The Louvre in Paris
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Multi-Location Summer - Museums & Beyond: Art & Culture in Paris, Rome & Madrid Add to favorites
  • Paris, France
  • Rome, Italy
  • Madrid, Spain
Student at the Colosseum in Rome
Taking a bike ride in Rome
Students by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris
Inside the Vatican
Students in front of the Eiffel Tower
Student in front of the Eiffel Tower
Student and Rome skyline
Students in Rome
At a futbol game in Paris
Student in front of Madrid skyline
Viewing Salvador Dali painting in Madrid
Students in Madrid
Student exploring Rome
Student exploring Madrid
Student by the Eiffel Tower
Enjoying a meal in Rome

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Why Paris, Rome and Madrid?

Why study abroad in one great European city during the summer when you can explore the cultural heritage of Paris, Rome, and Madrid?

In this six-and-a-half-week program, you will explore how art and architecture have affected urban development, life, and culture in three fascinating European capitals, and how museums preserve, develop, study, and display their collections for the benefit of the public.

What You'll Study

Start your program in Paris, where you’ll begin to appreciate how these cities have developed around the central idea of cultural heritage and patrimony. It’s here you’ll  start your two cross-Center courses that will then take you to Rome, and finally to Madrid for two weeks in each city. Your courses will integrate class time with course- related trips to art and cultural management institutions, including visits to well-known museums such as the Musée d’Orsay, the Vatican Museum, and El Prado.

During your coursework, you will study how art, architecture, and monuments have, at different times and in different ways, affected life and culture in the cities of Paris,  Rome, and Madrid. You will also examine past and current strategies adopted to preserve, enhance, and communicate cultural heritage, and how major challenges facing museums in the 21st century can be addressed.

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.

Academics

During your coursework, you will study how art, architecture, and monuments have at different times and in different ways affected urban development, life, and culture in Paris, Rome, and Madrid. You will also examine past and current strategies adopted to preserve, enhance, and communicate cultural heritage, and how major challenges facing museums in the 21st century can be addressed.

You'll enroll in two required courses for a total of 6 credits (3 credits per course)

  • Cities as Living Museums
  • Museums and Heritage: Management, Conservation and Dissemination of Collections and Cultural Patrimony

Field Trips & Events

This program includes exciting course-related excursions that allow you to learn first-hand about the challenges of managing and preserving cultural heritage in the context of a modern and global economy. Course-related excursions are required, integral academic components of this program. The cost of the excursions is included in the IES Abroad program fee.  Possible course-related excursion destinations include:

  • Paris - Opera, Montmartre, Pompidou Center, Musée d’Orsay, National Museum of Art
  • Rome - Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Cathedral of Rome, Colosseum, Villa of Cardinal Scipione Boghese, Vatican Museums, Forums of Caesar, Augustus, Nerva, Trajan
  • Madrid - El Prado, Reina Sofia Museum, El Escorial, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Toledo

Course-Related Trips

Your courses will integrate class time with course-related excursions to art and cultural management institutions, such as visits to well-known museums like the Louvre, El Prado, and the Vatican Museum.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Europe, 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.

Orientation

1 day before classes begin in Paris, followed by one-day orientations in Rome and Madrid, introducing you to the staff and the city in each location

Housing

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.

Apartments - Furnished apartments with kitchen area and shared or ensuite bathrooms. Meals are not included.

Get to Know Your New City

Get More Monet For Your Money!

Spend all the time you want in the many museums of Paris like the Musée d’Orsay with cheap ticket prices thanks to your IES Abroad student card.

Bask in the Good Life at the Place des Vosges

This stately square features arched arcades, and gorgeous 17th- and 18th-century apartment buildings surrounding an immaculate garden. Grab a cup of coffee, have a seat on a bench, and take in the surroundings.

Picnic by the Seine

Watch boats and share brie on baguettes with friends, then dance while live bands play on the river banks.

Explore the Parc de la Villette

This massive park is home to a canal, themed gardens, museums, a cinema, and large architectural sculptures.

Encore! Encore! Enjoy the Theatre

Experience ballet and opera performances under a ceiling painted by Marc Chagall at the Palais Garnier opera house.

Program Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Term: Summer 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2018 $5,250 $1,885 $135 $7,270


Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.

Our Center

The Paris Business and International Affairs Center is located in the 15th arrondissement, in a residential area between the Vaugirard & Plaisance metro stops. The area has many shops and is well-served by public transportation.

Features include:

  • Technology-equipped classrooms
  • High-speed WiFi connectivity and printer access
  • A book corner and computer area for students
  • Video keypad security system

Our Staff

Nathalie Lenfant

Center Director

Nathalie Lenfant has been the Director of the IES Abroad Paris Business & International Affairs Program since its inception in 2007. She has worked with IES Abroad since 1998, when she began as the Internship Coordinator of the Paris French Studies Center. She was named Associate Director of IES Abroad Paris French Studies in 2002. She holds a French License in English with a specialization in American Civilization from the University of Poitiers and a graduate degree from the École Supérieure de Traducteur Interprète et Commerce Extérieur of the Catholic University in Lille. During her studies, Mme. Lenfant spent a year as a foreign exchange student in Richmond, Virginia, and a summer as a student at Oregon State University. Prior to joining IES Abroad, Mme. Lenfant worked at the French National Office of American Field Service (AFS) as a regional coordinator of volunteering, and as a coordinator of housing, intercultural training, and student activities.

IES Abroad Staff

IES Abroad Staff
Peggy Schwob
Assistant Director and Student Services Coordinator

Chris Faggella
Academic Advisor

Céline Chataing
Housing Coordinator

Laurence Larsen
Student Activities Assistant

Joanna Silber
Academic and Administrative Assistant

Debbie Morvany 
Program Assistant