Orange Alert

A&S, SU Abroad Reopen 'Paris Noir' Application Period

Interested students should contact SU Abroad immediately to initiate application process

April 7, 2015, by Sarah Scalese

Paris Noir participants gather in front of Cafe de Flore
Paris Noir participants gather in front of Cafe de Flore

Today, Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences and SU Abroad announced the reopening of the application period for one of the University’s most revered study abroad experiences: Paris Noir.

The program, which began 14 years ago, is a six credit opportunity aimed at students who are interested in learning about the influence and dynamics of Black culture, literature, and experience in Paris, both past and present.

Nearly two weeks ago, it was announced that Paris Noir would not be offered this summer due to low enrollment. Like any other class, course, or study abroad program with low enrollment in a given year, the University has to reevaluate whether the program can still be offered. But A&S Dean Karin Ruhlandt says the program has had such a tremendous impact on its participants, that reopening the application period is not only appropriate, but necessary.

“Paris Noir is a hallmark study abroad program and one that the University wants to see continue for many more years,” says Ruhlandt, an international scholar herself who also directs a National Science Foundation-supported international program in chemistry. “Personally, I believe studying abroad is a cornerstone of any liberal arts education and it is my hope that any student that wants to travel internationally has the opportunity to do so during their time at Syracuse University.”

The College of Arts and Sciences, the SU Abroad team, and the program’s faculty director Associate Professor Janis Mayes will collaborate deploying vigorous recruitment efforts in hopes of attracting interested students. In order for the trip to go on as planned, 14 students must commit to the program.

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 17; all deposits ($550) and Conditions of Participation forms must be in by Friday, April 24. Students are responsible for the cost of their airfare as well as most of their meals.

“It’s going to take hard work, collaboration, and our best recruiting efforts to make sure we meet our enrollment objectives,” adds Ruhlandt. “We are going to do everything in our power to promote this opportunity, communicate its tremendous value, and assist students with the application and financial aid process.”

Mayes, professor of African-American studies and creator of Paris Noir, says she is appreciative of Dean Ruhlandt, Chancellor Kent Syverud, Interim Provost Liz Liddy, and the staff at SU Abroad for their support.

“Paris Noir is so much more than a study abroad program, it’s a life-changing experience for students who otherwise may not have the opportunity to travel and study in Paris,” says Mayes. “I look forward to working closely with the Dean’s communications team and SU Abroad to see to it that any student that seeks to experience Paris Noir has the opportunity to do so this summer.”

Students interested in applying to Paris Noir should go to visit If they have questions, they should contact Marie Kulikowsky by email at

Contributions to support the Paris Noir program are welcome. To support the program, contact Karen Weiss Jones, assistant dean for advancement, at 315.443.2028 or

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Sarah Scalese