Study Abroad in Paris, France


Make the City of Light your classroom when you study abroad in Paris. From business to biology, finance to fashion, the art scene to the foodie scene, Paris offers limitless opportunities. France’s capital city has long been a center of intellectual thought, politics, art, and social change, where diversity and modernity thrive alongside centuries of rich history. Home to high fashion, world-renowned cuisine, and some of the world’s best museums and galleries, Paris draws thinkers, artists, writers…and thousands of students from around the world. The CEA Paris Center and our three Parisian partner universities offer stimulating approaches to learning by combining in-class work with group projects, co-curricular activities, and excursions, all designed to foster a deeper understanding of local language and culture, as well as a broader global perspective.

About the Country


France has long drawn intellectuals, artists, authors, and revolutionaries, serving as a muse that sparks creative thought and action across the centuries. The country’s colorful history lives on in its iconic architecture, prestigious universities, and rich culture. In a country the size of Texas, you’ll find hundreds of renowned galleries and museums to explore, natural beauty ranging from 1,240 miles of beaches to fragrant lavender fields, five major mountain ranges to world-famous culinary traditions. Here, you can hone your French language proficiency, gain skills in an international internship, and earn credit toward your degree…students of all majors and all language levels will find the right program in France.

Alexandra Mitchell, Director of International Programs – France, Paris

As the Director of International Programs for France and Director for the CEA Paris Center, Alexandra is responsible for overall programming and operations for CEA sites in France, maintaining CEA standards across all educational programs. There's a lot to keep her busy on-site, including long and short-term Program Development, managing Finance and Human Resources, overseeing Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, and working with students in and out of the classroom. More

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Provocative Paris


Local Highlights

Museum Free Entrance Day

On the first Sunday of every month, Paris opens its museums to the public for free. Take this opportunity to see the biggies or choose from hundreds of others!

Public Bike System

Feeling Green? Need a break from the Métro? Sign up and pay a small fee for unlimited access to the public bike system for a whole year. Bring your helmet!

Néo-Bistrot Movement

What do you get when French cuisine meets the 3rd millennium? A new movement of cosmopolitan and innovative bistrots with an international influence and new twist on old favorites! Talk to CEA Paris staff for a list of restaurants.

Paris Citizen Card

Be part of the local community and sign up for a Paris Citizen Card. You’ll enjoy access to cultural and political events, as well as otherwise private venues.

Les Docks

Spend a day (or more!) at this trendy art and fashion center and get inspired by innovation and creation from all angles. Les Docks’ museums, galleries, cafés, and night clubs are open every day, and late into the night…

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Morgan Mein, Spring15 MOJO, Paris.

Intercultural Connections  
CEA did an excellent job at linking the intercultural connection between my host country and the U.S. I thought about French culture more deeply and in ways that I had never quite thought about before.

Samira Shir
Cal Poly,
Fall 2015, Paris, France
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