French culture is different than any other culture in the world. The country's history dates back to ancient times and passes through multiple monarchies, wars and revolutions. The trip is designed to develop an appreciation for the French lifestyle, the country's art, language and history, and to further study the development of educated riding. The focus of the trip will be on observation of and participation in French culture.
Open to all St. Andrews students, students from other colleges, alums, and friends of the college who are in good health and physical condition. In keeping with European customs participants should expect to walk a good distance during the trip and to use bicycles as well as public transportation. The trip is open to all St. Andrews alums and their families and friends as well as other friends of the college. Number of participants 6 – 12. Priority will be given to St. Andrews Equine Business and Therapeutic Horsemanship Majors. Because of the nature of the travel and experiences to be encountered permission of the instructor is necessary. Application and interview required.
Cost: Estimated $3,800*
The tour leader for the course is Professor Jackie Dwelle. She can be reached via email at email@example.com.
Class: Hon 290 and S&BS 290
- Learning outcome for the Equine Business Major: Students will demonstrate professional behavior including respecting others, assuming responsibility and exhibiting ethical behavior, while traveling and interacting with their peers, and with people from another country
- To develop an appreciation for another culture, cuisine, and lifestyle.
- To increase the ability to travel and cope in a foreign country where the native language is not English.
- Develop a rudimentary understanding of the French language for the purpose of communicating with native French speakers.
- Develop an appreciation through the study of the arts (both equestrian and traditional) for the incredible depth of cultural history that has led to the development of today’s complex societies.
- Assigned readings and exercises before departure including study of the geography of the cities and region to be visited. (15%)
- Daily required meetings of the class to discuss the experiences of the day (15% for participation and attendance)
- The keeping of a directed and reflective journal on the experience (15%)
- A paper prior to travel discussing an approved topic pertaining to French history, art or equitation (15%)
- A paper during the trip describing one aspect of French culture (10%)
- An interpretative essay in France using local resources for research (10%)
- A final essay summarizing the experiences of the trip due upon return (20%)
(Subject to change)
Day 1 - Depart United States (over-night flight)
Day 2 - Arrive Paris
Days 3 - 5 - Paris (youth hostel accommodation)
Day 6 - Travel to The Loire Valley by train
Days 8 - 13 - Camping in The Loire Valley and Saumur
Day 14 - Return to Paris by Train
Day 15 - Return to the United States
Costs: Estimated $3,800
* Please Note: Costs may change according to exchange rates, airfare and other ground costs. This is the best estimate at this time. Travelers will purchase their airline flights directly from the designated travel agent. Tickets must be purchased by Jan 1st (or sooner if necessary). Estimated costs include all major travel in France, accommodation, admission to museums, galleries, national monuments etc. food estimated at $30/day and the travel expenses of the professor. Cost does not include transfers, shots and medications, travel to and from departure city, passport and souvenirs. Since this trip is a course for college credit, loans and other financial aid may be available.