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St. John’s Paris Campus
Enjoy a timeless academic experience in the famed “City of Light.”
Home to many of the world’s leading business and cultural centers, Paris is a wondrous place where the past meets the future, filled with endless opportunities for those who want to immerse themselves in the life of a dynamic city.
Make the St. John’s Paris campus your program’s new home. Whether for an academic year or a short-term program, we can work with you to provide full, tailor-made study abroad programs or simply provide you with housing and classroom facilities to serve as a base for your students’ exploration of Paris.
Students will stay in the newly renovated, comfortable environment of the St. John's Paris campus, located in the popular St-Germain district of Paris. The campus is situated within a six-story structure containing approximately 20,000 square feet of space offering a mixture of residences, classrooms, office and support space. Best of all, you have immediate access to the incomparable artistic, cultural and educational resources available only in Paris.
“We find the dorm space to be excellent, particularly in terms of its location and its calm atmosphere. I’ve led the group to Paris for a number of years and have stayed at many different venues. St John’s is by far the best. Thanks again for providing us with this opportunity!”
-Steve Frankel, Ph. D., Associate Professor, Xavier University
The Luxembourg Gardens, the Musee d'Orsay, and fantastic shopping all within walking distance!
The St. John’s Paris campus is situated in the popular St-Germain district and is within a six-story structure containing approximately 20,000 square feet of space offering a mixture of residences, classrooms, office and support space.
The adventure of this district lies in discovering the narrow streets and hidden squares that bring the city’s historic and literary associations to life.
Dominated for centuries by a vast Benedictine abbey, St-Germain-des-Prés came into vogue in the early 20th century as a center of intellectual and artistic life, home to jazz clubs and literary cafés. Students will gain an understanding of French culture by being immersed in this artistic neighborhood. Though the recent arrival of couture and designer boutiques is changing the neighborhood’s character, its narrow side streets still boast art galleries, bookstores and cozy café terraces.
The Boulevard St-Germain stretches for two miles between the Pont de Sully, which crosses to the Île St-Louis, to the Pont de la Concorde. This area boasts many tourist attractions such as Notre Dame, Louvre Museum, Musee d’Orsay and Jardin du Luxembourg – all within reach of our campus.
Our Paris campus is located at:
93, rue de Sèvres
The St. John's Paris facility is newly renovated and combines modern conveniences with centuries-old style.
- Classrooms with a full complement of a/v equipment
- High-speed wireless internet throughout the building
- Coin operated washers and dryers
- Multiple common spaces, including a student lounge, study rooms, and a full cafeteria
- A fully-wired computer lab
- Bilingual staff, including a Residence Director and resident assistants to assist with all your needs
- 24-hour security
- Two single beds, wardrobes and study desks per room (one per student)
- Linens provided for your use during your stay
- Air conditioning in each room
- Digital phones
- In-room sinks, with shared full bathroom facilities on each residence floor
How much does it cost to do laundry on campus?
The cost is €2 to wash and €2 to dry. Tokens are available from the machine on the ground floor.
Is there detergent available on campus?
Yes. Detergent is available free of charge to residents and can be picked up at the front desk.
Do you offer meal plans on campus?
Yes, we offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner in our dining hall on campus. Groups can purchase as many or as few meals as they would like.
Do you help groups make reservations to museums?
We have compiled a list of group booking information for certain museums and it can be found in the attractions sections of our website.
Is classroom space available for rent?
Yes, you can rent any of our classrooms for an hourly rate.
Can faculty members or chaperones stay on campus?
Yes. However, we do not have any rooms with private bath on campus.
When in check-in/ check out?
Check-in is from 12 p.m.- 5 p.m. and check-out is at 10 a.m.
What is your reservation policy?
We require a 10% refundable deposit in order to secure the accommodations. The deposit will be refundable up to 90 days prior to the arrival date. The 10% deposit will become non-refundable starting from the 90th day prior to arrival.
What is your cancellation policy?
Our cancellation policy can be found in Exhibit A of the sample contract.
The St. John's Paris Campus is centrally located and is within a short distance of many of Paris' greatest attractions. Below you'll find a sampling of what Paris has to offer.
Sainte-Chapelle et la Conciergerie
Distance from campus: 2.1 km
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Distance from campus: 2.1 km
Group visits are allowed only in the morning, from Tuesday to Friday and reservations must be made in advance. Bookings can be made by calling 01 44 59 58 31 or faxing 01 44 59 58 07.
There are so many food options in Paris it's hard to know where to start! Below you'll find some options for students on a budget practically right outside the campus door.
Carrefour, turn left out of campus, a few doors down. Good all-purpose supermarket
La Grande Epicerie, turn right out of campus, two blocks down. Gourmet supermarket
Markets are easy to find all over the city-- there are over 60 open-air markets and several covered markets, many of which sell fresh produce. In fact, there is a market on 82 Boulevard Raspail in the 6th arrondissement that is only about a ten to fifteen minute walk from St. John's Paris campus. Le Marché du Boulevard Rsapail is located between the Rue du Cherche Midi and Rue de Rennes and is open on Tuesday and Friday from 7:00am to 2:30pm. On Sundays, the market is open from 9:00am to 1:00pm and offers all organic products.
Au Pied de Fouet
45 Rue Babylone
Distance from campus: 550 meters
A traditional French restaurant with amazing tarte tartin (warm upside-down apple pie)
73 Boulevard du Montparnasse
Distance from campus: 1 km
Great place for French crêpes
Les Deux Magots
6 Place Saint Germain des Prés
Distance from campus: 1.1 km
Famous café and restaurant with traditional French options
102 Boulevard du Montparnasse
Distance from campus: 1.2 km
Great brasserie frequented by Hemmingway and Picasso
21 Rue Bonaparte
Distance from campus: 1.2 km
Great place for macaroons
Cacoa et Chocolat (3 Locations)
29 rue de Buci, 63 rue de Saint Louis, 36 rue Vieille du Temple
Distance from campus: 1.2 km (29 rue de Buci)
Chocolate bar with amazing hot chocolate and frozen hot chocolate!
13 Rue Ancienne Comédie
Distance from campus: 1.4 km
The oldest café in Paris
226 Rue de Rivoli
Distance from campus: 2.4 km
Amazing éclairs and delicious mont blanc!
31 Rue St Louis en l'ile
Distance from campus: 2.9 km
Hands down, the best ice cream in Paris
51 rue Montorgueil
Distance from campus: 3 km
The oldest pâtisserie in Paris
Le Refuge des Fondues
17 Rue des Trois Frères
Distance from campus: 4.7 km
The perfect place to get your fondue fix
City of lights, city of love, city of shopping!
One of the most exciting things about the city is the fact that it is one of the fashion capitals of the world. Shopping in Paris is an experience, and if you're a slave to fashion, this city will make you feel like you've died and gone to heaven, where all of the angels are incredibly stylish. Pull out your wallets and put away your outdated wardrobes! Nothing feels better than telling your friends: "Oh this? I bought it in Paris."
Euro? What's a Euro?
Most countries within the European union now use the euro, which is great because it means that when you're travelling from one country to another, you often usually won't need to worry about converting your money to a new system each time. Some European countries, however, do not use the Euro. For instance, countries within the United Kingdom, like England and Scotland, and some Nordic countries use other forms of currency. Make sure you to include this in your research before visiting other countries.
The downside to the euro is that it's worth more than the American dollar, so your money doesn't always go as far in Europe as it might in America. Generally items are priced accordingly (ex: a dress that might be $40 might be priced at 30 euros) but you will need to be mindful of your spending so that you don't miscalculate how much money is actually escaping your bank account.
The euro is worth roughly 1.3 American dollars, but that rate fluctuates often, so be sure to check periodically to make sure you're aware of the conversion rate. One good site to check the conversion rate is www.xe.com.
Look out for sales!
One day we had a wonderful dream where city-wide sales were state-regulated and lasted for six weeks at a time. Then we woke up and realized that it wasn't a dream, it was a memory of Paris.
That's right. State-regulated sales that last for six weeks at a time. Huge savings in stores all over the city. Let that sink in for a moment.
There are two "sale seasons" in Paris, one during the winter and the other in the summer. The winter sale period starts in the beginning of January and the summer sale period starts at the end of June or beginning of July. During these times, stores may slash their prices anywhere from 30 to 60% so it's a great time to pick up some of those "must-have" items.
Souvenirs: What? I have to buy things for other people?
Well, you don't have to... but since you got to go to Paris and all your family and friends had to just travel vicariously through your facebook updates, it might be nice to bring them back a little something.
It's easy to find souvenirs all over the city-- you can find miniatures of famous monuments (particularly the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame), t-shirts, bags, postcards and other touristy items all over the city. Just keep your eyes open any time you're near a particularly "touristy" monument.
If you're looking for something a little more creative, try an original piece of artwork or a box of amazing French chocolates. Artists set up shop in Montmarte, so look out for stalls selling sketches and paintings of the city. As for chocolate, we recommend checking out Cacoa et Chocolat. This famous chocolate bar has three locations throughout the city: 29 rue de Buci, 63 rue de Saint Louis and 36 rue Vieille du Temple.
Our Favorite Shopping Sites
Les Halles & Rue de Rivoli
The area around Les Halles offers one of the best shopping experiences in Paris. With lots of little boutiques featuring new designers and trendy brands, this area is youth-oriented, so college students with a shopping addiction will find some incredible options. Definitely don't miss rue Montorgueil, a street overflowing with shopping options, including one of our favorite spots: Hippy Market.
Avenue des Champs-Elysées
The Champs-Elysées is one of the most famous shopping streets in Paris, and for good reason. Taking a stroll down through this beautiful area will give you access to luxury designer stores as well as trendy international chains, so there's something available for everyone, no matter what his or her budget may be.
Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, and Bon Marché
American department stores will never feel the same after you've taken a day to explore some of the enormous department stores in Paris. These shopping Meccas over so many items to ogle over that you may need a whole day just to explore. We're particularly fond of Bon Marché, not only because it's just down the street from St. John's Paris campus, but also because it's a beautiful store with luxury clothing, accessories and food (yes, that's right, it houses a luxury grocery store).
Saint-Ouen Flea Market
If you're looking for that one-of-a-kind object that's sure to draw attention, look no further than the Saint-Ouen Flea Market. Established during the 19th century, this popular market is a must for all shoppers who don't mind doing a little searching in order to find that perfect item.
For shuttle service to and from airports in Paris, we would recommend using Paris Shuttle. Please visit their website to make a booking: http://www.parishuttle.com/fr/
Our experienced and friendly on-site staff is dedicated to doing everything they can to make your Global Studies experience as educational, comfortable and fun as it can be. Their backgrounds may be diverse, but their goals are uniform: working tirelessly for the good of the St. John's student body.
Assistant Director, St. John's Paris Campus
Farida Khatchadourian has been a member of the St. John’s Paris Campus team since 2010, when she began working in her current role as Assistant Director of the Paris Campus. Originally from Marlyand, Farida holds degrees in political science, international education and teaching, but she says that her most valuable education in life has come from traveling and living overseas.
As assistant director, Farida is responsible for helping to ensure that all operations on the Paris campus run smoothly, including helping students with course registration, planning excursions and events on the campus and overseeing student affairs. Her favorite part of the job, though, is interacting with the students on a daily basis and sharing in their enthusiasm. “I love the energy that our students bring,” she says. “And I love how down to earth St. John’s students are.”
Farida recommends that every visitor to Paris take advantage of the many street cafes that the City of Light is known for, but she also suggests going off the beaten track and using the city’s bus system to explore the many ethnic neighborhoods throughout Paris. More than anything, she reminds first-time travelers to take in the sights and sounds of the world around them, being careful not to get too caught up in the “traps” of being a touris: “Put your camera down and just enjoy the moment!”
Residence Director, St. John's Paris Campus
Michael Whorton has been a part of the St. John’s Paris Campus team since October of 2010, when he took on the role of Coordinator of Student Life. Since then, he has transitioned to his current role Residence Director. Among Michael’s responsibilities are the daily smooth functioning of the residence and general upkeep of the campus.
A native of Orono, Maine, Michael moved to France in 2005 after completing his undergraduate studies at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. He received his Master’s degree from the Université de Haute-Bretagne in Rennes in 2010 and worked as an English instructor before joining the St. John’s staff. Michael says that he has long had a passion for teaching and helping young people, and working at St. John’s gives him a unique opportunity to work with, and learn from, students who may have backgrounds that are different from his own.
Michael’s love for the “City of Light” stems from its global reach: “Like New York, Paris is a worldly city. It has an identity all its own.” He also appreciates the city’s proximity to vastly different regions of France, and encourages traveling students to try new things every day: “Make an effort to put off anything you can do at home until you get back there!”
Coordinator of Student Life, St. John's Paris Campus
Frank Mikus joined the St John’s Paris Campus in September 2012 when he took on his current role of Coordinator of Student Life. Originally from Philadelphia, Frank completed his undergraduate studies in international relations at The George Washington University before embarking on an exciting adventure living, studying, and teaching in France for over five years. More recently, he earned his Master’s degree in nineteenth century French history from the Université de Nantes.
At St. John’s, Frank’s responsibilities include planning activities and excursions designed to highlight the best of what Paris and French life have to offer. As Coordinator of Student Life, he regularly helps students on their path towards further cultural and linguistic discovery. An enthusiastic advocate of global education, Frank says that “studying abroad is the first and most important step towards developing the type of cross-cultural understanding required of students in the twenty-first century.”
Frank’s passion for Paris is represented best by the delightfully simple things the City of Light affords every visitor. Once you’ve seen the Eiffel Tower, he recommends heading to one of Paris’ many pâtisseries (pastry shop) for a uniquely delicious slice of French life! In that same vein, Frank’s favorite activity in Paris is to picnic along the banks of the Seine river. “I usually like to set up shop right behind Notre Dame with some tasty snacks and good company—il n’y a rien de mieux!
Coordinator of Academics and Program Development
Isabelle Kazan joined the St John’s Paris Campus in April 2013 when she took on her current role as Coordinator of Academics and Program Development. Originally from southern France, Isabelle holds a B.A. in international relations and M.A. in international communication from the Institute of Political Studies in Aix-en-Provence, France. She believes her most formative experience was her junior year abroad in Madison, Wisconsin. It fostered her interest in the field of intercultural communication and led her to work in study abroad.
At St. John’s Paris Campus, Isabelle coordinates short-term programs and helps oversee activities aimed at improving academics and enhancing students’ intercultural understanding, such as homestays, language courses and excursions. What she loves most is helping students get out of their comfort zone, venturing out into the city and interacting with locals.
She believes Paris is “an amazing city, not just for its architecture and history, but also for the endless opportunities in terms of discovering new restaurants, open markets, parks, museums, shows and exhibits.” Living in one of the gourmet capitals of the world and France’s cuisine melting pot, Isabelle is dedicated to helping students find their own favorite spots for relaxed lunches, luxurious dinners or long hours of sitting and people watching in cafés.
We invite you to experience all the advantages of living and learning at St. John’s in Paris.
Contact us to learn more:
Director of Business Affairs & Planning
Office of Global Studies
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
Office of Global Studies
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439