Monday, September 21, 2009

Enter by Oct 2 to win cultural exchange trip to France

Another great Park School perk:
Twenty students will be selected to receive free tuition, housing, and food for two weeks of museum tours, media visits and lectures, and cultural events in Dijon and Paris this May.

Here's the scoop:
The Park School has a partnership with the Burgundy Business School in Dijon, France. Under the terms of the agreement, a Burgundy student receives tuition assistance to study in the Park School's Masters Program in Communications; in exchange, a group of 20 Park students is invited to visit Dijon and Paris for two weeks at the end of May – all expenses paid -- except for airfare and whatever you want to spend on extra food and travel.

If you're selected to go, you'll be required to enroll in a one-credit mini-course this spring taught by Professor Janice Levy. The course will help you prepare so the you can make this most out of this opportunity, and will be held at a time that won't conflict with your other classes.

The trip leaves New York the Monday following graduation. The length of the trip is approximately 2 weeks and is supervised by Professor Janice Levy. Final dates and details TBA.
Everybody is required to fly together from New York City to Paris. You will be responsible for paying your own round-trip airfare and for getting yourself to the New York airport. We work with a travel agent to get a good deal on the airfare. Typically, most people also fly back together -- but it's possible for you to stay on in Europe on your own afterward, at your own expense.

The Burgundy Business School will be responsible for all other expenses They will pick you up at the airport in Paris, and take care of you for two whole weeks -- including lodging, food, transportation, and a full itinerary of events and activities. The schedule will include museum tours, day trips to Paris and surrounding towns, media visits, lectures and social events with international students studying at Burgundy.
The schedule also will include free time to explore Dijon, and surrounding areas OR travel to other European cities. Your expenses on that kind of wider European excursion would be your responsibility, but your expenses if you stay in Dijon will be covered by the school.

The trip will be offered as a learning experience that DOES NOT require you to enroll for academic credit. We are doing everything we can to keep the costs as low as possible, and we are sensitive to the fact that many students cannot afford to buy a summer-school credit.

You MUST be a full-time Park MAJOR during the Spring 2010 semester to be eligible.
There will be forms in the rack OUTSIDE the Dean's office on the third floor of Park on September 22. Stop by, fill out the form, sign it, and hand it in to the Dean's Office receptionist. One submission per student ONLY. Students who submit multiple forms will be disqualified We'll be accepting forms until noon Friday October 2. No exceptions.

If you're studying abroad or in LA, you can email Gwen Benners in the Dean's Office, ( expressing your interest and providing her your name, address in Ithaca, telephone number, and class. That will "count" as your submission (we'll transfer the info to the form and put it in the box with the rest of the applications).
ALL students currently on campus in Ithaca must submit the paper form to the dean's office. If you're sick, you live downtown and can't make it to campus, you're working an internship and can't get to the dean's office, ask a friend to fill out the form for you.

On Friday, October 2, we'll review the forms, make sure we have all the information we need on each form, put them all in a box, and select 20 forms – lottery-style. Five slots are reserved for our Dean's Hosts as a special thank-you for their extraordinary service.

By applying, you're committing to the trip, so please don't apply unless you're sure you can go.
We'll announce the winners by email on Monday October 5. As they say in French: "Bonne chance!"


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