IES Paris French Studies Program

  • Location: Paris, France
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Class Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors and seniors


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.

  • Requirements

    Sophomores, juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher may apply with permission from Professor David Sedley, Chair of French Department. Students must have completed four semesters of college-level French (or the equivalent). Students must have taken an appropriate level French course no more than one year prior to the program start date. 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.

    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

    Africana Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology / Archeology, Architecture, Business, Classics, 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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  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: 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.

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Field Trips: The IES Abroad Paris French Studies program offers a variety of one and two day field trips each semester. All field trips are included in the program fee.  Past destinations have included Chantilly, Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte,  Giverny, Reims, Normandy, and the Loire Valley,

    Cultural Events: IES Abroad Paris French Studies also routinely arranges cultural events and guest lectures for the general student body or for individual courses. Some highlights of past semesters include plays at the ComedieFrancais and other Parisian theaters, visits to the Louvre, Picasso Museum, maison La]itte, the Senat, Bastille Opera and Palais de Justice. Classical music concerts at Salle Cortot, the Cite Universitaire and the Sorbonne. IES hosts a French Culinary Exchange in the spring.

    Internships: Internships are available for credit in leading French organizations, companies and schools including work in NGOs, publishing, and the media. An IES internship provides invaluable cultural experience in the global workplace, practical exposure to the demands of speci]ic jobs and development of professional and personal goals. Securing an internship[ is a competitive process and placement depends on a variety of factors. Internship placements have included Gallerie Maeght (a contemporary art gallery), Parisian Home (which specializes in furnished apartment rentals in Paris) Les Coulisses de Chef and Atelier de Cuisine Guy Martin (workshops for amateur chefs), Non- governmental organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and Ideas (dedicated to international cooperation). Student’s internship is complemented by a required seminar that offers contextual support for the practical work experience.


The program combines a rigorous curriculum of French language study with impressive course offerings in the humanities, economics and the social sciences, with a special focus of the Francophone world.

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  • Semester, Year
  • Semester I: Late August to mid-December
  • Semester II: Mid-January to mid-May
  • Year: Late August to mid-May
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: February 25
  • Semester II: October 1
  • Year: February 25
Faculty Contact

Koffi Anyinefa

David Sedley