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UMD-Spring Break: France: Classical Myths in Paris (CLAS)

Paris, France
Terms offered: 
Spring Break
Program Type: 
Credit Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
Graduate Students Eligible to Apply: 
EA Advisor: 
Maria Barra
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France CLAS
Uncover the surprising classical Greek and Roman influences that have helped shape the city of Paris and the art of France. From a home base on the Left Bank, you will explore the museums and neighborhoods where classical influences are to be found, from the Greek and Roman sculpture in the Louvre to the Champs-Elysées, named for the Elysian Fields of Greek mythology. As you explore Paris, you will investigate the Roman origins of the city, the uses of classical myth in visual art, and the political uses of antiquity in French public monuments such as the Arc de Triomphe and Colonne Vendôme.

Check out this video made by one of our 2018 participants:

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

UMD freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program director (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following one (1) credit UMD courses:

  • CLAS171: Classical Myths in Europe
  • CLAS499P: Independent Study in Classical Languages and Literature: Classical Myths in Europe

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

Students will stay in a small hotel in the heart of Paris, near the Jardin du Luxembourg, in rooms of double or triple occupancy.

Costs are current for spring break 2020. 

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $25
Tuition $680
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $585
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $250
Visa $0
Passport $145
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,000
Course Materials $0
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $150
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

The course is led by Dr. Lillian Doherty, Professor and Chair of Classics, whose training includes a B.A. in French as well as advanced degrees in Classics. Her primary specialty is ancient Greek literature and mythology, which she teaches at all levels from introductory to advanced. Dr. Doherty, who is fluent in French, spent her own junior year in Paris and returns there as often as she can.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Lodging in the heart of Paris, near the Luxembourg Gardens
  • Visiting the Pantheon and Roman Baths in the Latin Quarter
  • Visits to the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and Musée Cluny
  • Walking tours of the Marais and Montparnasse neighborhoods
  • A walk down the Champs-Elysées and visit to the Arc de Triomphe
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring Break 2020 10/01/2019 10/11/2019 03/13/2020 03/22/2020