Paris & London: Architecture and Urbanism Program (Summer)

In this eight-week summer program beginning in Paris and moving on to London, students will study the historical development of architectural styles and aesthetics. Courses will draw on the art and architecture of the cities themselves and on their extraordinary infrastructure. Through classroom lectures and local excursions in both cities, students will be asked to consider and account for points of similarity and difference in architectural detail and aesthetics. Students will spend four weeks in Paris, completing one course before moving on to the remaining four weeks in London to complete the second course. This program is ideal for students interested in art history, architecture and urban studies.

Courses are taught at the BU Paris Academic Center in the 15th Arrondissement within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower and at the BU London Academic Center in South Kensington.

Required Courses

Students enroll in the following two courses.

CAS AH 383: Paris and its Architecture: From Monument to Urban Landscape (4)

(Taught in Paris.) Traces the development of Parisian architecture and urbanism, from the Roman era to the present, focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries and emphasizing dynamic relationships among architecture, urban development, and socio-political history. Syllabus

CAS AH 381: London Architecture and Urbanism (4 credits)

(Taught in London.) Explores the evolution of urban form in London from the walled town of the Middle Ages to the modern city, discussing town planning and architecture in relation to urban, economic, and cultural history, and to the other arts. Donnellan. Syllabus

Program Details

Program Dates
  • Summer Term: Early June to late July
  • Upon successful completion of the program, students earn eight Boston University credits. Students must enroll for a total of eight credits.
  • Paris Housing: The Fondation des Etats-Unis residence hall is nested in the 14th arrondissement, a neighborhood in the southern part of Paris. This student residence hall is extremely accessible by public transportation with a Métro station & tram line conveniently located within a two-minute walk across the street from the building. The Fondation is part of an international complex known as the Cité Universitaire with each building corresponding to a different country.  The Fondation des Etats-Unis is, first and foremost, a French residence hall. It has many positive points such as big, single rooms with an individual sink, closet, desk, phone, voicemail and mini-fridge. Linens are provided and changed every 2 weeks. The Fondation provides common-area services, including laundry, computing facilities, Wifi, vending machines, kitchens (kitchen supplies; cutlery, plates, pots, Tupperware, etc., are not provided) and a library.
  • London Housing: Students live in furnished apartments with other students in BU Study Abroad London’s programs. The apartments are within walking distance of the BU London Academic Center in South Kensington. They vary in size, configuration, and style of decoration. Most students (95+%) live in shared bedrooms, often in bunk beds, with ensuite shower room, a shared kitchen and living/dining room area. British Programs staff and RAs live in BU’s building along with the students, helping to ensure a high level of maintenance and security. There is WiFi access in the residencies.
  • Safety and Security: BU Study Abroad: London
Application Deadlines
  • Summer Term: March 1

Download a description of the summer Paris & London: Architecture and Urbanism Program.

Program Faculty & Staff

In Boston a program manager facilitates the admissions and pre-departure procedures and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in Paris. The Boston office also houses administrative personnel who are responsible for everyday operations.

The BU Paris Academic Center, including administrative offices and classrooms, is located in the fifteenth arrondissement, within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower.

All Boston University London programs are administered in coordination with our Boston and London offices.  In London the staff comprises a resident director as well as administrative, academic, and housing personnel. Selected British, French, and visiting Boston University faculty teach the courses.