Immerse yourself in the French language, and one of the most famous, beautiful, and culturally rich cities in the world. Paris will be your classroom as you explore the open-air markets, 19th-Century passageways, diverse neighborhoods, and so much more. You will learn that Paris is a city of tradition and innovation. Paris is alive with energy as it prepares for its future as a green, sustainable city, and to be the host of the Summer Olympics in 2024.
What You'll Study
You will enroll in one or two courses for a total of 6 credits. Depending on your language level you either enroll in one 6-credit language course, one 3-credit language and one 3-credit area studies course, or two 3-credit area studies courses.
Your French language level will be determined on-site. All of our courses are taught by native French speakers and incorporate course-related trips in Paris, including visits to art museums and to architectural and historical landmarks.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the highest quality academic and cultural experience abroad possible.
You will enroll in one or two courses for a total of 6 credits. Depending on your language level you either enroll in one 6-credit language course, one 3-credit language and one 3-credit area studies course, or two 3-credit area studies courses. All courses are taught at the IES Abroad Center by local faculty in French.
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:
- Students with 2-3 semesters of French will enroll in Intermediate Intensive French Language and Culture.
- Students with 4-5 semesters of French will take Advanced Grammar & Culture and one French-taught area studies course.
- Students with 6 or more semesters of French will take two French-taught area studies courses.
Area studies courses in the past have included:
- Cultural & Film Studies
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.
- Paris Cinema-City
- Intermediate Intensive French Language and Culture
- Advanced Grammar and Culture
- Paris Cinema-City
- History of Paris
- Paris in 19th and 20th Century French Literature
- Contemporary France
Field Trips & Events
Even though your adventure starts in Dublin, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. Here are a few possible destinations:
Visit Monet’s home in the beautiful village of Giverny, and walk through the spectacular gardens that gave him so much inspiration. Monet’s water lily paintings and many others were painted here.
Take a guided tour of the Cathédrale Notre Dame, and visit a Champagne producer for a tour and Champagne tasting.
IES Abroad Paris organizes course-related trips that complement what you’re learning in the classroom, and contribute to your general knowledge of French culture and society. Destinations may include:
- Notre Dame Cathedral
- Musée Carnavalet
- Maison de Victor Hugo
- Musée d'Orsay
- Neighborhood tours
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 one-day orientation period that includes a welcome dinner, cultural activities, and a walking tour of the city.
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 shared apartments are available for an additional fee. Apartments include kitchen facilities. Meals are not included. The Internet is available.
Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events
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.
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.
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.
- High-speed Internet, WiFi, and printer access
- Student foyer
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