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Why Paris?

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 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, and is home to Fortune Global 500 companies that specialize in insurance, banking, and energy. As an important location in the European Union, Paris is also home to international agencies, such as the European Institute for Security Studies, the OECD, and UNESCO.

What You'll Study

Enjoy all that Paris has to offer while studying Business and International Affairs in the City of Light. If your French is at a high level, you can also enroll in an internship, which includes time spent working at your placement and an academic seminar that helps you contextualize what you’re learning.

This program offers IES Abroad courses taught by faculty from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. In addition to your IES Abroad courses, you can take English- and French-taught courses with French and international students at Novancia, a business school founded by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Enjoy course-related trips to other cities, like Geneva.

Daily Life

Paris will also be your classroom. Imagine studying for an exam at a café near the Eiffel Tower, taking in the beauty of the art at the Musée d’Orsay, or strolling along
the River Seine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Everything you do will be part of your learning experience.

We want you to feel at home in Paris, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible. Most students live in French homes to get a taste for what Parisian life is really like. Our staff also keeps you and your fellow students informed of affordable local activities and events happening in Paris.

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$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

Our mission is simple: to provide you with the highest quality academic and cultural experience abroad possible.

We offer unique courses that explore international business, political science, communications, French language, and more through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at a prestigious local university enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

While in Paris, you take 15–19 credits per semester; all courses are worth 3 US credits unless otherwise specified.

Based on your qualifications for taking Business courses and your language level, your academic experience may include the following required and optional components:

  • French language course (required, 4 US credits)
  • IES Abroad Paris Business & International Affairs courses (optional, 3 US credits; English-taught, prerequisites for individual courses apply)
  • IB/MG393 Global Leadership course (optional, 3 US credits) To develop your cross-cultural leadership skills
  • Internship placement and seminar (optional, 3 US credits, requires placement into FR352 or higher)
  • Partner University course (optional, 2-3 US credits; English-taught; prerequisites for individual courses apply)

Enrollment Guidelines
When planning your term abroad, please note the following guidelines regarding specific courses:

  • You may enroll in only one Art History course.
  • BS/FR324 Business French, AH/FR380 Language of the Arts, and FR/CM325 French Conversation & Current Events are French-taught electives and do not replace a French language course.  These courses are open to students who have placed into an FR 352 or higher.

IES Abroad French Language Courses
The IES Abroad program begins with one week of intensive language classes.  You continue your language instruction for the remainder of the semester for a total of 4 credits.

Enrollment is determined by a written predeparture language exam followed by an intensive language period on-site, during which oral proficiency is evaluated.

Courses

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 learn more about IES Abroad’s innovative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to teaching language abroad, refer to the IES Abroad MAP for Language & Intercultural Communication.

Art History
Course Name Term Language Credits
AH 215 - History of Paris in Architecture & Art Fall, Spring English 3
AH 320 - 19th Century Art: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism Fall, Spring English 3
AH/FR 380 - Language of the Arts Fall, Spring French 3
CU/AH 250 - Art and Design in the roaring twenties: from Art Nouveau to Art Decos Fall, Spring English 3
Business Administration
Course Name Term Language Credits
FR/BS 324 - Business French Fall, Spring French 3
Communications
Course Name Term Language Credits
CM 315 - Panorama of French Media Fall, Spring English 3
CM/MK 340 - Luxury Business Strategies & Communication Fall English 3
FR/CM 325 - French Conversation and Current Events Fall, Spring French 3
PO/CM 320 - Media and Current Affairs in France and the European Union Fall, Spring English 3
PO/CM 330 - Media, Politics, and Political Communication in the U.S. and France Fall, Spring English 3
Cultural Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
CU/AH 250 - Art and Design in the roaring twenties: from Art Nouveau to Art Decos Fall, Spring English 3
FH/CU 220 - Art, Design & Fashion in France Fall, Spring English 3
Economics
Course Name Term Language Credits
IR/EC 340 - The Political Economy of European Integration Fall, Spring English 3
PO/EC 350 - International Political Economy Fall, Spring English 3
PO/IR/EC 355 - Emerging Markets and Development Strategies in the 21st Century Fall, Spring English 3
Fashion
Course Name Term Language Credits
FH/CU 220 - Art, Design & Fashion in France Fall, Spring English 3
French Language
Course Name Term Language Credits
AH/FR 380 - Language of the Arts Fall, Spring French 3
FR 101 - French Language in Context: Novice Abroad I Fall, Spring French 4
FR 201 - French Language in Context: Novice Abroad III Fall, Spring French 4
FR 301 - French Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I Fall, Spring French 4
FR 303 - French Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad III Fall, Spring French 4
FR 352 - French Language in Context: Independent Abroad II Fall, Spring French 4
FR 401 - French Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad I Fall, Spring French 4
FR/BS 324 - Business French Fall, Spring French 3
FR/CM 325 - French Conversation and Current Events Fall, Spring French 3
History
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO/HS 290 - History of Europe: Building Contemporary Europe Fall English 3
SO/HS 315 - France, the Middle East and Islam Fall, Spring English 3
International Business
Course Name Term Language Credits
IB/MG 371 - International and Intercultural Management Fall, Spring English 3
MG/IB 393 - Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice Fall, Spring English 3
International Political Econ
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO/IE/IR 370 - Green Growth, Sustainability, and the New Economy Fall, Spring English 3
Internship Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
IN 395 - Internship Seminar Fall, Spring French 3
International Relations
Course Name Term Language Credits
IR/EC 340 - The Political Economy of European Integration Fall, Spring English 3
IR/PO 310 - France and the European Union Fall, Spring English 3
PO/IE/IR 370 - Green Growth, Sustainability, and the New Economy Fall, Spring English 3
PO/IR 345 - New Security Issues in a Globalized World Fall, Spring English 3
PO/IR/EC 355 - Emerging Markets and Development Strategies in the 21st Century Fall, Spring English 3
Management
Course Name Term Language Credits
IB/MG 371 - International and Intercultural Management Fall, Spring English 3
MG/IB 393 - Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice Fall, Spring English 3
Marketing
Course Name Term Language Credits
CM/MK 340 - Luxury Business Strategies & Communication Fall English 3
MK 315 - Introduction to Global Marketing Fall, Spring English 3
MK 330 - Introduction to Luxury Brand Management Fall, Spring English 3
MK 350 - Digital Marketing & Communications Spring, Fall English 3
Political Science
Course Name Term Language Credits
IR/PO 310 - France and the European Union Fall, Spring English 3
PO/CM 320 - Media and Current Affairs in France and the European Union Fall, Spring English 3
PO/CM 330 - Media, Politics, and Political Communication in the U.S. and France Fall, Spring English 3
PO/EC 350 - International Political Economy Fall, Spring English 3
PO/HS 290 - History of Europe: Building Contemporary Europe Fall English 3
PO/IE/IR 370 - Green Growth, Sustainability, and the New Economy Fall, Spring English 3
PO/IR 345 - New Security Issues in a Globalized World Fall, Spring English 3
PO/IR/EC 355 - Emerging Markets and Development Strategies in the 21st Century Fall, Spring English 3
SO/PO 312 - France Today: Politics and Society Fall, Spring English 3
Sociology
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/HS 315 - France, the Middle East and Islam Fall, Spring English 3
SO/PO 312 - France Today: Politics and Society Fall, Spring English 3
US/SO 360 - Contemporary Paris: Politics, Policies, and People Fall, Spring English 3
Urban Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
US/SO 360 - Contemporary Paris: Politics, Policies, and People Fall, Spring English 3

Partner Institution(s)

Paris School of Business 

Founded in 1974, the Paris School of Business is a Grande École management school located in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. The school is known for academic  excellence and international preparation. Students attending classes at the Paris School of Business will be able to take advantage of the many clubs and vibrant energy on campus. The university offers a variety of English-taught business courses, which are worth 2.5 credits. You can select from courses in the following areas:

Potential course offerings may include:

  • Business Ethics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Intercultural Communication
  • International and Corporate Finance
  • International Management
  • International Marketing

Internships

Interning while you study in Paris gives you a rewarding job experience with a wealth of long-lasting career benefits. You will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the real-life, everyday culture of your host country
  • Add global work experience and skills to your résumé or your application for graduate school
  • Improve your confidence

Internships are open to students who place into FR352 or higher. All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a 3-credit seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship.

Placement Examples

Past students have interned in the following fields. Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Advisor—we are always seeking out new opportunities for our students.

  • Business & Startups
  • Communications
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Paris, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. These trips are subsidized by IES Abroad. Here are a few possible destinations:

Normandy WWII Sites
2 Days | Fall & Spring
Discover the landing sites of World War II, visit the American cemetery at Colleville, and learn more about the Allied invasion of Normandy at the Caen Peace Memorial.

Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Tour these beautiful châteaux, located only an hour from Paris.

Versailles
Half Day | Fall & Spring
Enjoy a visit to the Sun King’s famous château, in all its gilded glory, and tour the magnificent gardens and fountains.

The Champagne Region
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Visit Champagne producers and learn how Champagne is made at both a large cooperative and a small family-owned farm.

Note: IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and length of stay may vary according to term and availability.

Course-Related Trips

Course-related excursions are organized to complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of French culture and society. Participation is based on course registration. In the past, students have visited:

Geneva
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Visit international organizations like the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the United Nations, or the World Trade Organization.

Course-related excursions in and around Paris may include:

  • A behind-the-scenes tour of a Parisian bakery
  • Walking tours of the grandes institutions, like public buildings and intellectual monuments
  • A visit to the Microsoft France offices
  • A tour of the France 4 television studio
  • A visit to a suburban police station with a presentation by an officer

Daily Life

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.

Orientation

The program begins with a two-day orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Paris Business & International Affairs staff, your fellow students, and the city of Paris.

A welcome dinner and a bus tour of the city are included in orientation.

Following orientation, you engage in a week-long intensive French language program that prepares you for life in France and includes cultural visits to help you discover the city.

Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-Entry Experience (CORE™) begins right when you arrive and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.

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.

Homestays - Stay in a French home in the city of Paris or its surrounding banlieues (suburbs), and have breakfast daily and three evening meals per week with your host(s). Other meals are available at university cafeterias and inexpensive restaurants.

International House - A limited number of single rooms with private bathrooms are available at a foyer 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.

Apartments - A limited number of shared apartments are available for an additional cost. Apartments include kitchen facilities and shared bathrooms. An IES Abroad Resident Assistant lives on-site or nearby. Meals are not included. Internet is available.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Paris through our cultural events, such as:

  • Guided tours of the Marais, the Latin Quarter, and the high fashion district
  • Outings to operas, ballets, and other cultural events
  • Tickets to events are also available as prizes in the Question du Jour, a favorite activity where students compete by responding to questions about Paris and France

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: Fall 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2018
Academic Year
$14,645
$26,345
$3,475
$6,950
$230
$455
$18,350
$33,750

Term: Spring 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2018 $14,360 $3,400 $230 $17,990


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

Debbie Morvany 
Program Assistant