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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Spring Short Term
  • Restrictions: GW applicants only
  • Cost Estimate: Spring Short Term
Program Description:


Course Number - STAP Navy

SMPA 3195

Is This Program for Me - Navy

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During the course of the spring break, students meet with some two dozen international media leaders, including journalists, executives, scholars, and government officials. Meetings are held in classrooms, media offices, production facilities and private homes — offering a once in a lifetime behind-the-scenes experience. Free time is also scheduled into the program so that students have the chance to see the sites and enjoy the city.

For the past eleven years, students from all Schools at the George Washington University have been able to participate in the Paris Seminar as part of a regular three-credit course (SMPA 3195, Globalization and the Media), open to all GW undergraduate and graduate students. The program is taught and chaired by Professor Lee Huebner. Because this course includes a week-long study abroad session, registration for the class is only available by applying to the program through the Study Abroad Office. The Washington, D.C. portion of the course will meet on Tuesdays from 6:10 to 8:00 p.m. before spring break and then less frequently after spring break.

You can view a more detailed description of the course and trip by consulting the SMPA website—under the “Students” and then the “Study Abroad” headings. You can also view the Spring 2018 itinerary and Spring 2018 course syllabus. These vary slightly each year but should be a good guide to what will happen next March. The estimated overall cost of the 2019 trip, including the Study Abroad fee, travel, hotel, meals and incidental expenses, is about $3000.

Questions about the trip and the course can be addressed to Professor Huebner at
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Further testimonials from students:

"This was a truly special, once in a lifetime experience."

"I love Paris but never imagined I would get to see it from the vantage point of some of the top names in media or have an audience at the home of the acting Ambassador."

“This class was amazing; I made many new friends, and made useful career connections. I would recommend all my friends to take this course."

"I felt like I was seeing Paris in a completely different way given the lens of our readings on globalization and the cultural and political differences between our countries."

“The experience and networking opportunities we were provided in Paris are indispensible."

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GW Professor - Navy 
Lee Huebner,

Calendar - Navy

Info Sessions: Monday, October 15, 2018 - 7pm (SMPA 406A) & Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 7pm (SMPA 406A)
Application Deadline Extended: December 13, 2018
Commitment (Deposit) Deadline: December 15, 2018
On Campus Dates: January 16, 2019 - April 24, 2019 (Tuesdays 6:10pm - 8:00pm)
Overseas Dates: March 10 - 16, 2019

Please Note: The Office for Study Abroad registers students for this course.  If you are accepted to the course, your registration will occur much later than usual. 

Additional Information - Navy

Cost Estimate
Tentative Syllabus 
Tentative Itinerary
Supplemental Website

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It's only a week and you'll problem learn more in that week than in any other study abroad program.
     — Alex Baghdjian, Spring Short Term 2011
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