When most people think of Paris, they think of iconic sights, like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe. These sites are emblems of France’s history, but today Paris is one of the most important business, financial, and political centers of the world. It has one of the highest GDPs of any city and is home to Fortune Global 500 companies that specialize in insurance, banking, and energy. As an important location in the European Union, Paris is also home to international agencies such as the European Institute for Security Studies, the OECD, and UNESCO.
Enjoy all that Paris has to offer while studying business and international affairs in the City of Light. You can also enroll in an internship, which includes time spent working at your placement and an academic seminar that helps you contextualize what you’re learning.
This program offers IES Abroad courses taught by faculty from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. For students studying Business, International Affairs, and International Relations, we are also offering new IES Abroad Communications courses. Choose from topics like Concepts of Information in Journalism and Communications and The Function of Marketing in Business. While in Paris, you can also earn the IES Abroad Global Leadership Certificate to enrich y our experience abroad. In addition to your IES Abroad courses, you can take English-taught courses with French and international students at Novancia, the premier business school founded by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Enjoy course-related excursions to cities such as Geneva and Brussels.
Paris will also be your classroom. Imagine studying for an exam at a café near the Eiffel Tower, taking in the beauty of the art at the Musée d’Orsay, or strolling along the River Seine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Everything you do will be part of your learning experience.
We want you to feel at home in Paris, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study
abroad experience possible. Most students live in French homes to get a taste for what Parisian life is really like. Our staff also keeps you and your fellow students informed of affordable local activities and events happening in Paris.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the highest quality academic and cultural experience abroad possible.
We offer unique courses that explore International Business, Political Science, French language, and more through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.
You take 15–19 credit hours per semester; all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified.
Based on your qualifications for taking Business courses and your language level, your academic experience may include the following required and optional components:
Fall & Spring Semesters
Additional limited options for students with advanced French:
When planning your term abroad, please note the following guidelines regarding specific courses:
IES Abroad French Language Courses
The IES Abroad program begins with one week of intensive language classes. You continue your language instruction for the remainder of the semester for a total of either 6 credits for Beginning language students (FR 101i) or 4 credits for Intermediate and Advanced French language students (FR 201, FR 301, FR 303, FR 352, FR 401).
IES Abroad Global Leadership Certificate
If you're interested in Global Leadership Studies, you can earn the IES Abroad Leadership Certificate by:
When you successfully complete all components, you will receive an official certificate from IES Abroad.
This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.
To learn more about IES Abroad’s innovative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to teaching language abroad, refer to the IES Abroad MAP for Language & Intercultural Communication.
Novancia Business School Pariswww.novancia.fr
Novancia, the business school of the Paris Ile-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is located in the 15th arrondissement, near the Tour Montparnasse. The school has strong ties to the business world of Paris and many of its instructors have years of practical business experience. Students who take courses at Novancia participate in practical and group activities with French and other international students. Novancia is a member of AACSB International and has applied for accreditation.
A selection of courses are available to our students in English and French for either 2 or 3 credits. Past course offerings have included:
Enrolling in one of these courses puts an IES Abroad student into a classroom with French and international students who are immersed in the study of entrepreneurship and business development. Because all Novancia students must do an internship outside of France, these students are focused on business around the world, and are particularly open to students from countries other than France.
Institut Catholique de Pariswww.icp.fr
If you have taken four or more semesters of college-level French and place into the advanced level of French at Paris Business & International Affairs, you may supplement your IES Abroad courses with a French-taught course at the Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP).
Founded in 1875 for the purpose of religious training, the ICP now offers a full curriculum to a diverse student population. As a small, private institution that enrolls 5,000 French students each year, the ICP offers you small classes and opportunities for interaction with students and professors.
Courses at the Institut Catholique de Paris are usually worth 3 credits. You can select from French-taught courses in the following disciplines:
Location & Commute Time
Located in the 6th arrondissement, the Institut Catholique de Paris is about 15 minutes from the IES Abroad Paris Business & International Affairs Center by metro, or about 30 minutes by foot. Consult the Paris Metro Map for more information.
Interning abroad as part of your study abroad experience will help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market. It’s an exhilarating challenge, and we’re here to help guide you in securing your placement and succeeding in your internship. Internships are only available to students placed in French language courses FR 325 or higher
Participating in an internship abroad helps you:
All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship.
Past students have interned in the following fields. Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Advisor—new internships are always being added.
Course-related excursions are organized to complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of French culture and society. Participation is based on course registration. In the past, students have visited:
Visit the European Commission or European Parliament, and other institutions such as the Committee of Regions.
Visit international NGOs such as the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the United Nations, or the World Trade Organization.
The Champagne Region
Visit two different Champagne producers and learn how Champagne is made at both a large cooperative and a small family-owned farm.
Course-related excursions in and around Paris may include:
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Paris, it will feel like home.
Homestays - Located throughout Paris and in the well-regarded adjacent suburbs, each household hosts one or two students (each student has a private room). Breakfast is provided daily and you share three evening meals per week with your hosts. You may take other meals in student cafeterias or local cafés. You have the option to request a typical homestay placement, or a placement in a chambre de bonne. Commuting times to the IES Abroad Center range from 20 minutes to 50 minutes.
International House - A limited number of single rooms with private bathrooms are available and managed by a Catholic association. Female students of all religious backgrounds are welcome. Students have access to a common kitchen, lounge and laundry room. Meals are not included. WiFi is available. It is located a short 10 minute walk from the BIA center. Students interested in this housing option will be required to sign a contract upon arrival to abide by rules set by the International House.
Apartments - A limited number of placements in apartments are available in the 14th arrondissement. The apartment building houses other IES Abroad students and local residents (non-students). You are housed in single studios with private bathrooms and small kitchenettes. An IES Abroad Resident Assistant is on-site, and apartments are equipped with wireless Internet access. No meals are provided in this housing option - you may cook your own meals or eat at inexpensive restaurants in the area. The building is a 20-minute walk, three metro stops, or one direct bus ride from the IES Abroad Paris BIA Center. This housing option is available for an additional fee.
Part of making you feel at home in Paris is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
The program begins with a two-day orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Paris BIA staff, your fellow students, and the city of Paris, and covers important topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety. A welcome dinner, a bus tour of the city, and a half-day field trip are
included in orientation.
Following orientation, you engage in a week-long intensive French language program that prepares you for life in France and includes cultural visits to help you discover the city.
CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.
Redefine the way you live and learn in Paris through our cultural events, such as:
Even though your adventure starts in Paris, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. These trips are subsidized by IES Abroad. Here are a few possible destinations:
Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte
Tour these beautiful châteaux, located only an hour from Paris.
Normandy WWII Sites
Discover the landing sites of World War II, visit the American cemetery at Colleville, and learn more about the Allied invasion of Normandy at the Caen Peace Memorial.
Enjoy a guided visit of the Sun King’s famous château, and tour the magnificent gardens and fountains.
Note: IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and length of stay may vary according to term and availability.
About the Center
The Paris Business and International Affairs Center is located in the 15th arrondissement, in a residential area near the Convention and rue de Vaugirard metro stops. The area has many shops and is served by public transportation.
Nathalie Lenfant has been with IES Abroad Paris since 1998. She was named Associate Director of the Paris French Studies program in 2002, and became the Director of the Paris Business and International Affairs program when it opened in 2007. She holds a Licence degree in English with a specialization in American Civilization from the University of Poitiers, as well as a certificate in translation and interpretation. She has a graduate degree from the Ecole Supérieure de Traducteur Interprète et Commerce Extérieur and from the Catholic University of Lille. During her studies, she spent a year as a foreign exchange student in Richmond, Virginia and a summer at Oregon State University. Prior to joining IES, Mme. Lenfant worked at the French National Office of AFS (American Field Service) as a regional coordinator of volunteering and as a coordinator of housing, intercultural training, and student activities.
IES Abroad Staff
Chris FaggellaAcademic Advisor
Peggy SchwobAssistant Director and Student Services Manager
Céline ChataingHousing Coordinator
Laurence LarsenStudent Activities
Lucille DermercheAcademic Assistant
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