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Discover France: Biology and Chemistry Program

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Spend a semester studying the sciences in Paris, France! 

Fall Semesters Only

This fantastic opportunity offers all third-year biology and chemistry students the rare chance study in Paris for the fall semester while staying on track for graduation!  Imagine enrolling in biology, chemistry and core courses in one of Europe's scientific and philosophical capitals, with activities and tours designed especially for your field. Gain international exposure desirable to medical schools and employers, and set yourself apart for future opportunities.

  • Take 2000-level biology classes while exploring the vibrant city of Paris.
  • Participate in excursions and site visits that will help you gain an unparalleled and multi-faceted perspective on European culture, history, and health care.  See below for details.
  • Strengthen your academic portfolio by exposing yourself to Europe's healthcare system and scientific history. 
  • Complete an internship for credit (intermediate French language proficiency required)
  • Minor in French - only 18 credits total, and beginners can complete 6 credits in Paris!  
  • Earn a minor in International Studies - combine your courses abroad with other internationally focused courses in New York to complete an added minor.
  • Stay on track for graduation by using this year-by-year course schedule

Prof. Susan Cure has an undergraduate BA degree in biology and a PhD in microbiology from Stanford University; she spent 6 months at Stanford-in-Germany. She has taught medical and dental students at Hong Kong University and undergraduates at the American University in Paris. Her research has included studies on retrovirus-induced immunodeficiency in rats (before the AIDS epidemic), basic studies on cells with chromosome anomalies derived from early spontaneous abortions, surveillance for influenza viruses in Hong Kong ducks before H5N1 was isolated, and the Human Genome Project. She finds viruses fascinating: they are ubiquitous and everywhere, the most abundant entities on the planet.

Prof. Peter Brooks, PhD, Biochemistry, University of California at Berkeley, has worked in the public and private sectors in France. Following studies of DNA repair at the P&M Curie University in Paris, he joined Genethon, a neuromuscular disease center, and subsequently Genoscope, the national DNA sequencing center, to develop technology for genomics studies. A co-founder of the French biotech IntegraGen, he developed DNA arrays for cytogenetics and cancer research and a multistep enzymatic process to find genes of complex diseases. He directed key components of the autism genetics research program, including working with patient advocacy associations. He participated in European collaborative research projects and has served as an expert reviewer of EU-sponsored applications in a wide range of biomedical themes. 

Prof. Alberto Masala, PhD, Philosophy, Sorbonne University, works at the interdisciplinary junction between ethics and science. He likes to compare ancient ideas on happiness, wisdom and the good life with modern conceptions of healthy human functioning in the medical sciences. He is especially interested in the ethics of biotechnological enhancement and cloning. He has taught at Sorbonne University, interacted with medical and cognitive neuroscientists in Paris, and visited Columbia University to work with personality psychologist Walter Mischel. As a parallel project, he is currently writing a collection of short stories based in a fictional universe where late 21st century neo-Hellenistic (i.e. inspired by ancient Greek philosophy)  movements take over the political landscape in France and Europe. His favorite philosopher is Aristotle.​

For basic information regarding Housing, Meals, Local Staff, Costs, and Financial Aid please reference the Discover France: Paris page.