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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Autumn Quarter
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Program Information:
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 Location Paris, France
Autumn 2017
October 1 – December 3, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $6,520
 Credits 15 UW credits
 Prerequisites French 103 or equivalent
 Program      Directors Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen, Gary Handwerk
 Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
 Application    Deadline April 7, 2017 - EXTENDED!
 Information  Session(s) Mon., Jan. 23rd 6:00-7:30pm in CMU 120
Thurs., January 26th 1:30-2:20 pm in PDL B-528 
Mon., Jan. 30th 4:30-6:00pm in CMU 226
Tues., February 7th 2:30-3:20 pm in PDL B-528
Tues., Feb. 21st, 1:30-2:20 pm in PDL B-528
  General Paris and its vicinity contain an unparalleled wealth of art and architecture, and an essential part of the program will be visits to various sites that will allow us to place the content of the courses in the context of this rich artistic and cultural environment: the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Musée Picasso, the Fontainebleau and Versailles castles, the Notre-Dame and Chartres cathedrals, etc.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

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Program Description

This interdisciplinary program, which has been running since 2004, offers three courses in Paris on a yearly basis during Autumn Quarter. UW and on site coordination is assured by the Program Director, Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen (French and Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media). Courses are taught by two UW faculty and one TA or Lecturer. Enrollment is limited to 18 students.. Students are required to have completed French 103 or the equivalent by the beginning of the program. Two of the courses are of an interdisciplinary nature, with some French component. In addition, students take a French conversation course on various aspects of French culture. Coursework is supplemented by field trips and experiential activities placing students into direct, natural contact with the French.

Paris and its vicinity contain an unparalleled wealth of art and architecture, and an essential part of the program will be visits to various sites that will allow us to place the content of the courses in the context of this rich artistic and cultural environment: the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Musée Picasso, the Fontainebleau and Versailles castles, the Notre-Dame and Chartres cathedrals, etc. This will give students a sense of the whole sweep of the development in art and architecture from the Middle Ages through the various modernist movements of the 20th century.

Classes take place in the Saint-Germain area, in the very heart of Paris. Students stay with French families for the entire duration of the program. Staying with French families will allow students to improve their skills in French while giving them a first-hand experience of French culture.


Paris, France


Fontainebleau, Chartres, Versailles


Students stay with host families in Paris selected by the placement agency the program works with, France Accommodation & Culture. All home stays are within the limits of Paris proper.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

The program is open to any UW or non-matriculated undergraduate student with an interest in the humanities and the fine arts. Students are required to have completed FRENCH 103 or the equivalent by the beginning of the program. The program does not require any excessive amounts of physical activity beyond walking in the streets of Paris and participating in various field trip.


15 Credits


C LIT 400 or C LIT 400 or ENGL 303 or CHID 498 (5 credits)

Instructor: Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen

This course offers a survey of some of the major texts in the history of criticism and theory (philosophy) in the West. No prior knowledge of theory is required, but be prepared to read challenging texts at a fast pace. Each session focuses on one important author or theme relevant to the study of literature and the arts. We will start with the Ancients (Plato, Aristotle, Longinus), meander through French 17th century critics, 18th century theories of genius, taste and the sublime, Romantic irony, and tackle the great modern philosophers: Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche. Paris oblige, special emphasis will be placed toward the end on 20th century French theorists: Saussure, Barthes, Derrida. Visits to museums will allow us to make connections between aesthetic theories and actual artworks.

Readings will be selected from Hazard Adams's Critical Theory Since Plato.

Learning Goals: 

The course is intended to give students a solid grounding in critical theory. There will be a mid-term and a final exam.

C LIT 320 or ENGL 363 or CHID 498 or FRENCH 390 (5 credits)

Instructor: Gary Handwerk

This course has two primary goals: 1) to work on developing close reading skills with a series of short literary texts, and 2) to build upon your stay in Paris, helping you to appreciate your urban experiences more fully. These goals are complementary; what they share is the imperative of looking more carefully at the things you see, be they texts or buildings, people or images, objects in nature or works of art. This trait—learning how to notice what you observe, to slow down in your apprehension of it, and to reflect upon what you’ve seen—is something that our set of writers all share… and a skill worth cultivating for any traveler abroad. We’ll begin a text about ways and purposes of reading (Bayard), then continue with Rousseau’s Rêveries, which reinvented the genre of the meditative essay for the Romantic era. We’ll spend the middle of the quarter on Baudelaire, reading some poems from Les Fleurs du mal together and then working in groups on a poem of your choice for presentation to the class. We’ll finish with either a short novel or a set of short stories.

Book List:

Pierre Bayard, Comment parler des livres que l’on n’a pas lus (How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read)
Jean Jacques Rousseau, Reveries of the Solitary Walker (trans. Peter France); Penguin Books: ISBN 9780140443639
Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du mal (trans. Richard Howard); David Godine Publ.: ISBN 978-0879234621

Web Sites:

Edgar Allen Poe, “The Man of the Crowd”:
Charles Baudelaire, “The Crowds”: ;
“Les Foules”:

Learning Goals: 

  1. to practice close reading skills, with attention to the specifically literary features of both literary and non-literary texts
  2. to develop skills for reading an urban environment more effectively—in historically, culturally and ideologically aware ways
  3. writing effective analytical and critical prose
  4. using translation practice and comparison of multiple translations to improve fluency both in French and in English

FRENCH 227/327 (5 credits)

A French conversation course focusing on aspects of French culture. Class size is limited (9-10 students) in order to maximize participation in discussions and to accommodate students at various levels of French.

Learning Goals: 

The conversation course aims to improve students’ spoken French by focusing on vocabulary and grammar, but above all, it provides opportunities to practice oral comprehension and interaction in French. The cultural elements presented as topics of conversation throughout the course are meant to improve awareness as to cultural differences in a Franco-American context. Grades will be based on participation in discussion and various assignments and presentations.

Program Directors & Staff

Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen, Departments of French and Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media, Program Director

Gary Handwerk, Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media, Program Co-Director

Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media TA (TBD)

Program Expenses

Cost: $6,520

Estimated Program Fee of $6,520, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $5-10/day*), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

*Board (breakfast and dinner) is provided.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,000 - $1,400* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $6,520 October 13, 2017


Travel Scholarships are available through the Comparative Literature Department to help students cover the travel expenses associated with the program. To apply for these scholarships please use the following link: 

There are also a variety of additional scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.