Paris Summer - Advanced Language

IES Abroad

Program Description

Paris Summer - Advanced Language

IES Abroad



Learn about French culture and history while improving your French language abilities—all while studying in one of the most famous cities in the world. Paris becomes your classroom: see ballets at the opera, visit open air markets, take tours of local neighborhoods, and more.

You earn 6 credits through a combination of a French language course and area studies courses—depending on how much prior French experience you have. The courses are taught in French by native French speakers, and incorporate course-related excursions in Paris, including visits to art museums, and its architectural and historical landmarks.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Paris French Studies
  • City: Paris
  • Country: France
  • Program Credits: 6 credits
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Language Prerequisites: 4 or more 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.

Summer 2018

May 22-July 06

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

Application deadline has passed


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

You earn 6 credits through French language and area studies courses—depending on the amount of French experience you have. Courses are taught in French by native French speakers, and incorporate course-related excursions in Paris including visits to art museums, and architectural and historical landmarks.

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:

  • The advanced French language course and one area studies course (usually for students with 4-5 semesters of college-level French)
  • Two French-taught area studies courses (usually for students with 6 or more semesters of college-level French)

Area studies courses in the past have included:

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


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.

Art History

AH 307 - Impressionism And Post-Impressionism (Summer)

French Language

FR 301 - Advanced Grammar and Culture (Summer)


HS 353 - History Of Paris (Summer)


LT 340 - Paris In 19Th And 20Th Century French Literature (Fall, Spring)


SO 321 - Contemporary France (Summer)

Course-Related Excursions

To supplement coursework, the IES Abroad Paris Advanced Language Summer Program includes course-related excursions to many sites of historic and contemporary interest in Paris. Destinations may include:

  • Ile-Saint-Louis
  • The Sénat
  • The Musée d'Orsay
  • Neighborhood tours


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. Internet is available.

Student Life


After you arrive in Paris, you participate in a two-day orientation period that includes a welcome dinner, cultural activities, a walking tour of the city and museum visits. Sessions are conducted by IES Abroad staff and faculty and introduce you to various aspects of life in France and provide practical information on housing, transportation, and extracurricular activities.

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.

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)
  • 4 semesters of college-level French or the equivalent
  • Enrolled in a French course within the year prior to the program start date

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.

U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in France in the summer. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa prior to arrival.


Summer 2018

  • Tuition: $5,215
  • Housing: $1,640
  • Insurance: $135
  • Total: $6,990

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.

This school offers programs in:
  • French
IES Abroad

Last updated August 21, 2018
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7 weeks
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