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 important 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 in the world, and is home to Fortune Global 500 companies that specialize in insurance, banking, and energy.
Enjoy all that Paris has to offer while studying business in the City of Light.
The IES Abroad Novancia International Management Direct Enrollment Program offers English-taught courses with French and international students at the premier business school founded by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Paris will also be your classroom. Imagine studying for an exam on the lawns 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. Welcome to study abroad!
We want you to feel at home in France, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Paris. Most students live in French homes with host families to get a taste for what Parisian life is really like, but also have the option to live in an apartment. The IES Abroad staff also keeps you and your fellow students informed of affordable local activities and events happening in Paris.
These dates are preliminary and are subject to change. Students should not book flights according to these dates.
IES Abroad’s mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That's why we've partnered with Novancia.
In 2011, two major business schools in Paris, Negocia and Advancia, combined to form Novancia—Paris’ newest business school specializing in entrepreneurship and commerce. Novancia is a member of AACSB International.
The school has strong ties to the business world of Paris and many of its instructors have years of practical business experience. Novancia students have many opportunities to participate in practical activities that expose them to the exciting reality of international business.
Take a virtual tour of the school's impressive new facilities.
Note: Applications are reviewed by IES Abroad and then submitted to Novancia, who makes final admission decisions.
You enroll in 15-19 IES Abroad credits at Novancia, choosing from the courses below. Courses may vary from term to term. Below are possible courses (listed in italics) and the modules included in each course:
Studying and Living in Paris - 2 IES Abroad credits
Intercultural Issues in France and Paris
A Focus on French Economy
Practical Information on Parisian life
Corporate Strategy and Development - 2 IES Abroad credits
Business Environment - 3 IES Abroad credits
Economics and Business Organization - HR Management
Marketing and Business Development - 4 IES Abroad credits
Business Development Project - 3 IES Abroad credits
Project Management - Tools and Methods
Innovation and Business Development (Online Conference)
Research Methodology Modules - 1 IES Abroad credit
Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis I
French as a Foreign Language - 3 IES Abroad credits - Required
Extra Options (Students may be able to attend Spanish or German language classes or sports classes) - 1 IES Abroad credit
Lectures: Cultural Changes and Challenges
Seminar: Transfer of Business Development Practice
Novancia is located in Montparnasse, near the IES Abroad Center. Novancia is a member of AACSB International, and is undergoing the process of AACSB accreditation.
Even though you’re directly enrolling in one of our partner universities, there’s something IES Abroad wants you to know: we’re here for you if you need us.
Choosing and directly enrolling in courses abroad can be confusing and overwhelming. This is why we offer you predeparture advising that’s specific to your needs. Our goal is to provide support and guidance throughout your application and enrollment process.
But our advising services don’t stop there. While you’re in Paris, our staff is available to help you transition into your new home.
The support services we offer IES Abroad direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals as effectively and smoothly as possible. We know studying abroad is an adventure, and, at times, you may need help or just someone to talk to—that’s why our staff will be there for you.
Whether you have questions about academic requirements, housing, or well-being and safety, our Paris-based IES Abroad staff is available to fully support you. Our staff in Paris will accompany you throughout orientation, as well as on IES Abroad field trips and cultural events.
Our job is to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding what 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.
You stay in a French home in the city of Paris or its surrounding banlieues (suburbs). You eat breakfast daily and three evening meals per week with your host(s). Other meals are available at university cafeterias and inexpensive restaurants. You have the option to request a typical homestay placement, or a placement in a chambre de bonne.
A limited number of apartments are available for an additional fee. Internet access is available via Ethernet cable. Rooms are single studios, and each apartment has a private bathroom and small kitchenette. An IES Abroad Resident Assistant lives on-site. Meals are not included.
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 IES Abroad 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.
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.
A bus tour of the city or a boat tour on the Seine is included in orientation. Orientation begins in Paris and continues in Normandy.
Following IES Abroad orientation, you engage in a brief language-intensive program (a couple of days long) that prepares you for life in France and that includes field study visits to help you to discover the city. You begin courses at Novancia the week following your language-intensive period.
Redefine the way you live and learn in Paris through our cultural events, such as:
Although your adventure begins in Paris, our field trips take you to other great cities in France to provide contrast and context for what you are learning in Paris. You share a portion of the cost with IES Abroad. Past destinations are listed below.
As part of fall orientation, discover the landing sites of World War II and the American cemetery at Colleville, and learn more about this important historical period at the Caen Peace Memorial.
Enjoy a guided visit of the Sun King’s famous château, and tour the magnificent gardens and fountains.
Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte
Tour these beautiful châteaux, located only an hour from Paris.
Note: IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and length of stay may vary according to term and availability.
The IES Abroad Paris Business & International Affairs Center is located strategically in proximity to the Center’s partner institutions, IES Abroad housing, and all of the amenities that the city of Paris has to offer, including French and ethnic restaurants, theatres, shopping, and cafés.
IES Abroad Paris BIA Center Director
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
Amanda MurphyAcademic Coordinator
Peggy SchwobStudent Services Coordinator
Céline ChataingHousing Coordinator
Students taking courses at Novancia will be taught by Novancia faculty.
IES Abroad Faculty
Anne Catherine AbecassisArt and Art History
PhD in Art History, Paris IV-Sorbonne; Maitrise d'Histoire de l'Art, Universite de Paris I; MA in Art History, Universite de Montreal; DEA d'Histoire de l'Art, Universite de Paris I
Alvaro ArtigasPolitical Science
PhD in Comparative Politics, Sciences Po Paris; B.A.in Political Science, MA in Comparative Politics
Brigitte BeauzamyInternational Relations and Management
PhD in Sociology, EHESS Paris; MA in Sociology of Organizations, University of Paris IX Dauphine
David BeytelmannInternational Relations
PhD, Ecole Normale Superieure, Lyon; DEA in Political Philosophy, Universite de Paris X-Nanterre; MA in Political Philosophy, Universite de Paris X-Nanterre
PhD International History, London School of Economics, Master of Slavonic Studies, Oriel College, University of Oxford. BA Modern Languages, University of Bristol.
Mary de GendreGlobal Marketing
MBA, University of Massachussets, Amherst, MA. BA College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, MA. Professeur Ecole Superieure de Commerce Exterieure (ESCE)
Michele Grandmangin-VainseineFrenchDiplôme de Didactique des langues, Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris-III, Maîtrise de Lettres modernes, Paris-III
Mariam HabibiPolitical Science
PhD and DEA in 20th Century History, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris; MA in Contemporary English and European History, University of London; BA in Economics and Politics, University of Lancaster
Won KimGlobal Marketing
PhD Candidate - University of Paris 8, Performing Arts. Masters, Theater Department, University of Paris 8. Marketing professor, INSEEC MBA at IPAG Paris
Baptiste LebretonFrench Language
Master 2 FLE, Universite de Nantes; Master 1 FLE, Universite de Nantes; MA de Francais Langue Etrangere, Universite de Nantes; MA d'Information Communication, Universite de Nantes
Mariana LosadaPolitical Science
PhD en Science Politique, Sciences Po Paris
Claire MiquelFrench Language
DEA in Art History and Literature
PhD, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris); Bachelor of Philosophy, University of York; Bachelor of Arts, University of Warwick
Dominique Taffin-JouhaudFrench Language
DESS in Translation, University of Paris III
Joav TokerPolitical Science, Communications
B.A. l’Université Hébraïque de Jérusalem: Sciences Politiques et Sociales; M.I.A. Columbia University, NY; PhD in progress
Truc Long Vô TrânBusiness French
Maîtrise de Français Langue Étrangère Licence de Sciences du Langage, Université Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle
Mathieu ZagrodzkiPolitical Science
PhD en Science Politique, CEVIPOF, IEP de Paris