Quick Info

  • Paris, France
  • Maymester, Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : English Literature, French Language, Literature, and Studies
  • : May 13, 2019 - June 11, 2019
  • : In-State: $5,200 ; Out-of-State: $5,400
  • : January 20, 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


General Education Requirements:

University of Pittsburgh-Oakland Campus Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences:
This program satisfies 3 foreign culture requirements

University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown Campus:
For Johnstown campus students only: both courses can be used as a General Elective requirement.  ENGLIT 0333 may also count as one of the literature in translation requirements for Humanities majors. ENG 0318 may be used toward a primary writing course or a writing enhanced Humanities course for all majors. Both courses may also apply to the French Language and Cultures International Studies Certificate, which requires students to study abroad.

Coming Soon! Ask the Program Manager for more information.

All students will take two courses for (6-credits)

Classes are taught in English, but previous participants recommend basic travel french knowledge (not required, although highly encouraged) Students from all Pitt campuses are encouraged to apply.  

The readings in this course are designed to help you become acquainted with a few world well-known French writers who were influenced by Paris and who influenced the city through the centuries, from the XVIIth century to the XXth Century. You will learn to recognize and appreciate major ideas and themes, such as the Absolutisme of Louis XIV, the Libertinage and the philosophers of the Enlightenment in the XVIIIth century, the Impressionist movement in the XIXth century, and the Surrealism movement in the XXth century.This course will also focus on Parisian history from Napoleon III to WWI, in order for the students to make connections with the other course on American expatriate writers. You will also be introduced to Parisian history and art history, as the instructor will lead you through the street of Paris.The excursions will allow you to have a better understanding of the relationship between literature and visual art, as we explore famous museums such as the Picasso Museum, the Musée d’Orsay, or the Museum of Modern Art.Students will also analyze the importance of fashion and clothes in these different writings.The writing in this course is designated to help you articulate your growing knowledge and understanding of the texts, but also argue persuasively in support of your interpretations. You can see the draft syllabus (subject to change, do not copy) here: ENGLIT 0333

This course will focus on the American writers who lived in Paris during the 1920’s. The readings in this course are designed to help the students become acquainted with a few great American writers who were influenced by Paris and its intellectuals. Europe is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI. Therefore, after studying the impact on WWI on France and its artists, we will read and compare essays, letters, and novels written by some of the most famous writers of the Lost Generation. We will also study the writings of other intellectuals who lived in the City of Lights at the same time, such as Sylvia Beach and Janet Flanner. Students will be graded on their ability to discuss the assignments. They will have two exams and a also final project due at the end of the program.You can see the draft syllabus (subject to change, do not copy) here: ENGLIT  0318

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Dr. Barbara Petrosky is Associate Professor of French at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.  She teaches all levels of French courses, as well as Elementary and Intermediate Spanish courses. Dr. Petrosky was born in Paris. She studied French literature at the University of Paris X-Nanterre where she earned a Masters in French Literature. She earned a Masters in French Literature from the University of Massachusetts in 1999. In 2006, she completed a Ph.D. at the University of Florida. Dr. Petrosky specializes in nineteenth century French studies, especially the relationships between art and literature. Dr. Barbara Petrosky's courses include all levels of French and elementary Spanish courses, Business French, Introduction to Translation, and Nineteenth Century French Literature.

Dr. David Petrosky is a French instructor at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He lived in France for five years. He earned a BA in French and Education from the University of Connecticut, a Licence de Lettres Modernes from the Universite de Paris X, a Masters in French from the University of Massachusetts, and he holds a PhD in medieval and Renaissance literature from the University of Florida.  Dr. David Petrosky's courses include Elementary and Intermediate French and Literature in Translation.



You will stay in shared apartments while in Paris.  The commute to campus is typically within 30-40 minutes of campus.  There will be on average 4-5 students per apartment and students will share rooms.  Students will have access to a fully equipped kitchen and internet access.  Due to high demand for housing in Paris, final accommodations will be determined once the group is finalized in the spring.

Pricing And Dates

2019 Pricing & Dates:

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$5,200 $5,400
Arrive in Paris Depart Paris
May 13, 2019 June 11, 2019

Keep in mind that dates may change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

Other Important Dates:

Please Note: All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 1, 2019 at TBD in TBD. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!


Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your Paris program fee, the following are included in the program:

  • Tuition for six credits
  • Shared accommodations while abroad
  • Day trip to Versailles
  • Class related activities in Paris
    • Notre-Dame and the crypt
    • Musee d'Orsay
    • Opera Garnier
    • Opera Bastille
    • Musee d'art Moderne
    • Centre Pompidou
  • International travel health insurance

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Pitt study abroad administrative fee: $300
  • International roundtrip airfare
  • Meals and personal expenses
  • Passport fees

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

  • Due to the nature of the program, the schedule is subject to change. There may be instances where a guest speaker or visit needs to be rescheduled. We ask for your patience and understanding in advance..
  • Remember that this is an academic program and that you should expect to invest the same amount of time and effort on your courses abroad as you would on a course at Pitt. 

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Tim Crawford

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, a Program Manager here in the Study Abroad Office. I’m proud to be from a small town in Central PA but now love calling Pittsburgh home. My study abroad experience includes a semester in France during my sophomore year, Spring Break in London during Grad School and Summer in Italy as a Program Assistant. My experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous study abroad opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure whether it’s exploring a new city or new neighborhood in PGH. I fully embrace the yinzer way of life and plan my schedule accordingly around every Pens, Bucs and Stillers game. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study abroad programs and answer any of your questions. Please reach me at TSC29@pitt.edu or 412-648-2156.