• Summer Travel Study

    Art History:

    Medieval Art
    History in Paris

  • Summer Travel Study

    Art History:

    Medieval Art
    History in Paris

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    Summer Travel Study

    Art History:

    Medieval Art
    History in Paris

  • Summer Travel Study

    Art History:

    Medieval Art
    History in Paris


2016 Travel Study Scholarship winner Alheli Tostado shares her experience on this program through her program blog & Instagram page!

Check out Program Correspondent Alheli Tostado's Guide to Student Life in Paris and Student Guide to Food in Paris!

2015 Travel Study Scholarship winner Allison Planck shares her experience on this program

Spend a month in the city where Gothic architecture, with its resplendent walls of stained glass, developed in the 12th century, spreading quickly to become the preferred style across most of Europe. 

During this period Paris was the capital of European culture, serving as the center of the exalted royal court and boasting the first university, the largest urban population, and some of the most beautiful art and architecture in the West. 

Learn how the prestige that defines Paris to this very day traces back to the Middle Ages.

This program employs the city of Paris—its medieval monuments such as Notre-Dame and the Sainte-Chapelle, as well as its unparalleled museums such as the Louvre and the Cluny museum—as a basis for the study of medieval art, architecture, and urban-national history.


Required Courses: 

AH 21 — Introduction to Medieval Art (5 quarter units)

Art History majors who have taken AH 21 may substitute with AH C115F

Art History 21 provides an introduction to the visual culture of Western Europe over a period of approximately one thousand years, from about 313 AD to 1350 AD, an era normally called “The Middle Ages.”

This is the time when the diverse cultures of Europe were transformed from settlements or cities in the Roman Empire into the contemporary nation-states of England, France, Germany, and Italy that we know today. The objects (and some texts) that we will study in this course illuminate the fascinating and turbulent history of Western Europe.

In lectures and discussion sections, we will examine objects in relation to the complex social, historical, and cultural contexts that contributed to their production and reception, considering their function and use as well.

By the end of the course, you will be familiar with the individual properties of these objects and also understand how they fit into the “bigger picture” of world history. 

AH 21 can be applied towards the Visual and Performance Arts Analysis and Practice UCLA GE requirement. 

AH C115F — Medieval Paris (4 quarter units)

Art History C115F examines the history of Paris from its humble beginnings as a Gallic settlement through its emergence in the high Middle Ages as the cultural and political capital of France, using the city’s art and architecture as a basis for a broader examination of medieval culture.

Students will become familiar with the history, art, and architecture of Paris through the exploration of its stunning monuments, rich visual culture, and intricate urban topography.

By the end of the course students will have acquired a general understanding of the major trends in medieval art and architecture, as well as more specific knowledge of the monuments and events that are particular to the history of Paris. Students will learn to discuss works of art more broadly from the Middle Ages, including those never seen before. 

In addition to becoming familiar with the history of Paris, students will be able to identify and discuss objects from the major periods in French medieval art and architecture.  Students will become familiar with of the processes and methods of artistic production during the Middle Ages.

Finally, students will become knowledgeable about the various issues associated with the city’s history, such as whether there existed a ‘court style’ and when Paris became the capital of France.

AH C115D — Gothic Art & Architecture (4 quarter units)

This course focuses on the art made in Europe from about 1150 to about 1450 that is called ‘Gothic’. Over the three hundred years during which this art was produced, kingdoms developed into early modern states with the distinct identities that we recognize today as the different nations of Europe: England, France, Germany, and Italy, among others. Small towns in the twelfth century, such as Paris and Florence, became bustling cities, not to mention great artistic centers, by the fifteenth century.

In this course, we will examine the process of that transition through visual culture, while also taking into account the issues that are unique to objects: how are they made? What is the function of this art? How and why does art change? How do we know about the art of the past and how does that condition our own perceptions of it? The finest examples of the art and architecture from this distant, complex, and rich period in Western culture will provide the basis for these debates. When taught in Paris, the course will focus on the art that defined this city, and which was defined by it, during this period. We will study buildings from St. Pierre de Montmartre, to Saint-Martin des Champs, Notre-Dame, Saint-Sévérin, the Sainte-Chapelle, Saint-Etienne du Mont, among others, as well as visit the vast collections in the Musée de Cluny and the Louvre Museum.  

Optional Course:
AH 199 — Directed Research (requires instructor consent)

Students also have the option of enrolling in an optional 199 course, allowing them to do an additional assignment on a topic related to the travel study program.  Instructor consent is required to register, so be sure to obtain your instructor's approval on the subject and format. There is an additional fee for this optional course.

Budget and Financial Aid

Program Cost
Budget UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Students
Program Fee
Textbooks (estimate) 100 100 100
Airfare (estimate) 1900 1900 1900
Meals (estimate) 1600 1600 1600
Spending Money (estimate) 600 600 600

Program fee includes registration and course fees, accommodations, and program excursions.

Airfare, textbooks, optional courses, other meals and optional excursions are additional.

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Document Fee

Non-UCLA students will be charged a $50 Document Fee. This is a one-time document fee which covers fees for first-class mailing of official transcripts, diploma and much more. Please visit the Registrar's Office Website for more information. Matriculated UCLA Students: Please visit the Registrar's Office Website for document fee information.


All undergraduate students will be charged a $61 IEI fee per summer. The IEI (Instructional Enhancement Initiative) fee is a course materials fee that is charged in order to support the use of technology in undergraduate education at UCLA. For more information please click here.


We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, Internet cafes, emergencies, etc.  How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment, and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.

Purchasing Airfare

We typically advise students to wait until late March to purchase airplane tickets for summer programs.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for Travel Study programs is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this web site.

On Location


Students will stay in a student dormitory in Paris. Rooms are single occupancy, with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities.  Students will also have access to a launderette & common rooms within their buildings as well dining facilities on campus.

UCLA IEO reserves the right to change housing location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable accommodations elsewhere.


No meals are included. Accommodations include a shared kitchen on each floor for preparing meals.  

If you have strict dietary requirements, this program may not be able to accommodate your needs. Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs as well as any physical or medical conditions. We will advise you accordingly.


This program includes several excursions as part of its curriculum, most notably visits to Sainte-Chapelle, Notre-Dame, the Louvre and the Cluny museum, as well as possible day trips to Reims, Chartres and Saint Denis.  A schedule of excursions will be available at a later date.


July 9 - August 4, 2017


Paris, France


Professor Meredith Cohen

Program Fee

UC Undergrads:
UC Grad Students:
Visiting Students:
Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.