Living Latin in Paris

December 27, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Paris Gargoyle Large

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 December 26, 2015 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

Classes for Living Latin in Paris are held in the monastery of the Congrégation du Saint-Esprit (Holy Ghost Fathers), one of the last remaining monasteries in the Latin Quarter. Le Quartier Latin received its name because the medieval university of Paris had attracted from every corner of Western Europe students who communicated with each other in Latin.

To make the course as accessible as possible to all, there are four housing possibilities of different comfort and price:

(1) a bunk bed in a youth hostel;
(2) one bed in a hotel room shared with another course participant. Participants selecting this option will be matched by gender and age;
(3) a single hotel room;
(4) a hotel room shared with a non-participant.

  • Sorbonne
  • Court
  • Salle
  • Pantheon




Tuition and youth hostel housing: $1750
Tuition and shared hotel room: $2500
Tuition and single hotel room or double room with non-participant: $3000

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

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.