The Tour de France -- the most famous bicycling race in the world – began more than a century ago to boost sales for a French newspaper, L’Auto. Created as a marketing tool in a newspaper war, the tour now provides a window into the symbiosis between sports and the news media. This program lets students learn about the history of international sports media, and provides a field laboratory for multi-platform sports storytelling as students follow the riders on the 2019 Tour de France. Students will spend one week in online preparation, followed by a week in Paris, where they examine the international sports scene including its Olympic Games (both past and the 2024 Games), the French Open, and the 2019 Women’s World Cup. The students will cover the culture of the race through the communities along the route.
WSU Sponsoring Unit: Edward R. Murrow College of Communication
External Partner: Acanela Expeditions
Program Dates: June 22nd-July 12th, 2019
(Note: Program starts and ends in Paris, France. Participants must arrive on 6/23)
Program Eligibility Requirements:
- Be 18 years or older at the time of the program.
- Be in good academic standing at WSU.
- Be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct.
- Be a current WSU student (matriculating or non-degree seeking).
Please Note: A minimum number of participants is needed for this program.
Program Cost Estimate (Fixed Expenses & Estimated Additional): *****
Program costs are categorized as those billed by WSU (Fixed Expenses) and those not billed by WSU (Estimated Additional Expenses). A breakdown of these costs can be found below. For payment due dates please scroll to the “Billing Schedule”.
Fixed Expenses Billed by WSU
|Global Learning Application Fee
|International Insurance Fee
|Total Paid to WSU
*Participation Expense includes excursions, accommodation, and program related in-country travel.
Estimated Additional Expenses*
|Books and Supplies
|Total Estimated Additional Expenses
*All additional costs are ESTIMATED and may vary. These costs are not billed by WSU and are the sole responsibility of the participant.
**Please see the “Destination” tab for additional passport and visa information.
This billing schedule is for the Fixed Expenses billed by WSU only and does not include Estimated Additional Expenses that are the responsibility of the participant.
Refund Policy: Participants are responsible for the Fixed Expenses of the program once they have committed to the program application and the application deadline has passed.
Financial Aid Disbursement Alert: Participants eligible for financial aid can use aid toward this program. Please note that per federal regulations, financial aid is released on the first day of the regular WSU semester, or ten days prior to the participant’s program start date, whichever is LATER. Program payment due dates may be before aid is released. Participants must budget accordingly.
|Financially Responsible as of February 1, 2019
|Participation Expense 1st Payment
||February 18, 2019
||February 22, 2019
|Participation Expense 2nd Payment
||March 15th, 2019
| 6 credits WSU Tuition
This program is a 6 credit program.
- COM 475: International Sports Media (3 credits)
- COM 484: Visual Storytelling in Sports (3 credits)
Grades and GPA:
All courses will calculate into student’s WSU cumulative GPA unless noted as a “Non-WSU Course”.
- Will not calculate into student’s cumulative WSU GPA, but will factor into Major and Minor GPA’s.
- Courses and grades will appear on MyWSU and WSU transcript.
- These have a non WSU transcript provided. Participants should anticipate transcripts taking two to four months to arrive at WSU.
All faculty-led participants are required to attend the orientation sessions listed below prior to departure. Participants will be notified regarding the date and times for those orientations which are not noted as being online after the program has been officially confirmed.
Global Learning Pre-Departure Orientation: There is an online session that participants will have access to in the final stages of their Global Learning application. Additionally, there is an in person country specific component.
Faculty Directed Orientation: These take place over multiple sessions and will be planned by the program faculty director.
France, officially French Republic, French France or République Française, country of northwestern Europe. Historically and culturally among the most important nations in the Western world, France has also played a highly significant role in international affairs, with former colonies in every corner of the globe. Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, the Alps and the Pyrenees, France has long provided a geographic, economic, and linguistic bridge joining northern and southern Europe. It is Europe’s most important agricultural producer and one of the world’s leading industrial powers.
Belgium, a country in Western Europe, is known for medieval towns, Renaissance architecture and as headquarters of the European Union and NATO. The country has distinctive regions including Dutch-speaking Flanders to the north, French-speaking Wallonia to the south and a German-speaking community to the east. The bilingual capital, Brussels, has ornate guildhalls at Grand-Place and elegant art-nouveau buildings.
: France: French & Basque. Belgium: French, Dutch, & German
: Mostly warm, dry and sunny. The average temperature at this time of year rises up from 16°C on June 1st up to 18.5°C by June 30th, compared to July, which has an average temperature of around 18.5°C-20°C over the course of the month.
Students will stay at hotels throughout the program( Cost is included in program expenses).
Meals & Personal Spending: Students should budget for additional meals and shopping. Please see the "Estimated Additional Expenses" in the Cost tab for a rough figure on what is typically needed. This will depend on your personal preferences, so please plan accordingly.
Passport & Visa Details
It is each participant’s responsibility to acquire a valid passport to travel internationally.
United States citizens can use the links below for information on how and where to apply for a United States passport:
Unless otherwise noted below, it is the responsibility of the participant to determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program based on their nationality, and to apply for any such visas. Some visas may require a fee or that applicants travel to the nearest Consulate or Embassy to apply in person.
United States citizens can use the link below to determine if a visa is required for the destination and how to acquire the necessary visa.
- United States Department of State
- Not required for stays under 90 days (as of 11/16/2018).
- Please Note: Information presented here may change, regardless of what is stated here YOU are responsible for ensuring you have any required visa and for any visa costs.
Non-United States citizens are required to meet with the Global Services Department for United States entry and exit requirements. Check visa requirements for your host country/countries based on your country of citizenship. Also, you may need to obtain an entry visa for Chile. WSU Global Learning can assist with any official WSU documentation needed to get the visa.
How to Fund Your Program
Financial Planning: Know Your Budget!
- Review the costs and payment due dates of this program carefully
- Financial Aid recipients should speak with Student Financial Services
- Review your Faculty-Led and Financial Planning (FLFP) training (see orientations tab)
- Discuss fees and expenses with any financial contributors (i.e. spouse, parents, guardians
- Know what funds you have to spend before and during the program
- Create your budget
- Explore additional financing (scholarships, funding sources, etc.)
Consider asking your home or college community groups and organizations about additional funding resources. Groups may include:
- Rotary International, Kiwanis, Sorority or Fraternity or Religious Organizations
- Private Businesses
- Online Fundraising