Paris - Business & International Affairs


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Program Description

Earn U.S. Credits Virtually This Summer

Get ahead! Earn extra credit through a globally recognized U.S. education program this summer on our Virtual World DiscoverIES program.

Just picture it: one day you're exploring business ethics with a professor in London and the next it's Japanese pop culture from Tokyo, studying alongside classmates from the U.S.’s highest-ranked colleges and universities. This is what it's like to take a course or two (of your choosing!) from IES Abroad’s most popular centers around the world this summer.

Learn more about how you can discover the world through IES Abroad.


Why Paris?

When most people think of Paris, they think of iconic sights like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe. These sites are emblems of France’s history, but today Paris is one of the most important business, financial, and political centers of the world. It has one of the highest GDPs of any city and is home to Fortune Global 500 companies that specialize in insurance, banking, and energy. As an important location in the European Union, Paris is also home to international agencies, such as the European Institute for Security Studies, the OECD, and UNESCO.

What You'll Study

Enjoy all that Paris has to offer while studying Business and International Affairs in the City of Light. If your French is at a high level, you can also enroll in an internship, which includes time spent working at your placement and an academic seminar that helps you contextualize what you’re learning.

This program offers IES Abroad courses taught by faculty from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. In addition to your IES Abroad courses, you can take English taught courses with French and international students at the Paris School of Business, a business school located in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. Enjoy course-related trips to other cities, like Geneva.

Daily Life

Paris will also be your classroom. Imagine studying for an exam at a café near the Eiffel Tower, taking in the beauty of the art at the Musée d’Orsay, or strolling along the River Seine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Everything you do will be part of your learning experience.

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. Most students live in French homes to get a taste for what Parisian life is really like. Our staff also keeps you and your fellow students informed of affordable local activities and events happening in Paris.


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

We offer unique courses that explore the international business, political science, communications, French language, and more through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at a prestigious local university enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

While in Paris, you take 15–19 credits per semester; all courses are worth 3 US credits unless otherwise specified.

Based on your qualifications for taking Business courses and your language level, your academic experience may include the following required and optional components:

  • French language course (required, 4 US credits)
  • IES Abroad Paris Business & International Affairs courses (optional, 3 US credits; English-taught, prerequisites for individual courses apply)
  • IB/MG393 Global Leadership course (optional, 3 US credits) To develop your cross-cultural leadership skills
  • Internship placement and seminar (optional, 3 US credits, requires placement into FR352 or higher)
  • PSB Paris School of Business course (optional, 2.5 US credits; English-taught; prerequisites for individual courses apply)

Enrollment Guidelines

When planning your term abroad, please note the following guidelines regarding specific courses:

  • You may enroll in only one Art History course.
  • BS/FR324 Business French, AH/FR380 Language of the Arts, and FR/CM325 French Conversation & Current Events are French-taught electives and do not replace a French language course. These courses are open to students who have placed into a FR 352 or higher.

IES Abroad French Language Courses

The IES Abroad program begins with one week of intensive language classes. You continue your language instruction for the remainder of the semester for a total of 4 credits.

Enrollment is determined by a written pre-departure language exam followed by an intensive language period on-site, during which oral proficiency is evaluated.


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.

  • History of Paris in Architecture & Art
  • 19th Century Art: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
  • Language of the Arts
  • Art and Design in the roaring twenties: from Art Nouveau to Art Decos
  • Business French
  • Panorama of French Media
  • Luxury Business Strategies & Communication
  • French Conversation and Current Events
  • Media and Current Affairs in France and the European Union
  • Media, Politics, and Political Communication in the U.S. and France
  • Economic Integration and European Markets
  • International Political Economy
  • Emerging Markets and Development Strategies in the 21st Century
  • Art, Design & Fashion in France
  • Language of the Arts
  • French Language in Context: Novice Abroad
  • French Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad
  • French Language in Context: Independent Abroad
  • French Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad
  • Business French
  • French Conversation and Current Events
  • History of Europe: Building Contemporary Europe
  • France, the Middle East, and Islam
  • Transatlantic Identities
  • Entrepreneurship & Start-Ups: A European Perspective
  • International and Intercultural Management
  • Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice
  • Green Growth, Sustainability, and the New Economy
  • Internship Seminar
  • Economic Integration and European Markets
  • France and the European Union
  • New Security Issues in a Globalized World
  • International and Intercultural Management
  • Luxury Business Strategies & Communication
  • Introduction to Global Marketing
  • Introduction to Luxury Brand Management
  • Digital Marketing & Communications
  • France and the European Union
  • Media and Current Affairs in France and the European Union
  • Media, Politics, and Political Communication in the U.S. and France
  • International Political Economy
  • History of Europe: Building Contemporary Europe
  • France Today: Politics and Society
  • Transatlantic Identities
  • France, the Middle East, and Islam
  • France Today: Politics and Society
  • Contemporary Paris: Politics, Policies, and People

Partner Institution(s)

Paris School of Business

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 its 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. The university offers a variety of English-taught business courses, which are worth 2.5 credits. You can select from courses in the following areas:

Potential course offerings may include:

  • Business Ethics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Intercultural Communication
  • International and Corporate Finance
  • International Management
  • International Marketing


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

Internships are open to students who place into FR352 or higher. 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.

  • Business & Startups
  • Communications
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing

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. These trips are subsidized by IES Abroad. Here are a few possible destinations:

Normandy WWII Sites

2 Days | Fall & Spring

Discover the landing sites of World War II, visit the American cemetery at Colleville, and learn more about the Allied invasion of Normandy at the Caen Peace Memorial.

Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte

1 Day | Fall & Spring

Tour these beautiful châteaux just outside of Paris. Dating back to the 12th century, the massive Châteaux de Fontainebleau offers manicured gardens and lakes. Although smaller in stature, Châteaux de Vaux-le-Comte is a baroque masterpiece.


1 Day | Fall & Spring

Enjoy a visit to the Sun King’s famous château, in all its gilded glory, and tour the magnificent gardens and fountains.

Course-Related Trips

Course-related trips are organized as an integral part of IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of French culture and society. Participation is based on course registration. Examples of past course-related trips are listed below:

The Champagne Region

1 Day | Fall & Spring

Visit the city of Épernay in the heart of the Champagne region to meet Champagne producers and learn how it is made.


1 Day | Fall & Spring

Visit international organizations like the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the United Nations, or the World Trade Organization.

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.


The program begins with a two-day orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Paris Business & International Affairs staff, your fellow students, and the city of Paris.

Welcome dinner and a bus tour of the city are included in orientation.

Following orientation, you engage in a week-long intensive French language program that prepares you for life in France and includes cultural visits to help you discover the city.

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.


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 the city of Paris or its surrounding banlieues (suburbs), and have breakfast daily and three evening meals per week with your host(s). Other meals are available at university cafeterias and inexpensive restaurants.

International House - A limited number of single rooms with private bathrooms are available at a foyer managed by a Catholic association. Female students of all religious backgrounds are welcome. Students have access to a common kitchen, lounge, and laundry room. Meals are not included.

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

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

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

  • Guided tours of the Marais, the Latin Quarter, and the high fashion district
  • Outings to operas, ballets, and other cultural events


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.

Spring 2020

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2020 $15,520 $3,650 $230 $19,400

Academic year

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Academic year $26,975 $7,080 $455 $34,510

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Robert McNeill Need-Based International Business Scholarship

Up to $3,000; awarded to 2 students each year.

This scholarship is named in honor of Robert McNeill, a member of the IES Abroad Board of Directors for 25 years (6 years as Chairman). Open to students who have an interest in international business. Majors might include management, marketing, economics, finance, international relations, and social and behavioral sciences.

Dr. William Louis Gaines Need-Based History or International Relations Scholarship

Up to $1,875; awarded to 4-6 students each year

This scholarship is named in honor of Dr. William Louis Gaines, President of IES Abroad from 1974-1992. Dr. Gaines was dedicated to strengthening IES Abroad's academic framework, broadening the scope of IES Abroad locations, and securing the financial foundation of the organization.

Open to students majoring in History or International Relations.

Our 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.

Features include:

  • Technology-equipped classrooms
  • High-speed WiFi connectivity and printer access
  • A book corner and computer area for students
  • Video keypad security system
Last updated May 2020

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