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. Classes 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. The language of instruction is English; you do not need to speak French to enroll. 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 summer program extends over six weeks and 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 many field trips and visits alongside classroom lectures taught by recognized scholars. The coursework, fieldwork and extracurricular activities all combine to provide you with a comprehensive cultural and academic experience of Paris and France and offer you 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. You can 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. You may take a free 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 your level. Classes bring together students in the AGS 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 many field trips taking advantage of the central Paris location of the school and enhancing your cultural experience. 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 and the UNESCO headquarters (United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization).

Credit policy

The summer program is designed to provide 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 acceptance of credit transfer is at the discretion of your home institution. A dedicated counselor at the American Graduate School in Paris is available to assist you in the transfer approval process.


The summer program starts with a four-day orientation designed to help you 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.

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

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Omar Shamiya United States
School of International Relations
Class of 2011

quote leftIn addition to the many benefits of studying international relations in a highly specialized program, located in a dynamic city that fosters learning the discipline, my overall experience at AGS has been enhanced by an outstanding administrative staff that is diligent, professional and, above all, friendly. Their tireless efforts are key in making the experience of AGS students positive. I have done my best to thank them with good French desserts and bad American humor!quote right

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