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 seven-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.
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 Madrid for two weeks in each city. Your courses will integrate class time with course-related excursions to art and cultural management institutions, including visits to well-known museums such as the Musée d’Orsay, Vatican Museum, and El Prado.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
About the 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.
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
Peggy SchwobAssistant Director and Student Services Coordinator
Chris FaggellaAcademic Advisor
Céline ChataingHousing Coordinator
Laurence LarsenStudent Activities Assistant
Lucille DermercheAcademic and Administrative Assistant