Learn French while studying international marketing and brand management in Paris, one of the world’s great cities—home to Global Fortune 500 companies and luxurious brands, as well as sidewalk cafes, stunning gardens, outdoor markets, and more.
As an important international business center that boasts one of the highest GDPs of any city, Paris is an ideal city to study marketing and to begin your study of the French language.
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.
Our courses will expand your understanding of the marketplace for luxury brands, and the marketing of products around the world. Using the many examples that Paris has to offer, these courses will give you an educational experience that you couldn’t get on your home campus.
Our intensive beginning language course immerses you in French language and culture learning. The course is taught by native French speakers.
Choose two out of three of the following courses:
Our courses also incorporate course-related excursions that will further expose you to Paris, its culture, and the city’s place as a major center of international business.
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 & Marketing 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.
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.
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 Fontainebleau.
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
IES Abroad Faculty
Anne Catherine AbecassisArt and Art History
Ph.D. 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
Ph.D. 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)
Ph.D. 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
Ph.D. in Art History, Université de Paris I
Won KimGlobal Marketing
Ph.D. - 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
Evelyn LockettHistory of Modern France
Ph.D. Candidate - University of Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne, History
Mariana LosadaLeading Across CulturesPh.D. in Sociology - Sciences Po Paris
Claire MiquelFrench Language
DEA in Art History and Literature
Ph.D., Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris); Bachelor of Philosophy, University of York; Bachelor of Arts, University of Warwick
Elizabeth SheppardPolitical SciencePh.D. 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
Catharina WulfInternational and Intercultural Management
Ph.D. in Communication Theory, Univeristy of Mainz - Germany
Mathieu ZagrodzkiPolitical Science
Ph.D. in Political Science, CEVIPOF, IEP de Paris
Students taking courses at Novancia and/or the Institut Catholique will be taught by the respective university faculty.
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