Long castle wall in France

Healthcare Innovation in France

  1. Program Details

    Global Seminar May Session 2020: Explore innovative health care and technology in Montpellier, Lyon and Paris.

    Location Montpellier, Lyon and Paris, France
    Term May Session
    Housing Apartment, Hotel
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.5
    Student Type UofM Students, Non UofM Students
    Student Year Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About Healthcare Innovation in France

    In a 2000 World Health Organization report, France was recognized as the best health care system in the world for access to and quality of health care delivery. Southern France, especially Montpellier, is known as not only one of the most advanced and prolific the biotechnology hubs in Europe and arguably the world, but also as the home to the oldest active school of medicine.

    In this Global Seminar, explore the historical, economic, and political forces behind France’s evolving development in health and society, with a particular focus on innovation in the health care and technology sectors. Examine the structure of health care systems and reimagine the concept of “socialized medicine” through an understanding of the origins and continued development of the French health care system. Learn about the cultural contexts and societal conditions that support such a thriving industry, as well as the effects of globalization on the health care sector and on broader global health.

    Housing & Meals

    Live in shared housing with other program participants. Welcome and farewell meals are included in the program fee. Take additional meals in the housing or at local eateries.


    Excursions assist in illuminating program coursework and will take place in Montpellier, Lyon and Paris, France. Possible excursions may include:


    • Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, a business and innovation center (BIC)
    • CIRAD: Agricultural research for development center
    • University of Montpellier Medical School, the world’s oldest active school of medicine
    • Jardin de plantes—the oldest botanical gardens in France to connect natural products to the development of medicine
    • Aigues-Mortes (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) National Monument for a historical and contemporary exploration of salt production and storage, through the lens of 13th-Century fortified walls founded by King Louis IX in preparation for his setting off for the Seventh Crusade


    • Station F (world's largest startup campus)
    • Visit to Groupe SOS—Impact Entrepreneurs
    • Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
    • The Louvre


    All program participants will be taking the coordinated group flight to and from the program site. The cost of the group flight is included in the program fee that will be posted to your student account. Do not book your own flight, you will receive information from the Learning Abroad Center regarding your seat on the group flight once your participation has been confirmed.

    It might be possible to deviate your return flight. Inquire with your program contact if interested.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Develop independence by challenging yourself in a new environment
    • Function as an effective team member by utilizing your personal strengths in a group setting
    • Explore a specific topic through experiential and interdisciplinary approaches

    Faculty & Staff

    This Global Seminar is led by Oscar Garza, Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems, College of Pharmacy.

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Type Field Study, Study Abroad Center, Instructor-Led
    Program Level 3000 level coursework

    One 3-credit course

    Global Seminars are 3-week study abroad programs led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff that feature:

    • Intensive learning in a location that illuminates the topic
    • Small groups of 15–25 students
    • No prerequisites or language requirements
    • Included excursions and cultural activities
    • Instruction in English


    Coursework will include:

    Pre- and post-concept maps that will allow you to visually depict a system of relationships where nodes represent ideas, facts, and beliefs; and lines or connectors represent relationships of and connection to or among the nodes. Construct a map prior to (or at the very beginning of the experience) and at the end of the experience to assess the cognitive progression, changes in depth of understanding of underlying course themes, and changes in personal connection to or the emergence of (personal discovery/revelation) such a connection. The overall structure and layout will be evaluated, for the degree to which hierarchical levels address subsumption of ideas/concepts/themes, the approach to branching addresses ability to differentiate, and appearance of cross-links indicating the extent to which the knowledge has been integrated. (20% total: 10% pre + 10% post)

    Daily digital reflective journaling based on prompts given throughout the seminar focusing on inquiry, metacognition, change, and critical incident reporting. There will be a periodic check-in to provide feedback and assess progression through the program. (20%)

    Digital story/multimedia narrative (7-10 minutes) informed by course content and reflective journal. Share a compelling, meaningful story of your experience in France. Write an accompanying a two-page paper that identifies a problem or issue—for example, an elaboration of a theme, idea, person, or place. (40% total: 30% digital story + 10% 2-page paper)

    “Cannes Film Festival-styled” presentation/premier of digital story: Premier your digital story to the group and respond to questions from the audience. (20%)

    Receive credit for: PHAR XXXX

  4. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Term Program Dates Priority Application Deadline* Final Application Deadline
    May Session May 15 – Jun 7, 2020 February 1, 2020 March 1, 2020

    Program dates are subject to change.

    If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Important Note: Enrollment on this program is limited to 25 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order they are completed. Some programs may fill to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended. Additionally, applying early will allow for more time to plan ahead and prepare for the program.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    May Session TBD TBD
  5. Priority Deadline

    If you apply by the priority deadline and confirm within the allotted time you will receive the published program fee. Applying after the priority deadline and/or not confirming within the allotted time means you may be subject to an airfare increase.

    Fees for Healthcare Innovation in France

    May 2020 Cost of Participation Forthcoming

    Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. The program fee generally includes tuition, group flight airfare, airport transfers, in-country program related transportation, housing, some meals, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, program administration, and international health insurance. Generally, the program fees range from $5,500–$7,500. You must also budget for passport and passport photos, some meals, textbooks, independent travel, and miscellaneous living expenses.

    If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
  6. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term May Session 2020
    Program Name Global Seminar: Healthcare Innovation in France
    Track Name Healthcare Innovation in France
    Country France


    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.

    Non-University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for this program.

    Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.


    After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

    • Application Essay

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

    Next Steps

    After your application checklist is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.
  7. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Maria Mantey or call at 612.626.7535.