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L'Anatomie à Paris - An Inclusive Approach

Program full for summer 2024

We hope to offer this program again in a future summer.

Faculty Leader

Geoffroy Noel

noelDr. Geoffroy Noel is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at UCSD, and Chief of the Division of Anatomy. He teaches dissection in medical school, residency and continuing medical education programs. His research on the use of new technologies such as needle free devices, augmented reality guidance, ultrasound-guided anesthesia and 3D printing in surgical training is supported by various surgical funding agencies. His work in the field of medical education is highly cited. He recently published various articles on the history of body donation. He is currently working on novel humanistic approaches to cultivate empathy, compassion and inclusion when studying from body donors, which is sponsored by the Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion. He is also a 2023 Teaching + Learning Commons Changemaker Fellow for Anti-Racist Pedagogy Learning Community. His passion for teaching was recognized locally, nationally, and internationally with the 2022 and 2023, Kaiser “Excellence in Teaching” Award, the 2020 ADInstruments Sam Drogo Technology in the Classroom Award, and the 2020 Canadian Association of Medical Education Certificate of Merit.


Why you should go

Paris is often seen as a romantic city with rich architecture and renowned pastries. But did you know that it was also the place where the most famous French surgeons-anatomists paved the ways to all the eponyms used in Surgery, even nowadays? It is also a place where the popularization of anatomical models to study anatomy outside of the dissection room flourished using different materials. Paris is one of the best places in the world to study anatomy, how anatomical structures were represented, and how those representations evolved overtime. Students will explore centuries old anatomic models and attend medical school mini-lectures by French anatomists on the tribulations and contributions of the most famous French surgeons-anatomists.

This interdisciplinary experience will allow for students to connect art, anatomy, science, history, and culture for a richer understanding of the historic and cultural underpinnings of anatomy education, the connection between science and culture, and the influence of anatomic studies on the great Renaissance masterpiece.

Who should go

Anyone! Students need no background; the classes have no prerequisites. Students who have an interest in medicine, health sciences, biological science, history, and art, and who have an interest in travelling to see a beautiful and inspiring place should apply! Both classes in this seminar may be able to be used as general education courses as well as upper division credits in Public Health, Global Health, and Anthropology. (natural science requirements) in most of the colleges. Those courses can be petitioned to count as credit towards a number of other majors.

Consult your academic advisor to determine officially how the courses will apply to your graduation requirements.

Information Sessions

  • This Global Seminar program has filled
  • Register here  to get the fall session recording.

See the Info Session Calendar


Departure from U.S.: Sat., June 29, 2024
Arrival: Sun., June 30, 2024
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., July 1, 2024
First Day of Class: Mon., July 1, 2024
Last Day of Class: Fri., August 2, 2024
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., August 3, 2024

Flight Information

  • You will be responsible for purchasing your own airplane tickets, and your program coordinator will provide guidelines and resources during the pre-departure process to help you find an appropriate flight.
  • Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed. All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program has reached minimum enrollment.

Global Seminar Fees

All fees subject to change. See for current tuition and campus-based fees.

  UCSD Other UC Non-UC
Program Cost:
(includes $500 administrative fee)
$ 4,945.09 $ 4,945.09 $ 4,945.09
Estimated Tuition and Campus-Based Fees:
$2,514.43 $2,564.43 $3,454.43
(not including airfare or personal expenses)
$ 7,453.05 $ 7,503.05 $ 8,393.05

Budget Sheet

Funding Options

See the funding options page to learn how financial aid and scholarships can help you pay for this program.

Museums and Historical Sites in Paris:

Excursions are subject to change without prior notice. No refunds are possible.


  • Students will be housed in either student housing or local apartments with four or five other USCD students. There is a bathroom and kitchenette in each apartment.
  • Our program partner will accept roommate requests during the pre-departure process. Roommate requests cannot be guaranteed and must be mutual. Each student must request the other student in writing separately. 
  • Internet access included.
  • Access to public transportation
  • Fans available for pick up from the CEA CAPA Center (1 per bedroom)
  • Housing arrangements are subject to change based on local circumstances without prior notice. No price adjustments are possible.

Included Meals

  • Welcome group meal
  • Farewell group meal

Classroom and Computer Access

  • Courses will be taught at the CEA Paris Center in the Marais District
  • Computer lab and wifi available
  • Laptop plug-in stations located in several locations in the building
  • Wireless access may be intermittent due to local conditions. No refunds or price adjustments are possible.


  • Airport pickup and return transportation provided.
  • Students will be provided an empty metro card and instructions on how to add funds to it using the user-friendly mobile app.


  • Students must have cell service turned on at all times for safety purposes
  • Information about local cell phone options will be provided during on-site orientation.

Insurance, Health, and Safety

  • An in-depth orientation will be given after arrival, including health and safety procedures.
  • Program partner staff will be available by telephone after hours. 
  • Students are covered by $250,000 Consolidated Health Plans (CHP) health insurance
  • All students will be registered for UC travel insurance valid for program dates + 14 days cumulative.
  • Students travelling more than that should obtain independent travel insurance.