Learn about French culture and history while improving your French language abilities—all while studying in one of the most famous cities in the world. Paris becomes your classroom: see ballets at the opera, visit open air markets, take tours of local neighborhoods, and more.
You earn 6 credits through a combination of a French language course and area studies courses—depending on how much prior French experience you have. The courses are taught in French by native French speakers, and incorporate course-related excursions in Paris, including visits to art museums, and its architectural and historical landmarks.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the highest quality academic and cultural experience abroad possible.
You earn 6 credits through French language and area studies courses—depending on the amount of French experience you have. Courses are taught in French by native French speakers, and incorporate course-related excursions in Paris including visits to art museums, and architectural and historical landmarks.
Course options are determined by language proficiency. Depending on your level of French-determined by a language placement exam-you enroll in the following for a total of 6 credits:
Area studies courses in the past have included:
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 supplement coursework, the IES Abroad Paris Advanced Language Summer Program includes course-related excursions to many sites of historic and contemporary interest in Paris. Destinations may include:
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 apartments are available for an additional fee. Internet access is available via Ethernet cable. Rooms are single studios, and each apartment has a private bathroom and small kitchenette. An IES Abroad Resident Assistant lives on-site. Meals are not included.
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 two-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.
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.
Possible one-day field trips include:
About the 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.
Scott comes 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. Scott previously served as a Resident Director in both Brussels and Paris.
IES Abroad Staff
Anna ShoemakerAssistant Director and Internship Coordinator
Olivia AuzouAcademic and International Exchange Coordinator
Celine ChataingHousing Coordinator
Seth FisherStudent Affairs Coordinator
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