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IEX J-Term 2018: French Sport and Culture
Bordeaux, France; Cannes, France; Carcassonne, France; Marseille, France; Monaco, Monaco; Nice, France; Paris, France; Saint-Tropez, France; Toulouse, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: January Interim
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets January Interim
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Seine River and Eiffel Tower, Paris (photo by Zinneke / CC-BY-SA-3.0)

The course is an overview of the history and culture of France from a sporting perspective, with particular relevance to how sport in general, and soccer in particular, has influenced and shaped France. Prior to travel we will have a study week no campus, preparing for the various aspects of the trip.  We will fly into Paris, staying in the capitol for two nights, before embarking on the TGV fast train to Bordeaux.  From Bordeaux we will head via coach through Southern France, including such delights as Toulouse, Carcassonne, Perpignan, and the Provence region before arriving on the Cote d’Azur – the French Rivera.  Setting up base in Nice we will travel to Cannes, Antibes, and Monaco
We will visit a number of sporting sites whilst in France, including a Roman Coliseum in Nimes, the hugely rich Rugby Union area of Southern France including Toulouse, Perpignan, and Toulon.  We will visit various sites of the Tour-de-France, and will watch a professional soccer game in Monaco.  We will take in Stadium tours of the Parc de Princes – the home of PSG: Paris St. German, as well that of Olympic Marseille’s – Orange Velodrome. For those wishing to participate, we will have up to three or four organized soccer games versus local teams, both for men and women’s teams depending on numbers, as we travel around the country. 

A Few Highlights.
  • Tour of Paris – the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Arch de Triomphe, the Champs de Elysees and Concorde Square.
  • Stadium tours of Paris St. German’s Parc de Princes, and the Stade Velodrome of Olympic Marseille.  And, the chance to watch AS Monaco FC play at the Stade Loius II.
  • Visit Provence.  Visit Aix-en-Provence, and the wine making region of Côtes de Provence St-Victoire with selected wine tour.  Through the charming villages of the Luberon region, including Gordes, Roussillon, Lourmarin and Bonnieux.
  • Enjoying the Riveria experience on the Cote D’Azur visiting the delight of Nice, Antibes, Cannes, Villefranche, and Monaco.
  • Interact with the local population and immerse yourself into the French culture.  Play up to four matches against high level French teams, and enjoy their clubhouse hospitality after the games. 
Stade Marseille
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (photo from Hombrey / CC-BY-SA-4.0)

  • Paris: the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Arch de Triomphe, the Champs de Elysees and Plas de la Concorde.
  • Bordeaux: Place de la Bourse, Basilica of St. Michael, Tour Pey Berland, Bordeaux cathedral, Pont de Pierre, FC Girondins de Bordeaux.
  • Toulouse: Musee des Augustins, Capitole de Toulouse, Pont Neuf, Church de les Jacobins.
  • Carcassonne: Chateau Comtal, Cite de Carcassonne, Chateau de Querbus
  • Marseille: Old Port of Marseille, the Mahgreb quarter, Palais Lonchamp, Marseille Cathedral, Notre-Dame de la Garde, Olympique de Marseille FC.
  • The French Riviera: Saint-Tropez, Nice, Cannes & Monaco.
Bordeaux cathedral
Cathedral of Bordeaux (Photo by Albert Bergonzo / CC-BY-SA-4.0)

Faculty Leaders.
MiddletonMike Middleton -- Mike has been the Head Men’s Soccer Coach, and Instructor in the Health and Exercise Department at Gustavus.  During that time his teams have won four MIAC conference titles, made three NCAA tournament appearances, had seven NSCAA & all-Americans, three Capital-One Academic All-Americans, two MIAC conference MVP’s, one GAC Athlete-of-the-Year, and one perfect MIAC conference season.  Prior to Gustavus he coached at two other D3 colleges, with his teams winning seven-of-the-last nine conference season on offer, including one perfect SUNYAC conference season, six NCAA tournament appearances and two post-season ECAC Titles.  Mike also coached the Buffalo, NY professional soccer franchise in their inaugural season to the East Coast Conference Title, and to the NPSL Final Four.  He has experience coaching in Europe at the professional academies of Leyton Orient FC, and Birmingham City FC.  Mike holds the English Football Association Full Badge, and the UEFA Advanced Licence, senior award. He is a certified, experienced teacher who has served previously as a High School Athletic Director, and as an Associate Professor of Physical Education. Mike holds a Master of Science Degree in Sport Coaching. He has traveled in France on a number of occasions.

Burnett-KurieLaura Burnett-Kurie -- For the past five years, Laura Burnett-Kurie has been the Head Women’s Soccer Coach and instructor in the Health and Exercise Science Department at Gustavus.  During her time leading the women’s soccer program, the team has made two MIAC Playoff appearances including claiming the MIAC Playoff Championship in 2015, where the team also competed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998.  Burnett-Kurie holds her National Soccer Coaches Association of America National License along with her Level 3 Goalkeeping Diploma.  Prior to Gustavus, Burnett-Kurie was an assistant coach at University of Redlands in California and Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. 

Academic Calendar.
Approximate dates for 2018 are as follows:
  • Two to three pre-departure meetings: TBA during fall semester 2017 (students who will be away this semester should contact Mike Middleton)   
  • On-campus instruction: January 8-20, 2018
  • On-site program: January 20 to February 3, 2018
The accommodations for 2018 are still being finalized, but they will include shared rooms, either in hotels or hostels. When possible, we will use hotels with breakfast included. Students will generally have two meals per day included in the course fee.  

Parc des Princes
Parc des Princes – Kromax92 / CC-BY-SA-4.0

Program Costs
The program fee is $4,100, which will include transportation to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, round-trip airfare to France, all lodging in France, all ground transportation in France, guides and entrance fees, and two meals per day in France.  

No requirements – there is no requirement to be a soccer player or soccer aficionado. For those who wish to play, given numbers there will be soccer matches arranged against the local populace.

Application Deadline
The extended application deadline is April 30, 2017.

Entry visas
Currently U.S citizens do not need an entry visa to visit France for under 90 days. All students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact Bryan Messerly to check in about possible visa needs.

This program is currently not accepting applications.