Living Latin in Paris

December 27, 2019 - January 4, 2020

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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.

Classroom and Housing

Student housing and classrooms for Living Latin in Paris are located in the Latin Quarter. Le Quartier Latin takes its name from the Medieval students at the Sorbonne, who continued to speak Latin long after the rest of Europe had begun speaking the vernacular languages. 

Course participants can stay in triple or quadruple rooms with other participants in the Hotel Marignan. Participants selecting this option will be matched by gender and age. Alternatively, participants may elect to find and pay for their own housing in Paris. We recommend staying in the Latin Quarter, so as to be close to the classroom and meeting spots. There are many comfortable and affordable options in the area, for example the Hotel Cujas.

For photos of classrooms and accommodation click here.

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    The Program take place in the Latin Quarter, in the vicinity of the Sorbonne.
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    The course is hosted in the Monastery of Saint Esprit, one of the last functioning monasteries in Paris.
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    Classes take place in classrooms located within the monastery.
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    Participants may stay in shared hotel rooms in the Latin Quarter.

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Academic Credit

Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are also available for this program at no cost.


  • Tuition with housing: $1750
  • Tuition without housing: $1350

Request an Application

Students of at least 18 years of age and at least an intermediate knowledge of Latin grammar are invited to apply. This usually means at least one year of college or two years of high school Latin.