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 at the BU Paris Academic Center before moving on to the remaining four weeks in London to complete the second course at the BU London Academic Center. 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.

Students enroll in the following two courses.

  • CAS AH 383 Paris Architecture and Urbanism  (4 credits)
    • 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)
    • 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
London: Program Residences

  • Accommodations are apartment-style suites in BU’s own housing in the centrally located South Kensington neighborhood. All residences are approximately a 15-minute walk from the BU London Academic Center. Bedrooms consist of doubles, triples, and quads and all bedrooms come with an ensuite bathroom. Limited single rooms are available on a space-available basis for a supplemental fee.
  • Fully equipped kitchens are available within BU housing. Kitchens are shared between approximately 6–14 students.
  • Students are responsible for budgeting their own cost of meals. Board isn’t included in this program.
  • BU London does not have dining hall facilities, but there are ample grocery stores, restaurants, and other amenities in the immediate area surrounding the residences.
  • All buildings are within walking distance to local transportation, including the London Tube and bus systems.
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities are located in the basements of all residences. Cost of laundry is not included in the program fee.
  • Students have access to the BU London Library for research and printing purposes. For recreational and social activities, students may take advantage of the BU London Social Programme as well as the clubs and societies of Imperial College London.
  • WiFi is available throughout all the BU buildings.

Paris: University Dormitory

  • Single rooms with desk, sink, closet, fridge
  • Shared showers, toilets & kitchen
  • Sheets are provided and changed every 2 weeks
  • Board not included
  • Laundry facilities are located in the dormitory
  • Students can study at the BU Paris center or their home (university libraries have more restricted hours than in the US)
  • Summer Term: Early June to late July
  • Summer Term: March 1