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Study abroad in France and discover why this country is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. France is home to some of the most iconic monuments on the planet. In Paris alone, you can see Le Pantheon, L’Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the ultimate symbol of France, the Eiffel Tower. Stop at Le Pantheon, an 18th century Gothic cathedral turned mausoleum, to visit Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Marie Curie, Emile Zola, and other great French citizens buried there. Drive past L’Arc de Triomphe, a famous monument honoring French veterans killed in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, at the equally well-known Champs-Élysées avenue. The Notre Dame Cathedral, a 13th century architectural masterpiece and the inspiration for Victor Hugo’s Hunchback novel, welcomes you to admire its stained-glass windows and hear the ringing of its bells. Snap a photo of yourself with new friends next to the one-of-a-kind Eiffel Tower or better yet, climb to the top of it for a view of the French capital that can’t be beat. You can find just as much French history beyond Paris as in it. The extravagant Palace of Versailles, once the home of Queen Marie Antoinette, looks much the same as it did in the 18th century. Walk through its Hall of Mirrors and around the ever-beautiful gardens on the palace grounds, in the footsteps of French royalty. To go all the way back to ancient times, picnic on the riverbank next to the Pont du Gard Roman Aqueduct outside Avignon. Visit the beaches in Normandy where a decisive World War II battle took place.  

Cities of France

Cities of France

Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence is the birthplace of artist Paul Cezanne, who spent most of his career capturing the many facets of the region’s most noble residents, Mount Sainte-Victoire.
Population
143,000
Summer Temp
73°F (23°C)
Winter Temp
42°F (5.5°C)
Geography
Rural
Sample Programs
  • Business
  • Fine & Studio Arts
  • Foreign Language & Literature
  • Internships

French Alps: Grenoble

Located in southeastern France, Grenoble offers miles of Alpine trails, mountain lakes and more than a dozen ski resorts within an hour’s drive.
Population
665,000
Summer Temp
72°F (22°C)
Winter Temp
36°F (2°C)
Geography
Mountain
Sample Programs
  • Business
  • Foreign Language & Literature

French Riviera

At the crossroads of Provence, Italy and the Alps lies the French Riviera, aka the Côte d’Azur. Over the centuries, many have sought relaxation and refuge on its sunny shores and in its quaint southern towns.
Population
2.0 Million
Summer Temp
76°F (25°C)
Winter Temp
49°F (10°C)
Geography
Coastal
Sample Programs
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Sciences

Paris

The City of Light has long been the center of politics, art and social change in France. While this city’s roots run deep in European history, Paris can be surprisingly fresh and modern.
Population
2.24 Million
Summer Temp
69°F (21°C)
Winter Temp
41°F (5°C)
Geography
Urban
Sample Programs
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Engineering
  • Internships

France gave the world some of history’s most influential painters, including Renoir, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Manet, Cezanne, and Gauguin. Many of their works are exhibited at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, often regarded as the best museum in the world. The Louvre, another world-famous art museum, houses great works such Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo statue, The Winged Victory of Samothrace, and other historically significant paintings and sculptures from throughout continental Europe. When you’re finished browsing Paris’ art museums, make sure to see Rodin’s most recognized sculpture, “The Thinker,” outside the Varenne metro station. Go to Giverny to visit Claude Monet’s lovely home and gardens, where the genre-defining painter once lived and worked. The Water Garden, with its Japanese bridge and lily pond, looks just as charming in person as it does in his paintings. Stop in Aix-en-Provence to see Cezanne’s old studio and his beloved subject, Mount Saint Victoire. Outdoor enthusiasts have an endless number of idyllic landscapes to explore in France. Go skiing or snowboarding in the majestic French Alps near Grenoble, where the miles of soaring, snowy peaks provide some of the best terrain for winter sports. Sunbathe on the luxurious beaches of the French Riviera and swim in the sparkling blue, Mediterranean waters. Breathe in the soothing scent of the lavender fields in Provence, as you stroll through the rows of radiant purple flowers. In Paris, look no further than the Jardin du Luxembourg for a slice of nature. These gardens surrounding the Palace of Luxembourg make for an enchanting oasis in the midst of the city, where you can find apple and pear orchards, an orangery, a vintage carousel, fountains, statues, and a pond where children sail toy boats. Take a walk along the charming canals in Annecy and rent a paddleboat to spend the day on the town’s resplendent lake. Kayak through the unbelievably teal waters of the Verdon Gorges, a stunning river canyon. Explore the magical Côte de Granit Rose in Brittany, one of only three places in the world where pink granite naturally occurs. Visit the Camargue Salt Flats to step into a mystical environment of red and pink lagoons where flamingoes, wild white horses, black bulls, and French cowboys live in harmony. 

Popular Programs

Popular Programs

Engineering

Engineering

CEA Paris Center

Set yourself apart from the competition by taking engineering courses abroad. Paris is an ideal destination for engineering majors, a city where many scientists and mathematicians have made significant contributions to the field. You’ll experience Paris as a learning lab through site visits and lectures which complement your classroom curriculum. Additional elective courses focus on aspects of French culture and may fulfill a humanities or social science requirement. While French language skills are not required for the program, you’ll likely acquire basic French and use it to navigate this historic city.

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Business, Communications & Liberal Arts

Choose from a wide range of business, communications, and liberal arts electives — all taught in English — that offer an international perspective. Take advantage of SKEMA’s setting in a research and technology park to develop the skills you need to thrive in today’s global economy.

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French Language & Culture

French Language & Culture

Aix Marseille University

Immerse into French language and culture as you attend class alongside other international students. Choose from a range of electives that deepen your understanding of French culture and complement your language learning.

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Feast on some of the most delicious food in the world, from freshly baked baguettes and croissants to creamy soft cheeses and hand-crafted chocolates. Try savory crêpes or quiche Lorraine for lunch. Try not to feel overwhelmed by all of the tantalizing possibilities you have for dinner: mouth-watering duck confit or coq au vin, a dish of chicken braised in wine sauce; the classic boeuf bourguignon, the delicious French version of beef stew, or bouillabaisse, a Provencal fish soup. You’ll find it just as hard to pick a dessert in France as an entrée, with colorful macarons, delectable eclairs, and silky crème brûlée just a few of the options available. Don’t forget to pair French food with the right French beverage. Take a tour of a Bordeaux vineyard and taste some of the region’s internationally famous wine, or drink champagne in its birthplace to celebrate your time in this unforgettable country. In a world that moves increasingly away from print, France is still a nation where you can browse the shelves in hundreds of independent and secondhand book shops or at the street stalls along the Seine River in Paris. There’s an equal abundance of good reading spots too, from park benches to old cafes to gorgeous libraries such as the Bibliothèque Mazarine. When you study abroad in France, you’ll have the opportunity to practice your French language skills, attend class at some of the most prestigious European institutions, and indulge in a culture of pleasure and beauty all at once. Discover a new interest or dedicate time to your creative passion in this country of artists and intellectuals. France invites you to experience the richness of life, education, and yourself.

France Points of Interest

France Points of Interest

  • 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!
  • Bastille Walk out the CEA Grenoble office door, turn left, and start walking up the mountain to get to the Bastille. This old fortress overlooking the city of Grenoble is a portal to many hiking trails. Just ask for a guidebook in the CEA office!
  • Hiking Ste. Victoire Mountain Aix-en-Provence students love the fact that they can hike to the top of Ste Victoire mountain on Aix’s doorstep in an afternoon (don’t worry, it’s a mere climb of 670 to 3,336 feet!) and be rewarded with breathtaking views. You may recognize Ste. Victoire from artist Paul Cezanne’s paintings and sketches. Jump on a local bus in town center and 30 minutes later you’re at the foot of the mountain... and back in Aix for tea time!
  • Great Outdoors Enjoy the great outdoors when you study in the French Riviera, because swimming, kayaking, hiking and skiing are all within easy reach! For hiking, hop on a train to Le Trayas, where you’ll find direct access to the Esterel Mountains and hundreds of miles of hiking trails. For winter sports, catch an inexpensive bus to the skiing slopes in Auron or Isola 2000.