Culture and Biology of the French Alps
Course: BIOL 223, Topics in Biology or IS 210, Topics in Culture and Civilization (three credits)
Instructor: Dr. Kirk Kelley, Professor of Biology
Support Person: Suzanne Wiese
Locations: Annecy, Chamonix and Paris, France
Tentative Price: $3,995
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This is a course that strives to study the intersection between biology and the people and culture of the Western Alps. There will be two major components to this course. First, there will be an investigation of selected biological topics relevant to the Alps. In order to understand the ecology of the Alps, one must first have a basic understanding of the geology and climatology of the region. Once this foundation is established, students will begin to learn about the ecology of the region. The use of scientific method and the process of science will play a major role in the understanding of these topics. The second component will include a study of French culture, language, and people, especially relating to the Alps. The Alps serve as a unique physical barrier to language and culture between different countries. The region where we will study is very near the convergence of France, Italy, and Switzerland. This provides for a unique regional interaction of languages, cultures, and religion. Some of the activities are designed to bring students closer to the lives of French people and to the patterns of French living, thus gaining some sense of the rhythm of French life.
This course fulfills General Education requirements for 3 credits of natural science (BIOL 223) or humanities (IS 210), but not both.
What is Included
What is not Included
- Course fees
- Roundtrip airfare from Chicago to Paris
- Ground transportation to/from Chicago
- Ground transportation in France
- International medical insurance with trip delay coverage
How to Apply
- Passport fee
- Personal baggage fees
- Meals ($30-$60 per day)
- Entrance fees ($30)
- Spending money
Step 1: Complete the online application.
Step 2: Submit a $500 deposit by December 1 on TouchNet
Remaining Payment Deadlines and Instructions
January 26, 2018: $1,500 commitment fee due by TouchNet.
May 1, 2018: remaining balance of $1,995 due
- Turn in your deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
- Deposit checks should be made payable to St. Ambrose University.
- Turn in your final payment by check to the Student Accounts Office or by credit card on Beeline.
- Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University.
- Credit card users - Indicate that the payment is for the SUMMER 2018 term.
- The $500 deposit is refundable ONLY if you are not accepted or if the program is canceled.
- If you are accepted, all payments are non-refundable after each payment deadline.
- All payments are deducted from the total program cost.
- Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
- Credit card users will incur additional service fees.
- The final payment is non-refundable after May 1.