Summer in Paris
Business & Entrepreneurship

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Focus on your Business degree for a summer in Paris.

Take classes at one of the top educational institutions in France: the Paris School of Business. Dedicated to practical learning, they prepare students to become highly skilled managers, efficient decision makers, and conscious leaders through student leadership opportunities, passionate student groups, and student-led projects in fields as diverse as sports, arts, consulting, media, and more. Outside of the classroom, you can relax on Paris’s many lawns, gaze across the Seine, and take selfies in front of the Eiffel Tower.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 1 course (7.5 ECTS)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5

Highlights:

  • Study at an AACSB-accredited business school in the state-of-the-art Campus Cluster Paris Innovation, with an online library and school facilities
  • Live in the sparkling and very walkable French City of Lights
  • Study at a cafe or on one of Paris’s many park lawns
  • Take classes with international students (20% of students are international)
  • Paris School of Business official transcript

Program Details

Paris School of Business

Founded in 1974, Paris School of Business is a European elite Grande Ecole management school that combines academic excellence, international awareness and professional experiences. There are over 20 student clubs and organizations with a focus on everything from Sports, Art, Humanities, Finance, Consulting, Media, Oenology, to Event Management and more. Cited as one of the top post-baccalaureate schools in France, Paris School of Business values audacity, awareness, and responsibility and prepares students to become highly skilled managers open to the world, enabling them to commit as efficient decision makers and conscious leaders. Paris School of Business is a member of the Conference of Grande Écoles, EFMD and AACSB and is accredited through the French Ministry of Education.

Areas of study with fewer than 3 classes available

  • Business
  • Art & Design
  • Communications

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As a summer student at the Paris School of Business, you will choose between two study tracks: Luxury Brand Management, and Doing Business and Entrepreneurship in Europe.  These two tracks are valued at 7.5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits each.

While you will study many subjects within each track, you need only select which of the two “options” below you want to study.

Option 1: Doing Business and Entrepreneurship in Europe:

Students will study all of the following topics during their summer program.  The number of contact hours per topic appears in parentheses beside the title.

  • Entrepreneurship in Europe (3)
  • Introduction to Social Business (3)
  • Business Planning (3)
  • Disruptive Methods (3)
  • Entrepreneurial Failure and Success (3)
  • Pan European Business Development as an Entry Strategy (3)
  • Business Model Generation (3)
  • Digital Strategy (3)
  • Company/Corporate Visits (6)
  • Cross-Cultural Management (3)
  • Exam (1)

Option 2: Luxury Brand Management

Students will take all of the following topics during their summer program.  The number of contact hours per topic appears in parentheses beside the title.

  • Luxury Brand Concepts (3)
  • Luxury Markets (3)
  • Understanding the Luxury Consumer Worldwide (3)
  • Retail Marketing (4)
  • Brand Strategy (3)
  • Disruptive Methods (3)
  • Distribution in the Luxury Industry (site visits) (3)
  • Champagne and Wine Business (3)
  • Cross-Cultural Management (3)
  • Luxury Industry Left and Right Bank (6)
  • Exam (1)

Both programs incorporate site visits and activities to keep your learning experience dynamic and unforgettable!

Please note that the precise classes listed for each option could change slightly, although this list is current as of March 2020.

Why Life in Paris

Paris is famous for its romantic atmosphere, rich history, and incredible influence on fashion, design, art, cuisine, and culture. While in Paris, you can visit iconic structures like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, or Sacré-Cœur in the neighborhood of Montmartre. Be sure to check out the many museums, art galleries, gardens, and monuments around the city. After strolling down a Parisian street by day, go out and experience the city’s famous nightlife!

With roughly 12 million residents, the comprehensive public transport system makes it easy to get around. Additionally, the unique layout of the streets and districts form a clockwise spiral out from the city center. The “quartiers” of Paris create a checkerboard of culture that awaits your exploration. You’ll feel a sense of community wandering past their local shops, bakeries, cafes, and markets. Enjoy your time in “The City of Light” getting to know what it’s like to live as a true Parisian.

Live La Vida Local

  • Sacré-Cœur Basilica

    Take a view on the city in front of Sacré-Cœur Basilica, discover small streets of the Montmartre hill and grab a coffee at the Café des 2 Moulins - café of Amélie Poulain.

  • Canal Saint-Martin

    Take a walk at Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and have a picnic at Canal Saint-Martin.

  • Jardin des Plantes

    Relax at Jardin des Plantes and take a mint tea at the Grand Mosque de Paris.

Apartments in Paris

Location

You’ll live in off-campus shared apartments, with single or double occupancy rooms in traditional French neighborhoods with modern living arrangements. Your housing in Paris is approximately a 30-minute commute to campus via public transportation. Invest in a monthly Navigo Pass to not only make your commute a breeze, but allow you to explore other neighborhoods of Paris.

Check out the photo gallery to get an idea of what your housing could be like. The apartments pictured are ones that have been available in the past.

Meals

Each apartment has a fully-outfitted kitchen, including appliances, pots and pans, dishes and dining implements so you can put your French cooking skills to the test and make your own delicious meals!

Inclusions and Amenities

  • Bed linens
  • CommutePublic Transportation
  • Double Room
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Maintenance Service
  • Renter's Insurance
  • Single Room
  • Study Areas
  • Wi-Fi

Notes on French Housing

There are washing machines and drying racks in the apartments, but no dryers since Parisians don’t use them! The beds are 90cm x 200cm

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Academic advising
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • CIS Abroad on-site orientation
  • On-site support
  • Paris Walking Tour
  • Day trip to Versailles and one or more overnight excursions
  • Guided tour of the Louvre and Orsay museums
  • Ticket for a theater show
  • La Vida Local cultural program
  • Paris School of Business official transcript

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in a comprehensive orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of life in Paris, like how to get around by public transportation, how to stay safe, what to do in case of an emergency and who to contact if you have any questions. We’ll also tell you all about our favorite places in town (restaurants, museums, markets etc). Oh, and you’ll join in on a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy so that you can start to taste the local flavor.

Farewell & Re-Entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to France.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
Boat Cruise on the Canal Saint Martin

Boat Cruise on the Canal Saint Martin

A cruise from the Parc de la Villette to the Musée d’Orsay will allow us to experience the atmosphere of “Parisians’ Paris.” This cruise, commented by a guide, combines not only some of the landmarks of the City of Lights, but also some more secret sides of Paris. It will take us through four double locks with swirling waters and two swing bridges. We will share the pleasure of the walkers strolling along the banks of the Canal Saint Martin lined with pretty boutiques and charming cafés and slide under the mysterious and spectacular vault of the Bastille.

Paris Walking Tour and Welcome Dinner

Paris Walking Tour and Welcome Dinner

One of the best ways to get the feel of living in Paris is to walk its streets. We’ll visit Trocadero square to enjoy an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe that marks the beginning of the Champs-Élysées avenue – one of the most beautiful streets in the world – and the Notre Dame Cathedral on the Île de la Cité, a natural island in the Seine River. After having worked up an appetite, we’ll stop for some delicious French cuisine in a quintessential Parisian restaurant.

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles, a former French royal residence, is one of the most famous monuments of World Heritage distinction. With 60,000 artworks, collections of Versailles illustrate five centuries of French history. It is one of the most visited attractions in France and must-see French landmark. Before the guided tour of the King’s Private Apartments and Royal Opera House, we usually visit the State Apartments with the Hall of Mirrors, an impressive seventy-three meters long gallery that pays tribute to the political, economic and artistic success of France. After the tour and before enjoying the wonderful royal gardens, we will also visit the Queen’s Apartments.

Site Director

Travel Tip:

Travel is not only, as Mark Twain said, fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. It is also the best possible recipe for happiness, so explore, dream and discover.

Travel Tip:

Travel is not only, as Mark Twain said, fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. It is also the best possible recipe for happiness, so explore, dream and discover.

About:

Drasko was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and graduated from the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Law, where he also obtained a master’s degree in constitutional law. He worked as an associate in a law firm in Belgrade and was hired by the Official Journal to analyze the jurisprudence of the Serbian highest courts. However, he decided to continue his studies abroad and came to France in 2013, where he obtained a second master’s degree in comparative law at Sorbonne University. Drasko was a participant of numerous seminars, conferences and summer schools in Serbia, France and worldwide. He is a national rowing umpire in Serbia and in France and he raced several half marathons. He completed a skydiving course and has an international diver certificate. Drasko is a self-proclaimed expert in finding the best low-cost train and airplane tickets.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team
Travel Tip:

We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us—be it through a text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Michelle Everard
Travel Tip:

Journal, journal, journal! Write down the little things, the strange details & whatever made you laugh. It’s the little things that make a trip amazing and are easily the most forgotten.

Linda Hallbäck
Travel Tip:

Be patient with yourself and kind to those you meet along the way. Show gratitude daily, laugh often, and give thanks for the journey you are on. There will be hard days, but remember, the magic is in the journey and each day makes that journey complete. Smile!

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Mar 15
  • Arrival: June 28
  • Departure: July 11
  • Price: $5,990 - $6,990
  • Application Deadline: Mar 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 28 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 11 (Estimated)
  • Price: $5,990 - $6,990 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Double Room – $5,990
Single Room – $6,990

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

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