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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: May
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:
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Faculty Leaders:  Lauren Janes (, Heidi Kraus (

Program Dates:  May 7 -- June 1, 2018

Location: Paris, France, with a visit to Versailles, France. 

     Program fee: **$3,752 
            Airfare (estimate): $1,200.00
            Tuition: 4 credit hours ($2,100 estimate) 
            Total: $7052

.**Program fee includes: Housing in Paris (2 students/room in hotel with a private bathroom and kitchenette), all ground transportation in Paris, Museum entrances and outings (including a day-trip to Versailles, a boat tour on the Seine River, a ballet at the Paris Opera House, the Louvre, Orsay, Pompidou, and Orangerie museums and much more), 3 group dinners and 2 group lunches. 

Course Options -  4 Credits (choose one course)  
HIST 131 (History portion of Cultural Heritage II)
ART 111 (The Arts 1)
HIST 295 (Upper-level European History)
ART 295 (Upper-level Art History) 
IDS 492: (Senior Seminar)

Important Dates: 
            Application Deadline: November 29, 2017
            Scholarship Deadline: December 15, 2017

Program Overview: 

We will spend our first 7 instruction days on Hope's campus learning about the history, art history, and contemporary culture of Paris.  We will focus on Revolutionary France, the art of the nineteenth century, twentieth-century French imperialism, and the religious and ethnic diversity of contemporary Paris.  

Then, we will travel to Paris, France!  In Paris we will visit the great art museums, explore historic sites and monuments, shop in local food markets, go to the ballet at the famous Garnier Opera House, tour Versailles, and share great meals.  Students will also have time to explore the city on their own, learning to navigate the Paris Metro and spending time in the places that interest them the most.  While in Paris students will create Tumblr blogs documenting their explorations, observations, and experiences.  

For 2018, we are revamping the Paris May Term with the support of the Mellon Grand Challenges Initiative.  This coming year, the program, retitled “Art, History, and Global Citizenship in Paris,” will have a more direct focus on questions of identity and citizenship, while still placing these explorations in the context of French history and art history since the French Revolution. We are adding a senior seminar to the course offerings. Students on the Paris May Term may take either the combined history/art history course (fulfilling Fine Arts 1 or Cultural Heritage II within Hope’s general education curriculum) or senior seminar. While senior seminar students will still explore history and art history, their readings, discussions, and life-view papers will reflect on the intersection of faith, identity, and citizenship in a pluralistic and often secular Parisian community.  

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"I think that the off-campus experience was so much more valuable to me than just taking another traditional class.  Being able to interact with the art and history that we were talking about makes the learning so much more concrete.  I also really loved talking about the history of the spaces while we stood in them." 

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This program is currently not accepting applications.