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When most people think of Paris, they think of iconic sights, like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe. These sites are emblems of France’s history, but today Paris is one of the most important business, financial, and political centers of the world. It has one of the highest GDPs of any city and is home to Fortune Global 500 companies that specialize in insurance, banking, and energy. As an important location in the European Union, Paris is also home to international agencies such as the European Institute for Security Studies, the OECD, and UNESCO.
Enjoy all that Paris has to offer while studying business and international affairs in the City of Light. You can also enroll in an internship, which includes time spent working at your placement and an academic seminar that helps you contextualize what you’re learning.
As one of the world's major cities and an international business hub, Paris is an ideal location for an education abroad program focused on business, international affairs, and management. This program offers a variety of business-related courses, as well as additional enrollment options for students with advanced french or who are interested in completing the NEGOCIA Certificate in International Management. IES courses and NEGOCIA courses are taught in English. You will register for a minimum of 15 credits on this program (per IES requirements), and can enroll in a maximum of 19 credits. Information about the range of IES courses and enrollment options can be found on the IES website.
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.
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
Housing and Meals
Your housing will be arranged by IES. You will live either in a homestay where some meals may be provided, in a private apartment building (note that this carries an additional fee), where you will be responsible for providing your own meals. For female students there is also an "International House" option, where you will be responsible for 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.
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