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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Guthrie, Nancy Program Director: Taoutel, Jean-Pierre
Housing Options: Dormitory, International House Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: French
Online Course Catalog Available: No Sponsor: Iowa State
ISU Course: INT ST 295X, INT ST 395A
Program Description:

Cathedrals of France: Religious Beliefs and Spirituality in Medieval France

Live in Paris, discover the major cathedrals – Unesco’s World Heritage sites - of France, visit five fascinating French regions, and explore the French lifestyle beyond the cliché.

 (The application deadline has been extended on a rolling basis until program is filled)

Cathedrals Poster
                                             *Program Dates: June 05-25, 2018*

Location: Paris, France with field trip to Chartres, Amiens, Rouen and Reims.

Academics: Earn 3 credits of International Studies 395A.

“Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral”. Robert Louis Stevenson.


Program Description
Often tourists visit cathedrals because they are “must see” monuments on a “to do” list. Unfortunately, the eye of the rushed tourist cannot deeply appreciate and understand the spiritual and artistic meaning lying behind each part of a cathedral.
The seminar, offered to students of all majors (History, Religion, World Languages, Architecture, etc.), will broaden your understanding of and acquaintance with the rich cultural and spiritual history of French cathedrals. You will visit the major Gothic cathedrals in France and will compare them to gain a better understanding of the different aesthetic ideals behind these amazing masterpieces. You will also reflect on the essence of spirituality in Medieval France and learn about the main pilgrimages routes in France and their connection to these cathedrals.

During this three-week, three-credit program, you will:
Discover the most beautiful cathedrals of France (Paris, Chartres, Amiens, Rouen, Reims) and examine the magnificence of their architecture, spirituality, and aesthetic ideals.

Enhance your knowledge about the building of cathedrals and their importance in history, art, literature, and culture in France and across Europe.

Examine the rich cultural and spiritual history of French cathedrals and the essence of religious beliefs in Medieval France.

Learn about the history of France through the cultural artifacts of art and architecture.

Explore one topic in depth for a final project.

Get inspired! Throughout history, cathedrals have been a source of inspiration for artists and provided a focus for reflection for every visitor. Why not you?

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Cathedral and Museum Visits
The seminar course will be based in Paris with day-trips to visit the other major cathedrals in Chartres, Amiens, Rouen and Reims. In each city, you will visit the following places:
Paris (Île-de-France region)
  • Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris
  • Basilica of St Denis
  • Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés
  • Sainte-Chapelle
  • Louvre Museum
  • Orsay Museum
  • Cluny Museum (National Museum of the Middle Ages) 
With the program being based in Paris, you will have the opportunity to visit many other major sites in the French capital. There is something for every taste!
Chartres (Centre-Val de Loire region)
  • Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Chartres
  • Centre International du Vitrail (Stained-Glass Center) 
Amiens (Picardy region)
  • Cathedral of Notre-Dame d’Amiens
  • The treasures of Amiens Cathedral 
Rouen (Normandy region)
  • Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Rouen
  • Church of Joan of Arc
  • Church of Saint-Maclou 
Reims (Champagne region)
  • Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims
  • Basilica of St Rémi
  • Palais du Tau (Palace of the Archbishop of Reims) 

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Program fee (estimated cost): $2500 (you can’t beat this price for a three-week program in Paris!).
What is included in the program fee?
- Lodging in an International House (dormitory style) in Paris
- Breakfast + one meal (picnic lunch or dinner)
- Transportation (subway passes and train tickets)
- Health and emergency insurance
- Entrance fees to all visited sites 

What is NOT included in the program fee?
- Airfare (check out reasonable prices by purchasing your ticket ahead of time)
- Tuition for 3 credits. All participants receive $750 tuition award for 3 credits (summer only).
- Personal expenses (other meals, incidentals, passport) 

As a student, you can have access to the several “Restaurants Universitaires” (student dining halls) located in Paris.  The price of a meal is around $5. Make sure to present your International student ID ($25) to receive the discounted price.

Scholarships and Financial Aid: most scholarships and financial aid apply. Talk with your scholarship administrator or representatives from the Financial Aid Office. In general, financial aid received to attend the Iowa State university may be applied toward the cost of studying abroad. Aid eligibility is adjusted to reflect the total cost of participating in the program. In addition, students are encouraged to apply for need -and merit- based scholarships awarded by their college and the Study Abroad Center. (See Affording to Go on the Study Abroad Center website).

Who is eligible? Undergraduate and graduate students from all majors and colleges are welcome. There are no language prerequisites. English is the language of instruction.

Chartres Shop

For more information contact the program director:

Jean-Pierre Taoutel, Program Director
2239 Pearson hall***
***feel free to stop by my office in 2239 Pearson Hall for a cup of tea and a chat about cathedrals.


More coming soon!!

This program is currently not accepting applications.