The Trinity-in-Paris program began in 2006 and offers students the opportunity to spend a semester or full year of study in a dynamic world city that is the paragon of urban living. It provides students with an excellent vantage point from which to study the history, politics, art, culture, and the economy of Europe, as well as the European Union. Students who are proficient in French can take all of their courses in the language. Beginning and intermediate French language students can make real progress in the language by living it on a daily basis, while taking their courses in English. Students on the program use the city as their classroom, going on regular academic excursions to museums, historical sites, and cultural attractions. They learn through their experience of the city, as well as through academic examination of its institutions and the past, present, and future embodied in its art, architecture, culture, and literature.
Paris is both the capital of France and the country’s largest city. It has over 2 million residents, with a metropolitan area of about 12 million. An important settlement for more than two millennia, Paris today is one of the world's leading business and cultural centers, and its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts contributes to its status as one of the world's major cities. One of the most captivating and beautiful cities in Europe, every street holds some portion of the city’s history. The Eiffel Tower, symbol of the city, dominates the skyline. On the north of the Seine, the Right Bank is home to monumental buildings, grand boulevards, and major museums, including the world-famous Louvre and the Centre de Georges Pompidou. The Left Bank invokes a Bohemian and intellectual atmosphere with its university communities, cafés, restaurants, jazz clubs, and chic boutiques. It is here that the Trinity-in-Paris site has its home.
Students have the opportunity to explore all the artistic treasures and cultural landmarks the city has to offer in the city’s 20 districts (called arrondissements), including Sacré-Coeur at Montmartre; Notre-Dame Cathedral on the Ile de La Cité; the Jardin des Tuileries; and the famous Parisian avenue, the Champs-Elysées. Home to legendary artists, poets, intellectuals, politicians, and scientists, Paris also features one of Europe’s biggest economies and hosts many international organizations, such as UNESCO and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with over 30 million foreign visitors per year.
Fall Semester 2015 - August 29 (arrival date) - December 19, 2015
Spring Semester 2016 - TBA
The program is open to both Trinity and visiting students with a 2.7 GPA who are in good academic and social standing.