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Jun 01, 2020
Jul 03, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Study art history in Paris!
Art in Paris is a six-credit, five-week program taught entirely on-site. Paris—as both a city and as a way of life—is dense with layers of history. It is both a museum city with a rich artistic heritage as well as a monumental architectural experiment itself where, in half an hour, you can walk from Roman ruins, pass the 13th-century Royal Sainte-Chapelle, and end at the Grande Arche of the Defense. An established destination for cosmopolitan culture-seekers for centuries, the city’s rich literary and artistic heritage and multicultural vibrancy continues to attract a wide array of writers, scholars, and artists. During the five-week course, you will learn first-hand about Paris’ ancient heritage as well as its modern and contemporary culture.
Be sure to check out the photojournal of one of the program's past participants, available for download here.
Paris—as both a city and as a way of life—is dense with layers of history. It is both a museum city with a rich artistic heritage as well as a monumental architectural experiment itself where, in half an hour, you can walk from Roman ruins, past the 12th-century cathedral of Notre Dame, to the 21st-century Bibliothèque Nationale de France. An established destination for cosmopolitan culture-seekers for centuries, the city’s rich literary and artistic heritage and multicultural vibrancy continues to attract a wide array of writers, scholars, and artists.
This program is open to all students (Art History majors and non-major students accepted).
The course will span the art and history of Paris from Antiquity to the present. The program’s goal is for you to become familiar with the major monuments and works of art located in Paris and its surroundings, and the development and transformation of the city over this span of time. The classes will be conducted through walking tours in front and within monuments, in gardens, and in museums. We will go on day trips to the Baroque palace of Versailles, the house and gardens of Impressionist artist Claude Monet at Giverny, Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, and occasional culinary and cultural events will enhance your understanding of the history of Paris and French culture.
Classes meet 5 days a week. In general, class begins around 9:45 AM and ends by 3:00 PM, with breaks for coffee and lunch; however, hours vary based on museum visits and excursions. Most excursions outside of Paris will last the full day (early morning to evening). No classes are held on weekends. Bring a notebook or clipboard with good quality paper to class each day to take notes and for visual analysis on-site assignments. You can bring an iPad or similar, if you prefer.
To view the program’s tentative 2020 syllabus, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.
For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
June 1st 2020
July 3rd 2020
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Program Cost includes:
• Administrative Fees
• International SOS Health Insurance
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:
The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.
“The fact that I lived in the heart of the city, took public transportation, and ate at local spots, made this trip an immersive experience. I shared an apartment with two other RU1st students across the street from the Eiffel Tower. One of the challenges we had while abroad was shopping for groceries and cooking dinner nightly. Paris is one of the most expensive cities in the world and Europe portion sizes are a lot smaller than we are used to in the United States. My apartment mates and I had to be strategic with our spending to maximize the amount of food we bought and be resourceful when preparing dinner. I feel like this experience challenged us to handle our money wisely and it also made us operate like true Europeans. While abroad we had to take shorter showers, recycle all materials, respect the citywide quiet hours, and wash our clothes in a certain way. This was different than what we were used to, as France is much more environmentally conscious than the United States. I find Parisians to be resourceful, less wasteful, and more caring towards their neighbors. Among the new knowledge of art abroad, this mindfulness of environment and community is definitely an aspect of my experience that I plan to take home with me.”