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Why Paris?

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.

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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.


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

Intermediate students with two to three semesters of college-level French enroll in a 6-credit course that incorporates a wealth of course-related excursions.


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.

French Language
Course Name Term Language Credits
FR 251 - Intermediate Intensive French Language And Culture Summer French 6

Field Trips & Events

Possible one-day field trips include:

  • 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.

Course-Related Trips

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:

  • Ile-Saint-Louis
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • The Musée d'Orsay


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. 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.

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 $5,215 $1,640 $135 $6,990

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 IES Abroad Paris French Studies Center is located on a bustling market street near the Cimetière du Montparnasse. A thriving business district, the area is filled with restaurants, food shops, boutiques, and cafés.

Features include:

  • High-speed Internet, WiFi, and printer access
  • Classrooms
  • Student foyer
  • Library
  • Garden

Our Staff

Scott Lyngaas, Ph.D.

Center Director

Dr. Scott Lyngaas has been the IES Abroad Paris French Studies Center Director since 2014. Scott came to IES Abroad from Beloit College, where he was Associate Dean and Associate Professor of French. He received his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he wrote his dissertation on Francophone historical fiction. Dr. Lyngaas previously served as the Resident Director of study abroad  programs in both Brussels and Paris.

IES Abroad Staff

IES Abroad Staff

Alexandra Milan
Academic and International Exchange Coordinator

Celine Chataing
Housing Coordinator

Seth Fisher
Student Affairs Coordinator

Darcy Smith
Administrative Coordinator

Andrea Ferrer
Internship Coordinator