City of Paris


Paris is one of the world’s most evocative and inspiring cities with a reputation for history and culture unmatched by any other European capital.

Originally settled by a tribe known as the Parisii over two thousand years ago, it has since been conquered by Romans, besieged by Huns and Vikings, wracked by bitter royal and aristocratic feuds, religious conflicts, and revolutions, and occupied by the Nazis during the Second World War. Yet despite its turbulent history, Paris boasts the most monumental cityscape in the world, as awesome in its grandeur as it is endearing in its familiarity.

The greatest artists, authors, and thinkers of the Western world have been inspired by Paris. Philosophers Thomas Aquinas, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Sartre; writers Victor Hugo, Balzac, and Proust; and painters Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir all lived, worked, and left their legacies in this city.

From Foucault’s pendulum in the Panthéon to da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in the Louvre, students have limitless opportunities to enjoy a summer of intellectual and cultural discovery in one of Europe’s most exhilarating cities.