Semester in Paris

Program Information

Turn Paris into your classroom for the semester! You will have outstanding opportunity to bring your French language to life by practicing with locals in the countless cafes and shops when you study abroad in Paris. Surround yourself with world-class art and culture on Semester in Paris. Admire the innovative construction of Notre Dame, sit and read in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, and practice your French by ordering a morning baguette on your way to class. Our Semester in Paris takes place at the Institut d’Etudes Supérieures des Arts, where you can take classes with other international students. Start getting excited about:

Paris – What can we say? Fountains, fashion, cafés, croissants...Paris has something for everyone, but especially art-lovers and budding artists!

Art, Culture, Electives, and French in the City of Light – This study abroad program offers everything for the beginner through advanced French speaker, including abundant elective classes taught in English, art courses offered in English or French, and the opportunity to study French abroad.

Learning in and out of the classroom – A great part of Semester in Paris is learning both in and out of the classroom. All courses taught in English have an excursion component which truly brings the classroom to life throughout Paris and beyond. You won’t just read about a painting or historic monument in class, you’ll go see it in person and really understand the artist’s perspective or historical context. During the first month of your semester, you will also take part in a 3 credit French Language and Civilization class to further deepen your understanding of Francophone culture.

Living with fellow students in great local housing– Live in cool, furnished housing and get to know the other students from all over the US.

Highlights and Excursions

If you've ever wanted to study abroad in France, then check out our Semester in Paris program. Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Excursions as part of your learning experience
  • Art History and French language courses available, as well as general electives taught in English
  • Combination of classroom and Paris-based learning 
  • Hone your history, literature, or cinema knowledge with the world’s greatest masters and Paris as your inspiration 
  • Study French in Paris: French classes tailored to your proficiency, whether beginner or advanced 
  • Live in fabulous housing that features internet access and common areas to hang out with new friends and international students.


You’ll love your housing on Semester in Paris! You'll be staying in single bedrooms at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris. The accomodations are beautiful with breathtaking parks all around your housing. Cité Internationale Universitaire also features a theatre, library, restaurant, sports facilities, support services and much more!


Courses include art history, cinema, French culture, French language, history, literature.

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Campus Setting


Average Course Load

4-5 courses (12-15 US credits)

GPA Requirement


Language of Instruction

English and French

Program Dates

Spring 2014*:

Start Date: January 31

End Date: May 31

Fall 2014*:

Start Date: September 3

End Date: December 12

Program Fee

Spring 2014:


Fall 2014:


*Cost may change at any time due to the current exchange rate.


  • Two day and one overnight excursions
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Public transportation pass for the semester
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Medical & accident insurance
  • IESA official transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

How to Apply

  • Set up an appointment with Frances Weiner,
  • Fill out the CISabroad Online Application
  • Pay the $200 application deposit*

*This is NOT an extra fee, but is a non-refundable deposit applied towards your total program fee. You will be directed to pay this after completing the online application.

Past Students

"My time in Paris was amazing! How could it not change our lives? For me, France has become a second homeland."

Linda S.