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Skidmore College
Skidmore in Paris

Paris - The City

The rugged coastline of Brittany, the rich countryside of the Loire Valley, the splendid villas and indigo skies of the Côte d’Azur, and of course the wonder of Paris are threads in the magnificent tapestry of France. You will find the peace and quiet of picturesque villages, grand châteaux, and lush vineyards alongside cutting-edge fashion, cuisine, and artwork. In addition to its incredible landscape, France boasts a rich cultural history and intense national pride. Literary greats Victor Hugo and Jean-Paul Sartre, world-renowned artists Rodin, Monet, and Degas, influential philosophers Voltaire and Rousseau, legendary musicians Debussy and Ravel, all have contributed to creating the cultural mecca that is modern-day France.

Eiffel Tower

Paris, the “City of Lights,” is home to a multitude of cultural riches and contemporary treasures. The Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame, and the Eiffel Tower represent the traditional architectural beauty of this capital city. But it would be a mistake to believe they embody all that Paris has to offer; Paris’ heart lies in the vibrant student life of the Latin Quarter, the bustling booksellers and local artists along the banks of the Seine, and the intimate cafés haunted by the ghosts of Hemingway and Picasso. Add to this the academic excellence of the Sorbonne and other Paris universities, and you will discover why Paris is the perfect place for our students to experience modern French life.

Paris and its environs will serve as a backdrop and resource each program. Students will visit sites in the city that relate to the classes taken at the centers. Students will navigate the local transportation system in Paris to commute from their housing to classes and places of interest in Paris. On a daily basis, students will live the Parisian lifestyle – taking the metro to get to class, eating lunch at a café, purchasing items at one of the local markets, etc.