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If you're interested in studying in a nation who has heavily influenced the western world for hundreds of years, France would make a great fit. France's composition of picturesque countryside, busy city streets, white sandy beaches, and majestic mountain peaks make it a one-of-a-kind study abroad destination. For experiencing continental Europe, France's central location allows for convenient overland travel as it borders 9 different countries.

Beyond language acquisition, art students, history majors, and businessmen alike will find France's opportunities very attractive. Over the course of time, the French have made notable contributions to art, philosophy, architecture, fashion, food and wine, literature, and cinema, adding the "sugar on top of the croissant" in this proud country (with good reason!).

View of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
View of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

France is one of the most popular study abroad destinations, consistently ranking in the top five, and hosted over 17,000 study abroaders in the past year alone. Many study abroad program providers have capitalized on students' interests in venturing to France, and as such, your possibilities for study abroad are virtually endless. However, these increased options may mean a little more legwork to find a program that suits your desired experience abroad. Language classes, housing, and the inclusion of cultural activities should all play a factor in your final decision.

LANGUAGE IN FRANCE

Learners of French will find many opportunities for language immersion programs all around the country. Surrounding yourself with the French people and enveloping their way of life will prove beneficial on your journey (destination: fluency).

The degree of immersion will vary dependent on your intended host city for your study abroad experience. The bigger cities will largely be more accommodating to those who speak French as a second language. A more remote, smaller city, with a significantly smaller population of foreigners, will give you a chance to really get involved with the French way of life.

HOUSING IN FRANCE

Your study abroad experience, and ultimately your French experience, will be strongly influenced by where you decide to live during your time abroad. If you decide to study abroad through your university provider, it is likely you will live in community with other American students from your university. While providing fun and comfort, living in this environment typically proves to be more challenging if your desire is to befriend locals or international students.

The cost of your housing will also depend on where you are living in France, as there is a significant cost difference between the capital city of Paris and other cities. AIFS Abroad provides 5 different programs across 3 different cities in France, whose costs of housing vary significantly (between $1000-$2000). CEA offers a wealth of options for housing their students.

IMMERSION AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

Program fees may or may not include added cultural activities or small excursions. Some programs believe these events are great for team building and learning more extensively about your new country of residence. Others find that allowing students to organize these activities on their own fosters a deeper learning experience.

These activities can range from a daytrip at a local museum to a weekend adventure in a nearby country or city. Both Academic Programs International (API) and IES Abroad programs programs include these organized trips in their fees, offering short and long term trips around the country. Check out their different itineraries to see which excursions most interest you!

A fun tip from Paris Unraveled - most state and city-run museums are free/greatly reduced price for students under 26 all over France and the EU; the trick to obtaining the discount is to show a French university student ID (not an American ID or ISIC)!

View of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France
View of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

France did not earn a reputation of luxury by accident. While being known for its culturally significant sights, it is also known for its high costs. Regardless, many study abroad providers have program-specific scholarships that can help offset the costs of your study abroad experience. If you are choosing the more independent route, these scholarships (plus more!) are available for you to apply to.


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Study abroad at the Cours de Civilisation Francaise de la Sorbonne, in Paris, France with API. This program allows students of all language levels to study French language...
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Earn up to 18 credits through a wide variety of courses studying in the beautiful city of Cannes with AIFS. You may choose to live in a homestay or live on campus as you...
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Is Grenoble For You? Nestled in the southern French Alps mountain range, Grenoble is one of the best college towns in all of France. The city has a relaxed atmosphere with...
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Paris, France needs little introduction. The City of Light attracts people from all over the world for so many reasons. The culture, food, music, people...everything has...
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The French Honors Program is designed for French Majors or other students with demonstrated advanced level French, interested in a comprehensive language and cultural...
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LSF Montpellier offers French language courses for all levels, from the complete beginner to the advanced. In all the courses there is a friendly, relaxed and engaging class...
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This program combines rigorous study of the French language with a broad range of classes taught in French by accomplished faculty. You can also experience what life is like...
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USAC welcomes students to come study abroad for a summer, semester or academic year term at the University of Pau in France! USAC's French and European Studies program gives...
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Earn up to 18 credits at the prestigious Sorbonne in Paris, studying French along with a wide variety of courses. You'll have the option to live in a homestay or in a student...
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Students wishing to improve their French language proficiency should sign up with Eurocentres this year! Language programs are offered in three distinct French locations:...
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Paris is also known as the fashion capital of the world, hosting designers such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, and many more. Enjoy all that Paris has to...
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The SPI Study Abroad high school French immersion program in Biarritz, France gives students the opportunity to truly experience the French culture and language come to life...
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The mission of the Marchutz School is to help students, who wish to study art in France, sharpen their visual perceptions of the world around them, decipher their emotional...
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Study abroad in Paris with API at the Institut Catholique de Paris. This program allows students with advanced level of French to take classes alongside French students in a...
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The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, located in the beautiful old section of Aix-en-Provence, once a medieval village, is the only study abroad center in the region...
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