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Location Paris, France
Academic Term Autumn Quarter
10/06/2019 - 12/07/2019
Estimated Program Fee $7,400
Credits 15
Prerequisites There are no language requirements. Students interested in improving their French skills will be able to take at their own cost language classes through the Alliance Française.
Program Directors Gary Handwerk |
Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen |
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2019
Extended Application Deadline April 15, 2019
Information Sessions Tuesday, January 22nd at 1:30 PM
Monday, January 28th at 1:30 PM
Friday, February 1st at 3:30 PM

All sessions will be held in PDL B-528 (Padelford Hall, B wing, 5th floor).
General This 9-week program offers students a unique opportunity to study the emergence of an archetypal "modern" city, Paris, within its original cultural, architectual and historical context. Program includes weekly visits to Parisian sites and museums.
Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.

Program Description

When Baron Haussmann reconstructed Paris into the “City of Light” (1852-1870), he produced an urban space that came to represent the Western world's break with tradition and the emergence of modernity. Modernism, the characteristic style of cutting-edge art and literature in the first half of the 20th century, was born there, which is why avant-garde artists and writers from all over the world would flock to Paris until the beginning of WWII. This 9-week study abroad will offer students a unique opportunity to study the emergence of the « modern » Paris within its original cultural, architectural and historical context. The program consists of three courses totaling 15 credits : « Surrealist Paris », taught by Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen (Comparative Literature) ; "Places and Memories...of Paris", taught by Gary Handwerk (Comparative Literature) ; « Anglo-American Expatriate Writers in Paris », taught by Katy Masuga (Comparative Literature). Taken together, these three interdisciplinary courses trace the interrelationships between Paris and the development of new representational forms such as photography and film, and the impact of modernity on arts such as painting, the novel, poetry and the theater. Paris contains an unparalleled wealth of modernist and proto-modernist art and an essential part of the program will be visits to museums and sites were we will see the actual paintings, sculptures and artifacts that we will be studying : the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée Gustave Moreau, the Musée Rodin, the Musée Marmottan, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Halle Saint-Pierre, Jean Tinguely’s « Le Cyclop », etc. This will enable us to get a sense of the whole sweep of the development of modern art from Impressionism through the various movements of the 20th century. Classes take place in the Saint-Germain des Prés area, in the very heart of Paris. Students stay with English-speaking families in Paris for the entire duration of the program (room and board). Excursions, city walks and research days will be scheduled during the week, leaving ample free time to explore the city and other sites in Europe during weekends.




Paris, France


Students stay with host families in Paris. All home stays are within the limits of Paris proper.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

There are no language requirements. Students interested in improving their French skills will be able to take at their own cost language classes through the Alliance Française. The program does not require any excessive amounts of physical activity beyond walking in the streets of Paris and participating in various field trips.


15 UW Quarter Credits


C LIT 320/ENGL 363/CHID 498/FRENCH 390/EURO 496: Places and Memories...of Paris (5 credits) VLPA

This course is designed with non-literature majors in mind and has three primary goals: 1) to work on developing self-reflective reading skills, 2) to foster knowledge of French literary, cultural and political history, and 3) to build upon your stay in Paris, helping you to appreciate your urban cultural experiences more fully. These goals are complementary; what they share is the imperative of looking more carefully at the things that you see, be they texts or buildings, people or images, objects in nature or works of art. Three skills--learning how to notice what you observe, to slow down your apprehension of it, and to reflect upon what you've seen in ways that help you actively remember it--are the ones that our set of writers all foreground...and ones worth cultivating for any traveler abroad. We'll begin with a text about the ways and purposes of reading (Pierre Bayard, How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read), then continue with Rousseau's Reveries of the Solitary Walker, which reinvented the genre of the meditative essay for the Romantic era. We'll spend the middle of the quarter on Baudelaire, reading 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.

C LIT 320/ENGL 385/CHID 498/FRENCH 390/EURO 490: Surrealist Paris (5 credits) VLPA

Surrealism, which emerged in Paris in the early 1920s from the social upheaval of post-WWI Europe and more especially from Dadaism, is arguably the most influential avant-garde movement of the 20th century. It rejected social, moral and logical conventions and sought to revolutionize art, literature, politics and life in the name of freedom, desire and the unconscious. Surrealist art, which was viewed by the surrealists as a means of liberation beyond purely aesthetic considerations, is characterized by a diverse heritage (South-American Magical Realism, Georges Bataille, Michel Leiris), in politics (Situationism, the May 1968 student revolt in France), in theater and performance art (Antonin Artaud, The Living Theater, Bob Wilson) and in psychoanalytic theory (Jacques Lacan). In this course, we will study surrealism in the city where it was born and which provided the stage for so many of its experiments. Readings and lectures will be complemented by screenings of Dada and surrealist movies (René Clair's Entr-Acte, Germaine Dulac and Antonin Artaud's The Sea Shell and the Clergyman, Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí's Un Chien Andalou), and by field trips to museums or private collections that have holdings of surrealist and Dada artifacts or are relevant to the history of surrealism (Centre Pompidou, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Musée Picasso, Halle Saint Pierre, Musée Gustave Moreau). In addition, we will visit the sites of Paris and its vicinity evoked by the surrealists in their texts and photographs. In order to recapture the poetry of the modern city that the surrealists created, students will be sent scouring Paris for odd, ‘surrealist’ objects and asked to bring back photos, videos, drawings or descriptions of their wanderings and encounters, which they will be expected to share with the rest of the group. They will also produce collectively a "Surrealist Guide to Paris". In the spirit of surrealism, creativity, imagination and humor will be encouraged. The 'Surrealist Paris' that we will explore academically and physically is not the Paris of tourists and guides, but a poetic and artistic experience that everyone can partake in: "Poetry is made by all" (Lautréamont). Readings: - André Breton, Manifestos of Surrealism (Ann Arbor Paperbacks); Nadja (Grove Press); Communicating Vessels (Bison Books). - Louis Aragon, Paris Peasant (Exact Change)

Learning goals include:
- Acquire a solid grounding in the history of modern avant-garde art and literature. - Acquire visual literacy. - Learn how to read an urban environment.

C LIT 395/ENGL 336/CHID 498/EURO 496: Anglo-American Expatriate Writers in Paris (5 credits) VLPA

This course explores the work and lives of those Anglo-American writers who came to Paris in the first third of the 20th Century to develop and explore their art. These writers used their expatriation in Paris as subject matter in their writing by exploring the significance of that geographical change. It influenced their writing sometimes through Paris itself serving as a focus or simply through the mood and atmosphere within the writing regardless of its setting, or often times both. After World War I, such writing explored issues of alienation, crises of identity and reflections on war, but it also explored language through experimental prose and poetics and considered themes of the bohemian lifestyle as well other transgressive or subversive topics. This course looks at various forms of writing in order to construct a sense of France, Paris in particular, as seen through the lens of Anglo-American expatriate writers of the early 20th Century and to understand the impact they have had on the shape of literary studies today. The design of this course allows it to connect fluidly with Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen’s course “Surrealist Paris” and Gary Handwerk’s course “Places and Memories...of Paris”. Course Topics – Issues of identity: historical and contemporary perceptions of Paris as the writer’s Mecca – American writers’ perceptions of self and of Europe; perceived reverse perceptions – Friendship and expatriation across national boundaries (e.g., other expat artists and writers: Picasso, Rilke, Buñuel, Germaine Krull, Sonia Delaunay, etc.) – Literary experimentation, cross-pollination with other arts (painting, music, dance, etc.) – The effects of war on American writers and literature – The significance of place within the text and in relation to the writer – The cultural, artistic, and political context relative to each writer and work Figures of Study Collectively, we will read five complete works from a cross-section of writers. Naturally, it is impossible to devote great attention to every expat writer, therefore the course will require students to select one or two figures to study on their own and present to the class in an organized format. Furthermore, in order to flesh out the context in which these writers were crafting their work, the students will also select a social, political, historical and/or geographical element of interest in relation to the course and present on that as well. Common topics for this second presentation have included jazz music, queer expat identity, WWI/WWII, modern dance, the Jewish expat, the African-American expat, non-Parisian expatriation, the Beats, etc. The course usually concludes with a “treasure hunt” across Paris, highlighting real and imagined locations and figures.

Learning goals include:
- Ability to distinguish between what is “modern” and what is not (and why) - Understanding of art and literature within its cultural, political and historical context - Visualization from personal experience of the significance of geography as well as geographical change on one’s perception of the world (through art and literature) - Recognition of what is “experimental” in art and literature (and how or why that matters) - Appreciation and understanding of the impact of war on art and literature - Knowledge of norms and cultures of the French as experienced in Paris - Intercultural awareness and competence - Reflexive awareness of one’s own values and culture - Self-direction and research techniques as employed from abroad - Critical thinking skills - Flexibility, tolerance for ambiguity and appreciation of difference





Gary Handwerk
Professor of Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media

Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen
Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media

Katy Masuga
On-site instructor/coordinator




Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $7,400

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,100-1,400)
  • Food (about $10)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 11, 2019

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.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW Study Abroad administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Below are some ways to find additional support.

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you 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.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements 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 $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. 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 will be 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 business day a withdrawal application is received by UW Study Abroad. 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.
  2. Submit a withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.