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Asbury University has always been known as a small school that equips students to make a big difference around the world. Through missionaries, business and industry leaders and those creating and leading international service-oriented organizations, Asburians continue to reach out in the fulfillment of an institutional mission to impact the world.

Site visits to locations of cultural significance, such as Notre Dame, are an important component of the Paris Semester.With that mission in mind, Asbury has announced the creation of a one-of-a-kind semester abroad program in Paris open not just to Asbury students, but college and university students from all across America and the world.

Starting in the fall of 2014, students will have the opportunity to experience the Paris Semester, earning a full-semester of liberal-arts credit at the same costs of a regular semester at Asbury in the United States.

In the program, students will live in a dormitory setting in the heart of Paris under the program supervision of Asbury faculty.  Students will not only benefit from experienced Asbury and Paris-based faculty, but also from on-site exploration of the historic capital of France and the heart of European culture. Visits to the Louvre, Pompidou Center and other important cultural centers will be a regular part of the educational experience for the Paris Semester. French language experience is not necessary, but beginner to advanced training will be offered.

Earning 15 hours of credit — with typical credit-transfer rules applying to non-Asbury students — students will have the opportunity to take history and art history for six credits; three credits in courses that include theology, photography, contemporary European issues and many others; three credits for internships in areas of interest such as studio art, media, music, ministry, business; and even three credits for online courses or additional internship hours.

“Students will benefit from the unique opportunity of living abroad in a program designed to support Asbury University’s mission of equipping men and women for lives of learning, leadership and service,” said Dr. Linda Stratford, Lilly Scholar and Associate Professor of Art at Asbury University.

Applications for the Paris Semester are due by Feb. 24, 2014 and the housing deposit is due March 24, 2014. To learn more about the program — be sure to watch the Overview and Life in Paris videos featuring Dr. Stratford — please visit