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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Center for International Studies 
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
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Program Information:
Turn Paris into your classroom for 4 weeks this summer! Surround yourself with world-class art and culture on Summer in Paris. Admire the innovative construction of Notre Dame, sit and read in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, and practice your French by ordering a morning baguette on your way to class. CIS Summer in Paris is well-recognized for its training of art experts and professionals and managers in cultural administration.

Start getting excited about:
  • Paris – What can we say? Fountains, fashion, cafés, croissants . . . Paris has something for everyone, but especially art-lovers and budding artists!
  • Art and French in the City of Light – What better way to improve both your French-language and fine-arts skills than spending 4 weeks in Paris?
  • Learning in and out of the classroom – A great part of Summer in Paris is learning both in and out of the classroom. You won’t just read about a painting in class, you’ll go see it in person and really understand the artist’s perspective.
  • Living with fellow students in great local apartments – Live in the heart of it all in cool, furnished apartments and get to know the other CIS students from all over the US.
  • Two excursions included – Just in case living in Paris isn’t enough for the summer, we’re also including 2 excursions, one to Versailles and one to Fountainbleau.
On Summer in Paris, you will learn or polish up your French while taking unique fine-arts-related courses taught in English. You will live in the heart of Paris, just minutes from the Louvre, with all that this amazing city has to offer right outside your door. While your courses are technically classroom based, you’ll spend the majority of your class time out in the city painting, photographing, and drawing.

Summer in Paris is housed at IESA (Institut d’Etudes Supérieures des Arts ), a well-known art  school in the center of Paris. Recognized by the French Minister of Culture and Communication since 1998, IESA has been a popular destination for both American and European students to spend time studying French language, art, and culture. The institute also offers opportunities for students to participate in classes taught in French for those students whom have a proficient level of French language.

All students should consult with their academic advisor regarding course planning. Any course equivalencies must be approved by the corresponding Valpo department head (i.e. French Department will need to approve any French course taken abroad in order to transfer the credit back to Valpo).

  • 2 excursions included
  • Life in the heart of Paris
  • Fine-arts and French-language courses available
  • Combination of classroom and Paris-based learning
  • Hone your photography, painting, or drawing skills with the world’s greatest masters and Paris as your inspiration
  • Most classes taught in English, with the option of a French art history course taught in French for intermediate/advanced speakers
  • French classes tailored to your proficiency, whether beginner or advanced
  • Live in student apartments just minutes from the Louvre
Student Life: 
As a Summer in Paris student, you will receive excellent support. You will be picked up at the airport by a member of CISabroad onsite support and taken to your housing. Within a few days of your arrival, an extensive orientation program will introduce you to life in Paris, general health and safety, and your new university. 

While in Paris you have opportunities to be fully immersed through our La Vida Local programming. There are also several clubs and activities that are part of the Institute Catholique de Paris. Our alumni recommend that you take full advantage of what is available to you, engage, join and participate. Membership to join clubs are additional fees, but students from all over the world living and studying in Paris are waiting to be your new friend.

Program dates for Summer 2018 are as follows:

Session 1: June 2nd - June 30th
Session 2: June 30th - July 29th
**It is possible to enroll in both sessions. 
**Dates are approximate.

Your housing in Paris, France is a 20 minute walk to campus. You will live in off-campus shared apartments, double occupancy in traditional french neighborhoods with modern living arrangements. 

The following list of amenities are included in the housing:
  • Fully outfitted kitchens, including appliances, pots and pans, dishes, etc.
  • Washing machine and drying racks in apartment; no dryer (Parisians don’t use them.) 
  • Fast and reliable hi-speed wifi in each apartment
  • Weekly cleaning services 
  • Clean, comfortable linens and towels included.
  • On-line, on-call maintenance service 
  • 24/7 emergency service
Application Requirements and Deadlines: 
Applicants must have at least a sophomore standing. 

Applicants to this program have 2 applications to complete: Valpo and CISabroad.
  • The Valpo deadline to apply to Summer 2018 programs is March 1st, 2018. Click the Apply Now button at the top right of this page to begin the Valpo application. 
  • The CISabroad deadline to apply is March 15th. Click here to start the CISabroad application. 
Cost Information: 
Please refer to the budget sheet above. 

If needed, students are able to work with financial aid to help with the cost of the program. Scholarships are also available.

Out-of-pocket Expenses
Students will be responsible for purchasing their own airfare. Flights will be discussed at length during orientation. 

The estimate for spending money will vary greatly depending on personal spending habits. Personal expenses include personal items, additional personal travel, meals, shopping, and other activities. The estimate found on the budget sheet is based on average spending. Students should consider their individual spending habits when estimating their personal expenses for the program. 

Program Contact Information:
Cherelle Dunn - Study Abroad Advisor
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: 219-464-5333
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Apply for a Passport:
Passports need to be valid for at least 6 months past the program's end date. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here. 
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