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Why Paris, Rome and Madrid?
Why study abroad in one great European city during the summer when you can explore the cultural heritage of Paris, Rome, and Madrid?
In this six-and-a-half-week program, you will explore how art and architecture have affected urban development, life, and culture in three fascinating European capitals, and how museums preserve, develop, study, and display their collections for the benefit of the public.
What You'll Study
Start your program in Paris, where you’ll begin to appreciate how these cities have developed around the central idea of cultural heritage and patrimony. It’s here you’ll start your two cross-Center courses that will then take you to Rome, and finally to Madrid for two weeks in each city. Your courses will integrate class time with course- related trips to art and cultural management institutions, including visits to well-known museums such as the Musée d’Orsay, the Vatican Museum, and El Prado.
During your coursework, you will study how art, architecture, and monuments have, at different times and in different ways, affected life and culture in the cities of Paris, Rome, and Madrid. You will also examine past and current strategies adopted to preserve, enhance, and communicate cultural heritage, and how major challenges facing museums in the 21st century can be addressed.
During your coursework, you will study how art, architecture, and monuments have at different times and in different ways affected urban development, life, and culture in Paris, Rome, and Madrid. You will also examine past and current strategies adopted to preserve, enhance, and communicate cultural heritage, and how major challenges facing museums in the 21st century can be addressed.
You'll enroll in two required courses for a total of 6 credits (3 credits per course)
Cities as Living Museums
Museums and Heritage: Management, Conservation and Dissemination of Collections and Cultural Patrimony
This program includes exciting course-related excursions that allow you to learn first-hand about the challenges of managing and preserving cultural heritage in the context of a modern and global economy. Course-related excursions are required, integral academic components of this program. The cost of the excursions is included in the IES Abroad program fee. Possible course-related excursion destinations include:
Paris - Opera, Montmartre, Pompidou Center, Musée d’Orsay, National Museum of Art
Rome - Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Cathedral of Rome, Colosseum, Villa of Cardinal Scipione Boghese, Vatican Museums, Forums of Caesar, Augustus, Nerva, Trajan
Madrid - El Prado, Reina Sofia Museum, El Escorial, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Toledo
Your courses will integrate class time with course-related excursions to art and cultural management institutions, such as visits to well-known museums like the Louvre, El Prado, and the Vatican Museum.
Part of making you feel at home in Europe, is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
1 day before classes begin in Paris, followed by one-day orientations in Rome and Madrid, introducing you to the staff and the city in each location
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Paris, it will feel like home.
Apartments -Furnished apartments with kitchen area and shared or ensuite bathrooms. Meals are not included.
Get to Know Your New City
Get More Monet For Your Money!
Spend all the time you want in the many museums of Paris like the Musée d’Orsay with cheap ticket prices thanks to your IES Abroad student card.
Bask in the Good Life at the Place des Vosges
This stately square features arched arcades, and gorgeous 17th- and 18th-century apartment buildings surrounding an immaculate garden. Grab a cup of coffee, have a seat on a bench, and take in the surroundings.
Picnic by the Seine
Watch boats and share brie on baguettes with friends, then dance while live bands play on the river banks.
Explore the Parc de la Villette
This massive park is home to a canal, themed gardens, museums, a cinema, and large architectural sculptures.
Encore! Encore! Enjoy the Theatre
Experience ballet and opera performances under a ceiling painted by Marc Chagall at the Palais Garnier opera house.
Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.