Living Latin in Paris

December 27, 2021 - January 3, 2022

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Course Description

Living Latin in Paris is an intensive Latin experience focusing on Medieval Latin and set in Paris. Participants read important Latin texts from the Medieval to the Renaissance period that relate to the city of Paris, the intellectual capital of Medieval Europe. Daily readings are paired with visits to important historical and literary sites in Paris and its environs. Both on site and in the classroom, participants are encouraged to communicate with instructors and each other in Latin. The program's goal is to provide an intensive period of Medieval Latin study while helping participants form strong connections with Medieval Latin literature and culture.


Participants must be over the age of 18 by the time the program starts and 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. Nexus members are particularly encouraged to apply.


Living Latin in Paris is based in Paris’ Quartier Latin, “Latin Quarter” that takes its name from the Medieval students at the Sorbonne, who continued to speak Latin long after the rest of the city had begun speaking French. Classrooms are rented from one of Paris’ last functioning monasteries in Paris located in the 5th arrondissement, the heart of Paris’ student district. 


Participants are free to arrange their own housing in Paris. The Paideia Institute has negotiated discounted group rates with a trusted housing provider in a hotel. Approximate rates for each type of lodging for the duration of the program are listed below. Contact information for housing providers and group discount codes will be provided upon acceptance.

Triple room shared with other program participants: $380

Double room shared with another program participant: $460

Single Hotel Room: $550

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Tuition and Fees

The tuition for Living Latin in Paris is $1600.  This payment covers program instruction, transportation to and from site visits, museum and site admissions, and two group meals.


The Paideia Institute is able to offer a number of full and partial scholarships to participants with financial need. Please visit our scholarships page to learn more.

COVID-19 Contingency Plan

If this program is canceled due to COVID-19, an online alternative will be offered for the price of the deposit.  If you feel more comfortable doing Living Latin from home in 2021, consider our online offerings through Telepaideia.

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