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. It teems with populations from former French colonies like Senegal and Morocco, with Asian and European immigrants, and with business people and scientists from around the globe.

This program combines rigorous study of the French language at an advanced level with a broad range of classes taught in French by accomplished faculty. You can also experience what life is like for French students by taking one or more courses at a local university—we have five options you can choose from. Free tutoring is available if you need help with the transition to higher education in France.

You can also add international work experience to your résumé while earning credit by participating in an internship placement and accompanying academic seminar.

Paris will also be your classroom. This program facilitates full immersion in the French language and French society through a varied and dynamic academic program, excellent homestays, cultural activities, internships, and conversation clubs. In addition, faculty members integrate course-related excursions into all courses.

We organize many cultural events around Paris to help you familiarize yourself with the city and its culture. Enjoy plays at the Comédie Française, visits to the Louvre and Picasso museums, performances at the Opéra Garnier, and classical music concerts at Salle Cortot and other local theaters.

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.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Paris French Studies
  • City: Paris
  • Country: France
  • Program Credits: 15-19 credits
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Language Prerequisites: 4 semesters of college-level French

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Fall 2018

September 3 - December 19

Spring 2019

January 14 - May 4

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

Spring 2019 - October 15, 2018


Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.

We offer unique courses that explore French Language, History, and Culture through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

You take 15 to 19 credit hours per semester; all courses are taught in French, and are worth 3 credits each unless otherwise specified. You create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional components:

  • IES Abroad French Language Course (required)
  • French-taught Area Studies Courses (optional, 3 credits)
  • French-taught Courses at Local Universities (optional, credits vary)
  • Internship placement & seminar (optional, 3 credits)


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.

African Studies

AF/HS 430 - The Maghreb and the Arab World (Spring)

Art History

  • AH 275 - Paris Museums (Spring)
  • AH 305 - History of Architecture in Paris (Fall)
  • AH 320 - The French Artistic Milieu in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Fall)
  • AH 325 - History of Photography (Fall, Spring)
  • FP/AH 315 - From Impressionism to Surrealism: How Japan, Africa and Islam Influenced Major 19th and 20th Century French Art Movements (Fall)


CU/CM 326 - Charlie Hebdo in Contemporary France (Spring)

Cultural Studies

  • CU/CM 326 - Charlie Hebdo in Contemporary France (Spring)
  • FS/CU 343 - Paris Cinema-City (Spring)

Francophone Studies

  • FP/AH 315 - From Impressionism to Surrealism: How Japan, Africa and Islam Influenced Major 19th and 20th Century French Art Movements (Fall)
  • FP/SO 320 - Immigration and Diversity in Paris (Fall, Spring)

French Language

  • FR 302 - French Language in Context Emerging Independent Abroad II (formerly FR 373a - Topics In Advanced Grammar And Culture III) (Fall, Spring)
  • FR 323 - Creative Writing (Spring)
  • FR 353 - French Language in Context Independent Abroad III (formerly FR 373b - Topics In Advanced Grammar And Culture III) (Fall, Spring)
  • FR 360 - Phonetics (Fall, Spring)
  • FR 401 - French Language in Context Emerging Competent Abroad I (formerly FR 421 - Topics In Advanced Grammar And Culture IV) (Fall, Spring)
  • FR 422 - Translation: Thème et Version (Fall, Spring)

Film Studies

  • FS/CU 343 - Paris Cinema-City (Spring)
  • LT/FS 341 - The Word and the Image (Fall)

Gender Studies

LT/GS 345 - The Poetics and Politics of Gender in France: From French Feminism to Gender Studies (Fall, Spring)


  • AF/HS 430 - The Maghreb and the Arab World (Spring)
  • HS 260 - History of France: Keys to Understanding the Nation (Fall, Spring)
  • HS 353 - Histories and Legends of Paris (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • HS/PO 484 - France and Francophone Africa (Fall)

Internship Seminar

IN 395 - Internship Seminar (Fall, Spring)

International Relations

IR/PO 386 - Terrorism and Security: A European and American Perspective (Spring)


  • LT 250 - Introduction to French Literature (Fall, Spring)
  • LT 331 - French Women Writers: Women In French Literary History 1880-1950 (Spring)
  • LT 333 - Approach To Theatre In Paris (Fall)
  • LT 340 - Paris in 19th and 20th Century French Literature (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • LT/FS 341 - The Word and the Image (Fall)
  • LT/GS 345 - The Poetics and Politics of Gender in France: From French Feminism to Gender Studies (Fall, Spring)

Political Science

  • HS/PO 484 - France and Francophone Africa (Fall)
  • IR/PO 386 - Terrorism and Security: A European and American Perspective (Spring)
  • PO 379 - French Politics In A European Context (Fall)
  • PO 382 - French Foreign and European Policy (Fall)


  • FP/SO 320 - Immigration and Diversity in Paris (Fall, Spring)
  • SO 368 - Twenty-First-Century France : A Sociological Approach (Fall)

Partner Institutions

Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)

From the time it was founded in the Middle Ages through its restructuring in the late 1960s, Paris IV has attracted scholars from around the world. Most courses at the Sorbonne are 3 credits. You can select from courses in:

  • Applied Foreign Language: Croatian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish (advanced offerings only)
  • Arabic and Hebrew Studies
  • Art History and Archeology
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Literature
  • Geography
  • History
  • Iberian and Latin American Studies
  • Latin
  • Music and Musicology
  • Philosophy
  • Polish Civilization
  • Slavic Studies
  • Sociology

Courses are offered in different departments: Unités de Formation et de Recherche, or U.F.R.

Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP)

Founded in 1875 for religious training, the Institut Catholique de Paris offers a full curriculum to a diverse student population. As a small, private university that enrolls 5,000 French students each year, the ICP gives you the benefit of small classes where you can study and interact with French students and professors. Most courses at ICP are 3 credits. You can select from French-taught courses in:

  • Art History
  • Economics
  • Education
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Literary Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology

Students with a high level of French may also elect to take courses at the Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ILCF) which is housed by the ICP. Courses include: Business French, Phonetics, Composition, and French Civilization.

Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris / Alfred Cortot

Classical music students who wish to benefit from high quality, demanding instruction may audition for the prestigious Ecole Normale de Musique/Alfred Cortot (ENM). Founded in 1919 by the renowned pianist Alfred Cortot, the Ecole Normale is the private-school equivalent to the National Conservatory, and educates about 1,100 students.

The Ecole Normale is located in a stately mansion (designated a historical monument) in the 17th arrondissement, about 40 minutes by Métro from the IES Abroad Center.

The Ecole Normale has requested that interested students contact their IES Abroad Advisor with any questions. Please do not contact the Ecole Normale directly. Music study in Paris through IES Abroad is limited to the Ecole Normale; IES Abroad cannot customize music study at other institutions in Paris.

Students who qualify may take up to four 3-credit courses at the École Normale, in addition to French language and other courses at the IES Abroad Paris Center. Instrumentalists may study teaching or performance, while vocalists focus on performance only. Course offerings are limited in the spring semester, and certain specialties, such as percussion, are not taught at the École Normale. Admissions decisions are made by the École Normale de Musique.

Instruments taught at the École Normale include:

  • Alto violin
  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Double bass
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Harp
  • Oboe
  • Piano
  • Piccolo
  • Violin
  • Voice

Upon admission to the French Studies program, you will be asked to submit an audition link and music resume. If accepted, you will also audition once on-site, in order to be placed in the correct level. All admissions decisions are made by the Ecole Normale.

Paris Marais Dance School

The Paris Marais Dance School is a part of the Marais Centre Dance, established in 1970. This private institution offers student-centered classes to beginning and experienced dancers alike.

The Paris Marais Dance School is located in a former hôtel particulier that dates from the 1600s in the stylish 4th arrondissement. The institution boasts three recently renovated dance studios—all named for famous composers—that are still decorated with the original wood-beamed ceilings.


Both full-year and semester students can take classes at the Paris Marais Dance school. Classes are held once a week, and IES students have the right to attend certain seminars and other extra-curricular events at the school.

The Paris Marais Dance School offers instruction in the following styles:

Classical ballet

  • Classical ballet technique
  • Partner work classical and neo-classical
  • Point work
  • Strengthening

Contemporary dance

  • Martha Graham Technique
  • Techniques flow, release, contact
  • Improvisation
  • Floor bar

The dance school welcomes students of all backgrounds, from the beginner to the advanced level. Once on site your IES Paris advisor will make an appointment for you to meet the school’s professors, who will then place you in the proper classes for your level.

Registration & Advising

Course offerings vary from semester to semester. Exact course availability is determined shortly before the start of each semester.

For this reason, it will not be possible for you to officially register until your arrival in Paris. Shortly after your on-site orientation sessions, you will meet individually with an Academic Advisor to carefully select courses based on your preregistration form, course schedules, academic needs and interests, and eligibility.


Interning abroad as part of your study abroad experience will help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market. It’s an exhilarating challenge, and we’re here to help guide you in securing your placement and succeeding in your internship.

Participating in an internship abroad helps you:

  • Add international work experience to your résumé
  • Gain real work experience and skills
  • Build your confidence

All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a 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—new internships are always being added.

Your internship is complemented by a required seminar that offers contextual support to your practical work experience.

  • Art Galleries
  • Business & Marketing
  • Cooking Schools
  • Education
  • Non-Governmental Organizations


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 Paris or its surrounding banlieues (suburbs). You eat breakfast daily and three evening meals per week with your hosts; 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 (a separate room in the building of a homestay apartment).

Apartments - A limited number of apartments are available for an additional fee. Apartments include kitchen facilities and shared bathrooms. An IES Abroad Resident Assistant lives on-site. Meals are not included. Wi-Fi is available.

Student Life


Our orientation introduces you to the IES Abroad Paris French Studies staff, your fellow students, and the city of Paris. It continues with an overnight trip to a destination such as the Loire Valley, Normandy, or Provence.

CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.

Following orientation, you engage in a one-week language-intensive program called the propédeutique, which prepares you for classes taught in French.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

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

  • Listening to guest speakers, including local filmmakers and journalists
  • Participating in the Weekly Conversation club
  • Attendance at plays at the comédie française and other Parisian theaters
  • Visits to museums like the Louvre, the Picasso museum, the Georges Pompidou center, and the Musée d'Orsay
  • Winning tickets to local events with the Question du Jour, a favorite activity where students compete for prizes by responding to questions about Paris and France

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.75 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • 4 semesters of college-level French
  • Enrolled in a French course within the year prior to the program start date
  • Sophomore, junior or senior standing when program begins

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required.

A student visa is required to enter France. Upon admission, you will receive more information about the application process and any related fees. The visa application process for non-U.S. citizens can be extremely lengthy, please contact us for more information.


Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $14,645
  • Housing: $3,475
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $18,350

Academic Year

  • Tuition: $26,345
  • Housing: $6,950
  • Insurance: $455
  • Total: $33,750

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.

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  • French
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