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Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Housing Options: Apartment, Host Family, Residence Hall
Class Eligibility: Junior, Second Semester Sophomore, Senior Language of Instruction: English, French
Internship: Yes Program Type: Semester, Year
Academic Areas: Art, Art History, Business, Communication Studies, Economics, Finance, French, History, International Business, International Relations, Leadership, Ethics and Organizational Sustainability, Management, Managing Human Capital, Marketing, Political Science, Sociology Scholarships: Center for International Programs, Program Scholarships
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes Visa Required for U.S. Citizens: Yes
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Paris - Business & International Affairs

Program Overview

Paris BIA

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 important 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 in the world, and is home to Fortune Global 500 companies that specialize in insurance, banking, and energy.

Paris is also known as the fashion capital of the world, hosting designers such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, and many more. Enjoy all that Paris has to offer while studying Business and International Affairs in the City of Light.

The Business & International Affairs Program offers IES Abroad courses taught by faculty from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. The program also offers students the option to take English-taught courses with French and international students at one of the program's partner universities. Enjoy field study trips within Paris, and excursions to important cities such as Geneva and Brussels. Or, gain valuable experience through a business-focused internship. With course offerings in English and French, and French language study, the IES Abroad Business & International Affairs Program is a unique experience for study abroad in Paris.

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NOTE: Program dates listed in Studio Abroad are approximate. Please refer to IES Abroad predeparture materials for planning travel.

Why Paris?

You know what it's like to fall in love—but Paris won't break your heart. You'll want to spend all of your time admiring cultural icons like the Eiffel Tower. You'll get lost in the city's exquisite art scene. You'll want to savor the decadent French cuisine at local restaurants. You'll take long walks along the River Seine and wander aimlessly through the city streets for hours. All in the name of love. Je t'aime, Paris!

Student Life

Whether it's an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we're all about our student services. To find out more specific details, click here and select the Student Life tab.

About IES Abroad

Everything we do is about the IES Abroad student. Our profoundly passionate team of study abroad professionals believes in creating once-in-a-lifetime educational adventures that transcend expectations. Our goal is to rock the world of some 6,000 study abroad students every year. From our headquarters in Chicago to our 115+ study abroad programs in more than 35 global locations worldwide, we create authentic global education and life-affirming cultural experiences.

Discover more about what we offer with all of our programs.

Virtual Tour
What is it really like to live in Paris? Check out our virtual tour of all the places you'll come to know and love when you study abroad there—including where you'll live and learn. Take the tour!

More Information:
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Call us at 800.995.2300

Academic Overview

The IES Abroad program begins with one week of intensive language classes.  You continue your language instruction for the remainder of the semester for a total of 4 credits (3 SJU credits).  Enrollment is determined by a written, pre-departure language exam followed by an intensive language period on-site, during which oral proficiency is evaluated.

Then, based on your qualifications for taking Business courses and your language level, the rest of your academic experience may include the following components:
  • IES Abroad Paris Business & International Affairs courses (optional, 3 US credits; English-taught, prerequisites for individual courses apply)
  • IB/MG393 Global Leadership course to develop your cross-cultural leadership skills (optional, 3 US credits) 
  • Internship placement and seminar (optional, 3 US credits, requires placement into FR352 or higher)
  • Partner University business course (optional, 2-3 US credits; English-taught; prerequisites for individual courses apply).  Potential course offerings may include: Business Ethics, Entrepreneurship, Intercultural Communication, International and Corporate Finance, International Management, International Marketing.

Enrolling in one of these Partner University courses puts an IES Abroad student into a classroom with French and international students who are immersed in the study of entrepreneurship and business development. The local students enrolled in these business courses are focused on business around the world, and are particularly open to students from countries other than France.

*For the list of courses that have already been approved for SJU students, please click on "Pre-Approved Courses" at the top of this page.
Internship Opportunity

(Note that Internships are only available to students placed in French language courses FR 325 or higher.)

Interning abroad as part of your study abroad experience will help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market. It’s an exhilarating challenge, and IES can help guide you in securing your placement and succeeding in your internship.  Participating in an internship abroad helps you:
  • Add international work experience to your résumé
  • Gain real work experience and skills
  • Build your confidence
All of the internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship.

Past students have interned in the following fields. Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Advisor—new internships are always being added!
  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Publishing
  • Human Resources

Housing and Meals

IES facilitates housing placements in homestays, apartments (limited number, extra cost), and an International House for female students.  Students who choose the homestay option - which is highly recommended - will stay in a French home in the city of Paris or its surrounding banlieues (suburbs), and have breakfast daily and three evening meals per week with your host(s). Other meals are available at university cafeterias and inexpensive restaurants. Students will have the option to request a typical homestay placement or a placement in a chambre de bonne (a separate room in the building of a homestay apartment).

Students should consult the Budget Sheets at the top of this page for estimated program costs. For the most up-to-date cost information, please visit the IES Abroad website. In addition, before choosing to study abroad in another country for anywhere from three to six months, you should consider the exchange rate of your host country as well as the cost of living in the city where you will be.
Related Scholarships

Center for International Programs Study Abroad Grant
Please apply for this program before applying for the CIP Study Abroad Grant (due October 15th or March 15th).  Use the Program Search and search under 'Scholarship Programs.' 

IES Scholarships, Grants and Discounts
IES Abroad offers $2.2+million in financial aid and scholarships each year, including special discounts and grants.  Visit their website for more information:
Things to Remember Before Applying
  • You must meet with a CIP advisor before submitting your application. 
  • A limited number of completed applications will be approved on a first-come, first serve basis, per the Semester Abroad Policy.
  • This program requires a separate, on-line application to be submitted directly to them. Please refer to their website for deadlines and application requirements.  
  • If approved by the CIP, you will be required to submit a non-refundable $300 Confirmation deposit WITHIN 10 BUSINESS DAYS of approval notice. 

Program Ratings:
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Academic Experiences:
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Cultural Experiences:
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Overall Learning:
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Program Reviews:
Fall 2015 Participant
The program was great. The professors were really well qualified and available. The homestay was way better than I had anticipated.

Madeleine Kaye Sellers, Spring 2016 Participant
Choosing this program was one of the best choices I have ever made! The professors and staff were amazing as well as the classes that were offered.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.