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Art Study Abroad International Program

Paris Study Abroad

Winter 2013

What Is Study Abroad?

Study Abroad gives students the chance to expand their world by traveling outside of the U.S. while earning credit toward their BYU degree. Study Abroad is guided by a BYU professor in the field and offers lectures, study, and research on-site. Field trips to important locations of cultural and historical significance support the program’s academic aim and bring life to theories and principles gained in the classroom.

Through cross-cultural and linguistic immersion in Study Abroad, students gain tools in world learning and are better able to serve in a globalizing world.


Paris has for centuries been an intellectual and spiritual center of Western Civilization. In the thirteenth century both Albertus Magnus and Thomas Aquinas, the two greatest theologians of the Middle Ages, studied or taught at the Sorbonne, the world's second oldest university. In the seventeenth century Pascal and Descartes, both prominent mathematicians and philosophers, laid foundations for modern thought. A hundred years later, Paris was the center of the Enlightenment, guided by the capable hands of philosophes Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau, the latter a transitional figure who also introduced Romantic ideals that in turn sparked the French Revolution. Following the excesses of that tragic time, Paris settled into a more tranqil existence, marked in literature by Stendhal, Balzac, Hugo, and Flaubert, in music by Chopin, and in art by Gericault and Delacroix. The Belle Epoche, which closed the nineteenth century, spawned new notions including artistic Impressionism. Not surprisingly, in the twentieth century, Paris assumed its rightful place as a central forum of intellectual, philosophical, cultural, and political discussion, while, most recently, Parisian thinkers ignited the fires of postmodernism and other modern critical theories.
Semester    Dates
Winter        28 January–19 April 2013

Program Highlights

Trips may include some of the following:
    • Day trips to Versailles, Fontainebleau, Provins, Vincennes, Chartres, and other sites.
    • Overnight excursion to Amiens, Lille, and Bruges, Belgium.
    • Overnight excursion to Normandy, D-Day sties, Mont Saint-Michel, and Bayeux.
    • Art history taught in the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, the Pompidou, and other museums.
    • Guided group tours of significant sites in Paris, such as Les Invalides (tombs of Napoleon and other renowned French figures), Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Musee de l'Orangerie (Monet's Water Lilies), Ile de la Cite, including Sainte-Chapelle (largest surviving collection of original stained glass in Europe), basilica of St-Denis (burial site of centuries of French royalty, Musee de Cluny (containing, among other wonders, the six exquisite Lady and the Unicorn tapestries), the Pantheon, and much, much more.

      Schedule and Time Commitment in France

      • Students should refrain from scheduling late arrivals or early departures from the program.
      • Due to academic rigor of the program, family members and friends may not visit students during the program but may drop students off or pick them up from the program.

      Learning Opportunities

      • Together, we will use the city of Paris as our classroom. We will visit many museums, government buildings, war memorials, cathedrals, historical sites, and cultural centers.
      • Travels in and around Paris will provide a vivid textbook for a study of French history, literature, art, and culture.
      • Furthermore, students should fearlessly explore this wondrous city—its parks, churches, transportation system, bridges, gardens, markets, galleries, and monuments—striving to understand what makes it the fabled City of Light.
      • Classes will be held at the Church Institute in the eclectic Marais district, nestled between the modern art of the Pompidou Center and historic synagogues that dot this medieval quarter.
      • Whenever possible, we will link sites in Paris to French literature read during the program.

      Earning Course Credit

      As on campus at BYU, students are required to register for a minimum of twelve credit hours on Study Abroad, selected from the following offerings (ENG 300R and a French class is required):
      • FREN 102 (4 credit hours)
      • FREN 201 (4 credit hours)
      • FREN 211R or 311R French conversation (2 credit hours)
      • ENG 300R French Fiction (required; 3 credit hours)
      • ENG 395R Studies in Literature: French Drama (3 credit hours)
      • REL C 350R LDS Church in a World Setting (2 credit hours)
      • FNART 270R European Fine Arts (3 credit hours)
      • IAS 201R Paris Walks (3 credit hours)

        Where Do Students Live?

        • Students will generally live in pairs with French host families in Paris or its suburbs.
        • Students should view the host-family experience as a cultural aspect of the program.
        • Host-family stays include breakfast and three dinners per week.

        Preparation for Study Abroad

        • Students must have completed at least one semester of French (FREN 101 or equivalent) before departure. FREN 102 may also be required.
        • All accepted students are required to register for a one-credit, pre-departure preparation class held during the second block of fall semester 2012.
        • Accompanying student spouses need to be credit-bearing participants on the program. Spouses will also need to apply online and take the preparation course.

        What Funding Sources Are Available?

        • Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to Study Abroad programs.
        • Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application, and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB), will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.
        • Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.
        • Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
        • BYU Human Resource Services offers a number of jobs on campus.
        • Relatives may wish to contribute toward an early graduation gift.

        Application Process

        • Application deadline is Monday, 1 October 2012
        • Complete the ISP online application at
        • The application requires a $25 fee.
        • Applicants will be interviewed once their application is complete.
        • Students will be notified via e-mail regarding acceptance into the program.
        • ISP reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or to make any adjustments to the preliminary cost estimates due to conditions beyond its control.

        • Approximately $9,000–9,500
        • Includes LDS, undergraduate full tuition (increased cost for graduate and non-LDS students), housing, breakfast, and three dinners per week with host families, Paris travel card, group transportation on field trips, and international health insurance coverage.
        • Does not include airfare, some meals in Paris, meals on field trips and excursions, personal expenses, or passport fee.

        • Approximately $9,000–9,500
        • Includes LDS, undergraduate full tuition (increased cost for graduate and non-LDS students), housing, breakfast, and three dinners per week with host families, Paris travel card, group transportation on field trips, and international health insurance coverage.
        • Does not include airfare, some meals in Paris, meals on field trips and excursions, personal expenses, or passport fee.

        Interested Students Should Contact:

        Jesse S. Crisler, professor of English and director of the Center for the Study of Christian Values in Literature, teaches courses in American literature, adolescent literature, and mystery fiction. Crisler has twice been a faculty member with BYU Study Abroad Programs in London, has traveled in Europe extensively, and has spent time in Paris doing research. His work on late nineteenth-century American writers is part of an ongoing interest in French literature and art. Other interests include family history and music—he is a former member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. His wife, Lou Ann, also a former member and soloist with the choir, will accompany him on the program.
        101 HRCB
        (801) 422-3686
        College of Humanities | The David M. Kennedy Center

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