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.

Fields of study:

Art history, film, Francophone studies, history, literature, theater, politics and sociology as well as other fields


Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Language Prerequisite:

Four semesters of college-level French or the equivalent

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Summer


September-December; January-May


Minimum of 15 credits per semester - Required Courses
French Language (4 credits)
Four electives at IES Center and/or local University (3 credits each)

Credit Conversion:

1 IES credit = 1 Whitman credit


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; they purchase or prepare the remaining meals themselves.  Students in the apartments purchase or prepare their meals themselves.


Available in the arts and museums, business and marketing, education, and non-governmental organizations.


IES Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

IES: Paris French Studies