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Study Abroad: Yale Summer Session in Paris: Age of Cathedrals (FREN S305/HUMS S267/LITR S176)
Paris, France
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Budget: Summer
Quick Facts:
 Type of Activity:
Study Abroad
 Class Standing at Time of Enrollment:
1 first semester freshman, 1.5 second semester freshman, 2 first semester sophomore, 2.5 second semester sophomore, 3 first semester junior, 3.5 second semester junior, 4 first semester senior, 4.5 second semester senior, graduate or professional student, other
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Program Description:

YSS in Paris, France
HUMS S267/LITR S176/FREN S305: Age of Cathedrals
(Group II, Hu)

Programs Dates: Saturday, July 5 – Saturday, August 9, 2014

Prerequisite: None

Expenses: Participants are responsible for all costs of the program. A breakdown of the program budget can be found by clicking on the "Program Budget" link here or at the top of this brochure.

Funding: Yale students on financial aid are eligible for the International Summer Award (ISA). 
(Please be aware the ISA has a cap of $10,000.) Students from other universities should consult their financial aid offices.

Course Description: A study of the culture and monuments of the High Middle Ages in France, with visits to Notre-Dame de Paris, Saint Denis, Chartres, Sainte-Chapelle, Amiens, Beauvais, Rouen, Cluny museum,  and discussion of accompanying historical, literary, and philosophical works by Abelard, Suger, Rutebeuf, Saint Bernard, Joinville, Thibault de Champagne, Pseudo-Dionysius, Marie de France, Jacques de Voragine, Guibert de Nogent, and the anonymous Song of Roland, Quest for the Holy Grail, fabliaux, and courtly lyric. Core consideration of gothic architecture, urban and economic renewal, and intellectual and religious life of twelfth- and thirteenth-century France. Students choose HUMS, LITR, or FREN credit. 2 Credits

Pre-Syllabus Cathedrals 2013.pdf

Instructor: R. Howard Bloch, 

Housing Abroad: Students will live in an international dorm at St. John's University - Paris Campus. Students must leave housing on the last day of the program. Breakfast is included 7 days per week at St. John's University. Students will be on their own for lunch and dinner each day.

Trips & Activities*: The program will visit the first gothic cathedral Saint Denis, explore the nave, treasury, and towers of Notre-Dame de Paris, the stained glass windows, sculpture, and crypt of Chartres, Amiens, Beauvais, and Rouen, along with the astonishing windows of Sainte-Chapelle, and the material objects of cathedral culture in the Cluny Museum of the Middle Ages.  *Subject to change.

Application Process: Apply through the Center for International Experience website.
Application fee: $55 Application opens: December 15, 2013 Application deadline: February 15, 2014

Airfare: Students are responsible for booking their own airfare to the program location. Students should arrive in Paris on Saturday, July 5. If students wish to arrive before the check-in date they will be responsible for their own housing for dates prior to the start of the program. Travel arrangements home should be made for Saturday, August 9.

Passport/Visa: Students are responsible for obtaining a passport and researching if a visa is needed. (U.S. citizens do not need a visa for this program.) If a student requires a visa and needs supporting documents from the Study Abroad office, they must give the office at least a week's notice in preparing those documents for them.

Pre-departure Orientation: A mandatory pre-departure orientation will be held for this program.

Questions: For course content questions contact instructor:  For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff:

Click here to view the list of CIPE Residential College Peers: students in your college who have already participated in an international experience.

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Dates and Deadlines:
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