CIEE Gap Year Abroad in Paris, France – Language & Culture

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Biking in Paris
Take a gap year in France with CIEE
Take a gap year in France with CIEE
South of France
A normal sighting in the whimsical city!
View of Paris
This was taken on my last night in Paris. I sat with friends and watched the Eiffel Tower shimmer just one more time.
CIEE students on a gap year in France
CIEE students on a gap year in France


Everyone dreams of a trip to Paris, but how many get to actually live there like a local? Here’s your chance to enjoy an unparalleled gap year experience in one of the world’s most beautiful and culturally important cities.

There’s a reason tens of thousands of students flock here to study abroad every year. Writers, artists, and composers from around the world have been drawn here for centuries as well. Explore the city’s village-like neighborhoods, and soak up the rich culture all around you.

At home with your welcoming host family, you’ll converse in French, prepare and share meals, and enjoy the everyday life of a native Parisian. When you’re not in class or at home, you’ll have your pick of things to do.

*You can create a duo program by combining any two CIEE Gap Year Abroad semesters and get 10% off the second semester.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent bridge between college and work

I had an extraordinary experience with CIEE in Paris as a bridge between college and work. Having completed my university credits a semester early, I spent a fantastic semester learning a new language and culture, as well as becoming more independent and confident with change. The program was immensely supportive and yet gave great freedom to explore whatever interested me most. My experience prepared me like nothing else for the workforce.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Worth it. Cannot imagine having done anything else!

Taking a gap year was the best decision that I could have made before heading off to college. I have come out a more mature, open-minded, culturally aware and ultimately happier person. I entered college with a sense of accomplishment for already having spent a year in transition and I find that it is already paying off both socially and academically. If anyone is considering taking a gap year, the answer should be yes!

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