Location
  • France
    • Paris
Term
Fall, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Art History Business Chemistry Communications Cultural Studies Economics Engineering European Studies Fashion Design Film Finance Gender Studies Global Studies History International Business International Relations Liberal Arts Linguistics Literature Marketing Mathematics Political Science Social Sciences Sociology +14
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships, Payment plans, Work study, LGBTQIA+ funding, BIPOC funding
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Program Details

Program Type
Provider
Degree Level
High School Diploma Associates Bachelors
Housing
Apartment Dormitory Host Family
Language
English

Pricing

Price Details
Included: Personalized Pre-departure Advising; Tuition & Registration; Travel Medical Insurance; On-site Orientation; Housing; Volunteer Opportunities; On-site Staff Support; Excursions and Cultural Engagement; Host Institution Services & Amenities and more. Scholarships available.
What's Included
Some Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Classes Travel Insurance
May 21, 2024
Apr 02, 2024
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About Program

Imagine spending a semester in Paris, the embodiment of fine art, cuisine, fashion, and more. Home to one of the world’s most beautiful skylines, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame, and the enchanting Seine River, Paris has an incredible history. Experience the beauty of Paris easily by taking the Metro or with the city’s famed public bike system.

Choose from a wide range of courses offered in both English and French. CEA CAPA partners with Paris-Sorbonne University, The Catholic University of Paris, and ESSCA Ecole de Management and has a Paris Study Center. You can take courses at one of these partner institutions, at the CEA CAPA Paris Center, or enroll in hybrid learning program.

In addition to Study Abroad programs, explore CEA CAPA Internships Abroad, our dynamic program that provides hands-on, practical experience to help you rise above the competition.

Interested? Click the “Visit Site” button to learn what’s waiting for you, get out there and learn!

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

CEA CAPA provides, in conjunction with Diversity Abroad, Destination Guides which provide resources and tips for Black/African-American students, Latinx students, Asian American students, and all other students of color.

LGBTQIA+ Support

Through our personalized advising, CEA CAPA takes steps to understand the needs of a diversity of student identities like the LGBTQIA+ community. In addition to diversity and identity training, CEA CAPA leadership engage in continuous department level project work to identify and revise policies and practices using the appropriate Justice, Equity, Diversity or Inclusion lens as a frame to reduce bias and barriers that impact students, faculty, and staff. CEA CAPA is intentional in elevating diverse student voices and providing a platform for a broad array of identities to share their experiences abroad. The CEA CAPA World Blog promotes stories and personal experiences from the perspectives of diverse student bloggers and vloggers.

Neurodivergent Support

CEA CAPA is willing and able to assist students with learning disabilities and physical disabilities. Students are requested to disclose disabilities through the application health forms as part of their application and in discussion with their application advisor or program manager. The earlier CEA CAPA is made aware of learning or physical disabilities the better we can work with the student, institution, and overseas team to tailor an Individualized Education Program if necessary to support the student.

Impact

Sustainability

CEA CAPA makes a conscious effort to create study abroad experiences that leave a positive impact on host communities. Each location implements a variety of strategies to support the local community and promote sustainability. Examples include:

Use of recycling bins in Study Center locations and in CEA CAPA housing

Signage in CEA CAPA housing urging students to limit water and electricity usage

Students are often given reusable bags and water bottles upon arrival to limit single plastic use

Students are provided with instructions for acquiring transportation passes to promote use of public transportation rather than taxis

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on learning experiences that transform the world abroad into a classroom
  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising, including visa and immigration support
  • Courses offered in English that fulfill major and general graduation requirements
  • Comprehensive on-site support, including 24/7 emergency phone
  • Career workshops, Internships Abroad, and Alumni Ambassador positions

Program Reviews

4.75 Rating
based on 55 reviews
  • 5 rating 78.18%
  • 4 rating 20%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 1.82%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Academics 4.05
  • Support 4.7
  • Fun 4.45
  • Housing 4.35
  • Safety 4.65
Showing 1 - 8 of 55 reviews
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Joshua
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Paris Engineering Fall 2023

I cannot express enough how fantastic this experience was! Living with two other roomates from different parts of America in a cozy European apartment in the 5th arrondissement of Paris was a dream! And right next to Ernest Hemmingway's old apartment! Experiencing the daily life, in's and out's of French language and culture on top of the renowned food, historic sights, metro/subway system, unforgettable markets and events was like no other experience and I am ecstatic at the thought of going back ASAP!

What was your funniest moment?
The day of realization when I had reached capability in my French speaking to wear natives would respond back in a full conversation!
Pros
  • Culture
  • Food
  • People
Cons
  • Occasionally not so clean
  • Lot of people
  • Sometimes its so fun its too much
21 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Hi Joshua! I hope you get back to Paris soon too! Thanks for sharing such fantastic feedback about your Fall '23 study abroad experience.

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Erica
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Time of my life interning + studying in Paris

I did a study+internship program in Paris through CEA CAPA and had the adventure of a lifetime! I was drawn to this program in particular because I was hoping to build my resume but didn't want to sacrifice having a study abroad experience, therefore this program was perfect for my goals. While working abroad can feel like a daunting task, the team at CEA CAPA helped us to both anticipate and navigate any challenges that we might have encountered. Using CEA's toolbox to work through problems that arose has exacerbated my professional growth and I continue to use these same tools in my current endeavors. I also felt that the internship did not impede with my other courses, which was very important to me.

The 'study' portion was amazing as well. The faculty was fantastic, and I loved using the city as my classroom (going to museums, speaking to natives, etc.). The trips that the CEA team took us on were also very fun and I would suggest taking advantage of every event the school organizes- we went to so many places I would have never chosen to go to myself, and these were actually some of my favorite places that I visited during my time in France.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
My most nerve-wracking moment was when there was a flair of terrorist activity in France. As a Massachusetts native, I haven't seen many/any terrorist threats really and it really made me anxious- especially being so far from home and not being super familiar with what was happening. I was able to overcome my anxieties by speaking with CEA staff and altering some travel plans I had made. I try not to let fear dictate my life and plans, however, I think it is important to know your personal limits and take a step back when it feels necessary. Although that one moment was alarming it was fleeting and did not take away from my time as a whole.
Pros
  • Professional Growth
  • Travel
  • Meeting New Friends
Cons
  • Scholarships not widely available
  • Internship program costs more
  • Internship could limit travel opportunity
22 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Hi Erica! Thanks for the 5 star review! So glad you shared your feedback on your perfect experience in Paris.

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Cecilia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Paris City Life!

Paris is such an amazing city, and CEA CAPA provided an excellent experience. The staff was so kind and happy to help with any questions. The program provided a lot of opportunities to get to know Paris better, taking part in relevant cultural moments. There were also excursions included in the program cost to travel around France, bringing us to the beach when the weather was nice, into wine country, and even to Belgium in the snow! The classes were engaging, and allowed students to maintain a very reasonable work-life balance and have a great study abroad experience!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
One of the most surprising things I did was book a trip to Strasbourg one day in advance. I wanted to visit the Christmas markets before I left France, so I decided to make it happen and take a short solo trip to get some Christmas spirit!!
Pros
  • Paris has such amazing food, a lot of which you can find for very reasonable prices.
  • Museums and other attractions are almost always free (or at least discounted) for students!
  • The staff was always there to help and was incredibly supportive.
Cons
  • You kind of have to spend money to do a lot of fun things, and that can add up.
  • There were a lot of strikes, some of which impacted business hours and the metro schedule, which can be inconvenient.
  • You definitely will start to miss some things from home (friends, family, comfort zones).
29 people found this review helpful.
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JASPER
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying Engineering in Paris

Going into my sophomore year of university as a Mechanical Engineer I knew that I wanted to study abroad if possible. With most programs, I know that it can be hard to stay on track with courses to graduate on time. However, the program with the Paris Center worked out perfectly for me. I was able to take the engineering courses I needed as well as French courses and another core class. For my core class, I took the History of Paris Through Architecture. This was by far my favorite course as most of the classes are out exploring the city. We would have walking lectures going from sight to sight and learning about the why and how each building was constructed. Overall the academics were good but I didn't find them all that challenging. As for the staff they are amazing and extremely helpful. I found the housing to be adequate but can be smaller than your normal US dorm-style rooms. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the program and got a lot from studying abroad.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would try to connect more with the local community and branch out as much as possible from the other students. Given that it is an all-American university it can be hard to find ways to interact with Parisians and build friendships outside of the program.
Pros
  • Great staff
  • Amazing food
  • University is located in a great part of the city
Cons
  • Only Americans in the program
  • Only got confirmation on which courses I would be taking right before leaving for program
32 people found this review helpful.
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Matthew
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A Once in Lifetime Experience in Paris

Engineering in Paris is an incredible opportunity for undergraduate students around the world to complete several of their engineering requirements while being able to experience an amazingly rich and diverse culture. Academically CEA CAPA provided great teachers who were passionate about their subjects and understanding of the unique circumstances that students were placed in. They taught the course material well, formed connections with us, and encouraged us to explore and travel while we had this opportunity. The CEA CAPA staff were very helpful as we started to gain our bearings in Paris and organized many activities and excursions to immerse us into the culture. Paris itself is an absolutely beautiful city that has a plethora of options for nightlife, food, drink, shopping, museums, historical sites, and natural beauty. The public transportation system in Paris is very accessible and serves as an easy way to travel around the city, however, I encourage walking as much as possible because it is the only way to truly embrace all of the natural beauty and sites of the city. Furthermore, Paris is a very centrally located city in Europe and allows easy and relatively inexpensive travel opportunities to most other countries in Europe.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
During an excursion to Loire Valley, we were offered various local meal options for one of our group dinners. I decided to choose a regional sausage dish as my main entree and it was the most interesting thing I ate during my time in France over the summer. When the sausage was served, I found out that it was actually made from pig intestines and smelled like feet. However, in an attempt to be respectful of the culture, I tried the sausage and was unable to finish the entree, but I am really glad that I was able to try something like this.
Pros
  • Centralized location which made travel to other places easy
  • Great way to meet like minded peers who have similar interests
  • Amazing food, nightlife, and historical sites
Cons
  • Very crowded during the summertime
  • Not the safest city in Europe and will potentially need to navigate unsafe situations
  • Paris can be very expensive
35 people found this review helpful.
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Adriana
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

CEA CAPA Engineering Abroad

I studied abroad with CEA CAPA in the Summer of 2023 in Paris, France. In my 6 weeks spent abroad, I was very pleased with what CEA CAPA had to offer. In terms of housing, the apartment was about what you would expect to receive at any university, and the kitchen was very small, though that was okay because I was able to spend most of my meals out, really getting the full French cuisine experience. The engineering class that I took was difficult, as is any, but the small class size made it easy to collaborate with others and to really delve into the knowledge. The sports & culture class that I took was fun and engaging, and really offered exploration of parts of the city I never would've ventured to on my own. CEA CAPA offered many opportunities to see parts of the city, starting with the initial boat ride along the River Seine, where I had my first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower, and ending with a ticket to a football match at the Stade du France, where we got to see a very exciting win! These are some things I never would have thought to do, but CEA CAPA made it all possible.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I ate escargots multiple times, and I enjoyed them much more than I thought I would.
Pros
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Fun Experiences
  • Great Staff
Cons
  • Small Apartment
  • Housing was further from the school
41 people found this review helpful.
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Jacob
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

CEA CAPA Paris is a Good Choice!

I tremendously enjoyed my experience with CEA CAPA in Paris. The school itself is located in a great location in one of the city's most historic neighborhoods. The academics were more strenuous than I expected after hearing so much about how 'easy' study abroad classes are. I was able to partake in relevant courses that always managed to tie into the culture and heritage of Paris itself, which I appreciated. The staff was also friendly and supportive. Excursions included in the program were also enjoyable - I got to experience a few things such as a football game and broadway show that I otherwise would not have been able to attend.

48 people found this review helpful.
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Maria
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

CEA CAPA Paris Summer Engineering Program

I had a lot of fun in this program. I met incredible people during this six weeks and made amazing memories that I hope I'll never forget. The academic part was challenging and I learned a lot but it also allowed for time to explore Paris and other places in France and nearby. There was a great balance of adventure while still getting credit for my university. Also, CEA provided all the information you need to feel safe in Paris and learn how to get around. 100% recommend it if you have the opportunity.

Pros
  • Credit for College
  • Amazing Experiences
  • New friendships
Cons
  • Tiring
  • You have to be careful in Paris
  • Cost
43 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Hi Maria! Thanks for sharing your Paris feedback. It's incredible how you felt safe and were able to connect with others on the program!

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