Paris & London: Architecture and Urbanism Program

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 museums. 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.

Orientation Schedule

Semester Calendar

In Paris, students will take the following course:

AH 383: Paris Architecture and Urbanism (4 credits)

This course traces the development of Parisian architecture and urbanism from the Roman period to the present, with a strong emphasis on the 19th and 20th century development of the city. It is designed to offer the student a sense of the dynamic exchange between architectural form, urban development, architectural theory and the larger cultural and political history of Paris. The course prioritizes first-hand exploration of the city, which requires that students complete readings and arrive prepared to relate readings to the cityscapes we visit. The course will be divided between in-class seminars (1/3) and visits (2/3). Syllabus

Paris Libraries & Documentation Centers

Academic Policies: Teaching format & Grading & Attendance

Course-Related Activities

Guided activities in Paris, Summer 2016

Suggested additional activities, Summer 2016


Student Residence Hall: La Fondation des Etats-Unis


The Fondation des Etats-Unis 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 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 and mini-fridge. Linens are provided and changed every 2 weeks. There is also the advantage of living with other students although a large majority are Americans. The Fondation provides common-area services, including laundry, computing facilities, Wifi, vending machines, kitchens You will also receive your own kitchen supplies; cutlery, plates, pots) and a library.

The Fondation, however, offers less of an immersion into the French language, as the American residents tend to speak English to one another. It is a vintage building, and not all of the rooms have been renovated to modern American dorm standards. Heating, shower, and cooking facilities may not compare to what you have on your home campus.

Overnight Guests

Overnight guests must be signed in 48 hours prior to their arrival. It costs 5€ per night without a bed, 10€ per night with a bed (minimum 3 nights, maximum 10 nights) and a 10€ key deposit (returned upon departure.)

The are no overnight guests allowed in the summer months.

Fondation des Etats-Unis website:

Directions to the Fondation des Etats Unis dorm

General House Rules

La Cité Internationale

The Fondation is part of the Cité Universitaire complex, which includes services such as different national houses and their dining rooms, a post office, a bank, a student cafeteria, a theatre and a park.

Cité International website:

Where to eat in the neighborhood of the Cité Universitaire

At the Cité Internationale:

Restaurant Universitaire:

Open Monday through Friday from 11h45 to 14h15 & from 18h15 to 21h.

It offers a full meal at a very low price, go to:


Open Monday through Friday  from 8h to 19h, the weekend from 9h30 to 19h.  Each day the cafeteria offers breakfast, lunch & snacks.  This is ideal for a coffee or a quick sandwich or salad.

Bistrot 32   32 boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris

Carla’s 1 rue Cité Universitaire, 75014 Paris

Take the Tram T3 to Porte d’Orleans, where there are many restaurants and food vendors (for example crêpes, “Planet Food” has great kebabs and fries according to former students).