Spotlight on France

Spotlight on France

A guide to custom programs in France

In reputation and in reality, France is an enchanting country that evokes elegance, opulence, and charm. But the country is so much more than luxurious castles, fashionable cities, and delicious food and wine. France has an incredible history spanning thousands of years that can be found in every crevice of its countryside. Its products – both cultural and economic – have become world-renowned and synonymous with quality.

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Designing Your Custom Program

We believe this kind of learning experience demands a unique travel itinerary, and that’s why we specialize in customized travel programs. Whether its J-term, spring break, May-mester, etc., our program development team, alongside our Global Academic Team, will consult with you to translate your curriculum into a one-of-a-kind learning experience that will deliver the educational outcome you’re looking for. From selecting your destination to identifying interactive experiences that bring your classroom to life, our thematic approach ensures that your goals drive every decision we make together.

A Personal Partner

Once your program is developed, you’ll work directly with an account manager who will be your champion, working directly with our large team of logistical experts, curriculum specialists, and on-the-ground partners. Our loyal clients see their account managers as an integral part of their own university teams, ensuring that your program is uniquely yours each and every year.

Meet our VP of Program Development

JeDSC_7280nnifer Fisher leads a team of WorldStrides’ program development specialists, working directly with new university clients to globalize their curriculum with short-term faculty-led cultural immersion experiences. Jen brings a passion for customized curriculum solutions to this role after more than 20 years working with institutions of higher learning.

To begin customizing your program, give us a call at 1-800-422-2368.

Topics to Explore

In France, you might choose to explore some of the following topics:


The birth of this exceptional art form traces its roots to 19th century France, where the artists found community and inspiration. Immerse yourself in the movement as you marvel at the landscapes that inspired some of its most iconic works, and view incredible collections from the artists it made legendary.

The French Resistance

During the Nazi occupation of France and the collaboration of the Vichy regime during World War II, a few brave men and women helped to bring the epic war to its eventual end. Walk in the footsteps of those citizens, explore the role of media and propaganda in the movement, and visit the battlefields where the war was finally won.


Paris is, of course, synonymous with fashion. Home to iconic brands including Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chanel, and Dior, it is the motherland for established and emerging designers. Delve into the history of fashion, meet with some of its young designers, and, where possible, visit the runways of this quintessential fashion city.

Healthcare and Biotech

Explore the nuances of world health policy by studying France’s top-ranked universal health care system. Although health expenditure represents roughly 12% of GDP (second only to the United States), the quality of care is consistently ranked much higher than that of the United States. Visits to Paris and Lyon will reveal the innovative success of France’s private biopharmaceutical industry, ranked third on the planet.

French Literature

The influence of French intellectuals is world famous in literary circles, in religious doctrine, philosophy, playwriting, and fiction. The list of authors includes legends Descartes, Voltaire, Moliere, Hugo, Balzac, Proust, Camus, and Sartre…and the list goes on and on.


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Espresso, french bread, cinnamon and sugar from France
France Now

Over many wars and revolutions in the past 200 years, France has suffered many scars, and yet it has remained a global leader. Its fertile farmland and advantageous geography created ideal conditions for agriculture in earlier centuries. Today, its products—both cultural and economic—have become world-renowned and synonymous with quality. One can hardly think of France without thinking of wine, cheese, art, and fashion goods. It is also home to less romantic, but still highly successful, major industries like energy and aeronautics. Today, it is the 5th largest economy in the world and Europe’s 4th wealthiest nation, as well as a member of the UN Security Council, the G7, G20, NATO, and the EU.

Perhaps the most notable feature of France is a cultural identity that is uniquely French. Each region has its own character, and amid the beauty of the mountains, coastline, and world-class cities, there are charming towns filled with friendly people who embrace the true meaning of joie de vivre.

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