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Paris Art & Culture: Soft Power Diplomacy in Action

Dates: 13 May–8 June 2024
Priority Deadline: 8 January 2024
Application Deadline: 6 March 2024

Come to Paris to experience soft power diplomacy in action. Soak in the sights, sounds, and flavors of the City of Light as we discover how France puts its best foot forward on the world stage. We’ll explore how culture, art, cuisine, sports, education, and international diplomacy are presented and lived in Paris and how the French use these elements to build lasting and meaningful connections with the United States and the world. We’ll experience a wide range of site visits that will allow us to see soft power firsthand. Versailles, the Louvre, France Éducation, Fulbright France, the Museum of the Army, the Franco-American Museum, the Museum of the History of Immigration, the Senate of France, the OECD, and UNESCO are just some of the places we’ll visit. Day trips to locations such as Brussels, Strasbourg, Rouen, and Chartres will allow us to dive into more ways that France connects with visitors, Europe, and the world. In the classroom we’ll study how art, cuisine, international organizations, and more are used by France to build a positive view of itself among other nations, and then we’ll take to the streets to see that diplomacy in action. We’ll gain a greater understanding of how countries move beyond traditional diplomatic channels to affect real change.

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Kennedy Center
237 HRCB
(801) 422-3377


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Frequently Asked Questions
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More Information

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Students will enroll in the following courses while on this program:

IAS 353R—Intercultural Outreach Preparation (3 credits)
IAS 397R—Directed Readings in Soft Power Diplomacy (3 credits)

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Includes Latter-day Saint undergraduate full tuition (increased cost for graduate and non–Latter-day Saint students), housing, group transportation on field trips, site entry fees for group visits, some meals, and international health insurance.

Does not include prep course tuition, airfare, most meals, transportation within Paris, or personal expenses.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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Accepted students are required to participate in our study abroad preparation course (IAS 201, 1 credit hour). This course will be held Wednesdays from 5:00–6:50 p.m. during the second block of winter semester. Spouses will also need to apply online and take all associated coursework.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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Students will be housed in long-stay, two-person apartments with kitchenettes.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

BYU welcomes students from any university to apply to participate on our study abroad programs. However, internships and direct enrollment programs are limited to BYU Provo students.

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information page.

Priority Deadline: 8 January 2024
Application Deadline: 24 January 2024
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Stan Benfell, Kennedy Center Director and former missionary in France, teaches comparative literature and has directed the London Centre program five times.

Quinn Mecham, Kennedy Center Associate Director, teaches and researches comparative politics, democratic development, and civil conflict and has directed multiple study abroad programs.

James Mayo, Kennedy Center Scholarships Coordinator, taught French and Francophone studies for twelve years and has a master’s in International Program Administration.

Kelly Russell, Kennedy Center Administrator, is advisor to the Model United Nations program and was assistant director for the Babylon to Berlin program in Spring 2022.

For questions, e-mail
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.