University Honors Program

University Honors Program

Contemporary Paris

Honors seminar with study tour to Paris!

BoKs - DC, HU

This is an interdisciplinary seminar which explores the 21st century city of Paris.  Attention is given to the history of Paris as well, but students concentrate on contemporary Paris, its citizens, its culture and its reality.  Students will also compare Paris with other contemporary cities and will examine their own attitudes toward urban life and travel.  Projects for the course may be completed individually or in teams and may include academic essays as well as creative and innovative projects.  This seminar is taught in English, with group work carried out in French, according to the abilities of the students taking the course.

Tentative Itinerary (Subject to Change)

Students will travel from March 13th - 21st, 2015. 

The group will stay in Paris for the week, experiencing as much of the city as possible during that time.  In addition to major museums and monuments, the experience will be tailored to students' majors, including contemporary architecture, art and music.  The tour will include Versailles, which is a short train ride outside Paris.

Day One: depart CVG for Paris (overnight flight)

Day Two: arrive in Paris, check into hotel. Visit Place des Vosges, Carnavalet, Bastille opera, Victor Hugo house. 

Day Three: flea market, Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle, boat ride on the Seine River. 

Day Four: the Lourve, Orangerie, Rue St Honoré past Elysée Palace

Day Five: Versailles, the Eiffel Tower, Napoleon's tomb, the Latin Quarter

Day Six: Pompidou, museum visits

Day Seven: Saint Germain des Pres, Latin Quarter, Cluny Museum, les Arenes Orsay Museum

Day Eight: Catacombs, Montparnasse, Luxembourg Gardens

Day Nine: depart Paris for CVG 

Course Information

Course details:

  • Course number is FREN3032
  • Class meeting times are MWF 1:25-2:20pm
  • Course Attributes: H, I
  • BoK: DC, HU
  • Credit Hours: 3 
  • Honors seminar

Course Instructor: Dr. Kathryn Lorenz is an Educator Professor of French in the Romance Languages and Literature Department of the University of Cincinnati.  She specializes in Medieval French Literature and also teaches a variety of courses such as Reading French for Graduate Students, Basic French language and a course on Paris. 

Course Expectations

Students are expected to meet the instructor's academic and behavioral expectations during the class time leading up to the travel component. Students who do not meet academic and/or behavioral expectations will not be permitted to travel. Students in this situation will not receive a refund.


Total expected cost to be paid to UC is $2500.  The actual cost per person for UC is $4000, but this will be offset by $1300 grant from University Honors as well as a $200 block grant from UC International, making the actual final cost $2500. All participants will receive these grants. 

Costs include airfare, accommodations, CISI insurance, breakfast at hotel, most museum admission tickets/passes, a Seine river tour and airport transfers.  

Costs do not include meals (other than breakfast and any group meals listed above), baggage fees, passport, some ground transportation, immunizations, visa fees if necessary, personal expenses, souvenirs, etc.


Applications for this seminar are closed.  

Applications for this seminar will open on July 21st, 2014 and will be due on September 15th, 2014.  An interview with the faculty leader may be required as part of the application process. This seminar is capped at 20 students.

UC undergraduates who are not in the University Honors Program are welcome and encouraged to apply to participate, provided the student has a cumulative university GPA of 3.4 or above. Graduate students are not eligible to enroll. 

Travel Documents

In order to travel outside the United States, you will need to have a passport that is valid for at least six months after your return; for this course, that means September 2015.  To find the forms you need to apply for or renew your passport, go to the Passport page on the US State Department's website.  New passports regualrly cost $135 while renewals cost $110.

Vaccinations and Health Precautions
Contact your physician to discuss what vaccinations and heath precautions are recommended, if any. All participants should carefully read the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's webpage for France.   

Contact the faculty director Dr. Kathryn Lorenz or Neil Choudhury in UHP.