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TCNJ Paris – Maymester

 May 11-June 2, 2014

TCNJ Maymester in Paris and the South of France – 2014

AAH 270 – Landmarks: Paris (1 unit, Liberal Learning Elective in Literary, Visual and Performing Arts and Global – Students needing a Liberal Learning course in Gender may request this from Assistant Provost Bob Anderson)

Program Directors: Dr. Lois Fichner-Rathus, Professor of Art History and Dr. Lee Ann Riccardi, Associate Professor of Art History

No Pre-Requisites, Language Requirements, or GPA Restrictions – Open to all students (including current first-year students)

Paris Program Meet-and-Greet:
Monday, December 9th
2pm   AIMM 214
Bonjour tout le monde!
If you have enrolled in the Paris Maymester Study Abroad program, please come by on Monday to  meet the other participants! If you are still deciding–or are just beginning to investigate the program–you are invited to come with your questions and, of course, your enthusiasm. We look forward to seeing you all.


Apply Now!  (click on this link to access the online application – use your TCNJ username and password)

What a magnificent opportunity to get to know Paris, its most important landmarks and works of art, and the most impressive sights in the proverbial “south of France!”  Veteran TCNJ faculty program directors Dr. Lois Fichner-Rathus (author of the popular college art history textbook Understanding Art, now in its tenth edition) and Dr. Lee Ann Riccardi, a specialist in the classical period, will lead students to France and showcase the most important sites of artistic and archaeological significance from Roman Gaul to the Centre Pompidou of the modern era.  There are no pre-requisites for this program – students without any prior background in art or art history are more than welcome to join in the adventure!

Where will students go in the program?

paris-1Paris – Paris is the base for the first two weeks of the program.  Students will have the opportunity to unpack their suitcases and delve into their study of French art and architecture.  After orienting themselves in one of the famed Batauex Parisiens upon arrival, the group will enjoy five walking tours of the French capital and visit more than a dozen of its most impressive museums, religious buildings, gardens, and civic institutions.  Here are some of the highlights of the program:

Walking tours will focus on the Latin Quarter, the Marais, the Champs-Elysées, and the Place du Trocadéro, and there will be a special tour focusing on the work of Haussmann, who re-designed Paris in the second half of the nineteenth century.  Oh, and of course there is the Eiffel Tower!

Students will have a free weekend to continue their exploration of Paris or go farther afield to London, Amsterdam, or Strasbourg! (Independent travel outside of Paris is not included in the program fee.)

chartres-1Excursion to Versailles and Chartres – Louis XIV, the Sun King, and his palace at Versailles will be the focus of the first half of this day trip.  The palace played a tremendous role in both the political and cultural life of the French Empire, and it’s a site not to be missed.  Chartres is one of France’s most impressive cathedral cities, and students will have a chance to explore the city for an afternoon.

Excursion to Saint-Denis –  Saint-Denis is a suburb of Paris that is home to the famous Saint-Denis Basilica, where French kings were buried for centuries.  The basilica has a tremendous history – so many religious wars and disputes were played out here, and the basilica has much to teach students about art, religion, and history.

Excursion to Reims – Students will spend the day at Reims’ 800-year-old cathedral, one of the world’s finest example of Gothic architecture.  A UNESCO world heritage site, the Cathedral provides an example of post-war restoration; Reims Cathedral sustained significant damage in World War I, and students will learn about how the cathedral was restored to its original grandeur.

Avignon,_Palais_des_Papes_depuis_Tour_Philippe_le_Bel_by_JM_RosierSouth of France – This region of France has “seen it all” – from Roman baths to decadent celebrity bashes along the Mediterranean.  After a quick visit to Marseilles, students will visit Aix-en-Provence to see the Musée Granet and then Arles to tour its Archaeological Museum. Finally, Avignon, once home to the papacy during a period of religious schism in the Catholic church, provides students with a magnificent Papal Palace and the Pont du Gard to explore.

As we await the final price for the program, we do know that students will fly to Paris and fly home from Marseilles.  Students will pay TCNJ for tuition and fees, accommodations in France, land and train transportation in France, all museum and garden entrances, and several group meals.  When students are housed in hotels, breakfasts will also be included.  Airfare will not be included in the TCNJ program fee, but TCNJ will organize a group flight.  (Students will pay the travel agent directly.)

2014 Price = $5,222

Program Cost Includes:

  • Tuition
  • $150 Application Fee
  • $500 Program Deposit Fee
  • Accommodations
  • Breakfasts and Some Additional Meals
  • Land Transportation
  • Entrance Fees
  • Insurance

Program Cost Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Some Additional Meals
  • Personal Expenses

Students have two payment options – they may enroll in the Sallie Mae Payment Plan (follow this link, scroll to “Summer Faculty-Led Program,” and follow enrollment instructions) to pay in installments or pay-in-full for the program fee (travel-related expenses, not including airfare) by February 21, 2014.   Tuition and fee charges ($1,631.97 for in-state and out-of-state students) would be applied to your account in the regular summer school cycle, payable by April 21, 2014.   The $500 fee charged to students upon program acceptance is applied toward the program fee and is not an additional charge.  Please contact the CGE for more information.

Withdrawal from Program – There may be financial penalties for students who withdraw from a faculty-led program after acceptance and payment of the $500 confirmation fee.  Please review our withdrawal policy and contact the CGE if you have any questions.

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