Paris Summer

Trinity in Paris is pleased to announce a summer program in the City of Light. Students will study marketplaces, boutiques, and the culture of shopping in Paris with Jean-Marc Kehres, Associate Professor of Language and Culture Studies.

Course Features

  • Enroll in “Shoppers’ Paradise” (PARI 120)
  • Explore course themes through immersive site visits and field experiences

Course Description:

Described as “the City of Light,” Paris is also hailed as the capital of luxury boutiques and prestigious fashionable shopping streets. Students will explore the urban, architectural, social and ideological development of commercial practices in the French capital through visits of historical commercial spaces such as the eighteenth-century Palais royal square, nineteenth-century passages and department stores (Le Bon Marché opened in 1852), and the more subversive (?) flea market of Saint Ouen. This course will also include visits of museums (Musée Carnavalet) and the discovery of the brand new commercial and cultural Forum des Halles, the reading of articles and literary texts, (excerpts of Émile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin and A Ladies Paradise). Students who want to take the course for credit in French will be able to read the original texts in French and write their research paper in French.


Based in the heart of Paris, students attend class each weekday morning at the Trinity in Paris space and have excursions throughout the city in the afternoons and on the weekends.

Week one excursions:

  • Montmartre
  • Sacré-Coeur
  • Musée du Louvre
  • Le Bon Marche
  • Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs
  • Place des Vosges
  • Cognacq-Jay Museum
  • Drouot Auction House
  • Fontainebleau castle

Week two excursions:

  • ​the Passages
  • Le Bon Marché>
  • Le Printemps and Galerie Lafayette
  • Musée d'Orsay
  • Paris Opera
  • Palais de Versailles

Week three excursions:

  • Saint Ouen Flea Market
  • Petit Palais Museum
  • Forum des Halles

Housing and Meals

Students will live in shared rooms at  FIAP, a student residence building centrally located in the 14th arrondissement of Paris. Two meals a day are included at the FIAP cafeteria.

A welcome and farewell dinner is included. Students are responsible for all other meals.


May 26, 2018 (students must arrive before 1:00pm Paris time at Charles De Gaulle Airport) - June 16, 2018 (students depart from Paris)​


Comprehensive program fee: TBA (included: tuition, housing, excursions, some meals) ​2018 program fees are subject to change.

Eligibility & How to Apply

Students should be in good academic and social standing. No previous language experience required. To apply, complete online application.


Space is limited and students are encouraged to apply early. The Office of Study Away reserves the right to modify, suspend, or cancel any Trinity-sponsored study away program that is under-enrolled.

Application Deadline:

Mar. 15, 2018


*Late acceptance may be possible. Please contact a Study Away Advisor for more information.


Professor Jean-Marc Kehres:

Office of Study Away Advisor Lindsay Oliver: