The Spring quarter Human Rights program in Paris offers students an opportunity to complete three Human Rights minor core courses abroad, considered from the vantage point of Western Europe.
- HMRT 20101. Human Rights and Great Power after Total War and Genocide (James Sparrow)
- HMRT 20201. Human Rights, Empire, and Post-Colonial Politics (Kaushik Sunder Rajan)
- HMRT 20301. Loot, Empire, and the Decolonial: Human Rights and the Politics of Cultural Restitution (Mark Bradley)
- student support
- program excursions
- emergency travel insurance (ISOS)
- round-trip airfare to and from the program site
- transportation on site
- course materials
- personal entertainment and travel
- communications (including cell phone usage)
- health insurance and upfront payments for care
- other miscellaneous expenses
This sequence of three Human Rights courses is taught in English by University of Chicago faculty, its precise topics shifting from year to year in accordance with the interests and expertise of that year’s faculty. Program participants also take a French language course, which runs at a normal pace through the quarter and is designed to help students connect with French (and Parisian) culture.
In addition to classroom instruction, the program features a number of excursions to sites of considerable historic and cultural interest both within and in the vicinity of Paris. The French capital and its environs offer numerous opportunities to connect readings, discussions, and lectures with the surviving monuments of France’s past, and it is assumed that students will use their free time to explore this remarkable city apart from program-organized outings.
The following courses will be taught in Spring 2024:
All participants also take a French language course.
Headquarters for the College’s study abroad programs in Paris is the University of Chicago Center in Paris, the University’s research and teaching arm in Europe. Situated in the thirteenth arrondissement, the Center in Paris is part of an ambitious intellectual project along the river Seine, including the Bibliothèque Nationale and a new home for Université Paris Cité. The Center in Paris features classrooms, offices for faculty and graduate students, computer facilities, a small library, and an apartment for the faculty director. For participants in Chicago’s programs, the Center in Paris provides a focus for academic activities, a central meeting place, and a continuing Chicago presence within one of the major capitals of Europe.
Students in the Human Rights program are housed in a residence hall within the Cité Internationale Universitaire (Cité). The Cité, a park-like residential complex in the fourteenth arrondissement, is the international student campus in Paris, though French students also live there. Students reside in single rooms with a private bath and have access to Cité facilities, including a library, theater, laundry, and athletic facilities. Students will have access to common kitchens in the residence halls and can purchase inexpensive meals at the Cité’s restaurant universitaire.
It is important to recognize the cultural context of student housing in France and understand that the amenities of dormitory facilities may vary. Although some of these differences may take some getting used to, remember that cultural differences extend to all aspects of your experience abroad. Having realistic expectations for your term in Paris will help you approach the study abroad experience with a positive attitude.
Participants in the Human Rights program remain registered as full-time students in the College. They take and receive credit for four courses: the three courses in the Human Rights core sequence and a French language class. The Human Rights sequence meets the Human Rights minor core requirement. Students who have already met this requirement may use these courses as electives. Their use, partial or total, in a different program of study (major or minor) that is not Human Rights must be approved by the undergraduate chair of the student’s respective program. The language course will normally count as an elective. Course titles, units of credit, and grades are placed on the College transcript.
Study abroad students pay regular College tuition, a program fee, and a nonrefundable study abroad administrative fee. The tuition and program fee are paid in conformity with the home campus payment schedule, and the nonrefundable study abroad administrative fee is submitted when accepting a place in a program. Precise figures for the Human Rights program during the 2024–2025 year are listed below:
Spring tuition: as set by the Bursar’s Office
Study abroad administrative fee: $675
Paris: Human Rights program fee: $5,960
Program fee includes:
Out-of-pocket expenses include:
Previous program participants report spending in the range of $200 to $250 per week on meals and incidentals while on the program, though frugal students may spend less, and others could spend much more. Bear in mind that the cost of living in Paris is relatively high and that, while it is possible to live frugally, it is also possible to run short of money if you are unwary. It is therefore essential that you budget your funds prudently, apportioning your resources so that they last for the duration of the program. If you are planning to travel before or after the program or on weekends, you should budget accordingly.
Study abroad students retain their financial aid eligibility. For more information about financial aid resources, please see our Tuition, Fees, and Funding section.
The Human Rights program in Paris is open to University of Chicago undergraduate students only. Applications from outside the University are not accepted.
The program is designed for undergraduates in good academic and disciplinary standing who are beyond their first year in the College. While the program stipulates no minimum grade-point average, an applicant’s transcript should demonstrate that they are a serious student who will make the most of this opportunity. Because the Human Rights sequence is taught in English, there is no language prerequisite, although students are encouraged to take French on campus before the program begins.
Each application is examined on the basis of the student’s scholastic record and personal statement. If you are interested in applying for this program please fill out the online application.
To discuss the Paris: Human Rights program and the possibility of participating, please contact Damaris Crocker De Ruiter.