Paris: Law, Letters, and Society

September Course
A person looks out at Paris through the Musée d’Orsay clock window

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 Damaris Crocker De Ruiter

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The College’s September Law, Letters, and Society (LLSO) course in Paris provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn an upper-level LLSO credit by exploring European perspectives and institutions focused on economy, law, and globalization.

The September 2022 program will take place from Friday, August 26, 2022 through Sunday, September 18, 2022. Participants will be required to commit to the full duration of the program in line with these dates.

    September 2022 Course
    Neoliberalism in Europe – Professor David Lebow
    This course will survey the theory and practice of neoliberalism in Europe, with particular attention to its intellectual architects and critics. Readings are subject to change, but may include Hayek, Röpke, Foucault, Dardot & Laval, Streeck, and Slobodian.

    Apart from classroom work, the September LLSO program offers a series of excursions to sites of academic and cultural interest within and around Paris. Indeed, Paris itself plays a central role in components of the curriculum as detailed above and students will be expected to make full use of its cultural resources.

    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 de Paris (formerly Université Denis Diderot - Paris VII). 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 September LLSO course 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.

    Participants in the Paris program will take and receive credit for one Law, Letters, and Society course (100 units). This course is considered part of the students’ Autumn Quarter course load and is recorded as a course enrollment on their Autumn Quarter registration. The course credit is an upper-level credit for LLSO majors. The course title, unit of credit, and grade is placed on the College transcript.

    Provided students enroll in no more than three (3) additional 100-unit courses in the Autumn Quarter after the Paris program, the tuition cost of the Paris course will be part of students’ regular College tuition for the quarter. Students participating in an Autumn Study Abroad program following the Paris September course will be permitted to use the Paris course as a fifth course with no tuition surcharge.

    In addition to Autumn tuition, students pay a Paris program fee and a nonrefundable study abroad administrative fee. The tuition and Paris program fee are paid via myUChicago in conformity with the home campus payment schedule, and the nonrefundable study abroad administrative fee is submitted when accepting a place in the program. Precise figures for the 2022–2023 academic year are listed below:

    Autumn tuition: as set by the Bursar’s Office

    Study abroad administrative fee: $675

    Paris September LLSO program fee: $3,700

    Program fee includes:

    Out-of-pocket expenses include:

    • round-trip airfare to and from the program site
    • transportation on site
    • meals
    • course materials
    • personal entertainment and travel
    • communications (including cell phone usage)
    • health insurance and upfront payments for care
    • other miscellaneous expenses

    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.

    Since participants remain fully registered in the College, they retain financial aid eligibility for Autumn Quarter tuition while participating in this course.

    While the Paris September LLSO program is open to all University of Chicago undergraduate students, priority consideration is given to Law, Letters, and Society majors. 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 course is taught in English, there is no language prerequisite.

    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 Law, Letters, and Society September program and the possibility of participating, please contact Damaris Crocker De Ruiter.