- Paris, France
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
IES Abroad is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization that strives to deliver the highest quality education while simultaneously promoting the development of interculturally-competent leaders. Founded in 1950, IES Abroad now offers more than 90 programs in over 34 locations around the world.
Founded in 1962, the program combines a rigorous curriculum of French language study with a wide range of course offerings. Students are provided with a unique opportunity to focus on issues of the Francophone world with specialized courses in Art, Cinema, Literature, and Francophone History. Also available to students are enrollment options at local universitys and internship opportunities in the fields of the Arts & Museums, Business & Marketing, Education, and Non-Governmental Institutions.
The program offers 15-19 credits hours, comprehensive predeparture support, on-site student services staff, orientation, housing placement, internship opportunities, enrollment options at one of the prestigious IES Abroad partner institutions, organized cultural events, and extraordinary field trips to destinations such as Reims, Chantilly, Normandy, Giverny, Versailles, Fontainebleau & Vaux-le-vicomte, and Provins. Visit the IES Abroad website to learn more or contact us today!
- Setting Description:
- Paris delights and inspires newcomers with the paintings in the Louvre, the grands boulevards, and a skyline marked by the Eiffel Tower and the Gothic spires of Notre Dame. Besides its many monuments and landmarks, other forms of art flourish, including public gardens, sidewalk cafes and outdoor markets, fragrant with fruit and pastries. As a major European capital, and one of the business and financial centers of the world, Paris is the home of prestigious universities and the headquarters of international businesses and organizations.
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- IES Abroad offers $5 million dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships and grants that can be used toward an IES Abroad study abroad program. Apply online using our universal Aid Application, and we’ll pair you with the scholarships and grants.
Based on 5 Reviews
- EVERYONE should study abroad!08/12/19
I spent four months in Paris, France during the Spring 2019 semester. I am a nursing major at Hope College and I went to Paris to finish up my French minor. I decided to choose this particular IES Paris program because I really desired to grow in my
overall French language skills, even though French may not have any direct involvement in my future career as a nurse. That being said, my decision to take classes entirely taught in French and to live in a home stay with a woman who only spoke French was hands-down THE best decision of my life. I grew immensely in my language skills, and I got to immerse myself in Parisian culture while also traveling around Europe on weekend excursions with the new friends I made there and together with my entire program. I grew in self-assurance and maturity as I navigated my life abroad very much independently, and I got to experience cultures drastically different from my own - which I believe is one of the most important things anyone could ever do. When I ask people now if they have plans to study abroad, and their response is "Well, I don't really have any reason to with my major," it is difficult for me not to laugh because I know what a huge impact studying abroad had on me and my entire perspective on life. Everyone should study abroad. I made some of the best friends of my entire life, and I grew into a mature adult with the confidence to travel and take huge leaps out of my comfort zone. I now better understand the importance of taking the time to appreciate and learn from other cultures, and I can understand a whole new language!! Now that I am home, I am able to see even more fully how impactful the experience was, and I would love to look into how I can potentially go back to work as a nurse one day and use my French! I have a home in Paris now and so much more of the world is left for me to explore.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- J'aime Paris!04/27/14
Hi! My name is Mary and I studied abroad in Paris in the fall of 2013. What an incredible experience and wow, did my French listening comprehension and speaking skills improve! I was more than a bit nervous before I got there that I would not understand
what my professors or hostess were saying and that I would not be understood, but it was actually quite a bit easier than I thought. I'm a bit of a study nerd, so I actually did spend a lot of my time doing homework and studying for exams, but there really weren't very many quizzes in my classes as most French professors do not give them. Yay! However, be prepared to write a lot because they do believe in that. Holy cow, Batman, I still have writer's cramps. Also, just a tip, don't get into the habit of cutting classes because your grades will reflect. When they say you are only allowed 2 or 3 legitimate, excused absences, they mean it. The professors have no say in this; the IES staff will adjust your grades accordingly (and they do keep track), so just keep that in mind. I also didn't travel at all on my own on the weekends or holidays because there was so much in Paris that I wanted to see. I'm also a big history geek, so I made a list of all the sights, monuments, etc…that I wanted to visit and that's what I did in the evenings and on weekends. However, if you like to travel, be sure to sit in on the class about how to travel cheaply that is given by the IES staff. Lots of great information and tips! Also, take advantage of the rail system throughout Europe; you can get almost anywhere by hopping on a train at fairly decent prices, depending on where you're going and when. I did go on almost all of the trips that IES offers, i.e. Giverny, Fontainebleau, Vaux-le-Vicomte, Versailles, etc… Some you will have to pay for, but it is very cheap and they include everything from transportation, lodging (we stayed overnight in Normandy) to full meals with wines. The only thing I paid for was souvenirs. Most homestays are wonderful and your hostesses will be great, but if you do have concerns, please address them with the IES housing coordinator and be assertive. Keep in mind that lots of students complain about a lot of things, so make sure any concerns you have are legitimate and speak up. It takes a few weeks to adjust to your new living arrangement, so give it time and be flexible. Also, if you have opted for an apartment, be aware that you will not be living in Trump Towers. The apartments are what students in Paris would normally be able to afford and most are not in the center of Paris, but in the surrounding arrondissements. Bring some extra money for your own sheets and/or blanket as not everything is provided. Overall, my experience was fantastic and I met some great friends whom I still keep in touch with, and hope to for many years. I had the best times when a bunch of us would go out for a bite to eat or just walk around; we even found a few places that have Happy Hour! And with several of us together, we kept each other out of trouble…? Oh, and if you find a Berthillon ice cream shop (there's the shop itself on Ile St. Louis in Paris), you have to try it…several times! It is a religious experience, I swear. Have fun and Bon Voyage!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Great program in a great city!03/28/14
Overall, IES is a great program. It offers interesting courses, weekly activities, and a few excursions around France. The price is very affordable compared to other Paris programs. You also have the opportunity to live with a host family and intern or
volunteer as one of your courses. Not all of the courses listed on the website will necessarily be offered each semester and the spring break is only Thursday-Sunday. However, it still a great value and a fantastic semester.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- IES: a program of adventure and learning08/23/13
IES Paris French Studies was an excellent program. The advisors were very helpful and always available to talk about safety, academic help, activity suggestions, or anything you might need. The classes were very interesting, and the teachers were enthusiastic
about teaching American students. However, the academics were not that rigorous, since everyone was at differing levels of french, and some people needed to go over the material a few times in order to understand. Being in another school system definitely changed my perception of my own American schooling experience. I am so glad I got the perspective with two more years of college, so I could use the insight I gained. Paris is pretty expensive, but definitely utilize the staff for suggestions about less expensive neighborhoods, activities, or food. It was nearly impossible to make french friends, but I am still close with the Americans that I met. You might also try joining a club or activity outside of class. I studied at the Sorbonne as well as the IES center, which was great though challenging. This, along with choosing to live with a host family helped improve my french the most. Overall, I had a life changing time abroad. Definitely study abroad with IES if you want a nurturing abroad environment that helps you out along the way.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Amazing City, Great Experience02/12/13
Being in Paris was such an amazing experience. All my classes were in French so my language skills really improved. I also had a teaching internship at a middle school which was a challenging, but great experience. Living in an apartment allowed me lots
of independence and time to explore. It was such a fantastic experience!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend