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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: HC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Dormitory
Community Based Learning: No Ability to work abroad: No
Board: No Board Program Exception Flag: None
Program Sponsorship: Holy Cross Office of Study Abroad Visa required for U.S. passport holders: No
Earned Academic Credit: Yes
Program Description:

Paris:  Revolutionaries and Artistic Rebels

FACULTY: Holy Cross Professors Theresa McBride and Stephanie Yuhl
DATES: Departure from the USA on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 with arrival in Paris the next morning on Wednesday, May 16 and departure from Paris on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: This summer course examines the rich cultural history of Paris from the late-eighteenth century to the present.  We will explore a variety of topics, such as the role of Paris as a vital partner in the American Revolution, a vibrant center of artistic expression (from Classicism to impressionism to Modernism), a model of urban design and "renewal" (from Hausmann's dramatic nineteenth century renovation of the city to the latest urban renewal project known as "Le Grand Paris"), a site of collaboration and resistance in World War II.  Throughout, we will pay attention to how Paris became a haven for exiles escaping more repressive regimes and the creative refuge of intellectuals and artistic rebels seeking freedom and inspiration (such as American Jazz musicians and racial critics).

     As a classroom, Paris is unparalleled with its vast number of museums, monuments, and historic sites that continue to capture the imagination of locals and travelers.  Class discussions and daily readings will be paired with field trips to the major museums (such as Musée Rodin, Musée d'Orsay, the Louvre, Quai Branly and Centre Pompidou) as well as neighborhood walking tours of Notre Dame/Latin Quarter, the Marais, and the neighborhoods around University of Paris-Diderot (where we will hold classes).  Two major excursions outside Paris will extend the course to Versailles and Louis XIV's lavish chateau, and to the beaches of Normandy with a World War II museum, memorial sites and American and German cemeteries.

CREDIT: Students receive the equivalent of one Holy Cross credit that can be used to satisfy a Common Area Requirement in HISTORY or ARTS and/or a course deficiency. No prior knowledge of French is required. Students will enroll in a non-credit beginning or intermediate-level language class, depending on their proficiency. Students with more advanced knowledge of French will also be accommodated.
HOUSING: Students live in the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (, which is a twenty-minute streetcar ride from the University of Paris Diderot–Paris 7 campus, where courses will be held (
COSTS: The estimated cost of this 4-week program is approximately $5,500 - $6,200. This includes tuition, housing, all course-related excursions, and two celebratory dinners at a Paris restaurant. There is no meal plan. Students will have access to subsidized student restaurants at 3.5 euros per meal. NOT INCLUDED: round-trip airfare to and from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, passport expenses, personal expenses, meals. Students should expect to spend a minimum of $1,200 on their flight and a minimum of $750 on their food. Very limited financial aid is available for this program.

INFORMATION SESSION:  Monday, October 2, 2017 at 7:00 PM in Smith Hall 210

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, November 17, 2017 via the online application system at

FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Prof. Theresa McBride at, Prof. Stephanie Yuhl at, Angie Woodmansee at, Prof. Brit Smith at, call Study Abroad at 508.793.3082, or visit the Office of Study Abroad in Smith Hall 216.

Dates / Deadlines:

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