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GW Paris has two staff members based in country, who are there to provide academic and personal support as well as arrange cultural activities and excursions. GW Paris staff members help to prepare students for life and study in France and introduce participants to the capital city of Paris! They also organize activities and excursions throughout the semester for GW students. This gives students a great opportunity to maintain a connection to the GW family, even while abroad. The GW Paris staff consists of a resident director and a graduate assistant. 

Florence, Resident Director

Florence Claassen de Mourgues is the Resident Director of GW Paris. Florence has been working with GW Paris since 2001 and was recently awarded the GWU Parent Choice Award in recognition of her commitment to supporting students abroad. A native of France, she has earned degrees in Economics at Sciences Po, the Paris Dauphine University and the University of Paris Sorbonne. Florence has lived on the East Coast of the United States and is trilingual in French, English, and German.

Florence: Why I Love Paris

"It is practically impossible to come to Paris and not fall in love with the city. No doubt you will appreciate its timeless beauty and on a sunny day strolling around the streets of the city is an absolute charm. But perhaps the best way to experience Paris is simply to enjoy the sheer romance of having a cup of French espresso and a croissant or a pain chocolat at a café in the Latin Quarter, while enjoying the view on the Seine River and the Notre Dame Cathedral. It will be one of the many great memories that will stay with you long after you return from Paris.”