With its grand boulevards, world-famous monuments, unparalleled literary and artistic history, and its 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. Learn about French culture and history while improving your French language skills in Paris, a city that comes to life in the summer.
What You'll Study
Your intensive intermediate French language course, taught by native French speakers, incorporates course-related trips in Paris, including visits to art museums, and architectural and historical landmarks.
Giverny- You spend one day touring Monet's gardens, made famous by his water lily paintings.
Reims – Visit the Cathédrale Notre Dame and enjoy a champagne tasting at Champagne Pommery.
To supplement coursework, the IES Abroad Paris Intermediate Language Summer Program includes course-related excursions to many sites of historic and contemporary interest in Paris. Destinations may include:
Notre Dame Cathedral
The Musée d'Orsay
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.
After you arrive in Paris, you participate in a 2-day orientation period that includes a welcome dinner, cultural activities, a walking tour of the city and museum visits. Sessions are conducted by IES Abroad staff and faculty and introduce you to various aspects of life in France and provide practical information on housing, transportation, and extracurricular activities.
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 shared apartments are available for an additional fee. Apartments include kitchen facilities. Meals are not included. Internet is available.
Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events
During your summer in Paris there will be plenty of opportunities to experience the local culture. Some past IES Abroad events have included ballets at the opera, theater performances at local theaters, visits to open air markets, a wine tasting, museum visits, neighborhood tours, picnics in local parks, and a conversation club with French students.
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.
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.