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Description of the study abroad program:

Paris Study Abroad will focus on the design of urban aggregates of buildings, infrastructure, and land use, and will analyze the interface between culture and architecture at the scale of the city.

The major assignment is the analysis of an urban condition and responding directly to that analysis in the design of a public space and a related building design for public use. Our design project is the Passage du Caire, an early 19th Century covered shopping arcade. | Studio Site

In addition, we will make an in-depth, on-site analyses of rue l’Hirondelle (street of the swallows), a street that includes structures from the 16th century through the early 20th century. We will make sketch analyses of other sites in Paris.

A significant objective of the course is to have students engage the change of urban conditions over time by demonstrating an understanding of the cultural forces – social, political, economic, aesthetic, religious – that produce change in the urban environment.

We will employ in these analyses formal ordering principles, including the fundamentals of visual perception and the principles and systems of order that inform two and three dimensional design, architectural composition and urban design. We also will incorporate relevant precedents into our architecture and urban design projects, and we will respond to natural and built site characteristics in the development of the project’s program and the design of our project. Instruction will be 5 days per week and Saturdays and Sundays as necessary. A typical day consists of morning lectures and/or studio and time; site analyses and walking tours with instruction during the afternoon and early evening.


Participating faculty for the Paris Program:

Clifton Ellis, Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Academics. Prof. Ellis earned a BA in history and French from Carson-Newman College, his MA in history from the University of Tennessee, and his MA and PhD in architectural history from the University of Virginia.
Henry K. (Hal) Sharp, PhD, Adjunct Professor. Prof. Sharp earned his BA in American history from the University of Virginia, and his MA and PhD in architectural history from the University of Virginia. Prof. Sharp is the field supervisor for the archaeological investigations at Morgantina, Sicily, an ancient Greek city dating to the 6th century BCE.


Since its beginning in 2009, the Paris Program has been led Dean Andrew Vernoy, AIA, Prof. Ellis and Prof. Sharp. Dean Vernooy will be administering a grant program during the summer of 2013 and will not join the program this year.


Projected program dates for the Paris Program:

Saturday, June 8: Check-in, American Residence Hall, Cité Universitaire de Paris. Students must book a flight that leaves no later than the evening of Friday, June 8. Flights to Paris leave in the afternoon or evening of Friday, June 8 and arrive Saturday morning.
Sunday, July 21: Check-out, American Residence Hall.



The total program fee paid to Texas Tech University:

Paris Program estimated at $5,904.68
Paris Program fee includes:

▪ Single room with private bath at the United States Residence, Cité Universitaire de Paris
▪ Classroom space at the Foyer Internationale, Universitaire de Paris
▪ Metro passes for the duration of the program
▪ Weekend tour of the Loire Valley chateaux and the city of Blois
▪ Chartered bus excursion to Chartres with English guide
▪ Day trip and pass to Versailles Palace and Gardens with English guide
▪ Guided tours in English of the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay
▪ On-site orientation by staff of International Studies Abroad (ISA)
▪ 24-hour access to on-call ISA emergency staff member in Paris
▪ Access to ISA offices during business hours for faxing and advising
▪ A welcome supper, Monday, June 11 and farewell supper, Friday, July 20
▪ Faculty accommodations and airfare



The total out-of-pocket expenses for the Paris Program:

Paris estimated at $2,300.00

▪ Meals: $1,050

(estimated at $8 per meal: $25 @ 42 days: $1,050. Complete meals are cheaper at Cité Universitaire and cost about $5 per meal).

▪ Airfare: $1,200

(estimated round trip flight, Dallas or Houston to Paris: $1,200, but probably less)

▪ Miscellaneous: Personal expenses will depend on the spending habits of the individual student.
▪ Insurance: $50 (required)



The total cost of participating in the Paris Program:

Paris Program 9 Hrs of Credit


Program Fee:

$5,904.68

Tuition & Fees (9 hours):

$2,592.36

Sub-Total:

$8,407.94


Sub-Total:

$8,407.94

Out-of-Pocket Expenses:

$2,300.00

Total:

$10,391.41


The 'Program Fee' and 'Out-of-Pocket Expenses' categories are estimates based on past program experiences, and projected costs. This category may vary slightly with the world economy and exchange rates. Out-of-Pocket Expenses may vary widely depending on individual student spending habits.

The 'Tuition & Fees' category is defined by the University. See the program cost comparison page for further details on calcualtion of tuition & fees for Study Abroad programs.


Description of the primary instruction site:

Classroom instruction will be at the | Foyer International des Etudiantes, University of Paris, 93 Boulevard St. Michel

Critiques will be held at the | Maison Etats-Unis, located on the grounds of the | Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, the American Residence Hall, On-site instruction will be held at various locations in Paris, Versaille, and the Loire Valley.



Description of student accommodations:

Students will stay at the United States Residence Hall, which is one of 40 international student residences on the grounds of Cité Universitaire. The American residence was built in 1930 in the Art Deco style. The interiors, including the student rooms, are spacious with perfect proportions and excellent examples of early 20th century design: http://www.feusa.org/ The residence has 267 individual student rooms, each measuring approximately 11 x 14 feet with 10-foot ceilings and large French windows. The rooms we will occupy have private baths. Each room is furnished with a single bed, desk, chair, armchair, and wardrobe. | Directions to the Cité Universitaire | Residence Hall Rules and Regulations (in French; we’ll translate it before you leave):

Common spaces are located on each floor and fully equipped kitchenettes. The residence has two computer rooms, a library, a reading room, a large lounge, a photographic laboratory, television room and a game room.


Description of the typical student transportation in the city:

Students will use most often the Metro system, which includes the RER (regional express network), but also the trolley and bus systems, all of which are accessible with the | Metro pass that is included in the program fee.


The Paris Metro is the second busiest in Europe, next to that of Moscow. The Paris Metro has 16 lines with a total of 133 miles of track. It has the most closely spaced subway stations of any in the world, totaling 245 stations within the 41 square miles that comprise the city of Paris.



Schedule of Paris Program (subject to change):

Friday, June 7: Depart the U.S.
Saturday, June 8: Arrive in Paris and check in to Cité Universitaire;
on-site orientation; [note: airport ground transportation is not included].
Sunday, June 9: Free Day.
Mon., June 10 – Thurs., June 13: Regular Course Schedule. Welcome Dinner in evening.
Friday, June 14: Visit to | Louvre Museum and | Musée d’Orsay.
Sat., June 15 – Sun, June 16: Possible assignments and/or critiques.
Mon., June 17 – Thurs., June 20: Regular Course Schedule.
Friday, June 21: Site visit to | Versailles.
Sat., June 22 – Sun., June 23: Possible assignments and/or critiques.
Mon., June 24 – Thurs., June 27: Regular course schedule.
Fri., June 28 – Sat., June 29: | Loire Valley [overnight]. Visits to the following sites:
| Loire Valley
| Château de Blois
| Château de Chenonceau
| Château de Chambord
Visits to a premiere winery and vineyard, and to a traditional French Cookie Manufacturer.
Sunday, July 1: Free.
Mon., July 1 – Fri., July 5: Regular course schedule.
Sat., July 6 – Sat., July 7: Possible assignments and/or critiques.
Mon., July 8 – Thurs., July 11: Regular course schedule.
Friday, July 12: Site visit to Chartres Cathedral.
Saturday, July 13: BASTILLE DAY! Free.
| Bastille Day
Mon., July 15 – Thurs., July 18: Regular course schedule.
Friday, July 19: Final Critiques and Farewell Dinner.
Saturday, July 20: Free.
Sunday, July 21: Depart Paris [note: airport ground transportation is not included].