January Scholars 2018

During IAP 2018, seven MIT students discovered Paris behind the scenes with Professor Bruno Perreau

The January Scholars Program is an award granted to the best students involved in the French program at MIT.

Thanks to the support of the French Initiatives Endowment Fund, the students spent two weeks in Paris under the guidance of Professor Bruno Perreau, and discovered “Paris et la rue”. The program included visits, concerts, conferences given by experts in their field, but also dinners and immersion in Paris’ cultural and daily life.

This year students explored the history of street revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries, the student movements of May 1968, issues of public transportation in different districts of Paris, but also new major architectural projects and street art.

They met with Opera principal dancer, Germain Louvet, who gave them a private tour of the Palais Garnier. They saw the ballet Don Quichotte at the Bastille Opera, the theater play La Règle du Jeu at the Comédie française, the movie La Villa by Robert Guédiguian at the MK2 Parnasse, and also enjoyed the music of Dvorák, Ravel and Bloch at the new Philharmonic concert hall in the north of Paris. And, of course, the group enjoyed some of the best meals of the city, and also had free time for their own experiences. They discovered the city of Bordeaux in the South West of France, the “Catacombes”, and the unavoidable parisian January sales! A fantastic experience for all of us!

  • DAILY BLOG - To check all the activities and discoveries made by the students, check out our detailed daily blog.
  • ARTICLE - Anelise Newman, one of the 2018 JSF Scholar, also wrote a contribution for MIT admissions.

We are very grateful to all the people who made the program possible, and are very much looking forward to organizing JSF 2019!