About this International Study ExperienceThis international study opportunity to London and Paris was part of a semester-long course entitled "European Exploration: London and Paris," which introduced students to two exciting European capitals and allowed them to gain an understanding of diverse cultures.
Treating cities as texts, students "read" urban spaces as one might read a book. The public spaces: streets, rivers, museums, stores, pubs and cafes, outdoor markets, buildings and parks, functioned as primary texts to which students applied theories of space, place and identity.
Students were encouraged to draw conclusions from literary texts (short stories, creative non-fiction, articles, etc.), visual texts (photographs, visual displays, films, etc.) and finally from city environments treated as texts. Specific sites were visited with a professional guide including: Windsor Castle, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, St. Paul's Cathedral, Champs-Elysees, Versailles, Boat ride on the Seine, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame, and a Fashion Atelier. This international study experience took place over a spring break.