Monthly Archives: April 2013

Opportunity for Kent to study in Brussels or Paris for free this summer!

As part of the University of Kent’s 50th anniversary celebrations we are delighted to announce 50 Summer School Scholarships in Brussels and Paris.

Open to second and final year undergraduate students across all subject areas at Kent, the scholarships have been created to enable students to spend the first two weeks of June in Summer Schools at the University of Kent’s premises in either Brussels or Paris. They include tuition, excursions, accommodation and travel expenses from Canterbury.

A fantastic opportunity to discover the wonderful cities of Brussels or Paris, the Summer Schools will also offer the chance to either enhance and deepen knowledge of a familiar subject area or study something completely different for a period of two weeks.

Providing an insight into a wide variety of subject areas, scholars will gain expertise, skills and intercultural awareness, all attractive to potential employers.

For further information please see the Summer School Scholarship website.

Paris photo competition winners announced

University of Kent at Paris students were invited to submit entries to the Paris photo competition this spring.

Entries should ‘illustrate their time as students at the University of Kent at Paris’. First prize was an Ipad mini and second and third prizes were cash prizes.

We had a wonderful selection of photos and the choice was very hard but the winners were as follows:

1st prize: Osman Iyem (students in tree)

2nd prize: Michele Schmitz (street sign and student)

3rd prize: Lindsay Schmitt (tricolore)

This competition was funded thanks to the Faculty of Humanities and the Creative Campus project and students’ photos will be sued in Paris publicity materials in the future.

Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who competed!

Last day of ‘Paris in the spring’ for 2013

Today, students celebrated (or commiserated) the last day of their term in Paris. Similar to the UK, the weather has really been too cold for ‘spring’ this year but even with a lack of sun, the students have loved their time living and studying in Paris. 

The day started with an excellent guided tour of the Musee du cinema at the cinematheque which demonstrated how the art of cinema was actually established and what role France played in this.

The evening started with an aperitif and was rounded off by gallettes (savory pancakes), crepes (sweet pancakes) and Breton cider for all.

It’s not goodbye to Paris but au revoir!

Lecture on ‘Beats’ in Paris and meditation at Apollinaire’s grave

On Good Friday, Dr Will Norman (School of English) visited the University of Kent at Paris to entertain Paris students.

His lecture on the ‘beats’ in Paris enlightened students on the ‘beat hotel’ a run down and extremely basic, tatty and cheap hotel in the Latin quarter in the late 1950s and 60s which became residence to the members of the beat poetry movement, exemplified by spontaneous creativity and bohemian hedonism.  

One particular poem, ‘At Apollinaire’s Grave’ written by American poet Allen describes his feelings whilst at the famous grave in the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris.

So, after coffee and croissants (as opposed to the traditional British hot-cross buns on Good Friday) , Dr Norman led us to the cemetery himself so that we could have our own mediations at Apollinaire’s grave.