Spend your summer exploring the historical development of religion in Europe in two of its most beautiful cities: Paris and Seville. Through visits to local cultural, historical and religious sites, and through discussions, the program will allow you to compare and contrast religion in Spain and France, and articulate the way in which historical development has influenced religious diversity in each location.
In Paris and Seville you will:
- Study Religious Diversity in Europe from different historical, political, and cultural perspectives, visit local cultural, religious and historical sites and participate in discussions linked with coursework
- Explore French and Spanish society through CIEE overnight study tours and cultural activities
- Participate in special seminars designed to link the two summer sessions and provide opportunities for faculty and students to compare and contrast the historical development of religion and diversity today in Spain and France
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Intercultural Comparative Experience
Expand your global perspective. Choose to spend your three-day intercultural weekend in one of these European cities:
- Barcelona, Spain
- Berlin, Germany
- London, England
- Paris, France
After a discussion of the historical development of religion in French society, Session I focuses on religious diversity – as well as the particular notion of French secularism – in the country today. Session two examines the racial, cultural and religious relations between Christians, Jews, and Muslims up to the unification of Spain.
In addition to outings to relevant cultural and historical sites throughout the program, take part in a number of day trips and extended outings to relevant sites and points of interests in and around your host cities.
In Session I past destinations for weekend trips have included Toulouse, Dijon and Marseille, while Session II destinations have included Córdoba and Granada.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
This program fee includes:
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.
Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** includes two meals daily in Paris and all meals in Seville
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee *
International Airfare **
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* for additional meals in Paris and Sunday lunches for students in Seville Residencia; students in Seville homestay should budget 280
** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure; note that students will require a multi-destination ticket
Course contact hours for the two required cinema courses are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Total recommended credit for the program is 6/ 9quarter hours.
Students are required to enroll in the Religious Diversity in Europe course in Paris during Session I and in the Three Cultures in Spain: Jews, Christians and Muslims course in Seville during Session II. Although other courses are offered at both locations during the summer, students on this special multi-site program must adhere to the required curriculum.
About the City
About The City
Paris, the capital of France, is a major world metropolis. The Seine River traverses the city; its waterways, quays, and bridges are major thoroughfares, as well as ways to see the city’s most famous monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum, and the Notre Dame cathedral. The city is known for its cafés (one for every 200 inhabitants); its parks (Bois de Boulougne, Jardin de Luxembourg, and Bois de Vincennes); and its street life and markets. Paris is also known as a center for culture, art, fashion, gastronomy, and intellectual life.
Capital of Andalusia, Seville was one of the last footholds of the Moorish empire that ruled the Iberian Peninsula. It is home to the ingenious barber of Seville and the tempestuous Carmen. The great Renaissance painters Velázquez and Murillo were born here, and Ferdinand and Isabel ruled Spain from the royal apartments in the Alcazar Palace. Though the city preserves its past, modern Seville is the commercial hub of Andalusia. For a city of fewer than 800,000, Seville offers amazing cultural activities, from flamenco to classical, pop, and jazz concerts.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Brent Keever, Ph.D., received his B.A. in English and literary criticism from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in English and modern studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has taught and lectured all over the United States and France, on such topics as satire and humor, the literary and cinematic representations of sound, mysticism, and technology, and ethics in cartoons. His research interests include the history of critical theory and criticism, film studies, musicology, and modernist poetry and prose. An avid translator and film sub-titler, he has worked with the French children’s literature group, l’école des loisirs, as well as with French politicians. He is currently working on a project that throws into question certain theories about listening and sharing.
We all know Paris—or think we do. For many of us, Paris holds a place in our dreams, as the city of love, or of the arts, or of the mind. But what does it take to experience some small part of real, daily life in Paris today? The idea of the summer program is for students at all levels of their French language studies and with many disciplinary approaches to find a way to deepen their knowledge of things French. For some, this may mean working hard on their language skills, whether beginner or advanced; for others, a plunge into the history of art; for others, an in-depth look at classic literature, or a study of Francophone culture. Focused themes can also be approached, through special in-depth classes on disability studies and on contemporary philosophy. One way or another, we, the CIEE staff, hope to make it possible for you to explore what intrigues you about France, and also to discover new facets of the city of Paris.
—Brent Keever, Center Director
Maria Montes de Oca
María Montes de Oca is the Resident Coordinator of the Summer Program. She hails from Cádiz and has a degree in Communications from the Universidad de Sevilla. She performed her post graduate studies in Translation (French and Italian) at Universidad de Granada. Prior to joining the CIEE team she lived in France teaching high school Spanish and worked as the Resident Coordinator for Bucknell University in Granada. She has been working for CIEE since 2007 as a Student Services Coordinator. She has a passion for languages and travelling. María has participated in a staff exchange at the University of Minnesota. She has just completed another MA in International Relations at the Universidad de Sevilla.
Summertime makes Seville one of the most enchanted cities in Spain; it makes you feel welcome. Its kind people, the air you breathe, and the art expressed in everything sevillano will make you fall in love with this city. I’m sure your experience will be as special as Seville is.
— María Montes de Oca, Resident Coordinator
Jorge Rodríguez, a native Sevillano, earned his undergraduate degree in education from the Universidad de Sevilla. He started working for CIEE in 2004 during orientations with students and thereafter in several different departments of CIEE. He is currently the program assistant for the Liberal Arts program and the resident coordinator of the Summer Language and Culture program. Jorge participated in a professional development staff exchange with the University of Oregon.
Seville has so much to offer—historic monuments, unique streets, and charming people. During this time of year, you will enjoy a special bonus: the weather. These long, summer like days will allow you to enjoy the city even more.
— Jorge Rodríguez, Resident Coordinator
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
The CIEE Study Center in Paris, known as the Paris Center for Critical Studies, is located on the rue du Sentier in the lively, central Sentier neighborhood in the 2nd arrondissement. It is less than a minute from the Grands Boulevards—a 10-minute walk to the Palais Royal, a 15-minute walk to the Louvre, and a 15-minute walk to the Opéra Garnier.
The CIEE Study Center is located in a beautifully renovated Sevillano palace built in 1725. It is centrally located close to the Puerta de la Carne and about 10 minutes by foot from the main Universidad de Sevilla building (the Tabacalera). CIEE student services and CIEE administration are housed here. In addition, CIEE professors have offices in the CIEE Study Center, so that students may speak with them privately about issues related to their progress in class.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. In Paris, students live either with a Parisian host or in hotel apartments. Staying with a host is strongly encouraged as this allows students to fully experience the local culture and practice speaking French every day. The program fee includes breakfast every day and one light lunch every day of the week. All other meals are the responsibility of the student. Each housing includes a kitchenette and food markets are within walking distance. During excursions, all meals are provided. Students with disabilities that need more information about the residence hotel and the neighborhood, or students who wish to communicate supplementary information about their needs should contact CIEE prior to the program. Local consultants communicate directly with students with disabilities to ensure that they have full information about accommodations.
While in Seville, housing, 3 meals per day, internet and weekly laundry/cleaning are included for study abroad students whether living in a homestay or a student residence hall. In homestays, all students are housed individually, although students may request to be placed with another student -each with their own room. In the residence hall, students are usually housed in doubles with a private bathroom. The vast majority of students opt to live in a homestay, which represents both a great opportunity to practice and improve language skills, as well as feel a part of the local culture. Living in student residence hall presents both unique opportunities as well as challenges as “communal living” is not for everybody and during the summer many of the local university students are taking exams or depart for summer vacation. Consequently, CIEE organizes a series of cultural and linguistic activities with local university student for ALL summer session participants.
An intensive mandatory multi-day study abroad orientation session takes place at the beginning of both Session I and Session II. Orientation activities help students master the practical details of daily life in Paris and Seville. Activities include welcome dinners; walking tours of downtown Paris and Seville; and sessions on practical matters, cultural differences, safety, and academics. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
Wireless Internet access is available at the CIEE Study Centers in both Paris and Seville, so students are strongly encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops. Students can also access the Internet at numerous cyber cafés throughout Paris and Seville. All Seville homestays also have internet.
Session I includes one weekend class trip and one day trip. Past destinations for weekend trips have included Toulouse, Tours, Dijon, Nîmes, and Marseille. Weekend trips are led by professors and are linked to the themes of the class. Participation is mandatory. Past destinations for day trips have included Vaux-le-Vicomte and Chartres. One guided walk of Paris is included in each session.
Session II of the Religious Diversity in Europe multi-site program includes a weekend excursion to Córdoba and Granada, as well as class excursions that are linked to academic themes. Field trip destinations are subject to change each year and are based on individual faculty members and their course design and content.
Both sessions include field visits and class-related discussions, as well as other local cultural activities.
The summer Religious Diversity in Europe multi-site study abroad program involves two four-week academic sessions and is designed for students with an interest in religion and how it developed historically in Europe. The program combines separate courses focusing on religion in Spain and France and allows students to compare and contrast the historical development of religion in Spain and France and its diversity today.
During Session I, students on this program will study alongside students enrolled in the Paris Language and Culture summer program. Established in 2003, the Paris Language and Culture summer program is designed for students who want to improve their knowledge of French language and culture, while learning about Paris and France through classes, activities, and excursions, or who wish to explore certain focused themes including philosophy, art history, Francophone culture, cinema, and French sign language.
During Session II, students on this program will study alongside students enrolled in the Seville Language and Culture summer program. Established in 2003, this program exposes students to the rich cultural, historical, and social heritage of Seville through the exploration of its art, culture, history, language, literature, religion and society.
The program is made up of two four-week sessions. Courses typically meet every morning or afternoon, Monday to Friday, for three hours, with structured outings and one required overnight study tour each session. The courses are designed for U.S. undergraduates, so the teaching and learning methods will be familiar to participants. Moreover, all professors in the summer program are accustomed to teaching U.S. students.
CIEE Paris courses are intellectually rigorous, and students should expect to be active participants in all aspects of the class, keeping up with daily reading assignments and participating in class discussions. In addition to lectures and discussions, classes may include film viewings and outings related to the themes of the class.
Nature of Classes
Students enroll in courses with other CIEE students only.
Assessment for content classes is based on participation, short papers, tests, and oral presentations. Papers require students to conduct independent research and/or independent analysis of texts and material covered in class. Attendance and punctuality in all classes weigh heavily in student evaluations.
Language of Instruction
Courses are taught by faculty from a range of Paris and Seville institutions and are specialists in their respective fields.
Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.
FRST 3005 PCSU/ RELI 3001 PCSU/ SOCI 3001 PCSU
Religious Diversity in Secular France
After a discussion of the historical development of religion in French society, considering briefly the Catholic church and its link to kingship; Protestant-Catholic conflict, and the French revolution and its aftermath (Napoleon’s Empire), this class focuses on religious diversity in France today. The class looks at the four major religions present (Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism, and Judaism), but also at relatively new religious groups (Buddhism, Evangelical Protestantism), at contemporary forms of spirituality among youth, and also at sects and cults. The particular French version of secularism, laicité, is examined in implicit and explicit contract with American notions. The class also examines contemporary conflicts about laicité (for example, the ban on ostentatious religious symbols at schools and the present political and social debate on banning the burka). Outings to places of worship, schools, or other relevant sites are incorporated in the class.
RELI 3002 SESU
Religion and Religions in Spanish History
This class focuses on the role of religion and religions in Spanish history, from Antiquity to Modern-Day Spain. Students will study how the Spanish state emerges out of the struggle between Catholicism and Islam. Over the course of the centuries, we will examine how the Catholic Church achieves and maintains a predominant role as a state partner against Judaism, Islam and Protestantism. We will look at attempts at religious liberalization and the concession of limited freedoms during the Enlightenment, leading up to the anticlerical movements of the early 19th and 20th centuries, only to be resolved with an alliance between the Church and the Franco Dictatorship after a brutal Civil War. Discussion will focus on the role of the Catholic Church and other religions in a Democratic Spain, influenced by the growing communities of Muslim immigrants, Jewish groups and the establishment of Protestant Churches around the country. Throughout the course we will deal with controversial issues such as tolerance/intolerance, inclusion/exclusion and identity/identification. Excursions to important historical sites in Seville will be an integral part of the in situ learning goals of the course.