Through travel I first became aware of the outside world; it was through travel that I found my own introspective way into becoming a part of it.
- Eudora Welty
This well-established program, now in its 30th year, provides students with an opportunity to immerse themselves in one of the world's most fascinating cities through visual arts investigations under the guidance of USF art faculty who have a strong knowledge and interest in the role of this city in the history and practice of art. The courses utilize Paris as a vast resource for learning, including both group and individual explorations of its museums, galleries, architecture, streets, parks and culture. Students experience the city as temporary residents rather than as tourists and become familiar not only with its monumental aspects, but with the daily life of its inhabitants, its family-owned shops and markets and the charm of its neighborhoods, including picturesque Montmartre, the Latin Quarter, the medieval streets of the Marais, and a myriad of cultural highlights including the Eiffel Tower, the Centre Pompidou, the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay.
The program also takes advantage of the proximity of Paris to important cultural sites in the region and weekly excursions outside of the city include Chartres cathedral, Monet's gardens at Giverny, the chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte and Van Gogh's home at Auvers-Sur-Oise. The Paris program is designed to promote intercultural understanding as well as confidence in one's ability to adapt to a different culture. The 2017 program includes the option of an additional excursion to Venice, June 30 - July 6th. Students may enroll in the Venice excursion alone. Credits earned in Paris and Venice are applicable to USF art and art history degree requirements.
Contributions of any amount to the School of Art and Art History’s Paris scholarship fund will help to make this life-changing experience available to USF art and art history students. To make a secure on-line contribution, visit this link.