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 seven-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.
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 Madrid for two weeks in each city. Your courses will integrate class time with course-related excursions to art and cultural management institutions, including visits to well-known museums such as the Musée d’Orsay, Vatican Museum, and El Prado.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Upon arrival in Paris, Rome and Madrid, you will participate in a 1-day orientation to introduce you to the program, center staff, and city.
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:
About the Center
The Multi-Location: Museums & Beyond: Art & Culture in Paris, Madrid & Rome Program takes place at three distinct IES Abroad Centers.
The Paris Business and International Affairs Center is located in the 15th arrondissement, in a residential area near the Convention and rue de Vaugirard metro stops. The area has many shops and is served by public transportation.
The Rome Center is situated in the heart of Rome along the Tiber River across from the Castel Sant’Angelo. It is a newly renovated 1920s-era building within walking distance of the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and the Vatican.
The Madrid Center is located in the heart of the Universidad Complutense’s main campus, inside the San Agustín residence hall. There are two museums—the Museo de América and the Museo del Traje—within walking distance of the Center.
ABOUT THE CENTER DIRECTORS
IES Abroad Paris Business and International Affairs
Nathalie Lenfant has been with IES Abroad Paris since 1998. She was named Associate Director of the Paris French Studies program in 2002, and became the Director of the Paris Business and International Affairs program when it opened in 2007. She holds a Licence degree in English with a specialization in American Civilization from the University of Poitiers, as well as a certificate in translation and interpretation. She has a graduate degree from the Ecole Supérieure de Traducteur Interprète et Commerce Extérieur and from the Catholic University of Lille. During her studies, she spent a year as a foreign exchange student in Richmond, Virginia and a summer at Oregon State University. Prior to joining IES Abroad, Mme. Lenfant worked at the French National Office of AFS (American Field Service) as a regional coordinator of volunteering and as a coordinator of housing, intercultural training, and student activities.
Dott. Gianni Ponti
IES Abroad Rome
Dott. Ponti is an archaeologist specialized in Imperial Roman architecture. After earning a BA in Classics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dott. Ponti obtained a Laurea in archaeology from the University of Rome. He has worked on a number of archaeological excavations in the Mediterranean, including Troy, Aphrodisias, and Leptis Magna. His studies and research focus on the use of marble in Roman construction, the ancient marble trade, quarrying and carving techniques. Dott. Ponti has worked on a number of excavations in Rome, including the Palatine Hill and the Imperial Fora. He has done research for the Department of Antiquities on a number of conservation projects including the Ara Pacis, the Column of Trajan and the Arch of Constantine. He is currently directing an excavation at the Villa of Maxentius on the Via Appia, as well as conducting architectural studies at Leptis Magna, Libya, with the Università di Rome Tre. Dott. Ponti has taught at the Istituto Centrale del Restauro of the Department of Antiquities and is currently Archaeology Advisor of the American Academy in Rome. He has been teaching archaeology courses at IES Abroad Rome since 2004. Starting in 2007 he became the Academic Dean of the Rome Center, and, in 2013, became the IES Abroad Rome Center Director.
Elvira Muñoz, Ph.D.
IES Abroad Madrid
Dr. Elvira Muñoz has been the IES Abroad Madrid Center Director since 2005. She served a two-year appointment as Associate Director for the Education Abroad program at the University of California Madrid. Her association with the University of California began at UCLA, where she was a Lecturer and Associate Undergraduate Vice Chair of the Mathematics Department, 2000–2002, and visiting Assistant Professor, 1995–2000. Dr. Muñoz received two Distinguished Teaching awards during her career at UCLA. She has also taught mathematics at State University of New York at Stony Brook, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Mathematics from Université Paris Xi, and a B.S. in Mathematics from Universidad de Salamanca. Her experience abroad also includes work and study in Germany, Sweden, and Brazil.