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.
Take the leap and study with French and international students at the leading business school in Paris—Novancia. Newly formed in 2011 with stunning, modern facilities, Novancia is a member of AACSB International, and offers courses in business, entrepreneurship, commerce, and more—all in English.
By directly enrolling at Novancia, you attend all of your Masters-level classes with highly motivated French and international Novancia students who work together on projects, simulations, and practical business research.
Paris will also be your classroom. Imagine learning about economics from a leading Parisian expert, strolling along the River Seine after a lecture, or practicing the French you just learned with a local student in one of the city’s many cafés. Welcome to study abroad!
We want you to feel at home in Paris, 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.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
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.
Novanciawww.novancia.frIn 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 facilities.
Note: Applications are reviewed by IES Abroad and then submitted to Novancia, who makes final admission decisions.
CoursesYou 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:
Courses offered in past semesters have included the following. Exact offerings may vary.
LocationNovancia 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.
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.
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), and can be a good match for more independent 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. 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 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 welcome dinner, a bus tour of the city, and a half-day field trip are included in orientation.
Following IES Abroad orientation, you begin a short orientation program at Novancia where you are introduced to other students and learn about academics and student life.
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.
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 and Center Operations Manager
Céline ChataingHousing Coordinator
Laurence LarsenStudent Activities Assistant
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
Michel BerthetFrench Language
DEA, Didactiques des langues et des cultures, Université de Paris III
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)
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
Ulrike KasperArt History
PhD in Art History, Université de Paris I
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
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
Elizabeth SheppardPolitical SciencePhD in Political Science, Sciences Po Paris, B.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Masters and Mphil in Political Science from the Institut d'études politiques de Paris (IEP-Sciences Po)
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
Masters in French as a Foreign Language, Université Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle
Mathieu ZagrodzkiPolitical Science
PhD in Political Science, CEVIPOF, IEP de Paris
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