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IES-Paris: French Studies

Program Location Paris, France
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33017
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2020 01/12/20 to 04/30/20
Current Program Dates
Fall 2019 09/01/19 to 12/18/19

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Housing
Program Costs Financial Aid
Deadline Returnee Info


Paris inspires newcomers with paintings in the Louvre, grand boulevards, and a skyline marked by the Eiffel Tower. Beside its monuments, other forms of art flourish: public gardens, sidewalk cafés where philosophers openly debate, and outdoor markets, fragrant with fruit and pastries.

The IES Paris Center, founded in 1962, is located just south of the Montparnasse train station on one of Paris' oldest market streets, rue Daguerre. Once the center of bohemian life and home to Picasso, Chagall, and Hemingway, Montparnasse is now also a center of business activity. From early morning till dusk, rue Daguerre is filled with shopkeepers selling their products: fruit and vegetables, cheese, wine and flowers.

After stopping to buy some fruit or pain au chocolat, students head for their classrooms on the ground floor of a modern residential building. The windows of the classrooms open onto a terrace that is used by the staff and students for impromptu gatherings.

Classes are held at the IES Center which is located in the colorful Montparnasse area within walking distance of the Latin Quarter. Facilities include offices, classrooms, a student lounge and a small library.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IES.


The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture. 

In addition, students must take at least one French course within the year prior to the program's start date.

GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 4 Sem French

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Participants live with a host family, although a limited number of apartments are available for an additional fee.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Program fee includes: tuition, on-site orientation and field trips.

Housing fee includes: placement with a host family, daily breakfast, and three evening meals per week. A limited number of self-catered (no meals included) apartments are available for an additional fee (students should also budget more for meals if choosing this option). See the IES website for details.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2019

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$14,845.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students- $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$760.00
Local Transportation$400.00
Books and Supplies$100.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$1,900.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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