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UMD-Spring Break: France: Race Relations in the US and France (GVPT)

Paris, France
Terms offered: 
Spring Break
Program Type: 
Credit Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
Graduate Students Eligible to Apply: 
EA Advisor: 
Maria Barra
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France GVPT
This is a new course that combines lectures at the College Park campus with a study abroad component in Paris, France from March 13-22, 2020. The course will focus on racial and ethnic politics in the U.S. and France. The goal of the course is to contrast the experiences of racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. with those in France. It is designed to explore how racial and ethnic groups shape and are shaped by the American and French political system. Among the topics to be covered include the meaning and measurement of race and ethnicity, immigration politics, prejudice, and political representation. 

In order to participate in this program, you must register for the GVPT388R course in Testudo and enroll for that course by the Spring 2020 registration deadline (early February 2020). GVPT388R is scheduled to meet on Tuesdays from 11am - 12:40pm. This program is only open to students enrolled in GVPT388R. Note: Registration for Spring 2020 will open on October 28th.

Please refer to this link for additional information from the Department of Government & Politics website.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

UMD freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students are eligible to apply.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program director (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

You must register for the GVPT388R course in Testudo and enroll for that course by the Spring 2020 registration deadline (early February 2020). After you are registered, Education Abroad will enroll you in this one (1) credit UMD course:

  • GVPT388O: Race Relations in the US and France

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit. This course also counts towards GVPT major credit.

Housing information will be updated shortly.

*Costs are current for spring break 2020.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $25
Tuition $1,535
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $585
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $250
Visa $0
Passport $145
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,000
Course Materials $0
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $150
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

Antoine Banks is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. He is also Director of the Government and Politics Research Lab. His research interests include racial and ethnic politics, emotions, political psychology, and public opinion. His book, Anger and Racial Politics: The Emotional Foundation of Racial Attitudes in America, published by Cambridge University Press, explores the link between emotions and racial attitudes and the consequences it has for political preferences. His articles have appeared in journals such as American Journal of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior, Political Analysis, and Political Psychology.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Lecture on race relations in France by a local expert
  • Bus tour of different neighborhoods in Paris (e.g. African neighborhood should be included)
  • Tour of Grande Mosquée de Paris and Musée national de l'histoire de l'immigration
  • Tour of Quai Branly
  • Tour of Louvre with emphasis on colonial history and race relations
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring Break 2020 02/01/2020 02/05/2020 03/13/2020 03/22/2020