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IES-Paris: Beginning & Intermediate French

Program Location Paris, France
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33017
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2018 05/21/18 to 07/05/18
Summer 2018 05/21/18 to 07/06/18

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

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 sponsor's website (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. 

The Intermediate French Program requires:  2-3 semesters of college-level French and that students must take at least one French course within the year prior to the program's start date.

The Beginning Language & Marketing Program is designed for students with no previous French study and does not require you to have studied French.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 0-3 Sem French

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

If students complete courses while abroad from Purdue colleges that have not approved the program, they might be able to earn transfer credit for those courses. Students interested in pursuing transfer credit should discuss this with both their academic advisor and their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

On this program, students can choose one of two tracks:

Beginning Language & Marketing: This track offers intensive beginning French language as well as marketing courses. Students take 2 courses and should see this link for course information. No previous French is required.

Intermediate Language:  For students who have 2-3 semesters of college-level French, you can enroll in a 6-credit Intensive French Language course. See the IES website for course information.


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.

The costs below refer to the Beginning Language & Marketing program option. Students wishing to do the Intermediate Language option should add $215 to the program fee.

Program Fee includes tuition and on-site orientation.

Housing Fee includes placement in a host family, daily breakfast, and three evening meals per week. There is an additional fee for placement in a self-catering apartment (i.e. no meals are provided, therefore students should budget an additional money for food).

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2017

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$5,215.00
Study Abroad Fee$609.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,200.00
Local Transportation$200.00
Books and Supplies$150.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$700.00
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 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 Summer Programs Mar 1

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

Country map courtesy of The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin