Why Paris?

Calling Paris a capital for the visual and performing arts is a massive understatement. Monet, Renoir, Degas, Matisse… The list of artists and photographers who have worked in Paris is nearly endless. Then there are the musicians who have called Paris home, such as Édith Piaf, Django Reinhardt, Sydney Bechet, and so many more.

Museums? How about the Louvre, the Pompidou Center, the Museum d’Orsay, and dozens of others. Paris is truly a great city to discover, appreciate, and study nearly any artistic pursuit.

The Studio Art, Dance & Music Program offers you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to concentrate on and advance your skills in art—painting, drawing, photography, music, or dance—at one of four prestigious institutions in Paris, one of the world’s major artistic centers.

What You'll Study

Sharpen your photographic eye in the beginner or advanced courses at the Studio Vermès, where you’ll use the city of Paris to capture images around a given theme. Serious musicians can compose, practice, and perform at the École Normale de Musique de Paris/Alfred Cortot, a leading conservatory that prepares you for the rigors of life as a professional musician. Or develop your dance skills at the Paris Marais Dance School, where you’ll train in ballet or contemporary dance under highly respected professionals.

Daily Life

Paris will also be your classroom. Imagine developing your painting skills in the city where Impressionism began. The City of Lights will inspire you just as it has thousands of other artists of all styles and genres throughout the eras.

We organize many cultural events around Paris to help you familiarize yourself with the city and its culture. Enjoy visits to 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.


Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partner with four excellent visual and performing arts schools in Paris.

You take 15-19 credits per semester. All courses are taught in French. You will take your language course and any optional area studies courses at the IES Abroad Center. Your painting, drawing, photography, dance, and music courses will all be taken at the local institutions.

Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional components:

  • IES Abroad French language course (required, 4 credits)
  • French-taught art courses at partner universities (optional, credits vary) - École Normale de Musique de Paris/Alfred Cortot, Paris Marais Dance School, Studio Vermès (Photography)
  • IES Abroad French-taught area studies courses (optional, 3 credits; requires at least 4 semesters of college-level French)

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’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.

Program taught in:
  • English
  • French
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Last updated October 8, 2019
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