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Global Seminar: France and America: Connections through Time (Bordeaux, France)
Bordeaux, France
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 02-FEB-2014 
Variable 13-JUN-2014 28-JUN-2014
Summer 2015 01-FEB-2015** Variable TBA TBA

** For most programs, applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and starting January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Applications for programs offering exchange positions will be reviewed AFTER the application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
 Type of Program:
Faculty-Led Global Seminar
 Areas of Study:
History, International Affairs, Political Science
 Minimum Required GPA:
 Minimum Class Standing:
2 - sophomore
 Course Prerequisite(s):
Preferred (not required): previous coursework in ANTH, ECON, GEOG, HIST, IAFS, or PSCI
 Housing Option(s):
Residence Hall
 Open to students from:
 Language(s) of Instruction:
 Course Load for Summer/Winter Program:
3 credits
 Length of Summer/Winter Program:
2 Weeks
Program Information:


Bordeaux at Night by Unknown Photographer

  • Learn how two of the world's most influential powers, France and the United States, are uniquely connected

  • Fulfill the major degree requirements in IAFS or PSCI (see Academics section for more details)

  • Earn 3 credits in 2 weeks in June

  • Enjoy numerous excursions around Bordeaux and hear guest lectures by local faculty

  • Missed the interest meeting? For more info click here


With a long and rich heritage as a political, economic, and cultural hub, Bordeaux has, for centuries, sat at the crossroads of history and contemporary affairs. Situated near the Atlantic coast (and excellent swimming and surfing beaches), Bordeaux offers both a unique and universal perspective on France. It is a French city but also a European and global center with a historic district that is a United Nations World Heritage site.

A few hours to the south lie the Basque country, the Pyrenees, and Spain. Paris is just three hours North by train, and Brittany and Normandy are also easily accessible. Bordeaux has a modern tram system, a maze of picturesque streets, and the largest pedestrian mall in Europe. Of course, the wine industry gives Bordeaux a special place in a network of vineyards, companies, and transportation links across Europe and the world.

You are expected to be full participants at the pre-departure meetings and at each visit and lecture in Bordeaux. In addition to on-site lectures in Bordeaux, the course will include site visits, guest lectures, and day trips.




With Bordeaux as a case study, French Connections will familiarize you with the history and contemporary relations of two of the world's most influential powers. Topics in the course include: revolution/democracy/nation-building, war and society, trade and business, education, immigration, security/diplomacy/terrorism, and regional/global integration. The course will also examine how France and America have, at times, embraced and also vilified each other. French Connections is targeted at students majoring in International Affairs, History, Political Science, Economics, Anthropology, and Geography, although students in other majors may also apply.

The course fulfills the Europe/Eurasia concentration for IAFS majors and counts as an upper division elective credit for PSCI majors. It also fulfills Historical Context for A&S core. A detailed course syllabus will be provided to all the students and is available from the program director.


  • The program will take place the last two weeks of June. Check the Dates/Deadlines section above for exact program dates.

For information about arrival and departure, see the Program Specific Handbook at the bottom of this page.



  University of Colorado
Course Levels

IAFS 3500: France and America: Connections through Time (cross-listed as HIST 4190)


This course is approved to fulfill the Arts & Sciences Historical Context core requirement. The course counts as Europe/Eurasia concentration and Functional Area 3 for IAFS majors and as an upper division elective credit for PSCI majors. It counts as HIST 4190 for History majors.


3 University of Colorado credits




The program is directed by Professor Tom Zeiler. He is a Professor of History and International Affairs and also the Director of the Global Studies Residential Academic Program (G-RAP). He was part of the Visiting Professor Program with L'Institut des Sciences Politiques Bordeaux in spring 2011. His experience leading and teaching groups of students abroad consists of spending two years as a Fulbright scholar in Tokyo, Japan and Buenos Aires, Argentina. During this time, he taught foreign students at their local universities, as well as groups of visiting students from the United States.

Professor Zeiler, along with staff from the Study Abroad Programs office, will select program participants.

See Professor Zeiler's Faculty Spotlight.


The program schedule is relatively busy but when students are not in class or doing a group visit they will have time to explore Bordeaux. There are many class site visits in and around Bordeaux, a guided tour, and two day excursions.


Students will be staying in a residential dormitory facility at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques. Each student will have his/her own bedroom and bathroom with fridge and microwave and will share general living space with four other students on the program.

A Welcome and Farewell dinner will be provided on the program.


Students are responsible for making their own transportation arrangements to France and back. The program begins and ends in Bordeaux.

Bordeaux by Claudia Rebora

Transportation on program-related field trips while in Bordeaux is provided as part of the program fee.





    The following 4 scholarships are specifically for program participants. To be considered for any/all of these 3 awards below, you must apply for the CU-Boulder Study Abroad Scholarship (see the link above in #1).

    1. Bordeaux grants for International Affairs majors: Award amounts will vary from a pool of $2,000.

    2. Bordeaux grants for Political Science majors: The Department of Political Science will award $2,000 in scholarships to PSCI majors who apply to the program and to the scholarship. Award amounts will vary.

    3. Bordeaux grants for History majors: The Department of History will award up to $2,000 in scholarships to HIST majors who apply to the program and to the scholarship. Award amounts will vary.

    4. Colorado European Union Center of Excellence grants: Up to $5,000 in scholarships will be awarded to program participants who apply to the program and scholarship. Award amounts will vary. Global Grant for IAFS and G-RAP Students: The International Affairs Program (IAFS) and Global Studies RAP (G-RAP) offer Global Grants for CU-Boulder Study Abroad Programs. The grants are $1000 each and open to IAFS and G-RAP students only. To be considered you must apply for the CU-Boulder Study Abroad Scholarship (see the link above). Click here for more information on this scholarship.

  • Global Grant for IAFS and G-RAP Students: The International Affairs Program (IAFS) and Global Studies RAP (G-RAP) offer Global Grants for CU-Boulder Study Abroad Programs. The grants are $1000 each and open to IAFS and G-RAP students only. To be considered you must apply for the CU-Boulder Study Abroad Scholarship (see the link above). Click here for more information on this scholarship.

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Grants: (up to $2400/project) for undergraduate research or creative work projects including projects while studying abroad. Application, detailed descriptions, project archive (to get project ideas) are available on the UROP website. Application deadline is EARLY - usually in late February/early March.

  • Katherine J. Lamont Scholarship: (for students studying abroad on a French program for the first time). Contact the French & Italian Department;

  • Alliance Française de Denver: Visit the Alliance website for more information. The application deadline is usually March 31.







Eating Escargot Like a French Person by Tom Zeiler





Program Reviews:
Summer 2013 Participant
academics - not too intensive, shallow introduction into a broad array of topics location - housing and school: 20 minutes outside of city center. bordeaux in relation to europe: can fly and take train easily to many places. europe is small. housing - minimalistic, but sufficient. best part (for me): single rooms = escape, solitude, etc. worst part: distance from city center. interactions with locals - be friendly and they will reciprocate. dont be an ass. try to learn the language and they will love you. and bordeaux has really nice people for the most part. etienne is awesome. local transportation - very convenient. goes everywhere youll wanna go. europe in general does this very well. excursions - st. emilion is the jam. taste a lot of wine. and do something fun on the weekends.
Hannah Brea Garelick, Summer 2013 Participant
The program director and on-site support staff were great. The excursions were fun and a nice way to learn outside of the classroom.
Claudia Rebora, Summer 2013 Participant
I really enjoyed the topics and how the course was set up. For each topic we had a different professor, who specialized in the topic, allowing for an efficient use of time and a way to get a feel of the topic.
Hillary Ann Jensen, Summer 2013 Participant
It was a great learning experience to learn from the professors in the country we stayed. The location of the dorms and the school were nice because it was out of town. The dorms were also a good experience because we were there with French students. There was a lot of free time which was great for exploring and interacting with the people. Transportation was surprisingly efficient and easy. Excursions were a great way to see more of the country and to learn more of the history of different locations. The only Slight negative about the trip was getting to the location of the city as well as our free weekend. I had never been out of the country before and was quite unaware of a lot of obstacles and other travel expenses. Along with buying plane tickets on my own, I also had to buy train tickets to get around. Also there were a few of us who did not know many people on the trip and planning to do things together became a last minute decision that could have been easier if we had spent more time together before we left the U.S.
Tamora Nietha Tanniehill, Summer 2013 Participant
I loved the content of the class, everything we learned we could relate directly back to the scenery around us. We stayed in the dorms right next to the school, but slightly outside the city center. But it was really easy to get to the city center since transportation was right outside of our door. We met really cool people and some of us even picked up some phrases of the language. Every excursion we went on warranted a lot of pictures. They aren't worth missing.