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International Affairs in Paris

  • Paris, France
  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing
  • Good academic standing
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • No previous French language courses are required
  • Homestay
  • Preference given to students with backgrounds in Economics, International Relations, Political Science, Management, Marketing, and Business
  • Open to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students only


Students participate in the IES Business & International Affairs program and study International Affairs, International Relations, Business, and French at the IES center in Paris. Paris is an ideal setting to study these topics, the city being home to many Fortune Global 500 companies and international agencies such as the European Institute for Security Studies, the OECD, and UNESCO, and considering it's importance in the European Union, making it one of the most important business, financial, and political centers of the world.  Studying French and living with a host family helps students to connect with the local community, as do the exciting excursions and co-curricular activities that are offered as part of the program.


Take a required French language course at your level and choose from a variety of English-taught elective courses focused on Art History, Communications, Cultural Studies, Economics, History, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, and more.  Students with advanced French language skills may also take direct enroll classes at the Institut Catholique de Paris or opt for a credit-bearing internship experience.

Additional information about academics and courses, including syllabi, can be found on the IES website.

Excursions and Student Life

Redefine the way you live and learn in Paris through our cultural events, such as: Guided tours of the Marais, the Latin Quarter, and the high fashion districtSporting events, such as French national soccer team matches at the Stade de France or local matches of the Parisian rugby teamOutings to operas, ballets, and other cultural eventsTickets to events are also available as prizes in the Question du Jour, a favorite activity where students compete by responding to questions about Paris and France.