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January Term: UVA in Paris
Paris, France (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: January
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: U.Va. applicants only
Budget Sheets January
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
January 2018 01-OCT-2017
10-OCT-2017 28-DEC-2017 10-JAN-2018
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by October 15.

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Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Hotel Language of Instruction: English, French
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty directed, Faculty led
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Martha Sadler
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Cultural Studies, French
Program Description:

In this January Term study abroad course, students will consider the ghosts of history that haunt, yet continue to shape, the spaces and places of France's majestic capital city. For Paris is like a massive palimpsest, made up of multiple layers of memories. Our itinerary will include a number of places that reveal traces of these layers and provide a deeper, more complete, and decidedly more panoramic understanding of the city. We will begin by learning why central Paris looks the way it does today. Over the course of two weeks we will study what made Paris a modern metropolis - what Walter Benjamin referred to as the "capital of the 19th century" - how it flourished, at times struggled, and eventually evolved over the course of the 20th, and how it continues to renew itself at the dawn of the 21st.

Our analysis of readings in fiction, poetry, history, ethnography, and urban studies, along with discussions of photographs, painting and films, will permit us to read the city "between the lines" and ponder how Paris' storied (and sometimes traumatic) past continue to emanate from the city's twenty-first-century streets. Daily walking tours and site visits will strive to make visible the tale of Paris' incredible march toward modernity.

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At the Pompidou Museum

Paris is a city of many faces. It has been likened at once to a battlefield, a beehive, a lion, a ship, an ocean, a volcano, a furnace, a sewer, a paradise, a brothel, a labyrinth, a beacon and a star. Over the course of two weeks, students will consider these metaphors and be invited to invent their own. To that end, we will explore some of Paris' most popular and oft-visited sites - like the Musée d'Orsay, the Garnier Opera, Montmartre, and the Centre Pompidou - as well as a number of places off the beaten path. Other notable visits include the streets of the Left Bank that exploded during the riots of May 1968, and the site where one of the world's first department store was born on the right, to neighborhoods marked by the horrors of the Nazi Occupation, historically working class and immigrant areas like Belleville and the Goutte d'Or, and the new residential and business quarter that has recently begun to emerge parallel to the Seine. Participants will also descend those spaces that provide access to the hidden, yet historically significant, underbelly of Paris underground (the catacombs, sewers and metro lines). In their free time, students will have frequent opportunities to explore those places that they might find most relevant to their own scholarly and professional interests. They will also be invited to stop, look and listen closely as the world goes by in a place where, as in most modern metropolises today, the increasingly harried pace of life often prevents its own inhabitants, and most visitors, from ever doing so.


Overlooking Paris
with the Eiffel Tower in distance

Our home base for the duration of our stay will be an international student center conveniently located in a safe and quiet neighborhood in Paris' 14th arrondissement, just a short walk from Montparnasse and the Jardin du Luxembourg. Students will share double rooms, each with en-suite bathrooms. Daily buffet breakfast and dinner are included in the program fee.



Making Paris Modern:
A Secret History of the City of Light

(FRTR 2553/FREN 3553; "J-Term in Paris"; 3 credits)

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In the Luxembourg Garden

Course and Credit Information
FRTR 2553 (3 credits) will be taught in English; there are no prerequisites. Students from all schools of the University are encouraged to apply.

French majors and minors: Students wishing to receive 3 credits toward their major or minor in French will need to enroll in FREN 3553 (instead of FRTR 2553). While the primary language of instruction will be English, students receiving credit toward the major or minor will complete all required work in French. Students will also make daily use of their French language skills in small group discussion sections.

Syllabus: 2017 January Term: FRTR 2553/FREN 3553 Syllabus

The program costs and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page.

Accessibility Statement
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.

Passport and Visa Information
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program.  Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.


Walking through Paris

Program Director Ari Blatt,, Associate Professor of French at the University of Virginia, teaches courses on modern and contemporary French literature, film and culture. He spent a study abroad year in Paris as an undergraduate, and has lived and worked in France, on and off, for an additional 5 years. He is excited to share his knowledge of the city during what will surely be an intense and rewarding few weeks.

Note: Dr. Blatt is on sabbatical in Paris for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.

This program is currently not accepting applications.