IES-Paris: French Studies

Program Details

Program Location Paris, France
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33017
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2024 07/27/24 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: French Studies
With its grand boulevards, world-famous monuments, unparalleled literary and artistic history, and simple joie de vivre, Paris is a city that will change you forever.

Paris is a multifaceted and multicultural metropolis that offers a doorway to the cultures of the world. It teems with people from former French colonies like Senegal and Morocco, Asian and European immigrants, and business people and scientists from around the globe.

This French language immersion program offers a broad range of classes taught by accomplished faculty, where Paris will be your classroom. 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.

You can also experience what life is like for French students by taking one or more courses at a local university— we have six options you can choose from. Tutoring is available if you need help with the transition to higher education in France.

You can also add international work experience to your résumé while earning credit by participating in an internship placement and accompanying academic seminar at no extra cost.

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


IES-Paris: French Studies

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.

Academic Program

Paris will be your classroom. This program facilitates full immersion in French language and in French society through a varied and dynamic academic program, excellent homestays, cultural activities, internships, and conversation clubs. In addition, faculty members integrate local course-related trips into all courses.

IES offers unique courses that explore French Language, History, and Culture through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

You take 15 to 19 credit hours per semester. All courses are taught in French.

In order to create a French language environment, you are required to observe a rigorous language pledge while at the IES Abroad Paris French Studies Center.

For more information on available courses, please 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. An orientation trip and field trips are included in your program fee. For more information and to see example destinations, click here.


IES arranges your housing. Standard housing (included in cost) on this program is a homestay family with some meals included. Apartment or residence hall  housing is available for an additional fee, and do not include meals.

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 class options may carry additional fees, see IES website for more information.

Housing fee includes: placement with a host family, daily breakfast, and three evening meals per week. Other housing option 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 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $16,905.00
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: French Studies

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