IES-Paris and Rome: Museums, Art and Culture

Program Details

Program Location Paris, France
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33018
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2024 05/20/24 to 07/17/24
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Why study abroad in one great European city during the summer when you can explore the cultural heritage of Paris and Rome?

In this eight week program, you will explore how art and architecture have affected urban development, life, and culture in these fascinating European capitals, and how museums preserve, develop, study, and display their collections for the benefit of the public.

Start your program in Rome, where you'll begin to appreciate how these cities have developed around the central idea of cultural heritage and patrimony. You will learn about the development of the history of art as you move chronologically from the Eternal City (ancient art) to the City of Light (modernism), with an included multi-day excursion to Tuscany intended to bridge the gap between medieval and Renaissance transitions in the social functions and aesthetics of art and museums. Your courses will integrate class time with course-related trips to art and cultural management institutions, including visits to well-known museums such as the Vatican Museum and the Musée d’Orsay.

During your coursework, you'll study how art, architecture, and monuments have, at different times and in different ways, affected life and culture in Rome and Paris. You will also examine past and current strategies adopted to preserve, enhance, and communicate cultural heritage, and how major challenges facing museums in the 21st century can be addressed.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IES.


The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

You will enroll in two courses for a total of 6 credits. The Museums & Beyond courses are designed to help you discover the richness, complexity, and variety of museums and cultural preservation in three capital cities.

Students will select one course in each location, based on your interest or curricular needs. All courses are 3 credits and are taught at the IES Center by local faculty. Possible course offerings include:

  • Public Spaces, Private Lives: The Splendour of Roman Art
  • Rome as a Living Museum
  • History of Paris in Art and Architecture
  • 19th Century Art: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

See IES website for full course information. 


This program includes exciting course-related trips that allow you to learn first-hand about the challenges of managing and preserving cultural heritage in the context of a modern and global economy.

Possible destinations include:


  • Opera
  • Montmartre
  • Pompidou Center
  • Musée d’Orsay
  • National Museum of Art


  • Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Cathedral of Rome
  • Colosseum
  • Villa of Cardinal Scipione Borghese
  • Vatican Museums
  • Forums of Caesar, Augustus, Nerva, Trajan



Students will be housed in shared apartments with other program participants in both locations. All housing is arranged by IES.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.
Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.
Program fee includes tuition, housing, insurance, field trips, orientation and support from IES staff.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2023

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $5,744.00
Study Abroad Fee $609.40
Housing $2,071.00
Insurance $135.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $850.00
Local Transportation $200.00
Books and Supplies $200.00
Meals $1,450.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $800.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Summer Feb 1

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email