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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Interim
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Eligibility: Sophomore
Minimum GPA Required: 2.5 Housing Option(s): Hotel/Hostel
Areas of Study: African Studies, Architectural Studies, Art History, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, French, History, International Relations, Literature, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Urban Studies Program Type: Study Abroad
Program Description:
CIEE Paris - Paris Collage: History, Culture, and Architecture

Program Overview
Dive into the words of Victor Hugo. Wonder at the brush strokes of Monet. Climb the steps of the Eiffel Tower. CIEE’s January Paris program is like a Parisian cubist painting, offering a multitude of perspectives. Along the way, you’ll discover your own favorite sights, tastes, and memories of the City of Lights.

Paris, a center for culture, art, fashion, gastronomy, and intellectual life, is also a major global metropolis. The Seine River traverses the city and its waterways, quays, and bridges serve as major thoroughfares. Explore the city’s most famous monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Enjoy the delicacies at Paris’s numerous cafés - one for every 200 inhabitants!

While in Paris, you will:
  • Marvel at the city’s architectural history, from the middle ages till the 21st century.
  • Go on faculty led and outings and weekend excursions to the neighborhoods that grace the iconic French capital.
  • Indulge in Paris’s haute cuisine, food meticulously prepared and artfully presented.
  • Experience the breathtaking works of art at the Louvre, the most visited art museum in the world.
  • Treat yourself to a uniquely Parisian performance at the famous Moulin Rouge theater, the birthplace of the Cancan.

Students will enroll in JAN 423 A for Interim. This course is a multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary approach to the evolution of the city of Paris, with an emphasis on the impact of cultural, social, and political forces on the city’s built environment. Students will study how construction and urban planning activities at various scales negotiate demands for respecting and protecting the city’s architectural heritage on one hand and preserving the role of Paris as a center of architectural/cultural innovation and avantgardist experiments on the other. Students will analyze aesthetic and functional aspects of urban structures and individual buildings, learn about different architectural styles and urban planning approaches and how these have been shaped by given geographic and climatic factors as well as by contingent cultural movements and political ambition. Beside theoretical lectures, the making of Paris is studied in the city itself through excursions that will take participants to numerous places ranging from the Gallo-Roman forum to contemporary urban designs. These field trips will not only allow students to see, and gain insight into the history of, Paris’ major landmarks, but also to apply the architectural and urban planning vocabulary studied in class, and to recognize and classify different styles, symbols and materials. 

This project is graded A-F.

Students may choose between the residence hall, shared apartment, or a homestay.

Students choosing to stay in the residence hall will share a double-occupancy room with another student. CIEE provides bed linens and basic cooking utensils. Students will need to bring their own towels. Accommodations are near markets, shops, pharmacies and cafés. Meals are not included, but students have access to full kitchens.

Students choosing to stay in shared apartments will share a double-occupancy room with another student. Meals are not included, but students have access to full kitchens.

Limited homestays are available but cannot be guaranteed. Students who live with homestay families receive breakfast daily plus five meals per week. 

Program Costs
Program fee: $3,685 
This cost includes pre-departure advising by CIEE staff, housing, on-site orientation, 24 hour emergency support, field trips and cultural activities, and international health insurance.

Additional expenses:
International airfare (varies with point of departure and carrier): $1,100 - $1,300 
Meals: $550 
Local transportation: $125
SIM card or international cell phone: $30 - $150
Books and supplies: $100
Personal expenses: $500 
Passport: $160 (all students must have a valid passport to participate)  

Wofford Travel Grants
The Wofford College Travel Grants provide assistance to students who are participating in an Interim Travel/Study program. Financial need and academic merit are the principle considerations in awarding these grants. Students who are applying for an Interim travel grant will be informed of their travel grant application status prior to the Interim application deadline. Please note that any funding received from a travel grant cannot be used towards the Interim program deposit. 

To be eligible to apply for a Travel Grant, students must be in good social and academic standing with the College. To be considered for a merit-only grant, students must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Awards range from $500 - $1,500. The number of awards granted will depend upon the number of applicants as well as available funds. The award is directly applied to the applicant's program fees. To apply, complete the online Wofford College Travel Grant application.

For More Information
Visit the CIEE Paris - Paris Collage: History, Culture, and Architecture website