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
With its grand boulevards, world-famous monuments, unparalleled literary and artistic history, and its simple joie de vivre, Paris is a city that will change you forever. The Paris of today is a multifaceted and multicultural metropolis that offers a doorway to the cultures of the world. It teems with populations from former French colonies like Senegal and Morocco, with Asian and European immigrants, and with business people and scientists from around the globe.
This program combines rigorous study of the French language at an advanced level with a broad range of classes taught in French by accomplished faculty.
You can also experience what life is like for French students by taking one or more courses at a local university—we have five options you can choose from. Free tutoring is available if you need help with the transition to higher education in France.
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.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, golf, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
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.
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.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program:
Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
4 semesters of college level French completed prior to study
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 a studio 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 Fall Budget Sheet or the Spring Budget Sheet. 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.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State 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 Global Programs 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 Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact 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. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with 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 on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
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