“To know Paris is to know a great deal,” opined the American writer Henry Miller. Fall 2018 is your opportunity to know Paris: its history, music, art, literature, and culture. See for yourself why Paris is called the City of Light (“La Ville Lumière”). Study the art of Vigée Le Brun, Manet, Monet, Morisot, Seurat, Rodin, Renoir, David, Degas, Delacroix, Bonheur, Braque, and many other French masters in the Louvre, Musée D’Orsay, Pompidou Centre and other museums. Listen to the music of Debussy, Rameau, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Satie, Fauré, Messiaen, Lully, Poulenc, Bizet, Berlioz, Boulanger and many more in the Notre-Dame Cathedral, L’Opéra Garnier, Opera Bastille, La Philharmonie, La Sainte Chapelle, and other venues. Eat lunch at your favorite patisserie, café, or boulangerie. Autumn in Paris allows you to enjoy its sites without crowds: taste chocolate during the Salon du Chocolat in October, stroll through the fall-colored foliage in the Tuileries in November as well as visit the Forest of Compiègne in honor of the centenary of WWI’s armistice, and in December ice skate at the Eiffel Tower.
This twelve-week study abroad program, which caters to students with all levels of ability in the French language, will offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live with Parisians, study their language and culture, and experience their most stunning landscapes, architecture, music, and art. In Paris, students will spend the semester living in pairs with French host families and studying with professors from BYU and the École l’Étoile. The program will include a number of day trips to places such as Giverny, Chartres, Vaux-le-Vicomte, and Versailles. We will also have a week-long excursion farther afield to visit châteaux, cathedrals, and monasteries, as well as WWI and WWII sites. To study abroad in Paris fall 2018 is to experience a great deal!