Economics in France

Program Dates:
May 19 Paris component begins
May 24 Classes in Clermont-Ferrand begin
June 16 Last day of classes and last night to stay in the dorms

About the Program:
This study abroad option, now in its second year, offers OU students the chance to study economics in Europe. The program begins with time in Paris before heading to Clermont-Ferrand and the Université d’Auvergne, home base for the rest of the program. There will be an overnight excursion to Lyon mid-program, as well as two open weekends for independent travel.

There are two unique aspects to this program: 1) French students are invited to take the economics course with OU students and, 2) a French language and culture class is offered at no cost to OU students. That makes for a very inexpensive European study abroad program. Professor Lex Holmes, Chairperson of the Department of Economics at The University of Oklahoma, is the course instructor and group leader.

The economics course, ECON 3113–Intermediate Price Theory, requires enrollment at OU and payment of tuition and fees to OU during the regular summer session payment cycle. Participants are strongly encouraged to take the French language and culture course, taught by instructors from the Université d’Auvergne. This course can be transferred back to OU for 3 credits

Am I eligible to apply?
A minimum combined retained GPA of 2.75 is required for applicants. No prior French language ability is necessary.

Prerequisite courses are:
ECON 1113 and 1123 with a grade of C or better
MATH 1503 or 1643

Applicants must have a passport at the time of application, or a copy of a receipt showing that an application has been submitted.To access the U.S. State Department passport application, click here.

What about academic credit?
ECON 3113 – 3 credits. This course will be graded in the usual manner and calculated into the student’s GPA as if the course were taken on the Norman campus.

French language and culture course - 3 credits. This will post as international transfer credit to OU and is not calculated into the GPA. Students do not pay OU tuition for transfer credit. It is the student’s responsibility to determine if credits earned on study abroad fulfill any degree requirements at OU.

Where would I live?
Students will be housed in the newly renovated Philippe LeBon dormitory of the Université d’Auvergne.

How Much Does it Cost?
The costs listed below are a preliminary estimate for Summer 2011. When the price is finalized, all students on the interest list will be notified when the information below is updated on this site. Students should email Karen Elmore to get their names placed on the interest list. All costs are estimates and are subject to change based on currency exchange rates.

Program Cost payable to The University of Oklahoma  $2,000

Included: airport pick-up in Paris, housing in Clermont, Paris and Lyon; entrance fees to Paris sites visited as a part of group activity; all group excursions from and within Clermont-Ferrand; one booklet of local transportation passes for Clermont-Ferrand


Not included: Meals in Clermont, OU tuition and fees for 3 hours of credit, roundtrip airfare U.S. to France, mandatory study abroad insurance, miscellaneous personal expenses, passport, textbooks.


Estimated Additional Costs:

Meals in Clermont-Ferrand ($20/day estimate) $600
Round Trip Airfare (high-end estimate) $1,600
Passport $135
Education Abroad Study Abroad Fee (from bursar bill) $35
Mandatory study abroad insurance $38
OU Tuition and Fees (Resident) 3 hrs (estimate) $761
OU Tuition and Fees (Non-resident) 3 hrs (estimate) $1,803


How Do I Apply?
To access the application form and instructions, click here. This program will have “rolling admissions.” Applications are accepted at any time, and students can expect a decision about their applications within two weeks of submitting the application, excluding holiday breaks. Notification is made by email.

Final Date to Accept Applications:Friday, March 4, 2011 **New Deadline**

Where can I get more information?
For more information, please email Karen Elmore, International Programs Coordinatorfor the College of Arts and Sciences. Ask for your name to be added to the interest list for email notification and updates. You may also call (405) 325-4716.