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USF Art and Art History in Paris
Paris, France; Venice, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Program Type:
USF Sponsored
Level of Study:
Graduate, Undergraduate
Open to:
Active USF Student, Non-USF Applicants
Credit Offered:
USF Credit
Program Advisor:
Krissy Loveman
Sponsoring College:
The Arts
Program Primary Subject:
Architecture, Fine Arts and Art History, Performing Arts
Program Description:
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USF Art and Art History in Paris
June 1 - 30, 2015


Program Overview

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 28th 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 chateaus of Versailles and 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 2015 program includes the option of an additional excursion to Venice, June 30 - July 6th.  Students may enroll in the London excursion alone. Credits earned in Paris and Venice are applicable to USF art and art history degree requirements. 

Program Dates:

June 1 - 30th, 2015
with optional excursion to Venice, June 30th - July 6th 

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Vaux le Vicomte


Paris is the capital of France and the country's largest city. It is situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region, is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe. Paris is considered one of the world's leading business and cultural centers, and is considered one of the world's major global cities. The City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with a multitude of historic and cultural landmarks among its many attractions, along with world-famous institutions, breathtaking architecture, and popular parks.

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Academic Program and Course Information

Traversing the City: A Playbook for Paris
ART 4814-402
3 art credits (Undergraduate)
Instructor:  Anat Pollack

ART 6811-402
3 art credits (Graduate)
Instructor:  Anat Pollack

This is a course in which students will become immersed and engaged in Parisian life, its culture and history, people, food, lifestyle, art and architecture.    Through the artmaking process, students will examine and interpret their personal experiences as they traverse the city towards a comprehension of it that goes beyond that of the tourist.   The course will focus on understanding the city and its people, framed within both contemporary and historical contexts.
In addition to drawing inspiration from the many cultural institutions available within the city, we will consider the how the unique and complex cultural spaces of Paris enable us to comprehend the multifaceted nature of contemporary French identity and culture, working from macro to micro, from nationality to individuality.  To do this, we will look at how social, political, and economic conditions have shaped the French and how this has influenced creativeM.A., U.S.F.) has taught art history for the Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota campuses of the University of South Florida since 2001 including 19th Century Art History, 20th Century Art History, Contemporary Issues in Art and Introduction to Art. This will be the twelfth summer she has taught an art history course in Paris for this program.

Paris: Public and Private
ARH 4890-402
3 art history credits (undergraduate)
Instructor:  Lauren Cannady
Paris: Public and Private
ARH 6891-402 
3 art history credits (graduate)
Instructor:  Lauren Cannady

As we encounter the buildings, parks, and art collections of Paris, we will study French art and architecture of the capital through the changing concepts of the public and the private.  The Louvre, today the most-visited art museum in the world and one that opened to the public in 1793 following the Revolution, began its life as a royal palace during the reign of François I and, subsequently, his son, Henri II. Included in the Louvre’s collection is the magnificent suite of paintings made by the Flemish artist Peter-Paul Rubens to decorate the Palais du Luxembourg, built in the early seventeenth century for Marie de’ Medici, the widow of Henri IV.  Surrounding the Luxembourg palace is an immense formal garden, today one of the most popular parks in Paris, but this complex was originally built to be Marie de’ Medici’s private suburban retreat. The scope of the course will begin with Paris in the Late Middle Ages, when the churches and cathedrals of each neighborhood, or faubourg, formed the center of both spiritual and mercantile life, and continue through the nineteenth century when the Paris we know today took form--the city of wide boulevards, uniform town houses, and commercial arcades, also known as passages. The goals of this course will be to better understand changes in urban planning, to improve our ability to describe and discuss architectural monuments, and to draw out connections between collections of paintings and sculpture and the sites that house them.  Prerequisite:  History of Visual Arts 1 or 2 or equivalent.

Lauren R. Cannady received her Ph.D. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where she specialized in eighteenth-century French art, architecture, and garden design.  Having spent a number of years living and conducting research in Paris, she is keen to share her knowledge of and appreciation for the city with the USF Summer Art Program students.

Sites of Invention: Monumental Paris
ARH 4890-401
3 art history credits
Instructor: Anne Jeffrey

In this course we will actively explore the cultural and historical heritage that shapes and energizes this vital city. Paris is our classroom! Our primary activity will be observing and responding to the complex "layering" of various Paris monuments, including museums and their collections. These investigations will reveal the fascinating intersections of art, politics and cultural history not apparent to the tourist eye. Your observations and analyses will be supported by assigned readings and group discussions. The complex cultural sites we will examine will include the Louvre museum, the Orsay, the Grand Palais, the Georges Pompidou Center, Place de la Concorde, the Museum of Medieval Art, Versailles and the Rodin and Moreau museums. Specific artists and exhibitions showcased in Paris during June 2015 will also form part of our investigation. Additional sites such as Père Lachaise Cemetery, La Defense, the Marais, Montmartre and major cathedrals such as St. Denis may be added to the course depending upon students' areas of interest.   Prerequisite:  History of Visual Arts 1 or 2 or equivalent. 

Anne Jeffrey (M.A., U.S.F.) has taught art history for the Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota campuses of the University of South Florida since 2001 including 19th Century Art History, 20th Century Art History, Contemporary Issues in Art and Introduction to Art. This will be the thirteenth summer she has taught an art history course in Paris for this program.

Art and Culture of the Ile de France (and beyond)
ART 4905-401 (1 credit)
Instructor: Lou Marcus

The region surrounding Paris known as the “Ile de France” is culturally one of the richest areas of the country with numerous sites of interest and importance with respect to the art and history of France.    This course will consist of day trips by either train or chartered bus and scheduled mostly on Fridays, to sites in this region and slightly beyond including Chartres cathedral, the Chateaus of Vaux-le-Vicomte and La Roche-Guyon, Monet’s Garden’s at Giverny, and Versailles.    Students will be provided with background on each of these visits through brief readings and will respond to their experience at each of these sites through either worksheets or blog entries.    Grading is on an S/U basis only.   Note:  This course is required for all undergraduates enrolled in the Paris program.   Students may not enroll in this course alone but must also enroll in one of the Paris art or art history courses above.   (Graduate students will not be enrolled in it but will be expected to participate in these excursions.)   The one credit earned by this course, in combination with the Venice excursion, will fulfill the extended studies requirement for School of Art and Art History majors.

Optional Excursion to Venice (June 30 - July 6, 2015)
ART 4940-401 (undergraduate)
ART 6940-401 or ARH 6055-401 (graduate)
1-2 credits

Do you wish to participate in the Venice excursion?

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Lou Marcus is the program director and will serve as on-site coordinator. He is a Professor of Art at USF where he teaches courses on photography and the history of photography and visual culture. He initiated the Paris program and has directed it since 1987. His work has been exhibited widely and is in numerous public and private collections including that of the Bibliothèque Nationale. He has led numerous groups of students to Paris, has completed four artist-in-residencies at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris and is a part-time resident of the city.

Mary Ann Becker is the on-site program assistant. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado. She is an active artist whose work has been exhibited regionally and nationally.  She has provided assistance to the program since its inception, sharing with students her strong knowledge of the city, its culture and history.

Anne Jeffrey (M.A., U.S.F.) has taught art history for the Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota campuses of the University of South Florida since 2001 including 19th Century Art History, 20th Century Art History, Contemporary Issues in Art and Introduction to Art. This will be the tenth summer she has taught an art history course in Paris for this program.

Anat Pollack is Associate Professor of Video, Animation, and Digital Arts at the University of South Florida. She is a convergent media artist, who utilizes digital and mechanical systems to stimulate memory and nostalgia and link these with present experience, bridging the ragged edges of mind, body and technology.  Her work has been widely exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions.  She earned her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and BA from Indiana University.

Wallace Wilson has been chair of the School of Art and Art History at the University of South Florida since 1994, bringing more than 25 years of art teaching, administration and practice to his current position.  His photographic artworks have been exhibited and collected widely both in the U.S. and  abroad.    He has taught at the University of Kentucky, the University of Delaware, the University of Florida, the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and the London Study Center of Florida State University.

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Eiffel Tower dayProgram Costs

Paris: June 1st – June 30th: $3,480 for undergraduate students. (Includes four course credits and all program inclusions listed below.) $4020 for graduate students.

Venice*: June 30th – July 6th: * $1435 for undergraduate students. $1500 for graduate students.
(Includes up to two course credits and all program inclusions listed below.)

*For students participating in the Venice excursion only: * $1,485 undergrad, $1,550 for graduates
The above fees apply to both USF students and non-USF students, undergraduates and graduate students.

Please note: when reviewing the attached budget sheet, you will need to include the Program Cost for your selected portion of this opportunity. The budget sheets are meant to serve as estimates for the overall program costs, and students should include the cost of a Passport and/or visa if needed.

Included features for the 2015 program:

  • Pre-departure Orientations and Student Program Guides including travel preparations, overview of the culture, language, history and food of Paris, and much more.
  • Double occupancy lodging (Premium housing options, including single occupancy with private bath and shower, are available for a surcharge of approximately $500.00. Contact the program coordinator for details.)
  • Unlimited use of metro and bus systems within Paris, group day trips to sites outside of Paris including Chartres, Giverny, Auvers-sur-Oise, Vaux-le-Vicomte by train or chartered bus and unlimited weekend travel in the Ile-de-France region surrounding Paris.
  • For students not enrolled in the Venice excursion who return to the Paris airport on June 30th, transportation to the airport by either limo van service or RER train (student's choice).
  • All admissions to art museums (both group and individual visits)
  • All admissions to cultural sites during group excursions
  • Welcome dinner, group picnic and one three-course restaurant dinner
  • One performance event (ballet at Opera de Paris or equivalent)
  • All transportation, tickets and admissions for optional weekend activities
  • Maps and guides
  • ISE international student card
  • Academic instruction and program oversight by USF faculty, program director and program assistant.
  • Cost includes up to 4 credits in Paris and up to 2 credits in Venice. (Students can earn up to 6 credits by enrolling in Paris and Venice.)
  • Emergency medical and evacuation insurance coverage
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • USF Education Abroad administration

The Venice excursion includes:

Up to 2 credits, travel from Paris to Venice on an overnight train with sleeping couchette, lodging in doubles, triples or quads at a centrally located 3-star hotel, buffet breakfast each morning, admission to the Venice Biennale and all other museums and cultural sites visited as a group, chartered boat transfers from the Venice train station to the hotel upon arrival and from the hotel to the airport for departure, and academic instruction and program oversight by USF faculty, program director and program assistant.  Note: It is possible to enroll in the Venice excursion without enrolling in the Paris program.  

Variable Program Costs (not included in the program fee):

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Travel from the Paris airport to the residence upon arrival (approx. $13.00 by train, $75.00-100.00 by taxi).
  • For students enrolled only in the Venice excursion: travel from the Venice airport to the hotel upon arrival $25 by regular boat service
  • Individual instructional materials & books (approximately $100.00)
  • Meals and personal expenses (suggested budget of approximately $200.00 per week)
  • USF provides students and faculty study abroad program participants with insurance coverage for sickness, accident, hospitalization and emergency medical evacuation. This coverage is extended to program participants for the dates of the program. Those who plan to travel independently, in advance of or after the program, should arrange their own insurance coverage and can obtain suggestions for such insurance from the program director.
  • Optional trip cancellation/travel insurance
2015 Payment Schedule

A $500.00 non-refundable deposit is due by late January 2015

Paris Only
Date                 Amount Due  
March 1:          25% due           
April 1:            75% due
May 1:             100% due

Paris and Venice
Date                 Amount Due     
March 1:          25% due       
April 1:            75% due
May 1:             100% due

Venice Only
Date                 Amount Due    
April 1:            75% due
May 1:             100% due

Cancellation policy
  • $400 minus non-recoverable program costs are refunded if you cancel at least 91 days prior to departure.
  • $200 minus non-recoverable program costs are refunded if you cancel between 61 and 90 days prior to departure.
  • You are liable for 100% of the program fee if you cancel 60 days or less prior to departure.

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Living Arrangements

Our students are housed at centrally-located university residences, including our principal residence, the Cite Universitaire de Paris (CIUP) in the 14th arrondissement, the Foyer International des Etudiantes, (FIE) 93 blvd. St. Michel in the 5th arrondisement, and the Foyer Tolbiac (TOLBIAC), 234 rue de Tolbiac in the 13th arrondisement Instructors are housed at the Foyer International des Etudiantes which is also the location of classrooms. All residences are conveniently connected by bus and RER are no more than 15-20 minutes away from each other. The residences are equipped with a with a full range of amenities including a small kitchen on every floor, a solarium, classrooms, television, laundry facilities, outdoor terraces and internet connectivity. The rooms are clean and each is equipped with a small refrigerator and sink. There is 24-hour security at the front desk. These residences do not resemble, however, an American-style hotel. Showers and toilets are down the hall. Phones in the rooms at the Cité Universitaire residence can be used for outgoing calls but students at the FIE and Foyer Tolbiac can receive incoming calls only. There is a lockout at the FIE from 1:30 a.m. - 6 a.m. daily, except Friday and Saturday when the foyer remains open all night. The other residences have no lockout. Single rooms with private bathroom and shower are available for a surcharge (see "fees"). Every effort will be made to accommodate student preferences for their housing assignment. Since art activities will emphasize the use of accessible methods and materials (such as photography, xerox, collage, found objects and performance), studio art facilities are neither needed nor provided.


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Who Can Participate?

Students need not be art majors to enroll, but a foundation-level course in studio art for the art course or an introductory art history course for the art history course or equivalent background and good academic standing are required as minimum prerequisites.

Since daily activities will involve considerable amounts of walking and stair climbing, students should be in reasonably good physical condition. The most important prerequisite is a desire to learn from the course activities and projects as well as from the immersion in a different culture and language. An adventurous spirit and sense of humor will also be helpful to the students' overall participation in this program.

Overview of Eligibility requirements:

  • Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Graduate student status.
    (Student must have completed a minimum of two full-time semesters at the university level by June 1, 2013.)
  • Non-degree seeking students may apply.
  • A minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 in your major and an overall G.P.A. of 2.75.
  • Minimum course prerequisites as listed in the course descriptions or their equivalents.
  • Note: USF School of Art and Art History graduate students are assured acceptance into the program but must still file a graduate application (see below). (Recommendations and transcripts are not required of School of Art and Art History graduate students.)

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How to Apply

If you are not a USF student, you will need to apply to USF as a non-degree seeking student before you can complete the online application for this program. Please see the "Non-USF Students" section of the How to Apply page for instructions.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their online application as early as possible. Please read the following carefully so that you understand how you can best secure for yourself a place in the program.

  • Applications will be processed as they are received and students who are accepted into the program will have a place reserved for them in the program until the enrollment limit is reached.
  • Students who are accepted into the program after the enrollment limit is reached will be placed on a waiting list. After the deposit deadline, any reserved spaces in the program that become available will be given to wait-listed students, who will be required to submit the deposit immediately in order to secure that space.

Application instructions:
Read all of the information about the program posted on this website carefully: especially regarding courses and fees.

Paris Art Program Specific Website:

Contact the Program Coordinator or Program Director with any questions - contact details included at the bottom of this page.

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How and When to Pay

Please click here for further details regarding payment.

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Getting There

Air travel is not included in the program fee.  Students will arrange their own air travel and make their way to the residence based upon clear instructions from the program director.   The residences can easily be reached by RER train from either Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports (RER ticket included in the program fee) or by taxi (cost: approximately $100.00).   Students should not purchase their air ticket until they been accepted into the program and have consulted with the program director.  A Paris Navigo pass will provided to each student which provides unlimited use of the Paris metro, bus and tram systems for the month of June within metropolitan Paris and unlimited weekend travel in the Ile de France region surrounding Paris.   Round-trip travel by either train or chartered bus is included for all group excursions outside of the city.  Students not enrolled in the Venice excursion who return to the U.S. on June 30th will be provided with transportation to the airport by either limo van service or RER train (their choice).   Students enrolled in the Venice excursion will be travel to Venice on June 30th with program staff and faculty by overnight train with sleeping couchettes.  

The Venice excursion includes chartered boat transfer from the Venice train station to our hotel upon arrival.   Students enrolled only in the Venice excursion will make their own way from the airport to the residence following clear instructions provided by the program director, by regular boat service (approximately $25.00).   Return transportation to the Venice airport on July 6th by chartered boat is included.


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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation

All participants must be in possession of a valid U.S. Passport, or a valid passport from their country of residence. It is the responsibility of non-U.S. program participants to learn visa requirements and obtain their visa before travel.

USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.

Please click here for more detailed information.

You may find it helpful to research obtaining an International Student Identification Card (ISIC card), which also includes a limited traveler's health insurance coverage. Further information is available at

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Safety & Health

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

There are currently no required vaccinations for travelers to Paris, however you are encouraged to speak with your regular physician about your program and any risks it may involve. Those with health concerns or special requirements shoulddiscuss this with the Education Abroad Office and Program Director.

Country Information

US Department of State, country-specific information:

Preparing for your trip:

Common Crimes in Paris

U.S. citizens in France should be particularly alert to pickpockets in airports, train stations, and subways. Travelers should keep photocopies of travel documents and credit cards separate from the originals, along with key telephone numbers to contact banks for credit card replacement.

Thieves operate in the airports and on the RER rail link from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris, where they prey on jet-lagged, luggage-burdened tourists. In one common ruse, a thief distracts a tourist with a question about directions while an accomplice steals a momentarily unguarded backpack, briefcase, or purse. Thieves also time their thefts to coincide with train stops so they may quickly exit the car just before the automatic doors close. Travelers should consider taking an airport shuttle bus or taxi from the airport into the city. Use only the official taxi stop. Reports of stolen purses, briefcases, and carry-on bags at Charles de Gaulle Airport are also common. Travelers should monitor their bags at all times and never leave them unattended. As thieves commonly target laptop bags, travelers should avoid carrying passports and other valuables in computer bags. Another common method involves picking up a traveler's shoulder bag that has been placed on the floor while the traveler is busy at the ticket or money exchange counter.

Pickpockets are especially active on this métro line during the summer months and use a number of techniques. The most common is the simple "bump and snatch," where an individual bumps into the tourist while at the same time reaching into the pockets/purse/bag. Be particularly careful when métro doors are closing, as this is when less-sophisticated pickpockets simply grab valuables and jump through the closing doors, leaving the victim helplessly watching as the thief flees. You should NOT confront thieves aggressively; they often operate in groups and may become violent if cornered. Simply drawing attention to an attempted theft will most likely stop the operation and cause the thief to retreat.

Many U.S. citizens have had purses or bags stolen from the back of a chair or from under the table while in restaurants and nightclubs/bars. Again, keep your valuables with you and do not leave them unattended or out of your sight. Thefts also occur at the major department stores where tourists often place wallets, passports, and credit cards on cashier counters during transactions.

Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are common in France and provide ready access to cash. Don't use ATMs in isolated, poorly lighted areas or where loiterers are present. Be especially aware of persons standing close enough to see the Personal Identification Number (PIN) being entered into the machine. Thieves often conduct successful scams by simply watching the PIN as it is entered and then stealing the card from the user in some other location. If the card gets stuck in the machine, you should immediately report it to the bank where the machine is located.

The Paris Police Prefecture publishes a pamphlet entitled "Paris in Complete Safety" that provides practical advice and useful telephone numbers for visitors.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.

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Special Terms

Students should review carefully the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process.It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronicallysign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.

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Contacts for More Information

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Paris Links and Resources:

Program Director: Professor Lou Marcus
College of the Arts
School of Art and Art History
Phone: (813) 974-9333

Krissy Loveman
Education Abroad Advisor
USF Education Abroad
Phone: (813) 974-8983


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This program is currently not accepting applications.