L'École du Louvre, France

L'École du Louvre, situated in the Aile de Flore of the Louvre Palace in Paris, France, is a higher education institution founded in 1882 which aims to extract the knowledge hidden in works of art in order to train curators, missionaries and excavators.

Selected St Andrews students participate in an intensive three-week summer school from late June to mid-July.

L'École du Louvre website

Who can go?

Postgraduate students in the School of Art History.

How to apply

Applications for L'École du Louvre open in November or December for entry the following summer.

You should request an application form from your School’s study abroad coordinator. You should submit this, along with an academic reference by the deadline set by the School of Art History.

After you apply, you may be interviewed by your School and the Study Abroad team.

If you are selected to participate in the exchange, St Andrews will nominate you to L'École du Louvre.

Current students can contact study abroad coordinators to find out more. 

Your studies

The three-week placement comprises a combination of lectures and seminars, alongside practical visits to museums and heritage sites in the Paris area. Students are taught by leading Paris-based curators and researchers about museology, the history of museums, issues in conservation and restoration, and exhibition programming. 

Teaching will be conducted in English, therefore prior knowledge of French is not a requirement.

Seine at night (Paris, France)

Passport and visas

You should ensure that your passport is valid for the duration of your trip. If you are an international student who has a visa to study in the UK, and you have any questions about the implications of studying or working abroad whilst matriculated at St Andrews, you should consult Student Services by emailing advint@st-andrews.ac.uk.


About the institution

L'École du Louvre is a higher education institution offering courses in the history of art, archaeology, epigraphy, history of civilizations, anthropology and museology. Founded in 1882, it has the status of a public institution under the Ministry of Culture.

Glass pyramid of the Louvre covered in snow


Students will pay their fees as normal to the University of St Andrews. For more information about fees, please email studyabroad@st-andrews.ac.uk.

You will be responsible for meeting any additional costs accruing from accommodation, food, travel, etc.


L'École du Louvre does not offer accommodation to its students, so you should be prepared to look for private accommodation.

There are many private accommodation options and the following sites may help in the search:

Fountain in Paris

Travel and transport

Most students arrive in Paris at Charles de Gaulle Airport, and the Louvre is situated in the centre of the city. A monthly Metro card is a good idea for travelling often and cheaply around Paris.


Collaborations and Study Abroad
University of St Andrews
St Katharine's West
The Scores
St Andrews
KY16 9AX

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2245
Email: studyabroad@st-andrews.ac.uk