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Study Abroad - American Diplomacy

France • Tunisia • Belgium

January 2, 2019 - January 19, 2019

The American Diplomacy Seminar provides a university-level competency for students interested in learning about modern American diplomacy and the people who make it happen. Students will go behind the scenes at U.S. embassies in Europe and North Africa to meet U.S. diplomats at the forefront of American engagement. Cultural visits, Embassy briefings, and academic lectures by IAU scholars and resident experts will place U.S. policies in their historic and geographic context, provide real-world examples of how American diplomats work, and explore the economic, security, and environmental issues they face.

Students can choose one of the following courses:

  • Political Science 345: American Diplomacy in Action – U.S. Engagement in the 21st Century
  • International Relations 345: American Diplomacy in Action – U.S. Engagement in the 21st Century
  • Cultural Studies 345: American Diplomacy in Action – U.S. Engagement in the 21st Century

Sites visited include:

  • France: Paris, Marseille, Aix-en-Provence
  • Tunisia: Tunis
  • Belgium: Brussels


General Travel Advisory

This trip is a serious one, both academically and culturally. Students are expected to be prepared for intellectual, linguistic, social, and travel challenges. We are traveling as a team, and each member must be prepared, punctual, cautious, and professional. Trip leaders have extensive experience in Tunisia, where the security situation has stabilized and tourism is growing. Team leaders closely monitor the security environment and sensitive areas are avoided. With those important caveats, the trip promises to be an incredible experience, including both fun and adventure.

View the 2019 itinerary here. Please note, the schedule is tentative and subject to change. 

About the Professor

Philip Breeden is a public diplomacy advisor and educator based in France. He joined IAU in 2015 where he teaches international relations, U.S. Foreign Policy, and coordinates public affairs. Previously, as a senior American diplomat, he spent almost three decades in the United States Foreign Service creating and directing communication, cultural, and educational exchange programs in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He also served as the U.S. Consul General in Marseille. As a diplomat, Mr. Breeden received numerous awards including a Superior Honor Award for his public diplomacy efforts in Tunisia, the Palmes Académiques for his work with high schools in France, and the Secretary of State’s Career Achievement Award. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and a M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.  He speaks French, Arabic, and Turkish. 

Program Fees

January 2019: $5,650

Program fees include tuition for 3 credits, lodging, insurance, entrance fees to all museums and guest lecture venues, Intra-European transportation to and from each city, breakfast daily and some dinners.

Students who enroll in a January Term Seminar and the spring semester in Aix-en-Provence consecutively are eligible to receive a $2,000 grant credited to their spring semester invoice. In order to be eligible to receive the grant, students must participate in the Early Start Program during the week between the end of the January Term Seminar and the start of the spring semester. The Early Start Program allows students to move in with their French hosts a week before the semester begins, receive French language instruction, and participate in local cultural activities! Visit IAU's Scholarship website for additional details.