Reading the City: Parisian Spaces - May 2019

Learn more about Reading the City: Parisian Spaces

  • Program Dates

    Study in Paris will take place May 13-26, 2019.

    Please note that this program includes a second eight-weeks spring semester course that will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays on campus.

  • Information Sessions

    September 18, 2018



    Global & International Studies Building, Room 3067

    September 26, 2018



    Hutton Honors College Great Room

    October 2, 2018

    Hutton International Night


    Hutton Honors College Great Room

  • Course information

    Course Title: HON-H251: Reading the City: Parisian Spaces

    Academic Director & Instructor:  Alison Calhoun

    Syllabus Description:

    Travelers lucky enough to travel to Paris usually manage to visit its iconic sites, but they rarely explore the extent to which Parisian spaces are also literary spaces. This seminar will consider that the allure of Paris, the world’s most visited city after Bangkok and London, is generated not only by the beauty of its urban landscape, but by the space’s unmatched tie to the art of writing. Students will explore how the geography of Paris is both physical and textual, meaning we can “read” the city when we experience it materially, and we can “read” the city when we engage with writing that strives to emulate urban spatiality. This seminar seeks to teach students from a wide range of disciplines to engage with the relationships between city and art, space and thought, science and culture. During the second 8-week course, students in this seminar will read texts about seven different Parisian spaces (one space per week). Alongside these readings, assignments will include an experiential element in which students are asked to “experience” (visit, test out, spend time in, etc.) the Bloomington equivalent of the type of space in question. Both types of assignments prepare students for the on-site, experiential component to be completed after the end of the semester during a two-week visit to Paris. In addition, in consultation with the Professor, each student will devise one research project (tied to the course theme) requiring on-site work during free days or free time in Paris. Grades will be based on weekly reading reactions, regular presentations on the objects of study, a journal students will keep during their time abroad, and an independent research project on a chosen topic to be turned in several weeks after the trip.

  • Program Excursions
    • Daily course excursions to different sites of the city, including:
      • Notre Dame Cathedral
      • Procop Café
      • University of Paris-Sorbonne
      • Opéra Garnier
      • Iconic Paris Métro Stations
      • Bon Marché Shopping Center
      • Park Montsouris
      • Père Lachaise Cemetery
    • Day trip to the Versailles Palace
  • Accommodations

    Program participants will stay in a student residence in Paris. The accommodations are conveniently located near shops, public transit, and program excursion sites. 

  • Costs and Scholarships

    Program Fee - $1250*

    The program fee includes airport transfers in country, accommodations in Paris, some meals, transportation to and from all excursion sites, entry fees to all museums and historical sites, student travel insurance, and administrative fees

    *Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances.

    IUB Tuition

    If you are enrolled as a full-time student during the spring semester and enroll in HON-H251 as part of your block credits, there is no additional tuition cost to participate in Reading the City: Parisian Spaces.

    Additional Variable Costs

    Variable costs are paid before and after you arrive in France as you pay for roundtrip international airfare, some meals, snacks, personal expenses, and independent travel outside the program. 

    Note: The program fee will appear on your bursar bill and is paid directly to IU. See the program fee sheet for more details.


    All admitted program participants are awarded an automatic HIEP Hutton Honors Study Abroad Scholarship of $750 applied directly to the program fee. No separate application is required.

    Note: Program participants are not eligible to apply for the HIEP Grant.

    Please see the IU Office of Overseas Study website for more information on other available scholarships and financial aid opportunities.

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