Living Latin in Paris Application and Guidelines

December 27, 2021 to January 3, 2022

Thank you for expressing interest in Living Latin in Paris 2021-2022. We hope that you will join us in the City of Light as part of a group of enthusiastic students of medieval Latin.

Please read these application guidelines thoroughly, then fill out the application linked at the bottom of this page.

Course Description

Living Latin in Paris is a Living Latin experience focusing on Latin texts of the Middle Ages, a rich yet often overlooked period in the history of Latin literature. It takes place in Paris’ medieval Latin Quarter in order to immerse participants in the world of the texts they read. 

The curriculum includes site visits to medieval sites of literary and historical importance in or near the city of Paris, classroom sessions for deeper exploration of medieval Latin texts related to those sites, and lectures on important aspects of medieval thought and culture. 

Throughout the course, participants are encouraged to use Latin as an active living language to communicate with their instructors and each other.

Admission

This program involves the reading of selections of medieval literature in the original Latin, so knowledge of the basics of Latin grammar is necessary to participate. This typically means at least two years of high school or one year of college Latin.

Participants are divided into groups based upon their experience with Latin. Relative beginners will feel welcome and supported in our beginners section, while experienced classicists, including high school teachers, graduate students, and college professors will be challenged in our advanced levels. The ideal group will be varied and complementary, able to help one another learn by playing to each other’s talents and interests.

Housing and other Costs

Participants are free to arrange their own housing in Paris. The Paideia Institute has negotiated discounted group rates with trusted housing providers in hotel accommodations. 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

Airfare, transportation to and from the airport, daily expenses for meals, and spending money are not included in the cost of tuition. The cost of life in Paris can vary greatly depending on one’s tastes, but at the very least we recommend that participants budget €30/day for food. Please consider the exchange rate when planning your budget.

Tuition

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. 

Deposit and Payment Schedule

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required of all participants by October 15, 2021. Our acknowledgment of receipt of this deposit guarantees the student a place in the course. The balance of the tuition fee is due by November 15, 2021.

Travel

Immediately upon notification of admission, students should purchase their airline tickets to arrive in Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport on Monday, December 27, 2021. The course ends on Monday, January 3, 2022.

If you do not have a valid passport, get one immediately. This process can be time consuming and should not be left to the last minute. Due to changes after COVID, passport processing times are delayed significantly.

Cancellation Policy and COVID-19

If Paideia cancels this program due to COVID-19, we will let you know before the balance deadline and provide an online alternative for the cost of the deposit.  You may also request a refund of your deposit if you prefer.

Questions

Please direct all questions to [email protected] or call (609) 429-0734.

Complete the Application

To apply, please complete the following application form by October 1, 2021. Applications received after October 1st will be considered on a rolling basis as space becomes available.

Application Form