Living Latin in Paris Application and Guidelines

December 27, 2019 to January 4, 2020 

Thank you for expressing interest in Living Latin in Paris 2019-2020, a program run by the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study. 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 the application guidelines below, then complete and submit the application available for download below by October 1, 2019.

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.


This course will appeal to students of diverse backgrounds and interests. The minimum requirement for participation is a thorough knowledge of the basics of Latin grammar. Advanced undergraduates, high school teachers, and graduate students in classics or related fields will all find themselves challenged and engaged. The ideal group of students will complement each other and help one another learn by sharing their varied talents and interests. 

One letter of recommendation is also required. All applications for admission and a letter of recommendation must be received by October 1, 2019. Letters of recommendation should be sent by your recommender directly to [email protected]

Academic Credit

The Paideia Institute does not grade its students or offer university credit for this course. Students interested in applying for credit through their home institution can choose to take an optional final examination. All students can receive a certificate of completion upon request.


The Paideia Institute is able to offer a triple or quad hotel room shared with other participants of the same gender in the Hotel Marignan. Alternatively, participants may choose to find their own housing nearby. 

Tuition and Costs

For tuition and housing, the price of the course is $1750. For tuition without housing, the price of the course is $1350.

Airfare, daily expenses for meals, and spending money are not included in the cost of tuition. Paris is expensive; at the very least, we recommend that students budget €20/day for food. (This means shopping in supermarkets and eating picnic-style.) Please consider the current exchange rate when planning your budget.

Deposit and Payment Schedule

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required of all participants by October 15, 2019. Our acknowledgment of receipt of this deposit guarantees the student a post in the course. The remainder of the tuition and housing fee (i.e. $1250 or $800, depending on the housing option) is due November 15, 2019.


Immediately upon notification of admission, students should purchase their airline tickets to arrive in Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport on December 27, 2019. The course ends January 4, 2020 and housing arrangements end on January 4. Those wishing to remain in Paris beyond this date should make their own arrangements for accommodation.

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.


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, 2019. Applications received after October 1st will be considered on a rolling basis until the program is full, at which point, a notice will be posted on this page.

Application Form