Students take two courses (3 credits each) during the six-week program. French Art, Culture, and Civilization: Origins to Revolution occurs during the first three weeks of summer and French Art, Culture, and Civilization: 19th and 20th Centuries occurs in the latter three weeks. Majors in Media, Culture and the Arts may count these courses as MCA electives, while other majors may count them as open electives.

Classes convene on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, allowing students generous opportunities to travel or dive into Parisian life over long weekends.  Students meet most mornings on class days for lectures and discussion, break for lunch and then reassemble for a field trip that will illuminate the material being covered that day.  Periodically, trips will be scheduled for outside of Paris.


Who is teaching the classes?  In 2017, Dr. Bleattler, Dr. Siedell, Prof. Wilkinson, and Prof. Coleman will teach the courses. As the program grows, additional faculty will be available to teach in Paris.   Other faculty may visit Paris during our time there and offer opportunities to experience the city in and out of the classroom.

Are classes taught in French?  No, classes are taught in English.  For students with little to no French language experience, the King’s library has access to  an online language course called “Tell Me More.”  Students can access this language-learning program on and off campus.

Students going on the trip will be expected to complete a portion of the program in advance of the summer trip, so that they can communicate at a basic level while in France.

When are classes scheduled?  Classes are held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm with a one-hour lunch break.  Students will attend traditional class meetings on most mornings, while afternoons will center on field trips that will illuminate the material being covered that day.


What museums, monuments, and churches will the program visit?  Here is a sample of what locations are being considered:

  • The Louvre
  • Musee  D’Orsay
  • Conciergerie and Sainte-Chapelle
  • Garnier Opera House
  • Cluny Museum (medieval art)
  • Musee de Quai Branly
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Arc d’Triumph
  • Pompidou Center (modern art)
  • Pantheon
  • Sacre Coeur/Montmartre
  • Invalides/Napoleon’s Tomb
  • Rodin Museum
  • Mosque of Paris
  • Basilica of St Denis
  • Church of the Madeleine
  • Cathedral of Notre Dame
  • La Defense

What kinds of day-trips are being planned?  Trips are being planned to the palace and gardens of Versailles, the home and studio of Claude Monet at Giverney, and an excursion to Chartes to visit the Cathedral.  There is also an overnight trip to Bayeux to see the Bayeux Tapestry. And if possible, as a leg of that trip, there will be a day trip to  Mont St. Michel to see the medieval castle as well as view one of the world’s most dramatic tidal changes.  There may also be a few additional but optional trips to Brussels (EU Headquarters), Avignon (Papal Palace) and Nimes (Roman Temples and Aqueduct).

Sunrise in Paris, with the Eiffel Tower