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2020 PCS Alumni France Study Abroad Experience

The PCS Alumni France Study Abroad Experience begins with the discovery of another country, another people, another way of life; it ends with a discovery of self. In this course, we will explore travel through the process of writing. We will read the travel works others have written, and we will process our journeys with our own travel writing.
 
We will explore three places in FRANCE on this journey: Clermont-Ferrand, Mont-Dor, and Bordeaux. After arriving in Paris, we will travel by train to Clermont-Ferrand, by bus to Mont-Dor, and by train to Bordeaux. In each place, we will walk, hike, and bike the local roads and trails. After physical experiences of the place and after listening to local guides describe the cultural, religious, and geographical highlights of the place, each student will write their own reflective essay. After each writing assignment, we will meet as a class to: 1) workshop the draft each student has written, and 2) share our experiences of the place. Afterwards, each student will submit a final reflective essay on that place for credit.
 
Each student must also select a book to be read on this program. The book may be anything the student chooses, but it should contribute to their overall experience of this journey, this experience of travel, and this reflective program. The book can be used as reference in the student’s writing, or it may simply be a companion for some of our quieter moments in travel. But the book must be chosen before the trip begins and serve as a companion for the entire journey.
 
At the end of the course, a final, culminating essay will be required reflecting on the entire journey and travel experience. This final assignment will be due June 30, two weeks after the final day of the course.
 
The first day of class will be June 2 in Paris. Dr. Kyncl will meet travelers to Paris at the Charles de Galle Airport on June 2 at 12:00 pm/noon (local time). We will travel by charter to the hotel. If you do not arrive in time to meet Dr. Kyncl at the airport, you may meet the group at the local Paris hotel by 6:00 pm that evening. The last day of class will be June 15 in Bordeaux. You will be free to leave on the morning of June 16 and may return to Paris for a return US flight, or travel to another location of your choosing.
 
A complete reading list and a list of required assignments will be available October 1.