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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1 - Freshman, 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior Program Type: ODU Faculty Led Program
Maximum Credits Earned: 3 Minimum GPA: 2.0
Language of Instruction: English Area(s) of Study: General education requirements
Faculty Leader: DeFonzo, A.
Program Description:
Spring Break in

March 2-10, 2018
Becoming a Food Critic: Paris Edition
ENG 211C/HNRS 100

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris..., then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” -Ernest Hemingway

This themed English Composition II, ENG 211C/HNRS 100 course will explore current and cultural trends in food and food writing. 
Paris is considered a cultural hot-spot for fashion and food. Students will study French food and culture before departure, though students will have the freedom to explore their own topics of interest. The final project will require field research while in Paris, but also offers free-time each day to explore and enjoy the city. 
Students will strengthen their understanding of rhetorical situations, persuasive discourse, visual literacy, and research through various genres (narrative, feature, technical, visual rhetoric, argument, and review). By stressing "quality over quantity" composition, the course focuses heavily on writing as a process and real-world applications. Skills are reinforced through weekly meetings, lectures, writing and research exercises, peer review, conferences , revision, and independent study. Additionally, students will visit local eateries before traveling overseas for further study. 


Eiffel Tower ODU Student Highlights:*

Sightseeing River Cruise

Notre Dame Cathedral

Rue di Buci open market

Secret Food Tour of Montmartre


Brasserie Julien

Place Des Vosges, Carette
Arc de Triumph


*Subject to change. The Office of Study Abroad reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Class Schedule: Students are required to attend 8 class meetings throughout the semester. All meetings will be held on a Friday, 9:30-12pm, location TBA

Tentative Syllabus: Please inquire with the Office of Study Abroad. 

PREREQUISITES: All students must be in good academic standing with a 2.0 GPA or above. Passing of ENG110C/126C with a "C" grade or better or AP/IB credit equivalent. 

Faculty Leader: Alicia DeFonzo
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Alicia DeFonzo is a Lecturer of English at Old Dominion University. She earned an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction and an MA in British Literature. In 2014, she was honored with the "University Most Inspirational Faculty Award."  This will be her fifth trip leading an ODU Study Abroad program. For many years, she saved pennies for her first trip to London. It was the "best thing I ever did," she said, and did the same until she traveled through most of Western Europe. London is one of her favorite cities but it all started with her childhood affections for Peter Pan, Harry Potter, and Sherlock Holmes. 
DeFonzo's teaching interests also focus on banned books, post-apocalyptic literature, and animal rights and welfare. Yet, it was her current work as a freelance food writer for WHRO's Let's Eat, the local NPR/PBS affiliate, that gave her the idea for Becoming a Food Critic: Paris edition. With a love of Parisian pastries, city walks, and good wine, she always discovers something new in the City of Light. Her husband claims she has a "never-ending wanderlust that cannot be satisfied." She agrees.


Financial Information:
Program Cost with Dean's Academic Scholarship Award: $3,230

Cost Includes:
Roundtrip airfare from/to Norfolk, airport transfers in Paris, accommodations (double/triple rooms; single supplement extra, if available), entrance fees, two group meals, health insurance, and study abroad fee. 

Not included:
ODU Tuition for 3 credits (participants are required to register for credit), meals not included in program fee, transport other than indicated above, expenses of a personal nature.

Financial Aid:
For some students, regular student financial aid support may be increased due to the additional cost of studying abroad. Students seeking financial aid should obtain a program budget from the Office of Study Abroad.  

*ODU Scholarships:
Dean’s Education Abroad Awards are available for the first 7 qualified students accepted for this program.  Eligibility: Full-time, degree-seeking, ODU student, 2.5 GPA or higher, approval of participation by the Office of Study Abroad and the program’s faculty leader. Completion of online application, advising and deposit payment holds your space for scholarship consideration; no additional scholarship application necessary.

If eligible, scholarship award will be credited to your student account sometime in late spring. The Office of Study Abroad handles these arrangements and will notify you via email. 

Estimated cost without scholarship: $3,630

Payment Schedule:
$300 deposit upon application; 1st half of remaining total due on November 17, 2017 and the 2nd half on January 12, 2018. 

Alicia DeFonzo
4040 Batton Arts & Letters
Norfolk, VA 23529
Office of Study Abroad
2006 Dragas Hall
49th St. and Hampton Blvd

This program is currently not accepting applications.