ISA Study Abroad in Paris, France

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Paris (population 2.15 million) is draped in history, tradition, culture, and glamour, not to mention academia. A center of learning with a plethora of French schools, Paris is an ideal destination for foreign exchange and study abroad students. T... read more

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I learned more about French culture, and the importance of a country’s history. I had the chance to practice my French and to meet different kinds of people and nationalities. It was definitely worth while! - Cottey College View Entire Review
I was able to see parts of the world that I thought I would only ever be able to see in movies. I discovered that I have a true love of traveling and exploring. It was one of the best decision I've ever made. - University of Tulsa View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with ISA Study Abroad in Paris, France
Past Review Fabulous
I take a art history class, teacher always take us go to different museum to talk and watch some famous things, it is fabulous. - University of Tulsa View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Paris - French Language & Liberal Arts at Catholic University of Paris
I learned a lot from my experience. Yes I learned a lot of educational things (since I was in school) but I learned a lot about myself, I became this adventurer I never knew I was. I picked up a love for culture I never knew I had. I learned that things aren't weird, they are just different. - California Lutheran University View Entire Review
Immersion is probably the best way to learn a language. A lot of the times switching back to English was not an option. This forces you to speak the language frequently and to the effort to understand. My linguistics skills have improved significantly and it was an incredible experience. - Ramapo College View Entire Review
Yes, I learned school material, about other cultures about myself, gained independence - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Paris - French Language & Liberal Arts at Catholic University of Paris
Past Review Paris Je T'aime!
This is the kind of experience that you only get once, I loved every day that I was in Paris and it was definitely worth while! - Western Washington University View Entire Review
Past Review Phenomenal
Absolutely worthwhile. You just become more open to life's experiences and you learn a lot about yourself along the way (no matter how much you've traveled before!) I wish more people from the states would travel abroad. The rest of the world is so massive and so alive and I think a lot of times people forget what is outside the... - Western Washington University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Paris - French Language & Liberal Arts at Catholic University of Paris
Past Review Challenging
It was the first time I had nothing going on, I wish I would've volunteered somewhere to feel productive. I learned the importance of really emerging in the culture with the people and the language. - Pace University View Entire Review
The joy of doing nothing, which is hard to learn in the USA's pressure-cooker environment. Yes. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
Study abroad is a great experience! The amount of knowledge you gain from traveling, meeting new people, and, learning about yourself is incredible! My only advice is: Travel and Study as much as you can! - Towson University View Entire Review
I am now the Study Abroad Peer Advisor and Edgewood College and plan to teach abroad after I graduate because of my amazing experience. - Edgewood College View Entire Review
My experience was absolutely worthwhile. I was nervous to go abroad, especially for an entire semester, but the experience taught me about myself and my life style. Living in another culture really teaches you about yourself and how you relate to the world. It opens your mind to a new way of life and living that will change you ... View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with ISA Study Abroad in Paris, France
I gained knowledge on local culture and the historical art and architecture of Paris. Yes, I'd say it was worthwhile. - University of Tulsa View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with ISA Study Abroad in Paris, France
Past Review Great Adventure
Except the knowledge part, I become more independent. - University of Tulsa View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with ISA Study Abroad in Paris, France
I learned how to embrace a new culture and how to navigate a foreign city. I gained so much confidence in myself about my abilities to be independent, even more so than when I went to college away from home. - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
Past Review J'adore Paris
I absolutely loved my experience with isa! It was the most life-changing experience I’ve ever had and I wouldn’t trade my experience for the world: the good, the bad, and the ugly. From day 1 of applying to isa, the Austin staff was extremely helpful and supportive of making sure I got all the right paperwork done and my visa wa... - California Baptist University View Entire Review
I learned more about myself and about the French culture. - Institut Catholique de Paris View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing
This experience has changed my life. I have matured tremendously in all aspects. - Trinity University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Paris - French Language & Liberal Arts at Catholic University of Paris
Besides the obvious - improving my French, being independent - I learned a lot about myself in my time abroad. I didn't think I would feel drastically changed in an academic year abroad, but I do. Going to Paris for a year was the most challenging, best decision I ever made and I strongly encourage anyone to study in another cou... - Western Washington University View Entire Review
You can learn so much about yourself on these types of trips. Enjoy being by yourself- enjoy being lonely. Write in a journal... you will appreciate rereading your daily goings-on once you are back home. This trip was more than worthwhile- it was amazing. - University of Texas - San Antonio View Entire Review
Past Review Good
Living on my own and budgeting my lifestyle - Saint Anselm College View Entire Review
I learned that I can put up with alot more crap than I thought I could. Studying abroad isn't as glamorous as many people expect it to be, and daily life (going to classes, hanging out with friends, drama) is very similar to life back home. It was worthwhile though. - Austin College View Entire Review
Yes it was the most amazing time I have ever had. - Ohio State University - Columbus View Entire Review
One of the greatest experiences in my life. Time well spent. - Texas Tech View Entire Review

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Paris (population 2.15 million) is draped in history, tradition, culture, and glamour, not to mention academia. A center of learning with a plethora of French schools, Paris is an ideal destination for foreign exchange and study abroad students. The Seine River, which bisects the city into its north (Right Bank or "Rive Droite") and south (Left Bank or "Rive Gauche") areas, has long been a source of the city's economic, political, and artistic notoriety. The two banks of the Seine each have distinct personalities- the spacious boulevards and formal buildings of the Right Bank and the cultural and intellectual reputation of the Left Bank- which contribute to the diversity of this magnificent city.

ISA has programs at three distinct colleges in Paris, each offering great opportunities to learn French abroad - study abroad at the Sorbonne, the Institut Catholique de Paris, or the American Business School Paris. In between classes, students frequently visit the local ISA office to check e-mail, receive tutoring, find out about upcoming local events and ISA group excursions, or simply to chat with the staff, fellow students, and practice French. ISA alumni consistently highlight the ISA staff and organization as being one of the best assets to the program, contributing to an unforgettable study abroad experience.

Programs in Paris include:

  • Academic Year:
                   - French Language & Liberal Arts
                   - Business, French Language & Electives (+ internship option)
                   - French Language & Culture

  • Semester / Trimester:
                   - French Language & Liberal Arts
                   - Business, French Language & Electives (+ internship option)
                   - French Language & Culture

  • Summer:             
                   - Arts & French Language
                   - Intensive French Language
                   - Business, Culture & French Language

  • J-Term: Intensive Business
  • Int.Month: Intensive French Language
  • Custom: Custom Programs in Paris ( Art & Photography in Paris )
  • Gap:
                    - Business, French Language & Electives
                    - French Language & Liberal Arts
                    - Intensive French Language
                    - Intensive Business

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • January Term
  • Custom
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • French
  • English
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International Studies Abroad / ISA Scholarships

In pursuit of its goals of enhancing cultural awareness and providing students with the independence and language skills necessary for the workplace, The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship seek to help those who may not otherwise be able to study abroad. As a testament to his early struggle and lifelong pursuit of academic excellence, ISA offers USD 58,000 annually in scholarships to be used towards ISA programs in memory of Dr. Castañeda. The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship are both merit and financial need-based scholarships that assist students from affiliated universities with the expenses of studying abroad. Scholarship awardees will have the opportunity to participate in the Correspondent Internship, which gives students the chance to add content to ISA’s Student blog. The student may also be given an opportunity to be part of ISA’s offices abroad based on the need of the particular office.

12 x $2000 for Fall Programs; 12 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Fall-start) Year Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Spring-start) Year Programs

Deadlines:
Fall (and Fall-start): April 30th Winter/Spring (and Winter-start): October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Attend an ISA-affiliated university. See our list of Affiliated Universities for more information. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. (Courses must appear on official transcript.) • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the Eligibility Requirements and Application for more information on eligibility, scholarship availability, and application instructions.

ISA offers USD 8,000 worth of scholarships annually dedicated to the memory of Michaela Farnum. Michaela was a junior studying International Business and Spanish at Seattle University and was a participant in the ISA program in Chile. Her experience was tragically cut short when she lost her life in a hiking accident in the mountains of La Campana National Park in Chile. ISA hopes that this scholarship will help aspiring study abroad students and will do so in memory of Michaela who only began to realize her dream of study abroad. The scholarship is both merit and financial need-based scholarships for the study abroad expenses for the summer term of the student awardees

8 x $1,000 for Summer Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA Summer study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. Courses must appear on official transcript. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

The ISA Diversity Scholarships aim to encourage students of a broader cultural make-up to participate in ISA programs by offering funds to assist with the expenses of studying abroad. The scholarship amounts to USD 14,000 in awards and is to be used towards ISA programs.

2 x $1,000 for Summer Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Fall Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th Fall: April 30th Winter/Spring: October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

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