Following the theme of ‘revolutions’, the two week Paris Summer School tackled a wide range of academic disciplines; from avant-garde architecture, middle East uprisings and historical and political revolution to immigration to France, heritage management, self-expression and the use of new technologies to tell a story.
Every day a different excursion complemented the day’s learning. Highlights included a private opening of a philosophy cafe in the Marais for thought-provoking discussions, a guided tour of the castle and garden of Versailles and a peek at a hidden library with wondrous architecture.
The Paris Summer School’s ‘piece de resistance’ was watching the sunset over Paris from the students’ roof terrace then claiming a deckchair in the Roman Arena to enjoy the capital’s Festival des Nouveaux Cinemas.
Dr Ana de Medeiros, Academic Director of the University of Kent at Paris commented,
It was a wonderful opportunity for our very best students to learn something new and discover Paris. They gained confidence, opened their minds to new subjects, became comfortable in a whole new environment, made new friends and even tried out some French! I am sure that these extra skills will all be extremely valuable in their future careers.