France: Culture Through Science & Innovation

Brazil: Urbanisim


June 12 - June 25  

Program Description 

Travel to beautiful Paris, France and study modern French culture, government, and immigration, and their impacts on diverse communities within France through the lenses of science, technology, and innovation. Learn how the French have adapted these themes to globalization, the ever-changing face of their population, and how that differs from approaches in the US.

On this FLP, you will study the effects of the acceptance of technology, the influence of innovation, and views of the role of science in society. How do these various factors impact immigration, economics, biases, and other aspects of community development?

While in France, you'll also:

  • Go on a guided bicycle tour of Paris & see Notre Dame, the Champs-Elysees, & more!
  • Work on the restoration of an ancient castle
  • Create macarons in a hands-on workshop
  • Tour the iconic Marais neighborhood, traditionally famous for its Jewish quarter & now also a center of LGBT culture
  • Volunteer with a local refugee organization
  • Visit the Louvre! Eiffel Tower! Sacre Coeur!


GLST 188 Special Topics in International Experiences (Area V) (3 units)

The course will include globalization, the role of history in technology and innovation, cultural pluralism, acculturation, and cross-cultural communication. Class members will broaden their global awareness through learning and practicing appropriate etiquette and travel skills for foreign travel. Lessons will include cultural sensitivity, safety, and other prerequisites for enjoyable travel that will help students develop into more worldly and knowledgeable citizens and travelers.


Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test and upper division standing.




Program Leader: Dan Nathan-Roberts, Ph.D.

Dr. Dan NR has lived and worked in four countries on three continents, has taught engineering and innovation in China and across the United States. His passion for languages started as a child, in French classes and has extended to Turksh, Italian, Mandarin, and many others. Dr. Dan takes a non-traditional approach to international travel, focusing on understanding the differences in cultures through their approaches to science, technology, and innovation.

Prior to joining the SJSU Faculty, Dr. Dan was an innovation author and consultant at University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business, worked for Intel's digital health division on telemedicine, and an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was a co-investigator on a $2.5M R01 grant to improve our understanding of home healthcare. Dan's research interest center on human factors; physical and cognitive ergonomics including; affective design, human-robot interaction, and quantified-self applied to healthcare and other domains. Dan currently serves in volunteer positions in several engineering societies and is a champion of inclusion in engineering and especially in access to human factors education.





It is important to note that each program's total cost will vary depending on the location and the package it offers.

$750 SJSU Special Session Tuition ($250 per unit)
$200 Administration Fee
$3,905 Program fees, lodging, class materials and class related tours approximately*
$4,855 Total Program Cost


* Airfare is not included. Students will need some additional money for meals. 



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