The IES French Studies Program in Paris, France, provides students with an opportunity to live in this rich cultural capital and study exclusively in French with French professors either at the IES Paris Center or at one of several local universities, such as the Sorbonne-Paris IV or Institut Catholique. A special feature of this program is the opportunity to learn about France through an internship in the workplace. In addition to their regular courses, students may enroll in an internship-based course in education, a non-governmental organization, business, or the arts.

“I matched with a wonderful host family (and extended host family!) that greatly aided my language study and allowed me to spend a lot of time with a whole range of fascinating French folk! Through my courses at the Sorbonne, the IES ‘conversion club’, and my wanderings through the city, I met several young Parisians with whom I have remained in contact, and who quite happily introduced me to their friends and their city.” - Jordan B. ‘14

Fields of study:

French language, art history, film studies, Francophone studies, history, literature, politics, sociology, as well as other fields


Minimum cumulative GPA requirement 2.8 (Whitman requirement)

Language Prerequisite:

Four semesters of college-level French or the equivalent


15 -19 credits per semester - Required Courses
IES Abroad French language course (3 credits)
IES Abroad French-taught area studies courses at IES Center (3 credits)
French-taught courses at local universities (optional, credits vary)
Internship & Seminar (optional, 3 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 IES credit = 1 Whitman credit


Available in art galleries, business and marketing, education, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).


In French homes with local hosts or in a private apartment building


Students in homestays take breakfast daily and three dinners per week with the family. Other meals are available at university cafeterias and restaurants.  Students in apartments purchase or prepare their meals themselves.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


September-December; January-April


IES Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

IES: Paris French Studies