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10 Best Study Abroad Programs in France and Cost Expenses

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10 Best Study Abroad Programs in France and Cost.

Best Study Abroad Programs in France: France has lots and lots of programs to enroll in while studying abroad and these programs come with their cost expenses as well. Not to worry about the cost of these courses as the prices of these courses will be put to play in this article.

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1. Center for Study Abroad—Budget Study Abroad

As if the name of this provider didn’t give it away, CSA—Budget Study Abroad is the clear winner of the cheap study abroad programs in Paris. Starting at only $895 for two weeks of French classes, you can’t beat this option.

All students and adults of all French levels are welcome to study here, you can start any Monday, and there are three locations throughout the city that you can study in. Housing options are available for $300/week or you can arrange your own if you prefer!

  • Program time: Weekly, summer, semester, year
  • Program cost: Starting at ~$900/2 weeks or ~$1,600/month

2. ELI Abroad

Why settle for just a semester abroad when you can also do an internship abroad, too?!

ELI Abroad is unique in that their participants study in Paris for five weeks becoming intensively trained for French professional life, and then become an intern in their area of choice for the rest of the semester! The semester culminates in a final research project guided by an IFE research advisor.

Housing is not included in the program fees but starts at €2,000/semester, and as you could guess, students enrolling in this program must have strong French language skills.

  • Program time: Semester
  • Program cost: Starting at ~$8,500/semester

3. CEA Study Abroad

Like the above program, CEA Study Abroad also offers internships abroad! Come study at either the Paris-Sorbonne University, the Catholic University of Paris, the ESSCA École de Management, the CEA Paris Center, or do a hybrid learning program.

While you’re here, be sure to explore CEA Internships Abroad Paris to round-out your experiences abroad! CEA participants in Paris can take classes in English or French and the program fees include tuition, housing, wellness activities, volunteer opportunities, and cultural activities and excursions.

  • Program time: Short term, summer, semester, year
  • Program cost: Starting at ~$5,000/summer or ~$13,800/semester


CIEE is another top program provider with tons of Paris study abroad options. Their most popular one is the CIEE Open Campus, where students have a choice of six tracks: Business; Communications, Journalism & New Media; Global & Community Health; International Relations & Political Science; Language, Literature & Culture; or Sustainability and Environmental Sciences.

Most of the courses are taught in English but there are French-taught studies, too! Program fees include tuition, housing, health insurance, cultural activities, excursions, and a CIEE iNext travel card for travel perks.

Most participants live in apartments or homestays, but CIEE also offers temporary homestays for apartment-dwellers where you can experience daily rituals of local Parisians!

  • Program time:  Summer, six weeks, semester, year
  • Program cost: Starting at ~$5,800/summer, ~$6,800/six weeks, ~$18,000/semester, or ~$33,000 year

5. IES Abroad

Why settle for just one study abroad location when you can have three? IES Abroad offers tons of options in Paris, but their most exciting program is their combo study abroad Paris summer program that also includes time in Madrid and Rome.

Regardless of if you pick to stay in Paris or do a combo trip, IES program fees include tuition, housing, meals (depending on housing choice), visa support, cultural excursions and events, tutors, conversation clubs/language partners, service-learning opportunities, and even internships!

  • Program time: Summer, semester, year
  • Program cost: Starting at ~$7,000/summer or ~$18,000/semester

6. SAI Programs

SAI really goes above and beyond when it comes to their Paris study abroad programs. Pick between the American University of Paris (AUP), Paris College of Art (PCA), Paris School of Business (PSB), or Paris American Academy (PAA) to study anything from international relations to TV and media production.

Students also have opportunities to volunteer or intern in Paris, as well as enroll in the SAI Global Leadership Certificate program to further your global outlook and leadership mentality.

Program fees include tuition, housing, health insurance, and cultural activities and excursions such as cooking classes, wine tasting, beach trips, and ballet performances.

  • Program time: Summer, semester
  • Program cost: Starting at ~$13,300/semester

7. International Studies Abroad (ISA)

Looking to study abroad in Paris but pretty rusty on your French? No problem! ISA offers fantastic Paris study abroad options at either the American Business School of Paris (ABSP), the Sorbonne—Cours de Civilization Française de la Sorbonne (CCFS), or the Catholic University of Paris.

All classes except French language courses are taught in English, so this is the perfect way to dip your toes in! Program costs include tuition, housing (apartment or homestay), most meals and usually laundry, cultural activities and excursions, health insurance, visa support, and tutoring.

Past excursions have included Aix-En-Provence, Bordeaux, Bruges, Cassis, Ghent, Mont Saint Michel, Normandy, Saint-Malo, The Loire Valley, and even Morocco!

  • Program time: Month, summer, semester, year
  • Program cost: ~$5,000/intensive month or summer, ~$13,000/semester, or ~$27,000/year

8. Academic Programs Abroad

Beyond just (just?) studying abroad in Paris, turn this into a University of Paris summer program, too, with a two-month internship after your academic semester or year! Students have the choice to pursue an internship in their preferred industry thanks to APA’s partnership with Internships in Francophone Europe (IFE), so don’t stop at just classroom learning!

Beyond this extension, students enrolling in APA’s program in Paris can pick between an apartment or homestay, partner up with a French student who is interested in a cultural exchange, join a sports team or club, take a French cooking class, become a teacher’s assistant in an English class in Paris, or volunteer for a French nonprofit.

Don’t forget the free performing arts tickets you’ll receive every month and the Louvre Jeunes card that will give you free entry to the national museums (including the Louvre) as many times as you want!

  • Program time: Semester, year
  • Program cost: Starting at ~$15,000/semester with no housing or ~$21,000/semester with housing

9.  Academic Programs International (API Study Abroad)

API is a top study abroad provider with multiple options in Paris! Pick between studying at the Cours de Civilisation Françaises de la Sorbonne (CCFS), Institut Catholique de Paris, Paris School of Business, Parsons Paris – The New School, or the Université Paris, or sign up for a combo program like summer in Paris to Florence or Paris to Barcelona!

All options come with housing (including meals and laundry), health insurance, cultural activities, international excursions, volunteer opportunities, and tutoring.

  • Program time: Month, summer, semester, year
  • Program cost: Starting at ~$5,000/intensive month, ~$5,700/summer, ~$13,500/semester, ~$27,000/year

10. Athena Study Abroad in Paris, France

This Paris, France program focuses on the interaction of students with their surroundings-the city of Paris itself. Classes do not only take place in traditional classrooms, but also venture out to prominent aspects of Parisian culture, such as the Louvre or even walking the streets to learn about Paris’ architecture and history.

This close-knit program focuses on the student experience. Field trips included in the cost of the program take students throughout Paris and beyond.

  • Program Time: Semester, year, summer

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