Study Abroad - American Diplomacy

France • Morocco • Belgium

December 28, 2017 - January 14, 2018

American Diplomacy

This program is for students interested in learning about modern American diplomacy and the people who make it happen. Students 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 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
  • Morocco: Casablanca, Rabat, and Tangier
  • Belgium: Brussels


View the 2018 itinerary here. Please note, the schedule is tentative and subject to change. 

About the Professor

Philip Breeden recently retired from the Senior Foreign Service after serving as the Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Paris from 2011 to 2014. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Press Counselor for the U.S. Embassy in London, and the Consul General in Marseille. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service specializing in Public Diplomacy, Mr. Breeden also served in Turkey, Tunisia, and Madagascar.

He currently teaches Foreign Policy and Cultural Diplomacy in Paris and Aix-en-Provence. He received numerous honors, including a Superior Honor Award for his outreach efforts in Tunisia, and the “Palmes Académiques” for his work with high schools in France. Mr. Breeden speaks French, Arabic and Turkish. 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.

Program Fees

January 2018: $5,375

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 will receive a $500 grant. Visit IAU's 
Scholarship website for additional details.

Students participating in the Embassies Tour 
who also attend IAU for the Spring semester in Aix-en-Provence are encouraged to participate in the Early Start Program the week of January 13-20, 2018. Students who attend both the J-Term and Spring semester can attend the Early Start Program for a reduced fee. 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!