Beginning in Summer 2019, our intermediate and advanced summer language programs in Paris will merge into one language immersion program for students with at least two semesters of college-level French.

Why Paris?

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. Learn about French culture and history while improving your French language skills in Paris, a city that comes to life in the summer.

What You'll Study

You earn 6 credits through French language and/or French-taught area studies course, depending on your language level, which will be determined on-site. 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.

  • Students with 2-3 semesters of French will likely place into the Intermediate level and will enroll in the French Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I.
  • Students with 4-5 semesters of French will likely place into the Advanced level and will take Advanced French 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:

  • Art History
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Literature
  • Sociology

Daily Life

Paris will become your classroom. See ballets at the Opéra, visit open-air markets, take tours of local neighborhoods, and so much more. We want you to feel at home in Paris, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. Whether you live in a homestay with a French family to fully immerse yourself into the French way of life, or you live in a well-located apartment with other IES Abroad students, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

Paris Summer– Language Immersion Application Requirements

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • 2 or more semesters of college-level French or the equivalent
  • Enrolled in a French course within the year prior to the program start date

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application: Applications may be considered after the published deadline on a space available basis. Please note that late applicants may be required to submit a non-refundable confirmation deposit upon acceptance in order to secure a place in the program. Please contact us with questions about applying after the deadline.

Submit the following in your MyIESabroad account after your Online Application is processed:

  • Home School Authorization: Your on-campus study abroad advisor can either complete the Home School Authorization electronically through IES Abroad’s PartnerPortal system, or by filling out the PDF form linked above. Consult your study abroad advisor to determine how they would prefer to complete your Home School Authorization.
  • Official Transcript(s) for each college/university you have attended since high school. If you have multiple transcripts, IES Abroad will average the GPAs for all colleges/universities you have attended and use that cumulative GPA when reviewing your application.
  • Foreign Language Assessment
  • Students attending higher education institutions outside of the U.S. may need to submit English language proficiency exam results. Contact your IES Abroad Representative for more information.


  • Professor Recommendation Letter: Although there is no length requirement, the recommendation must indicate a professor’s opinion of the applicant’s academic ability to pursue university-level coursework in a foreign country, in addition to any information that would help IES Abroad gain a better understanding of the applicant.
  • Personal Academic Essay: Although there is no length requirement, the essay must address your GPA, any particular academic challenges faced, reasons you chose this IES Abroad program, and how it fits into your academic career.

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. Visit to locate U.S. passport agencies in your area.


  • Language prerequisites: 2 or more semesters of French
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Credits: 6 credits
  • Housing: Apartment, Homestay
  • Estimated Cost: Price TBD
  • Upcoming Program Dates: Summer 2019: May 20 - July 5
  • Upcoming Application Deadlines: Summer 2019 - April 01, 2019
Program taught in:
  • English
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