City of Light. Soak in the art and architecture that inspires the world and earn one college credit during your spring break.

Stock image of the Eiffel Tower

March 14 – 24, 2019


Nov. 29, 2018 - Application Deadline

Dec. 12, 2018 - $700 Deposit: (nonrefundable)
Jan. 25, 2019 - Balance $3,200:
TBD: - Post-trip report required for credit: 


  • $3,900 per person, double occupancy
  • $4,600 per person, single occupancy

Limited to 12–20 participants

Degree-seeking student? Apply for a study abroad scholarship up to $500.

Contact International Education:

Janette Jasperson
International Education Coordinator
COM 220
913-469-8500, ext. 3470

Rachel White
Study Abroad Coordinator
COM 220
913-469-8500, ext. 3323

Cost includes:

  • Round-trip international airfare: Kansas City – Paris; Paris – Kansas City
  • Two to three pre-departure meetings in February for orientation and background
  • Ground transportation in private coach and the Métro
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Admission fees to group tour sites
  • Travel accident insurance

Not included in cost:

  • Passport fee if you don’t already have one (no visa is required for travel to France)
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Tuition for GIST 101 (1 credit hour)
  • Personal spending, some admission fees
  • Personal transportation in Paris


Robert Dye
Associate Professor and Chair of Construction Management

Hélène Perriguey-Keene
Foreign Language instructor


Please note: France is seven hours ahead of U.S. Central Time. 

Program participants depart from the United States.

Flights arrive at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).

The program conductor will meet participants and escort everyone in a private coach to Paris, about 15 miles away.

We’ll spend the rest of the day relaxing, walking along the Seine River in the central part of the city. We’ll find dinner this evening during our walk, or later near the hotel.

After breakfast we’ll take the Métro to the Isle de la Cité for an audio guide tour through Notre Dame cathedral, one of the earliest examples of Gothic architecture.

We’ll continue with a climb up the steps of the cathedral’s twin towers, seeing up close the gargoyles that decorate the upper reaches of the church, and the flying buttresses that support the central nave and transepts.

We’ll travel on foot to the Sainte-Chapelle, the 13th-century chapel built to house Christian relics brought to France by Louis IX (Saint Louis) and renowned for its stunning stained-glass windows that tell the story of the ancient Hebrews and Christians.

We’ll continue on the Métro to the Arc de Triomphe, the monument situated at the western end of the Champs Élysées and raised in the style of the ancient Roman emperors by Napoleon Bonaparte to commemorate his victories over foreign powers.

We will return to the hotel by Métro.

We’ll take a private coach for the one-hour drive to Chartres.

The Chartres cathedral, the greatest expression of Gothic architecture and design, is a reminder of medieval religious devotion and of the competition between towns and cities to attract the business of religious pilgrims. Audio guides will be provided to visit the cathedral at your own pace.

Return to the hotel by coach in midafternoon.

We’ll take our private coach an hour southeast of Paris to see the castles of Fontainebleau, closely tied to French rulers from the 1500s to 1800s, and Vaux-le-Vicomte, the castle of Louis XIV’s finance minister in the 17th century.

The castles are outstanding examples of Renaissance and neo-Classical architecture, landscaping and interior design.

Audio guides will be provided to you at both locations to allow you to explore at your own pace. We expect to spend two hours at each site.

Return to the Paris hotel in the late afternoon.

This morning we’ll take the Métro to the Orsay Museum, a grand old train station remodeled in the 1980s to house the city’s collection of 19th-century Impressionist art. We’ll have two hours to enjoy the museum. An audio guide will be provided to you to help understand the collection.

We’ll continue on the Métro to the Eiffel Tower, the engineering marvel erected temporarily for the World’s Fair of 1889 but which remained as a symbol of the city and is perhaps the most recognizable man-made structure in the world. We’ll ascend by elevator to the second level.

Afterward, we’ll cross the Seine on foot and follow the gardens and fountains to the Museum of Man and the Place Chaillot, with their spectacular view of the tower and the Champs de Mars. Back to the hotel by Métro.

This morning we’ll visit the Louvre, the former royal palace that dates from as early as the 1300s and holds one of the world’s greatest collections of art, including the ancient Greek Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and Leonardo Da Vinci’s Gioconda (Mona Lisa).

The museum hosts seven million visitors annually, but among its 535 rooms you will find quiet areas with few visitors and outstanding works of art from all the corners of the Earth. Audio guides are provided.

A café in the large atrium below the glass pyramid, designed by American architect I.M. Pei and opened in 1989, sells sandwiches and drinks. Those who wish may leave with the tour leaders for a walk through the Tuileries Gardens adjacent to the Museum, along the Jeu de Paume and Orangerie museums, across the river to the fashion district of the Faubourg Saint-Honoré and to the neo-Classical Madeleine Church.

We’ll return from the Madeleine to the hotel by Métro. Those who wish may reenter the Louvre with their tickets in hand. The museum is open on Wednesdays until 9:45 p.m.

We’ll take our private coach for the one-hour trip to Versailles, the greatest of the French royal castles and the seat of power for the Bourbon kings from Louis XIV, the “Sun King,” to his ill-fated descendant Louis XVI and his queen consort, Marie Antoinette.

The palace, the interior decoration and the gardens were designed to reflect French power at the height of the monarchy in the “Grand Century” of the 1600s. Audio guides will be provided for you to explore the palace and gardens at your own pace.

Our bus will take us back to the hotel in Paris in the late afternoon.

We’ll take the Métro to the Marais, a district that was fashionable among the French nobility in the 1500s and 1600s and is still one of the city’s most beautiful and charming neighborhoods.

We’ll see the Place des Vosges, the square constructed under Henry IV and home to luminaries from Cardinal Richelieu to Victor Hugo, then walk to the Pablo Picasso Museum, dedicated to this great artist who spent most of his life in France. Audio guides are included for you to explore the museum at your leisure. We’ll return to the hotel in the early afternoon. 

You are free to see more of the city with the group leaders or explore in small groups. One of the leaders will go to the Left Bank and the Latin Quarter, the student district since the founding of the University of Paris in the 1100s and dominated by the French Pantheon, the neo-Classical church that became a temple to Reason in the Revolution and subsequently a monument to French nationality, and then to the nearby Luxembourg Gardens, the beautiful public space created by Queen Marie de Medici.

You might consider a stroll along the Champs-Élysées, continuing with a Métro ride to La Défense and a trip in a panoramic elevator to the top of the Grande Arche. Take a ride on one of the batobus or bateaux-mouches (tourist ships) on the Seine or join a guided visit to the Garnier Opera house, the extravagantly designed marvel of 1870s architecture that is the site of the fictional Phantom of the Opera. Take the Métro to the Sacré-Coeur Basilica at the top of Montmartre or to the Saint-Denis church, the first important Gothic structure built in the 1130s and the burial place of French kings and queens. Check out the Père Lachaise cemetery, the city’s largest, and the resting place of figures from Molière and Frédéric Chopin to Oscar Wilde, Isadora Duncan, Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison.

After breakfast, we check out and board our private coach to the Charles de Gaulle Airport for departure back to the United States. The connecting flight will arrive in Kansas City the same day.