Study Abroad in Paris

Twenty-four Loyola University New Orleans students recently arrived in Paris, France, for a summer abroad program. The students joined faculty members Dr. Brad Petitfils, Dr. Mary McCay, and Ms. Kate Duncan, for the four-week journey. The group is staying in the 14th arrondissement, near Montparnasse, at FIAP Jean Monnet, an international student center that was initially founded to bring young people together from different countries to celebrate diversity. At the FIAP, students are taking two courses from the four available: two in English (Travel Writing, and Americans in Paris – a course on The Lost Generation), one course on the history of French educational movements (Educating France) and one course on the history and evolution of street music and musicians (Music of the People). Each afternoon, the group ventures out into the city to learn about Parisian history and culture through its landmarks, people, food and neighborhoods, including the Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre, Notre Dame, Père Lachaise Cemetery, the Catacombs, and the Latin Quarter. On weekends, faculty lead day trips beyond the city to the surrounding areas to explore the French countryside, including the Château de Versailles, Giverny (the home of Impressionist painter Claude Monet), and the Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley.

Popular & Commercial Music Junior Matt Ernst says, "This program is an incredible opportunity for students. Not only are you able to explore the wonders of an unfamiliar country, but it is led by incredible professors who have a unique and cultured perspective. Before this trip, I was unsure about my plans for the future but as this trip continues to show me new perspectives, I have come closer to figuring out more about myself and the world around me."

According to Petitfils, the program director, "Especially in today’s world, it is important that our students understand global intersections and how they fit into the larger fabric of transnational flows. Because Paris is such a cosmopolitan city, it is an excellent place to engage with experiential learning, and our students have already seen the connections between New Orleans and Paris, two cities that continue to find a balance between history and modernity." The group will remain in Paris until Saturday, June 17, when they depart back home for the U.S.

Study Abroad in Paris