IES-Paris: Business and International Affairs

Program Details

Program Location Paris, France
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33017
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2025 01/06/25 to 05/03/25
Fall 2024 08/27/24 to 12/18/24
Past Dates
Spring 2024 01/07/24 to 05/03/24
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


IES-Paris: Business and International Affairs

When most people think of Paris, they think of iconic sights, like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe. These sites are emblems of France’s history, but today Paris is one of the most important business, financial, and political centers of the world. It has one of the highest GDPs of any city and is home to Fortune Global 500 companies that specialize in insurance, banking, and energy. As an important location in the European Union, Paris is also home to international agencies such as the European Institute for Security Studies, the OECD, and UNESCO.

Enjoy all that Paris has to offer while studying Business and International Affairs in the City of Light. If your French is at a high level, you can also enroll in an internship, which includes time spent working at your placement and an academic seminar that helps you contextualize what you’re learning.

This program offers IES Abroad courses taught by faculty from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. In addition to your IES Abroad courses, you can take English taught courses with French and international students at Paris School of Business, a business school located in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IES.


IES-Paris: Business and International Affairs

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing 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.

GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts] [Daniels School of Business]

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.

Academic Program

IES offers unique courses that explore international business, political science, communications, French language, and more through an in-depth and hands-on approach.

While in Paris, you take 15–19 credits per semester;

All participants are required to take a French language class (4 credits) and may choose the rest of their classes from the options offered on the program:

  • IES Abroad area study courses (3 credits each)
  • Partner University (Paris School of Business) courses, (optional, 3 credits each)
  • Internship placement and seminar (optional, 3 credits, requires advanced French)

For more information on available courses, click here.


Excursions are subject to change.

Even though your adventure starts in Paris, IES field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. These trips are subsidized by IES Abroad. For an idea of possible destinations, click here

In addition, course-related trips are organized as an integral part of IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of French culture and society. Participation is based on course registration.


IES arranges your housing for you. The standard option on this program is a host family, though for an additional fee students may choose to live in an apartment or residence hall, subject to availability.

Visit the IES website for more information.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.
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. Some options may carry additional fees, see IES website for more details.

Housing fee includes: placement with a host family, daily breakfast, and three evening meals per week. A limited number of self-catered (i.e. no meals are included) apartments are available for an additional fee. See the IES website for details. The meal cost listed is assuming students are in a homestay, students choosing other housing options should see IES website for more accurate estimate of meal costs.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $16,304.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $3,800.00
Insurance $245.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $1,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,300.00
Local Transportation $400.00
Visa $372.00
Books and Supplies $300.00
Meals $2,500.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $2,100.00
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 (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online 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

IES-Paris: Business and International Affairs

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