Bon Voyage! Five Fabulous Reasons Why You Should Study in Paris

by Maureen Fox

Paris! The City of Lights! The Capital of Fashion! Home to some of the world’s greatest thinkers, scientists, writers, musicians, and artists! Most people dream of traveling to Paris, and many students dream of living and studying in this incredible city. If you need more convincing, check out these five reasons why studying abroad in Paris would be the adventure of a lifetime.

Eiffel Tower, Paris 
Eiffel Tower, Paris 

It’s Cheaper Than You Think!

Paris is an expensive place to live, and most study abroad programs reflect this reality, but students with small pocketbooks can still afford to study in this amazing city. A majority of programs include tuition, housing, insurance, cultural activities, and several excursions (which vary by location) in their program fees, which means your money goes a long way. If an entire academic year of study in Paris is out of your price range, many study abroad programs offer semester, summer, winter, and even month-long sessions. In addition, these companies also provide scholarships and financial planning services to their participants. 

Study Any Subject You Can Think Of – And Then Some 

No matter what you’re studying in college, whether it’s art history, education, or economics, you’ll be able to locate programs in Paris that match your interests and will fill academic needs. You can spend a summer studying contemporary music and composition or a semester focusing on international business. If you’re looking for something that’s more comprehensive, a number of companies offer specialized programs in French culture, with classes on everything from French cinema to immigration issues. You should have no problem finding programs that work with your own study plan, whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student.

Seine, Paris
Seine, Paris

Study at Some of the Best Universities in the World

Studying in Paris means studying at world-class educational institutions! Take advantage of everything these universities have to offer, from student clubs to internships, to guest lectures and day-trips. Program excursions often take students to places like Versailles, Giverny, and Fontainebleau. Weekly activities usually include outings to art galleries, museums, or the opera.

Learn to Speak French Firsthand

Thanks to globalization, the ability to speak multiple languages is an important skill and a huge asset for most careers. As one of the most widely-spoken languages in the world (not to mention an official language of international diplomacy), the ability to speak French is a wonderful advantage in countless disciplines. The best way to learn a language is to completely immerse yourself in it and it doesn’t hurt that you can immerse yourself in tasting French cuisine as well.

Many study abroad programs in Paris require previous knowledge of French, but nearly every program has classes at all levels to help students improve their French. Some companies have intensive French language and culture summer courses for beginner, intermediate, and advanced speakers.

Louvre Museum, Paris
Louvre Museum

Be Enlightened by the City of Light

Paris is revered by many for its wonderful art, architecture, fashion, food, and entertainment. Window-shop at the high-end fashion boutiques located along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Sample freshly-baked bread and pastries from corner patisseries, or savor some delicious crème-brulee and coffee at a street-side café.

Admire some of the world’s greatest paintings in the city’s countless museums, including Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Mona Lisa at the Louvre and Édouard Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass at the Musée d'Orsay. Explore the soaring bell towers and chapels of some of the world’s most beautiful cathedrals. Catch a performance at one of the city’s infamous cabarets. You may not have time to do it all, but you can certainly try!