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2020 Paris Alumni Weekend - 70 Years of IES Abroad

Celebrate 70 Years of IES Abroad... in Paris!

Join us in Paris from June 5-8, 2020 to celebrate 70 Years of IES Abroad! Alumni (and families) from all classes and Centers are welcome.

Note: The 2020 Nantes Alumni Weekend will be held immediately following (June 10-14, 2020). Make the most of your trip abroad and join us for both weekends! Click here for more information about Nantes 2020.

This is an event you don't want to miss! Space at individual events is limited, buy tickets early! Sales close May 5, 2020.*

Questions? Click to see our FAQs and contact info.

Schedule of Events**

Friday, June 5, 2020

  • Arrivals
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm | Lecture on French Luxury Brand Management | IES Abroad Paris Center: This faculty-led lecture will give you a glimpse into the current topics taught in this IES Abroad Paris Business and International Affairs class. The lecture will be held in English. (Complementing the lecture will be a day trip on Monday, June 8th to Maison Mumm in Reims for a tour and tasting. See below for details.) | $30 per person
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm | Tour and Reception at Paris French Studies and Paris BIA Centers (based on which program you attended): Tour the Center and learn about the French programs today. Meet students and staff and celebrate with a champagne toast and light hors d'oeuvres. | Complimentary
  • Evening | Dinner with your classmates or other alumni | Pay on-site

Saturday, June 6, 2020

  • 9:30am - 12:00pm | Faculty-led Walking Tour of Montmartre: Learn about the vibrant artistic history of the 18th arrondisement where renowned artists the likes of Monet, Renoir, Degas, Mondrian, and van Gogh lived and worked. Led by Professor Anne Catherine Abecassis. Departs from a café in Montmartre neighborhood. Optional lunch with the group or suggestions for location to go on your own. | $30 per person
  • 7:45pm - 11:00pm | Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Seine: Enjoy French cuisine while admiring the beauty of Paris in this memorable sunset cruise experience | $130 per person (Includes dinner, beverages, and sunset cruise)

Sunday, June 7, 2020

  • Free day to explore Paris!

Monday, June 8, 2020

  • 8:00am - 6:00pm | Day Trip to Reims: Depart as a group from Gare de L'Est to Reims, France for lunch, a tour of Reims Cathedral and the Maison Mumm champagne cellar. Return to Paris Gare de l'Est by train. | $150 per person (includes lecture, train tickets, lunch, tour and tasting)

Consider continuing your stay in France at the Nantes Alumni Weekend (June 11-14, 2020)!
*The costs of the program do not include flights, hotels, or travel expenses. Can provide refunds up to 60 days before the event. Download our Return to Paris Guide when planning your trip.
**Schedule is subject to change. Please meet at event locations, transportation is not provided.

Did you study abroad in a year ending in 5 or 0? If so, it's your reunion year- let's celebrate together!

Let us know if you studied abroad in a year ending in 5 or 0 and we will help organize a reunion for your class during the Alumni Weekend.



What is an alumni weekend? How is this one different?

The IES Abroad Alumni team hosts weekends at select Centers around the world where alumni can reunite with their classmates, revisit their old stomping grounds, and make new memories with friends and family. In 2020, there are seven Alumni Weekends in different cities with unique activities in celebration of 70 Years of IES Abroad.

I did not study in Paris, can I still attend?

Yes! The event is open to all those who studied abroad with IES Abroad or IES Internships.

Can I bring friends and family members?

Absolutely! In fact, we encourage it! Make sure to purchase the appropriate amount of tickets and record their information.

What are my airport, transportation and hotel options?

Attendees are responsible for their own transport and accommodations. We recommend arriving at the Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports. See our Return to Paris Guide for a list of recommended hotels, restaurants, and popular activities in Paris.

What should I bring to the event?

Warm-weather clothing, light jacket, comfortable shoes and water bottles for walking tours, a camera, and charging converters are staples for the weekend!


Still Have Questions? 

Contact the Alumni Office at [email protected] or 312.261.5069