Our Paris and Aix-en-Provence programs offer a wide range of academic, co-curricular, and housing choices, allowing students from almost all majors and of all French language levels to find the best fit for their short term, summer, semester, or academic year abroad.
Ranked among France’s top 20 undergraduate business schools, ESSCA École de Management - Paris is internationally accredited and one of the prestigious “Grandes Ecoles” in France. ESSCA’s history began in 1909 when the Dean of the law faculty at the Catholic University of the West founded the Angers Business School. Today, ESSCA operates the original school in Angers, France along with 7 other sites worldwide including the Paris campus. In addition to being a “Grande Ecole” ESSCA is accredited by AACSB, EQUIS, & AMBA.
ESSCA’s mission is to equip students and managers for a successful and sustainable career while taking fully into account the human and social dimensions of a globalized world. The university has a permanent team of 120 faculty members, 4000 students, and 13,000 alumni around the world. The school offers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level in diverse fields including International Business Development, Marketing & Sales, International Data Management, Entrepreneurship, Management, & Financial Analysis. Furthermore the Paris campus is home to a business incubator for French companies. You’ll attend class with undergraduate degree-bound students. You will receive a transcript from ESSCA École de Management.
The ESSCA Paris campus is located in Boulogne, one of Paris’ upscale suburbs that is also home to Roland Garros and the Parc des Princes. The ESSCA campus is adjacent to the Métro line 10, at Boulogne Pont de Saint-Cloud, just two stops outside of the Paris city limits.
The Université de Paris IV, often referred to as la Sorbonne, is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. It was founded by Robert de Sorbon in 1253 and attracts thousands of international students each year. French language courses for CEA students in the French Language & Liberal Arts program are taught by the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne (CCFS), the University center at la Sorbonne dedicated to teaching French language and culture to international students.
CEA students attend courses at the CCFS’ Raspail campus. This newly renovated location features state-of-the-art classrooms and phonetics laboratories, creating a modern learning environment within a historically rich setting. Students who successfully complete the program will be issued a transcript from the Université de Paris IV - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne.
The overall student population at the University is 25,000, with an international student population of 3,000. You’ll attend classes with other international students, giving you the opportunity to interact with many of the world's cultures in one of Europe's most diverse and exciting cities.
Institut Catholique de Paris, founded in 1875, is a private French university that has welcomed international students to its campus since 1948. Courses are held on the Institut Catholique campus in the 6th arrondissement, the heart of historical Paris. You’ll attend class just a stone's throw away from the Latin Quarter, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and Montparnasse. The school is accredited by the French Ministry of Education, and is a member of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (FIUC). Students who successfully complete their program will be issued an official transcript by the Institut Catholique de Paris.
You’ll enroll in courses with other international students at the Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ILCF), the Institut Catholique’s center for French Language and Culture. The professors at ILCF specialize in teaching French as a foreign language to students of all language levels. Out of a total student population of 30,000, there are approximately 3,500 foreign students, representing 120 countries and providing you the opportunity to meet students from around the world in one of Europe's most diverse and exciting cities.
Aix Marseille University, one of the oldest universities in France, boasts many prominent government leaders among its alumni. The university is centrally located near the famous Cours Mirabeau.
You’ll take courses through the Service Universitaire Français Langue Etrangère (SUFLE), the university’s French language school. Founded in 1953, SUFLE is regarded as one of the best French-language teaching centers in the country and hosts about 1,000 students from 65 countries.
SUFLE offers instruction in French at all levels—from beginning to advanced—and prepares students for the diplomas of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and other diplomas and certificates. At SUFLE, you won’t just learn French language: you’ll also gain an understanding of and appreciation for France's literature, history, and culture.
Founded in 1958 under the auspices of l'Université d'Aix-Marseille and chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York, IAU College is one of Europe’s oldest and largest education abroad programs. IAU has served as an academic center for more than 18,000 students from more than 700 colleges and universities. Its present annual enrollment overall is around 300 students.
IAU College welcomes undergraduates from U.S. colleges and universities. Courses in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts are taught in French and English. In the context of Provence's rich Mediterranean heritage, IAU delivers curriculum that guides students to cultural competency while fostering a life-long affinity for the culture, language, and people of France.
Colin provides program support through organizing and facilitating student arrivals, orientation, housing, cultural activities, and excursions.
As Interim Academic Director, Francie oversees the academic programs offered through CEA Paris, from faculty recruitment, to co-curricular learning, as well as student advising and partner program oversight.
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Working with CEA has been a pleasure for students, faculty, and administrators at Illinois State University. All logistic and programmatic matters, both in the U.S. and abroad, are handled by CEA staff with efficiency, competence, and friendliness. We couldn’t be happier and greatly appreciate CEA’s superb service.