Living Latin in Paris

Living Latin in Paris

The Letters of Abelard and Héloïse

December 27th, 2022 - January 3rd, 2023

Course Description

Living Latin in Paris is an intensive Latin experience focusing on Medieval Latin and set in Paris. In two seminar-style meetings every day, participants read and discuss Medieval Latin literature, history and culture. To the extent possible, the language of instruction in these seminars is Latin. 

In addition to the daily seminar sessions, the program includes a variety of optional programming designed to build students’ facility in speaking and understanding Latin, as well as lectures on topics relating to Medieval history and culture, and visits to historical sites in Paris and its environs that are relevant to the program’s theme.

In 2022-23 the Living Latin in Paris program read selections from The Letters of Abelard and Héloïse and visited Chartres Cathedral. The theme for Living Latin in Paris 2023-24 will be announced in the summer.


Participants should know the basics of Latin grammar. This usually means the equivalent of one year of college or two years of high-school Latin. No experience speaking Latin is required, but experienced Latin speakers are also encouraged to apply. 

Participants must be 18 years or older. Students under the age of 18 should consider Living Latin in Rome High School.

More information about Living Latin in Paris 2023-24 will be posted here in August. To receive an application as soon as it becomes available, please use this form. For any questions, please email [email protected].