On this program you can start to learn the French language—even if you've never studied it before—in one of the most famous cities in the world. Enjoy Parisian culture in the summer with festivals, sidewalk cafés, gardens, outdoor markets, and more. Enhance your classroom experience by visiting local museums and touring the city’s many diverse neighborhoods.
The 6-credit intensive beginning course immerses you in French language and culture learning. The course is taught in French by native French speakers, and incorporates course-related excursions in Paris, including visits to art museums, and its architectural and historical landmarks.
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.
The IES Abroad Paris Beginning Language Summer Program is designed specifically for Beginning- and Advanced Beginning- level students.
The 6-credit intensive beginning course immerses you in French language and culture learning. The course is taught in French by native French speakers, and incorporates course-related excursions in Paris.
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 supplement coursework, the IES Abroad Paris Summer Beginning Language Program includes course-related excursions to many sites of historic significance in Paris. Destinations 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 – 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.
Apartments – 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.
Upon arrival in Paris, you will participate in a one-day orientation that includes:
Possible one-day field trips include Versailles, Giverny and Reims.
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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