Summer in Paris

Turn Paris into your classroom for 4 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.

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.

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!

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.

CISabroad’s Site Director in France:

Johanna is the founder of La Petite Génie, a Paris-based company that provides English educational services and support to children and adults. She completed her masters degree in the History of Decorative Arts at the Bard Graduate Center, and then taught in New York City for a few years before moving abroad. Johanna first became passionate about France during a high school trip, where she traveled to Lyon, Provence, and Paris. Today she considers France home. When not teaching or giving private tours around Paris and Fontainebleau, Johanna enjoys gardening, learning German, reading, and jogging in Buttes Chaumont park.

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. 

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.

ART 376: Photography in Paris: Shooting Like the Masters (taught in English) 1PM - 4PM

In many regards, Paris is the birthplace of photography, making it the ideal place to develop your skills and historical knowledge of it. Whether you are a rank beginner or an accomplished photographer, Paris will inspire you. This digital photography course maximizes your time on the streets of Paris; you’ll develop your skills on assignment and in the field. By researching, observing, and emulating such great Parisian photographers as Eugene Atget, Robert Doisneau, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, you’ll learn various ways of depicting this great city in all its complexity.

ART 376: Painting in “Plein Air” in Paris (taught in English) 9AM - 12PM

This course will explore the pleasures of "plein air" painting in Paris, with the city itself as our classroom. "Plein air" literally means "in open air" but has come to mean any painting done outside the confines of the studio. June is a lovely time of year in Paris, and there are many outdoor settings where you can set up your materials and learn painting technique. Do a study of Notre Dame's facade, a sidewalk café, or even a Bateau Mouche as it floats down the River Seine. This course will teach you how to capture the visual dynamics of the city in paint. Through weekly instruction you will learn to work effectively with color, value structure, and atmospheric as well as linear perspective. All levels of artistic ability will be accommodated, from rank beginners to near professionals. Join us!

ARH 376. Old Masters: From the Renaissance to the Impressionists (taught in English) 9AM - 12PM 

This course focuses on the major works of art created from the 16th to the 19th centuries, beginning with the arrival of the Italian Renaissance in France at the court of Francis I and ending with the Paris of Delacroix, Courbet, and Manet. You will learn about the sumptuous furnishing of Parisian interiors through visits to the royal palace of Versailles and to town houses such as the Hotel Soubise or the Musee Jacquemard-Andre. 

ARH 376. Modern and Contemporary: Art from the Impressionists to Today (taught in English) 1PM - 4PM

This course focuses on the 20th century, from the innovations at the end of the 19th century, to Art Nouveau, to the Impressionists through the period when Paris was the center of the avant garde, to the new internationalism of the contemporary art market. Studies take place in the Musee d’Orsay, the Musee de la Ville de Paris, and the Beaubourg (MACFA), as well as on-site at le Corbusier’s Villa la Roche and the Defense. You will also learn about the day-to-day workings of the Parisian art market through visits to galleries and dealers in contemporary art.

French Language (all levels) 4:15PM - 7:15PM

Taught by native French speakers, French-language courses will develop your written and spoken French. Small class sizes mean intensive practical training in speaking and understanding art-historical concepts. If you have intermediate or advanced French, you can combine your language course with the Modern and Contemporary Art course for an intensive experience in language and culture.

*Please note: A French-language course is not required, but we do strongly recommend that you take one!

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 4 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:

Fontainebleau
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.

Giverny
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.