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Why Paris?

With its grand boulevards, world-famous monuments, unparalleled literary and artistic history, and simple joie de vivre, Paris is a city that will change you forever.

The Paris of today is a multifaceted and multicultural metropolis that offers a doorway to the cultures of the world. It teems with populations from former French colonies like Senegal and Morocco, with Asian and European immigrants, and with business people and scientists from around the globe.

What You'll Study

This program combines rigorous study of the French language at an advanced level with a broad range of classes taught in French by accomplished faculty. You can also experience what life is like for French students by taking one or more courses at a local university— we have five options you can choose from. Tutoring is available if you need help with the transition to higher education in France.

Paris will be your classroom. This program facilitates full immersion in the French language and in French society through a varied and dynamic academic program,  excellent homestays, cultural activities, internships, and conversation clubs. In addition, faculty members integrate course-related trips into all courses.

You can also add international work experience to your résumé while earning credit by participating in an internship placement and accompanying academic seminar.

Daily Life

We organize many cultural events around Paris to help you familiarize yourself with the city and its culture. Enjoy plays at the Comédie Française, visits to the Louvre and Picasso museums, performances at the Opéra Garnier, and classical music concerts at Salle Cortot and other local theaters.

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.

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Why Paris?

With its grand boulevards, world-famous monuments, unparalleled literary and artistic history, and simple joie de vivre, Paris is a city that will change you forever.

The Paris of today is a multifaceted and multicultural metropolis that offers a doorway to the cultures of the world. It teems with populations from former French colonies like Senegal and Morocco, with Asian and European immigrants, and with business people and scientists from around the globe.

What You'll Study

This program combines rigorous study of the French language at an advanced level with a broad range of classes taught in French by accomplished faculty. You can also experience what life is like for French students by taking one or more courses at a local university— we have five options you can choose from. Tutoring is available if you need help with the transition to higher education in France.

Paris will be your classroom. This program facilitates full immersion in the French language and in French society through a varied and dynamic academic program,  excellent homestays, cultural activities, internships, and conversation clubs. In addition, faculty members integrate course-related trips into all courses.

You can also add international work experience to your résumé while earning credit by participating in an internship placement and accompanying academic seminar.

Daily Life

We organize many cultural events around Paris to help you familiarize yourself with the city and its culture. Enjoy plays at the Comédie Française, visits to the Louvre and Picasso museums, performances at the Opéra Garnier, and classical music concerts at Salle Cortot and other local theaters.

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.

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$4 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 more then $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.

Academics

Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.

We offer unique courses that explore French Language, History, and Culture through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class. Meet one of these professors, Dr. Anaïs Frantz de Spot, in this faculty spotlight interview.

You take 15 to 19 credit hours per semester; all courses are taught in French, and are worth 3 credits each unless otherwise specified.

Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional components:

  • IES Abroad French Language Course (required, 4 credits)
  • French-taught Area Studies Courses (optional, 3 credits)
  • French-taught Courses at Local Universities (optional, credits vary)
  • Internship placement & seminar (optional, 3 credits)

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 275 - Paris Museums Spring French 3
AH 320 - The French Artistic Milieu in the 19th and 20th Centuries Fall French 3
AH 325 - History of Photography Fall, Spring French 3
FP/AH 315 - From Impressionism to Surrealism: How Japan, Africa and Islam Influenced Major 19th and 20th Century French Art Movements Fall French 3
Cultural Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
FS/CU 343 - Paris Cinema-City Spring French 3
Francophone Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
FP/AH 315 - From Impressionism to Surrealism: How Japan, Africa and Islam Influenced Major 19th and 20th Century French Art Movements Fall French 3
FP/SO 320 - Immigration and Diversity in Paris Fall, Spring French 3
French Language
Course Name Term Language Credits
FR 303 - French Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad III Fall, Spring French 4
FR 323 - Creative Writing Spring French 3
FR 353 - French Language in Context Independent Abroad III (formerly FR 373b - Topics In Advanced Grammar And Culture III) Fall, Spring French 4
FR 360 - Phonetics Fall, Spring French 3
FR 401 - French Language in Context Emerging Competent Abroad I (formerly FR 421 - Topics In Advanced Grammar And Culture IV) Fall, Spring French 4
FR 422 - Translation: Thème et Version Fall French 4
FR 451 - French Language in Context: Competent Abroad I Fall, Spring French 4
Film Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
FS/CU 343 - Paris Cinema-City Spring French 3
LT/FS 341 - The Word and the Image Fall French 3
Gender Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
LT/GS 345 - The Poetics and Politics of Gender in France: From French Feminism to Gender Studies Fall, Spring French 3
History
Course Name Term Language Credits
HS 260 - History of France: Keys to Understanding the Nation Fall, Spring French 3
HS 353 - Histories and Legends of Paris Fall, Spring, Summer French 3
HS/PO 484 - France and Francophone Africa Fall French 3
PO/HS 430 - The Maghreb and the Arab World Spring French 3
Internship Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
IN 395 - Internship Seminar Fall, Spring French 3
International Relations
Course Name Term Language Credits
IR/PO 386 - Terrorism and Security: A European and American Perspective Spring French 3
Literature
Course Name Term Language Credits
LT 250 - Introduction to French Literature Fall, Spring French 3
LT 331 - French Women Writers: Women In French Literary History 1880-1950 Spring French 3
LT 340 - Paris in 19th and 20th Century French Literature Fall French 3
LT/FS 341 - The Word and the Image Fall French 3
LT/GS 345 - The Poetics and Politics of Gender in France: From French Feminism to Gender Studies Fall, Spring French 3
Political Science
Course Name Term Language Credits
HS/PO 484 - France and Francophone Africa Fall French 3
IR/PO 386 - Terrorism and Security: A European and American Perspective Spring French 3
PO 382 - French Foreign and European Policy Fall French 3
PO/HS 430 - The Maghreb and the Arab World Spring French 3
Sociology
Course Name Term Language Credits
FP/SO 320 - Immigration and Diversity in Paris Fall, Spring French 3
SO 368 - Twenty-First-Century France : A Sociological Approach Fall French 3

Partner Institution(s)

Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)
From the time it was founded in the Middle Ages through its restructuring in the late 1960s, Paris IV has attracted scholars from around the world. Most courses at the Sorbonne are 3 credits. You can select from courses in:

  • Applied Foreign Language: Croatian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish (advanced offerings only)
  • Arabic and Hebrew Studies
  • Art History and Archeology
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Literature
  • Geography
  • History
  • Iberian and Latin American Studies
  • Latin
  • Music and Musicology
  • Philosophy
  • Polish Civilization
  • Slavic Studies

Courses are offered in different departments: Unités de Formation et de Recherche, or U.F.R. Click here to see the university's various U.F.R.'s.

Location & Commute Time
The Sorbonne is located near the Gare Montparnasse train station in the Latin Quarter, which is within walking distance of the IES Abroad Center; however, depending on whether you are studying art history, literature, philosophy, or history, you may be taking courses in three different neighborhoods (Métro: Malesherbes, Porte de Clignancourt, or RER: Luxembourg).

Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP)
www.icp.fr/fr
Founded in 1875 for religious training, the Institut Catholique de Paris offers a full curriculum to a diverse student population. As a small, private university  that enrolls 5,000 French students each year, the ICP gives you the benefit of small classes where you can study and interact with French students and  professors. Most courses at ICP are 3 credits. You can select from French-taught courses in:

  • Art History
  • Economics
  • Education
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Literary Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology

Students with a high level of French may also elect to take courses at the Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ILCF) which is housed by the ICP. Courses include: Business French, Phonetics, Composition, and French Civilization.

Location & Commute Time
Located in the 6th arrondissement, the Institut Catholique de Paris is about 15 minutes from the IES Abroad Center by Métro or bus, or about 30 minutes by foot.

Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris / Alfred Cortot
www.ecolenormalecortot.com
Classical music students who wish to benefit from high quality, demanding instruction may audition for the prestigious Ecole Normale de Musique/Alfred Cortot (ENM). Founded in 1919 by the renowned pianist Alfred Cortot, the Ecole Normale is the private-school equivalent to the National Conservatory, and educates about 1,100 students. 

The Ecole Normale is located in a stately mansion (designated a historical monument) in the 17th arrondissement, about 40 minutes by Métro from the IES Abroad Center.

The Ecole Normale has requested that interested students contact their IES Abroad Advisor with any questions. Please do not contact the Ecole Normale directly. Music study in Paris through IES Abroad is limited to the Ecole Normale; IES Abroad cannot customize music study at other institutions in Paris.

Students who qualify may take up to four 3-credit courses at the École Normale, in addition to French language and other courses at the IES Abroad Paris Center. Instrumentalists may study teaching or performance, while vocalists focus on performance only. Course offerings are limited in the spring semester, and certain specialties, such as percussion, are not taught at the École Normale. Admissions decisions are made by the École Normale de Musique.

Instruments taught at the École Normale include:

  • Alto violin
  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Double bass
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Harp
  • Oboe
  • Piano
  • Piccolo
  • Violin
  • Voice

Upon admission to the French Studies protram, you will be asked to submit an audition link and music resume. If accepted, you will also audition once on-site, in order to be placed in the correct level. All admissions decisions are made by the Ecole Normale.

Location & Commute Time
The Ecole Normale is located in the 17th arrondissement, or about 40 minutes by Métro from the IES Abroad Center.

Paris Marais Dance School
http://www.paris-marais-dance-school.org/

The Paris Marais Dance School is a part of the Marais Centre Dance, established in 1970. This private institution offers student-centered classes to beginning and experienced dancers alike.

The Paris Marais Dance School is located in a former hôtel particulier that dates from the 1600s in the stylish 4tharrondissement. The institution boasts three recently renovated dance studios—all named for famous composers—that are still decorated with the original wood-beamed ceilings.

Courses
Both full-year and semester students can take classes at the Paris Marais Dance school. Classes are held once a week, and IES students have the right to attend certain seminars and other extra-curricular events at the school.
The Paris Marais Dance School offers instruction in the following styles:

Classical ballet

  • Classical ballet technique
  • Partner work classical and neo-classical
  • Point work
  • Strengthening

Contemporary dance

  • Martha Graham Technique
  • Techniques flow, release, contact
  • Improvisation
  • Floor bar

The dance school welcomes students of all backgrounds, from the beginner to the advanced level. Once on site your IES Paris advisor will make an appointment for you to meet the school’s professors, who will then place you in the proper classes for your level.

Location & Commute Time
The Paris Marais Dance School is located in the heart of the historic Marais district in the former Belize palace built in the 17th century. The School is located about 15 minutes by Métro from the IES French Studies Center and is surrounded by cultural institutions, historic sites, shops, cafés and more!

Registration & Advising
Course offerings vary from semester to semester. Exact course availability is determined shortly before the start of each semester.

For this reason, it will not be possible for you to officially register until your arrival in Paris. Shortly after your on-site orientation sessions, you will meet individually with an Academic Advisor to carefully select courses based on your preregistration form, course schedules, academic needs and interests, and eligibility.

Paris School of Business (Starting Fall 2018)

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. Most courses at the Paris School of Business are 3 credits. You can select from courses in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • International Relations
  • Management
  • 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

A high level of French is needed to be successful on an internship. 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.

Your internship is complemented by a required seminar that offers contextual support to your practical work experience.

  • Art Galleries
  • Business & Marketing
  • Education
  • Non-Governmental Organizations

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. The orientation trip and field trips are included in your program fee. Here are a few possible destinations.

Normandy
2 Days | Fall
Visit the D-day beaches, the Mémorial de Caen, and the American Cemetery.

Loire Valley
2 Days | Spring
Visit famous châteaux, such as Chambord and Amboise, and local restaurants with regional specialties.

Giverny
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Visit Monet’s home in the beautiful village of Giverny, and walk through the spectacular gardens that gave him so much inspiration. Monet’s water lily paintings and many others were painted here.

Reims
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Take a guided tour of the Cathédrale Notre Dame, and visit a Champagne producer for a tour and Champagne tasting.

Fontainebleau & Vaux-le-Vicomte
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Spend a day in two of France’s largest and most beautiful palaces. Known for their history and gardens, and for housing kings, emperors, and popes, both châteaux have been named as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Chantilly
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Visit this extraordinary estate and tour the ornate château, the colorful gardens, and the Great Stables—the largest stables in Europe are a literal palace for horses.

 

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’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.

Orientation

Our orientation introduces you to the IES Abroad Paris French Studies staff, your fellow students, and the city of Paris. It continues with an overnight trip to a destination such as the Loire Valley or Normandy.

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.

Following orientation, you engage in a one-week, language-intensive program that prepares you for classes taught in French.

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.

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 Paris or its surrounding banlieues (suburbs). You eat breakfast daily and three evening meals per week with your hosts; other meals are available at university cafeterias and inexpensive restaurants.

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

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

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

  • Listening to guest speakers, including local filmmakers and journalists
  • Participating in the Weekly Conversation club
  • Attendance at plays at the comédie française and other Parisian theaters
  • Visits to museums like the Louvre, the Picasso museum, the Georges Pompidou center, and the Musée d'Orsay
  • Winning tickets to local events with the Question du Jour, a favorite activity where students compete for prizes by responding to questions about Paris and France

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


Term: Fall 2017
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2017
Academic Year
$13,925
$25,050
$3,835
$7,670
$230
$455
$17,990
$33,175

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$4 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 more then $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.