BIST Paris 2013

Course: The Wonders of Paris GST 2XX
Instructors: Marie-Madeleine Watkins and Jeanne Hoch

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”

-Ernest Hemingway to a friend (1950)

Paris is known as the capital of the arts. It is a cosmopolitan city that possesses a formidable cultural heritage— made apparent in its monuments, its museums, its great buildings, and its plethora of enriching opportunities. Paris delights the senses with its concerts, stage performances, food, street life, ethnic neighborhoods, and art. During an intensive 22-day stay in Paris, students will explore three broad concentrations:

    • Art and architecture
    • History
    • Performing arts

Over the course of the term prior to departure, students will become familiar with the basic history that shaped the city of Paris; this will provide students with the foundation necessary to better appreciate and understand their cultural experience. A short introduction to the basics of daily language will be provided for the students with no previous experience in French.

There will be ample opportunities for students to follow their own particular interests, whether in science, gastronomy, fashion, popular culture, cultural diversity, music, etc. Besides becoming familiar with all the traditional sites, students will develop a personal knowledge of what it means to live like a Parisian.

There is no language prerequisite for this course.


For specific questions about this course, contact Marie-Madeleine Watkins or Jeanne Hoch.

For general questions about the BIST application process or scholarships, contact the Education Abroad Team or (859) 985-3453, or drop by 205 Woods-Penniman.