Study Abroad in Paris: Summer Program for Undergraduates

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The American Graduate School in Paris hosts undergraduate study abroad programs for students wanting to study in Paris to gain international experience while earning credits towards their degree at their home institution. These programs are accredited in the United States through Arcadia University's College of Global Studies. They take place at the American Graduate School in Paris, located between Luxembourg gardens and the traditional artists' district of Montparnasse, in the heart of Paris. Classes are in English. These programs are open to students from all countries.

A range of options are available: Summer, Fall/Spring Semester, or Academic Year. More information on the Semester and Academic Year options can be found here.

The six-week summer program features a cross-disciplinary curriculum divided between French language courses in the mornings and international relations seminars in the afternoons. See more details on the curriculum below.

Taking full advantage of its setting in Paris, the program includes a number of field trips and visits alongside classroom lectures taught by recognized scholars. The coursework, fieldwork and extracurricular activities all combine to provide students with a comprehensive cultural and academic experience of Paris and France and offer them an approach to learning that is both rigorous and fun.


French language courses:

The French language courses are offered at the world-renowned language school Alliance française, a partner of the American Graduate School in Paris, located in the same building. Students therefore benefit from the highly effective and well proven methods of this 130-year old institution.

Classes take place in the mornings five times a week. Students take an online assessment test prior to starting the program as well as a short oral examination upon arrival in order to be assigned to the class that is best fitted to their level. Classes bring together students in the AGS in Paris/Arcadia Study Abroad program with other learners of French, making for interesting exchanges with fellow students from many different countries.

International Relations seminars:

The seminars are organized around the following four themes:

  • Origins of the French and European States

  • Comparative European Politics and Government

  • International Relations and the European Union

  • Understanding French Foreign Policy

Professors complement in-class learning with a number of field trips taking advantage of the central Paris location of the school and enhancing the cultural experience of the students. As an example, previous field trips have included Arènes de Lutèce, Archeological Crypt at the foot of Notre Dame, Medieval Walls at Le Louvre as well as French courthouses, Institut du Monde Arabe, and the  UNESCO headquarters (United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization).

Credit policy

The summer program provides students with 6 credits toward an undergraduate degree according to the American credit system. Credit breakdown according to the US credit system is as follows:

  • 3 credits for the International Relations course

  • 3 credits for the French language course

Note that credits transferring into other educational systems will be at the discretion of the student's home institution. A dedicated counselor at the American Graduate School in Paris is available to assist international students in the transfer approval process at their home institution.


The summer program starts with a four-day orientation designed to help students to get familiarized with Paris and introduced to the program. This is also a time for students to get to know each other before classes start on the following Monday.

The orientation consists of:

  • An orientation meeting providing practical information on Paris (transportation etc.) and security guidance, as well as general and academic information about the program

  • A welcome dinner

  • Site visits of Paris, including museum tours, cultural walks and sightseeing covering Paris's famous landmarks as well as some off the beaten track sites


Accommodation is offered along with the AGS in Paris/Arcadia study abroad programs. Housing options include:

Shared student accommodation

Students choosing the standard housing option will be placed in a shared residence room with another student. The rooms are fully furnished including an en-suite bathroom and small kitchenette in a residence hall located in Vanves, just outside the borders of Paris, on the Parisian metro line (ten-minute metro ride to AGS in Paris). Internet is available and laundry facilities are located either on-site or nearby. This housing option is included in the standard program fee.

Single Residence Room

Students wishing to have their own room will be placed in a single residence room. The rooms are fully furnished including an en-suite bathroom and small kitchenette in a residence hall located in Vanves, just outside the borders of Paris, on the Parisian metro line (ten-minute metro ride to AGS in Paris). Internet is available and laundry facilities are located either on-site or nearby. There is an extra fee for this housing option.

Homestay with a French-speaking family

This option offers the advantage of enhancing the student's cultural and linguistic experience. This homestay option includes direct placement in a French-speaking home, where the student have their own room. Breakfast and dinner are provided every day. Host families are selected by Alliance Française's housing services based on strict selection criteria and former students' reviews. AGS in Paris strongly recommends this option as a way to fully experience French culture and make progress on French language skills. There is an extra fee for this housing option (note that this extra fee includes breakfast and dinner).

Students are welcome to decline the pre-arranged housing placements. It would then be their responsibility to arrange for their own housing.

Note: depending on the date of arrival, students usually spend their first two nights in a Paris hotel (coordinated by the program) before moving to permanent semester housing.


Summer 2014: Thursday May 29 to Saturday July 12, 2014

More information on the Arcadia University website

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Tim FrancisNew Zealand International Relations
Class of 2014

quote leftMy AGS experience was infinitely rewarding, from the classes to the faculty, to the student community. My time in Paris gave me many opportunities to connect and interact with people in the vibrant international community around Paris, from UNESCO to Human Rights Watch, to the countless other organisations that call Paris home.quote right

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