African Studies, Arabic, Art History, Business/Management/Finance, Communications, Culture, Drama/Theater/Performing Arts, Economics, Film Studies, Francophone Studies, French, Gender Studies, Geography, History, International Relations, Internship, Latin American Studies, Literature, Marketing, Music, Philosophy, Photography, Polish, Political Science, Service Learning, Social Sciences/Sociology, Sociology
This program offers a large selection of courses, including French language, archaeology, art, business, cinema, economics, francophone studies, geography, history, literature, music, philosophy, political science, and theater. Information about the range of IES courses can be found at the IES website. You will register for a minimum of 15 credits on this program (per IES requirements), and can enroll in a maximum of 19 credits; note that all courses at the IES Center are taught in French. Students who are juniors or seniors can also take courses with local students at Parisian universities affiliated with the IES program. Be sure to meet with your French Department advisor and complete a "pre-departure agreement" before going overseas. This will help you receive credits for courses you plan on taking while abroad. Any questions about this process should be addressed to the French Department.
Fall and academic year applicants must have completed at least 2 years (4 semesters) of college-level French (or the equivalent); spring applicants must have completed at least 5 semesters of college-level French (or the equivalent).
Priority is given to students who have taken French during the semester preceding their anticipated study in France.
Some Penn State departments or colleges (e.g., the Smeal College of Business) may require students to complete certain courses prior to studying abroad; please check with your department or college to see if you have any specific departmental requirements.
Education Abroad Credits
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your PennState cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the IES Paris Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
Housing and Meals
Your housing will be arranged by IES. You will live in a homestay, where some meals may be provided; other meals may be purchased at local cafes or restaurants. You also have the option of living in an apartment (for an additional fee), where you will be responsible for providing all of your own meals.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates above may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
PennState students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad.This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants.Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of GlobalPrograms also administers a number of grants and scholarships.Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need.There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds.In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid.Funding opportunities may also be available through PennState academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please seeFunding Study Abroad.
IES Public School Grant
As a Penn State student, you will automatically be awarded a $1500 Public School Grant for this program. IES has created this award to make their programs more affordable to you. This award has ALREADY been calculated into the above Budget Sheet.
For More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Nimisha Thakur, the education abroad adviser for this program. For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page. You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
1 or 2 academic recommendation(s)
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with IES as a part of your Penn State application. Applications open approximately one year before the program term begins.
Dates / Deadlines:
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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