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COAD in Paris (Fall semester)
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Fall Semester
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Housing Options: Apartment (shared) APA Program Type: Summer Programs
Credit Type: LSU courses & credit APA Advisor: Jill Clemmons
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COAD in Paris 2018

Let's geaux to Paris!

The city of Paris is the perfect place to study architecture.  The "City of Lights" has been an important location for artists for centuries.  This is your chance to live, study, create, and explore in Paris!
Walk through the Latin Quarter, explore Montparnasse, visit Notre Dame, stand under the Arc de Triomphe, and take in the views from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

You'll study at the CEA Study Center in the 3rd arrondissement, which is just blocks from the famed Pompidou Center, the Hotel de Ville, and Notre Dame and ideally situated for exploring the city.  Courses are held Monday-Thursday, giving you time on the weekends to work in studio and explore the city.  

You'll also have the chance to explore around Paris through daytrips included in the program fee.  Possible locations include:

  • Fountainbleau
  • Chartres
  • Chantilly/Pierrefonds
  • Rambouillet
  • Reims
  • Rouen

Want to meet the students and faculty who will be going with you to Paris this fall?  Join our Facebook group!

Dates & Costs

Start Date
End Date
Program Fee
LSU Tuition & Fees (12 hours)
LSU Tuition & Fees (12 hours)
Aug 26 Dec 15 $11,800 instate: $TBD
out of state: $TBD
instate: $TBD
out of state: $TBD

Eiffel Tower from train

Program Fee Includes

  • Housing in shared apartments
  • Welcome dinner
  • Cruise/tour on the Seine River
  • Fieldtrips and cultural events
  • Ground transportation on fieldtrips
  • Studio space
  • x3 daytrips and x1 overnight excursion outside Paris
  • Pickup from the airport in Paris 
  • Health insurance

Housing: There will be 2-6 students per apartment, with two or three students per bedroom. Students will share bathrooms within the apartment.  The kitchens are fully equipped with pots/pans, dishes, silverware, cups, and glasses.  The apartments have internet access.  Bedding, bed linens, and one bath towel per student is provided.  

CEA Paris Study Center: located at 6 rue due Braque in the Marais District; wireless available throughout (students are encouraged to bring their own laptops); classes are offered Monday-Thursday; studio space will be available Monday-Saturday; 

Program Fee Does NOT Include

Tuition and Fees: You must pay tuition and fees for all courses you take through LSU.  The tuition you pay is based on whether or not you are a resident of Louisiana.  If you are an out of state student, you will pay out of state tuition and fees for all courses taken through LSU.

mikeonaplaneAirfare: Each student arranges his/her own roundtrip airfare.  Your Program Director will let you know when you should purchase airfare. You should not purchase a ticket until you are told to do so.

Once you are told to purchase airfare, you should plan to fly out of the US on August 26, so that you arrive at Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport in Paris on August 27.  You must arrive before 6:00pm on August 27 (most transatlantic flights arrive in the AM). 

Your return flight home should be scheduled for December 15.

Spending money: You should plan for spending money to cover meals, snacks, souvenirs, transportation during your free time, and outings with friends.  If you use the kitchens on your apartment to prepare meals, a realistic budget would be $20/day or $2400/semester for food.  If you plan to travel outside of Paris on the weekends, a realistic amount to budget would be $1500/semester.


Course Description Credit Hours
ARCH 4032 Beton Brute: Vernacular Architecture and Material Culture 3
ARCH 4221 History of Paris: an Architectural Perspective 3
ARCH 5202 Vieux....Nouveau: La Condition Urbaine Contemporaine 6

ARCH 4032 - Beton Brute: Vernacular Architecture and Material Culture
Beton Brute will delve into the origins and development of the architecture/tectonic culture of France.  From the 19th century to the present, French architects and engineers have been at the forefront of material innovation and application. 

Beton Brute will investigate the construction languages of French architecture through the specific lens of concrete and trace the influence of material innovation and application within the built environment.

This seminar will also look at how the constructed culture established a built existence, past and present.  To gain understanding of the historical condition, the course will review the many influential structures with site observations.

To gain understanding of the contemporary condition, the course will look at what has been constructed in the last 200 years and the modifications made to the original material language.  By looking at the past and the present tectonic culture, a more astute reading can be made on the role buildings have in defining history.

ARCH 5202 - Vieux....Nouveau: La Condition Urbaine Contemporaine
Through this course, you will understand and question the role of the old and the new in the Parisian built environment; understand the development and evolution of the historical and contemporary built architecture of the urban environment; and reinforce and extend your knowledge and skills needed to identify, evaluate, and develop appropriate design concepts.

Because the program ends after the deadline for submitting grades to LSU for fall semester, all students will initially receive I (incomplete) grades.  Those I grades will be changed to the permanent letter grades by the end of January.


May 1 3:00pm Student Orientation (107 Atkinson Hall)
July 18 Fall fee bills are available via myLSU
Aug 2 Fall fee bills are due
Aug 26 Depart USA
Aug 27 Arrive in Paris; move into apartment; onsite orientation activity
Aug 28 AM orientation; welcome lunch; PM orientation meeting
Aug 29 AM orientation; PM orientation; boat tour on the Seine river
Aug 30 Student fair (activity sign-up); orientation
Aug 31 Student fair (activity sign-up); orientation
Sept 3 First day of classes
Nov 1 All Saints Day; CEA Study Center closed
Nov 11 Armistice Day; CEA Study Center closed
Dec 15 Program ends; fly home or explore Europe on your own

Please note: this itinerary is tentative and subject to change


Faculty Member Department Photo
Mr. Robert Holton, AIA, NCARB
Program Director
School of Architecture Robert Holton

Eligibility & Withdrawal

thinkerIn order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate students).
  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
  • Be an upper-division undergraduate or graduate student in the School of Architecture
  • Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
  • Have the prerequisites for the courses you take


Application Deadline
April 6, 2018

Although the application deadline is April 6, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program. Students at other universities must send in a check or money order (made payable to "Louisiana State University") for the $500 deposit along with their applications.

The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after February 16, 2018.

Payment Deadlines: the $500 deposit is put on your billing statement when you are accepted into the program and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and tuition/fees for the courses will appear on your summer fee bill.  Those fee bills are available via myLSU in early May and are due in late May (specific dates TBD by the Registrar).

If you withdraw from the program: After February 16, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program. The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw. The withdrawal schedule is:

Date Withdrawal Costs
February 16
$500 deposit is non-refundable; student is obligated to pay for any non-refundable reservations the program has already paid, or is already contractually obligated to pay, on the student's behalf

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