Study Abroad France

305 Study Abroad Programs in France

Choose from Metropolitan Paris or Historic "Aix"

CSIabroad offers study programs in France in various subject areas. Students make the historic cities in France their classroom as they earn college credits from prestigious institutions. They benefit from the unparalleled comprehensive package that provides for everything they need during their study abroad experience.

Spend Your Semester or Summer in France with AIFS

The American Institute for Foreign Studies offers multiple summer and semester programs located in France for international students. Programs are set in various French cities, including Cannes, Grenoble, and Paris. Areas of study include Architecture, Business and Politics, and French Language studies.

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StudentUniverse: Student Travel Agency

StudentUniverse is the largest student deals site in the U.S. We were founded as a student travel agency and launched our service in 2000. We're a technology company that loves clean, easy-to-use, efficient services. StudentUniverse provides students all over the world with exclusive deals. We are a large network of engaged users that get access to unique experiences. It's all about students on...

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Travel and Learn in France!

Students can better appreciate French culture, customs, and practices as they engage in one of almost ten study abroad program choices with Global Semesters in France. Based in Paris or Strasbourg, students can choose from a number of academic courses, which may include French Studies, International Business, and French Language and Culture. Participants earn academic credits upon completion of...

Study in France's Top Universities with API

Students can study abroad in France through one of Academic Program International's six program options. Participants take courses at some of the most prestigious institutes situated in the cities of Caen, Paris, and Grenoble. All the universities have long history's in education and large populations of foreign students each year. Course offerings include French, Literature, and Culture.

AmeriSpan Study Abroad

Studying Abroad in France is available in a variety of different forms including French Schools, Teen Study Abroad, Volunteer & Intern, Business & Professional, Educator, French & Fun, etc.

American Business School Paris

An international school in the heart of Paris with quality education and great value! It prepares students for undergraduate and graduate business degrees (BBA, MBA, Msc.) and a Bachelor in Fashion and Luxury Retail Management. Students attend the American Business School for a Study Abroad or a Degree program (summer, semester, year, 4 years).

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Study in France with Fairfield University

Delve into French culture while taking classes for a year or a semester in Aix Center, France. This study abroad program in France's Aix-en-Provence gives students from all over the world, with different levels of French language skills, the chance to study in France. Subject areas such as, Architecture, Business Management, and Economics are offered.

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Summer in France with Forum-Nexus!

Gain a better understanding of French culture, traditions, and customs while completing an educational summer program with Forum-Nexus Study Abroad. Individuals may choose from various courses, which include Accounting, Journalism, and Engineering, totaling six academic credits. Student tours and excursions are included as part of the program, taking students in to other areas of Europe.

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Marist-Mod'Spe Paris Fashion Program

Marist College offers a program designed to meet the specific needs of Fashion Merchandising students. The students benefit from the cutting-edge fashion curriculum as they work with key industry players in Paris, France, one of the world's fashion capitals. Semester and full year programs are available.

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Receive the best culinary hands-on training in the world!

Ducasse Education is a leading culinary arts school run by the world-renowned chef Alain Ducasse. With 30 years of international experience, Alain Ducasse restaurants in 2013 had 19 Michelin stars in total. Taught entirely in French or in English, Ducasse Education offers innovative competency-based program in culinary arts, pastry arts, and wine & service.

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ISA (International Studies Abroad)

Study in the romantic city of Paris, France with International Studies Abroad. Participants may enhance their communication skills with French classes on culture and language in several educational institutions, namely Catholic University of Paris (Catho), the Sorbonne - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne (CCFS), or the American Business School of Paris (ABSP). All courses, other th...

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Cultural Immersion Through Study Programs in France

Enjoy France through study abroad with IES Abroad programs. International students can enroll in partner universities in Paris, Arles, or Nantes, and take discipline-specific courses, such as Intensive Language Studies, Business and International Affairs, French Culture Studies, and many more. These programs are offered throughout the year for semester or year long stints.

Syracuse University Abroad in France

Gain new knowledge beyond the classroom walls through Syracuse University. Students worldwide can paratake in an academic year international study program in Strasbourg. Field courses offered include Religious Studies, Communications, and Art History.

Low Cost Academic Programs in France with CSA !

Open to students from around the world, the Center for Study Abroad (CSA) offers international academic and language study opportunities in France. Programs are located in multiple cities and town throughout the country. Students can enroll in a prestigious French university and experience campus life, during all times of the year. These programs include orientation, housing, extracurricular ac...

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How to Study Abroad in France

Vive la Vie Boheme

France is a country of food, art, and a general sense of taking life as it comes. The French live day by day and do not like to rush; their appreciation of artistic quality emphasizes this, whether it is in painting, sculpture, food, fashion, or architecture. Paris was also the home of many great American authors during the 1920’s, such as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, who found inspiration among the cafes and nightlife. A great history of people who fight for what they believe in, that of Bohemianism focusing on living for one’s passions and creating an adventure. Even in the smallest town with cobblestone streets, students of all majors will be able to find the inspiration to enhance their academic and cultural pursuits.

Geography & Demographics

France is in between Spain and Germany with coasts on the east and west sides. It is a unique country with different types of environments, from the coastal town of Marseille to the vineyards of Bordeaux and the snow sport enthusiast’s dream in Chamonix. The English Channel to the west provides a unique transportation opportunity; the “chunnel” is a tunnel for trains to go underneath the water between Paris and London. To the east is the Mediterranean sea and a completely different scenic view compared to the rest of France. Paris, the capital city, is the main metropolitan areas with just over 2 million people. It is the cultural hub for visitors with opportunities to see amazing feats in architecture, such as the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe. Catholicism is the main religion in France historically, but the nation also has high Jewish and Islamic populations. France has freedom of religion, and in bigger cities especially, has multiple places of worship for different religions.

France is a cultural melting pot not only of European descent but also of Africa; there are 21 countries in Africa whose official language is French. French language and culture has spread to other countries in Europe, like Belgium and Monaco, and even into Eastern Canada. There are many French influences in parts of the Southern United States, especially Louisiana, as well. 

Winter in France supplies plenty of opportunities for snowboarders and skiers to enjoy the slopes. There is a lot of snow, particularly along the Eastern border near Switzerland, however snow is rare in Paris and the central areas of the country.

Spring is a nice time to be in France because the temperatures rise very quickly. The weather is still cool, so a jacket or scarf are still necessary in early Spring. Further south in Nice and Cannes, many take the opportunity to swim and enjoy taking meals outdoors. May especially sees a lot of short sleeves and outdoor activities in the country.

Summers are hot but comfortable, often when tourists come to Paris or when the Parisian locals migrate to Marseille for vacation on the beach. Temperatures are between the mid 70s and 80s (25 to 30 degrees celsius) in the central areas but can be on the cooler side near the western coast.

Autumn is the rainiest season in France. It is heavier in the mountainous and northern coastal areas, with light to moderate rain in Paris and Bordeaux.

Food & Culture

Many people in Paris and the northern areas of France speak English because of the popular tourism industry. While French is the national language, English, Spanish, and German are common second languages, because of the proximity to England, Spain, and Germany.

France is one of the few countries that can take a claim on fine dining even from a food truck. France is known for its wine, a rival of California, which is made to accompany food almost like an accessory: French wine is important on its own but able to accentuate the flavors of any main dish. Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and Brittany are the most popular regions of France for wine production.

The French have light breakfasts usually of just a coffee or juice with a croissant. Popular dishes unique to France are duck confit, ratatouille, boeuf bourguignon, and coq au vin. Most recipes use wine as an ingredient as well. Tarts with fruit are popular desserts as well as crepes, which are thin pancake like bread with filling eaten as a snack, breakfast, or dessert, depending on the sweet or savory filling. Crepe carts are popular all around France and can especially be seen in Paris on every corner.

France is part of the European Union and therefore uses the Euro as their currency, as do most countries in Europe. Most restaurants and shops will accept major credit cards, but smaller shops and establishments in smaller towns may only accept cash. One Euro is of similar value to one USD.

Things to Do

France is home to some of the greatest art in the world. The Musee D’Orsay and The Louvre are the two largest art museums are located in Paris; art museums are spread throughout France, celebrating Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, and Renoir among many others. Taking in the landscape is a great way to see France, try strolling through vineyards and breathtaking gardens. The Lascaux Cave is one stop that shouldn’t be missed, where cave paintings over 17,000 years old excite any artist or anthropology enthusiast too.

Many art festivals are celebrated throughout the country, such as the Berlioz Festival which has celebrated the music of Hector Berlioz since the 1830s. Perhaps the biggest holiday, however,  is July 14th. Bastille Day celebrates the French independence after the revolution in 1789, marked by the storming of the Bastille, the prison in Paris that symbolized King Louis the 16th’s regime. The Revolution also inspired the French flag of blue, white, and red that represents the Republic’s ideals: liberty, equality, and fraternity.  

Studying in France

Culinary, visual arts, fashion design, and architectural design students will benefit greatly not only from coursework inside the classroom, but also from the great experiences which lie in the artistic environment France is globally known for. One of the world’s fashion and culinary capitals, France has a lot to offer students, especially those interested in making connections for employment in Europe post-graduation. Tourism and hospitality management students can also benefit from studying in one of the top international tourist destinations in the world. By studying in France, students can learn the best places to eat, stay, and what the best things to see in France are; they will get the unique opportunity to research hidden treasures of France not in typical guidebooks, by living like the locals.

Any visitor that is not a part of the European Union planning to study in France for more than three months must have a student visa. Visa application materials can be obtained at the French consulate. Proof of acceptance into the university or study abroad program and proof of adequate funds to support the visitor for longer than three months will be needed when applying.

Lianna Salva

Lianna is a Content Intern for She studied abroad for a semester in Leeds, England, studying literature and theater. In May 2013, she graduated from Colorado State University with a B.A. in English and Secondary Education. Lianna hopes to get her MFA and get published in a major theatre magazine or English teaching journal while attending as many plays around the world as possible.