UMW in France | Preservation Abroad

UMW in France

Historic Preservation Abroad


Program Dates

June 30— July 31

Summer 2023


Register for this program by January 5, 2023. Registration is not confirmed until your deposit has been received.

View our cancellation policy.


Program Fees


$500 deposit due upon registration.
$4,567 due February 1, 2023.


  • Tuition (MICEFA transcript)
  • Housing and accommodations
  • Group transportation in-country
  • Group excursions
  • Entry fees
  • International medical insurance
  • UMW Education Abroad fee

NOT Included

  • Airfare
  • Textbooks
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses and souvenirs
  • Immunizations
  • COVID-19 testing
  • ETIAS (electronic travel authorization) fee
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Health Information

International travel may require immunizations or preventative medicines. Please refer to the US Center for Disease Control’s Traveler’s Health Information Page for recommendations. The UMW Health Center provides free travel consultations by appointment, as well as travel information for UMW students. The Center for International Education recommends that each student have a personalized medical consultation prior to international travel.

This program requires a moderate level of activity, including significant city walking.




Dr. Andrea Livi-Smith, a Paris native, leads this program focused on the urban and architectural history of Paris, as well as its preservation. Taught in English, this course will traverse Paris to discover its history from the maze-like streets of the middle ages to the City of Lights as we know it today. Extensive site visits will be the centerpiece of this course, with a bonus excursion to another international city outside of France. This program is offered in cooperation with Mission Interuniversitaire de Coordination des Échanges Franco-Americains (MICEFA).

  • Experience daily excursions highlighting Paris’ history both ancient and modern.
  • Explore the Paris waterfront and awe-inspiring Notre Dame cathedral.
  • Tour the Père Lachaise cemetery and catacombs.
  • Visit Montmatre, including Sacré Coeur Basilica and Place des Tertres.
  • Experience full day-trips to the stunning Versailles Palace and gardens, in addition to the châteaux of the Loire Valley.


Students will stay in shared dormitory rooms at Cité Universitaire, a ten-minute subway ride from the center of Paris. Kitchen facilities and student restaurants, laundry facilities, a computer lab, and internet access are available at the residence.


Students will be earn 3 transfer credits for HISP 470: Preservation Abroad (Paris: Architecture, Planning, and Preservation). The course is taught by Dr. Smith in cooperation with MICEFA. Students also have the option to participate in an independent study under Dr. Smith for an additional 1-3 credits. For additional course information, email Dr. Smith at

This course satisfies the Beyond the Classroom OR Diverse and Global Perspectives general education requirement by contract with the Faculty Director only.

Requirements & Prerequisites

Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in order to participate. HISP 105 and 209 are recommended prerequisites but are not required. French proficiency is not required as courses will be taught in English.  As per UMW credit transfer policies, a grade of C or above is required for courses taught abroad to transfer back to UMW. This program is open to all UMW students regardless of major or year of study. It is also open to non-UMW students.


Faculty-Led Program Scholarships are available to UMW students (deadlines apply).


See the program fees and payment due dates in the right column. Use the Make a Payment button below to pay your deposit and regular program payment. Use the Special Payment option to pay a special amount (such as additional insurance or payment in a different amount as a result of a scholarship award).

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