Study Abroad

IES Paris French Studies

  • Location: Paris, France
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors


COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings

  • You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link, then read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.
  • IES requires all study abroad students to be fully vaccinated before they can participate in any IES program.

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The rich traditions of Paris and its environment afford ample opportunities for students to enhance their classroom experience by visiting local museums, attending plays and concerts, and touring one of the many ethnically diverse neighborhoods of Paris. The IES Center has two locations on the rue Daguerre, one of the city’s oldest market streets near the Montparnasse train station and within walking distance of the Latin Quarter.


Students must have completed four semesters of college-level French (or the equivalent). Students must be enrolled in a French course the semester prior to study abroad. Some university courses may not be available to sophomores. Students must also enroll in an appropriate- level IES French language course. The application requirements can be found on the IES website.

French major/minors must have completed the 100-level series of French courses or one course at the 200-level during the semester prior to studying abroad.

Academic Credit

Each semester, students must carry 15 semester credit hours. Students are not permitted to take less than 15 credits unless they have the permission of their dean and advisor in advance. French Majors/Minors must take the majority their courses in French at one of the Universities. Non-French majors/minors must enroll in at least one courses at one of the universities. NO English options on this program! Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


IES Abroad facilitates enrollment in French universities in order to encourage interaction with native French speakers. Students with a good command of the French language are strongly encouraged to take one or two courses offered in French Languages, Art History, Cinema, Economics, Education, Film Studies, Fine Arts, Francophone Studies, French Studies, History, Political Science, Philosophy and Sociology at Universite de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), Institute Catholique de Paris, Universite de Paris VIII (Vincennes-Saint Denis), Academie de la Croix Nivert (for Fine Arts, drawing, painting and sculpture) and Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris/ Alfred Cortot.

Course Highlights

African Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology / Archeology, Architecture, Business, Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, Economics, Education, Feminine & Gender Studies, Film, Fine Arts, French, Growth and Structure of Cities, History, Islamic Studies, Latin American Studies, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Peace & Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Theater

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

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Week-long orientation to life in Paris and intensive two-week language course before the start of courses.

Number of Students

Approximately 100-110 students attend each semester.

Housing/Meal Plans

Homestay. Students live in French homes in the city of Paris and in well- regarded adjacent suburbs. Haverford believes that living with a family provides the best opportunity to learn a language and experience full cultural immersion. Students share breakfast daily and three evening meals per week with their hosts. Other meals are available at the university cafeterias and inexpensive local restaurants. Commuting times to the IES Abroad Paris Center can range from 15 minutes to an hour. Housing between terms is not provided between semesters. Academic year students who remain in Paris during this period are responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing and meals during this time. Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program.


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  • Semester


  • Semester I: Early September to mid-December
  • Semester II: Mid-January to late April

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: February 25
  • Semester II: October 1

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