Summer Art and Photography in Paris

Turn Paris into your classroom for 3 weeks this summer! Hone your painting, drawing, or photography skills in front of the Tour Eiffel and Notre Dame; improve your French as you order a baguette at your local café.

We’ve got fine arts and French classes in the heart of Paris. Study French in Paris as well as drawing, painting, photography, and art history while  living in the most romantic city in the world for 4 weeks this summer.

We have advice and ideas for enjoying your summer in Paris to the fullest. At CISabroad, all our advisors have studied or lived abroad. Half of our staff are Francophiles, and with our help, you’ll fall in love with France and Paris even faster than we did! 

We’ll help you spend your summer abroad in France without breaking the bank. We want everyone who wants to study in Paris to do just that! That’s why we’re offering one of the most affordable summer-in-Paris programs available.

Turn Paris into your classroom for 3 weeks this summer! Surround yourself with world-class art and culture while you study abroad in Paris. Admire the innovative construction of Notre Dame, sit and read in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, and study French abroad. CISabroad Summer in Paris is well-recognized for its training of art experts and professionals and managers in cultural administration. Start getting excited about:

Paris – What can we say? Fountains, fashion, cafés, croissants...Paris has something for everyone, but especially art-lovers and budding artists!

Art and French in the City of Light – What better way to improve both your French-language and fine-arts skills than studying abroad in Paris for four weeks?

Learning in and out of the classroom – A great part of Summer in Paris is learning both in and out of the classroom. You won’t just read about a painting in class, you’ll go see it in person and really understand the artist’s perspective.

Living with fellow students in great local housing – Live in cool, furnished singles and get to know the other CIS students from all over the US.

Two excursions included – Just in case living in Paris isn’t enough for the summer, we’re also including 2 excursions, one to Versailles and one to Fountainbleau.

There are many reasons to study abroad in France on our Summer in Paris study abroad program, but here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • 2 Excursions included
  • Study French and fine arts abroad
  • Combination of classroom and Paris-based learning
  • Hone your photography, painting, or drawing skills with the world’s greatest masters and Paris as your inspiration
  • Most classes taught in English, with the option of a French art history course taught in French for intermediate/advanced speakers
  • French classes tailored to your proficiency, whether beginner or advanced
  • Live in fabulous housing that features single bedrooms, internet access, and common areas to hang out with new CISabroad friends and international students.

While in Paris you will have the opportunity to take a couple of day excursions to explore the world outside the city. Here are just a couple of the places you might be visiting:

About 30 minutes outside of Paris is one of France's largest royal chateaux- Palace of Fontainebleau. Built in the 16th century and totaling more than 1900 rooms, the Palace of Fontainebleau is one of the most sumptuous architectural delights to survive the French Revolution. Also surrounded by the Forest of Fontainebleau and a stunning lake, there is history and beauty aplenty in this French town.

Home of one of the most famous painters in French history, Claude Monet. Enjoy a day trip to this beautiful setting to see Monet's house and gardens first-hand and get a look at what he used for inspiration. 

Possible day excursions might also include visiting the Louvre, a fashion strip, or a famous pastry shop.

On Summer in Paris, you will learn or polish up your French while taking unique fine-arts-related courses taught in English. You will take classes in the heart of Paris, just minutes from the Louvre, with all that this amazing city has to offer. While your courses are technically classroom based, you’ll spend the majority of your class time out in the city painting, photographing, and drawing.

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses
Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses.  

Course load: 2 classes (6 US credits)

Course approval: Before you go abroad, it is best to get 3–4 classes approved for your semester program. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

Course descriptions and catalog: Choose 2 of the following 3-credit courses.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

Paris is arguably the world’s most romantic and exciting city. While oozing history, the City of Light is also vastly influential today in the realms of fashion, design, art, food, and culture. Also dubbed the Capital of Fashion, Paris is home to some of the most luxurious fashion designs and cosmetics. While walking around Paris you can see many of the building and landmarks that reflect the city’s history of foreign invasions, conquests, and military disputes.  And with 12 million residents—2.2 million in the city center—there’s always something going on.

Paris is a major tourist destination, and it’s no wonder, with such sights as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Moulin Rouge, to name just a few. There are the museums, art galleries, gardens, and monuments. There’s the everyday beauty of Parisian life, the streets, and the Seine. And then there is Paris at night!

The city is divided into 20 districts (arrondissements) that form a clockwise spiral from the city center, so even though it is quite large, you will always have an easy point of reference. For those students that want to explore the city, France, and Europe, Paris has a system of transportation of bicycles, taxis, buses, trains, and airplanes that allow for easy traveling.

Your summer in Paris will be spent with professors of art from the United States at a renowned language school in the center of Paris. The city itself is a popular destination for international students from all over to study French language, art, and culture. Depending on your French proficiency, you can also choose to take classes taught in French.

During your summer you’ll get a unique education that focuses on hands-on learning and provides a complete knowledge of French life and culture. Our professors boast more than a decade of experience on this program. They deliver a broad understanding of the cultural domain by intertwining all aspects of learning to ensure that students receive a comprehensive basis of French culture throughout the duration of their study. Your time in Paris will be even better thanks to our dedication to immersing students into life in France!

Our CISabroad staff will ensure that you have an easy adjustment to life in France! You’ll be picked up at the airport by a member of our on-site staff and taken to your new housing. We’ll also give you an extensive orientation that will get you acquainted with Paris and your new university. Classes run Monday through Thursday, so you’ll have plenty of time to thoroughly explore Paris and beyond.  Students will have internet access in housing accommodations and those students without laptops will be able to use computers in the on-campus computer labs. You can also take part in several excursions throughout the summer that will introduce you to the rest of France.

Students on the Summer in Paris program will be living in a student residence with other CISabroad Students, young professionals, international students, and visitors to Paris. Students will have their own apartment that comes fully furnished with a kitchenette equipped with an electric hob, microwave, refrigerator, and bathroom.  Students will have daily breakfast , internet access, and gym facilities. You should expect a 25-35 minute commute to class. 

1. What is the cost of program tuition? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for Summer in Paris can be found here.

2. When are the program fees due?

Program fees for Summer in Paris are due on May 1st. CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

There are four easy steps in the Application process.

1. Fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc.

2. Pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost.

3. Complete the Academic Reference Form, Course Selection Worksheet, Personal Statement, Applicant Profile, and Scholarship Application (Optional).

4. Mail in your official Transcript to our office.

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application deadline for Summer in Paris is May 1st.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

Yes, you do need a passport to travel to France. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For Summer in Paris, you WILL NOT need a student visa. When you arrive in Paris, you will be issued a tourist visa that is good for up to 90 days.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes. For Summer in Paris, the GPA requirement is 2.5.

6. What are my housing options?

For Summer in Paris, students will be living in single bedrooms in student residences. More info can be found on our housing page

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

You will be taking 2 classes. You will receive 3 credits per course. To see the courses available, go to the course catalog.

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and a January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

Term: Summer 2015
Arrival June 15
Departure July 4
Application Deadline May 1
Term: Summer 2015 Price: $5,590 - $5,990 more info

Interested in extending your summer in Europe?  You can add a month in Florence, London, or Barcelona to your Summer in Paris by applying for CISabroad's Discover Europe Summer Series!  Click here for more details: Discover Europe 

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  •  Two excursions
  •  Full-time tuition and fees
  •  Housing
  •  Academic advising
  •  Medical and accident insurance 
  •  CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  •  Financial aid counseling 
  •  Assistance with travel arrangements 
  •  Predeparture orientation
  •  Airport pickup
  •  CISabroad on-site orientation
  •  On-site support 
  •  Field trips
  •  University official transcript  
  •  Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide


CISabroad  reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.