IR 374 Model Europe: Comparative Public Policy in France and the European Union

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IR Paris Summer Research Program 2024

Program Dates: July 01- July 22, 2024

Location: Paris, France

Suggested arrival and check-out date: Arrive June 28, 2024, and housing move-out July 24, 2024

Housing Dates: June 28-July 24, 2024

Information Session: TBA



As in the US, European governance is modeled on capitalism, rights, and democracy. European nations and the European Union, however, approach these topics distinctly. This course, with a focus on the European Union and France in comparative perspective to the US, explores contemporary challenges across three foundational policy fields: governance and citizenship; the environment; and business. Faculty experts and guest lecturers work closely with students to understand the contradictory mechanisms at work in these three policy spheres, querying which political strategies are best adapted for the successful future consolidation of Europe. The aim of the course is to provide students with a sophisticated understanding of European policy modeling and contemporary challenges to the European Union.


This course is open to all majors.

Application Checklist

All materials noted below due by 11/25/2023 at 5pm via email to Akeya Harmon at

  • Application Form
  • 1 letter of recommendation from USC Faculty can be emailed directly by the recommender to
  • Personal Statement (250-word minimum, 2 pages max)- stating why you are motivated to enroll in this program, how this program may benefit your academic interests and future career aspirations, and why do you feel you are a good fit for this program; current resume; and application form

 Tuition 4 units — $7,712
Airfare — $1,300

Housing — €$800 per student (double occupancy) or <( Please remove) €$1150 (single occupancy)  + €500 security deposit/monthly<( please remove)

AUP Housing at Musset Residence Hall

Housing Dates: June 26-July 20, 2023

For more information, please contact Akeya Harmon via email at