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UK Sponsored: Paris Noire: African American Literature & Culture in Paris (Arts & Sciences)
Paris, France
Program Terms: Summer 2
The Education Abroad at UK deadline for adding this program has passed. To determine if it is still possible to add this program to your Education Abroad Application, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor or Education Abroad at UK (
Fees and Policies Summer 2
Fact Sheet:
 Experience Type:
Study Abroad
 Area of Study:
Anthropology, English, European Studies, French Studies, History, International Studies, Literature, Sociology
 Course Language:
 Housing Options:
Residence Hall
2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate
 Minimum GPA:
 Student Type:
Both undergraduate and graduate students
Thomas Teague
 Program Director:
Vershawn Young
 UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:

Paris Noire: African American
Literature & Culture in Paris

June 29 - July 31, 2014

Program Overview

This program explores the impact of African American arts, letters, and culture on Paris, France. Through a series of site visits and tours of African American locations in Paris, guest lectures, and traditional classroom activities (e.g. viewing films, reading literature, and class discussions), students will gain valuable knowledge about the past and present influence of black life on/in Paris, France. 


  • Attend and participate in guest lectures by contemporary African American Parisian writers
  • Tour notable locales associated with famous African American writers and artists to identify Parisian cultural influences in African American artistic and cultural production
  • Develop a global and cross-cultural understanding of African American art, culture, and people


This program is open to undergraduate students at the sophomore level and above from all academic disciplines and graduate students from all academic disciplines.

Students from universities other than UK are welcome to participate in this program as visiting/transient students. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting/transient student go to UK Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program directors prior to participating in the program to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course.

Academic Credit

  • UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings.
  • All undergraduate students will enroll in ENG 370: Literature Across Borders (3 credit hours). Undergraduate students wishing to take additional credits may work with Dr. Young, the program director, to arrange up to 3 credit hours of independent study in either ENG or AAS.
  • Graduate students must arrange for credit with the program director (3 credit hours).
  • Additionally, all students will participate in an intensive "survival" French language course, not for credit.
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour).

Housing & Meals

  • Students will be housed in student residence, the Cite Universitaire. Most rooms are single occupancy but that is subject to change.  
  • Participants will be responsible for most meals on their own and will have access to shared kitchen facilities as well as a campus cafeteria. Students are encouraged to purchase an International Student ID Card (ISIC) in order to obtain student discounts in the campus cafeteria.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore all funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on the area of study, program type, length, and country of destination. 
  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with their UK Financial Aid counselor as soon as possible to apply for funding.
  • The Education Abroad at UK Scholarship - The campus-wide Selection Committee awards need-based scholarships to UK students in the amounts of $750, $1,000 and $1,500. The deadline for application materials is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
For more information about scholarship and funding opportunities, please visit the Education Abroad at UK Financial Aid & Scholarships resource page.

Program Costs

  • Costs and cancellation policies vary by program, so it is important to review this information very carefully. For more information on program costs, please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website).

Required Applications

  • Students must complete an application with UK Education Abroad (online, this website) and a supplemental application with International Studies Abroad (ISA). The supplemental ISA application will be provided to all accepted students after the application deadline.

Passport & Visa Requirements

  • U.S. passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Participants who wish to extend their stay in the country beyond the program start and end dates and those who are not U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations at the French Consulate.

Travel Medical Insurance

All participants of this program will be enrolled in HTH Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. The cost of Travel Medical Insurance is included in the program fee. Please see the Education Abroad at UK Health & Safety webpage for more information. 

For More Information

For additional information about this program, please contact:

  • EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall
  • Dr. Vershawn Young, faculty member in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Young will be directing the program.

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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
The Education Abroad at UK deadline for adding this program has passed. To determine if it is still possible to add this program to your Education Abroad Application, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor or Education Abroad at UK (