Studying abroad in France provides students a unique look at the deep values of a nation united in cultural pride and tradition. While participating in French immersion, business or arts programs at different French colleges, ISA students encounter a picture-perfect landscape, important architectural and historical structures and world-renowned arts and entertainment.
The allure of France as a study abroad destination lies in its inspirational effect on curious minds, making it a non-stop learning environment and an academic threshold. Not surprisingly, France yields one of the largest, most progressive, prosperous, and high-tech cities in Europe, if not of the world: Paris.
Yet the country is also strewn with small towns and villages, rich in their own right and the destination of travelers time and time again. Exploring any combination of these urban and rural landscapes that are so integral to France's identity is sure to result in a meaningful, life-changing study abroad experience, fulfilling the academic goals of students, and then some.
ISA offers programs at three universities in France. The Institut Catholique de Paris hosts French summer programs, arts summer programs and semester/year programs. The Sorbonne hosts semester and year programs in French language and culture. Finally, ISA's business programs are offered through the American Business School Paris.
France is a country in Western Europe, sharing borders with Spain and Andorra to the southwest and Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, and Belgium to the east.
It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and the English Channel.
Generally speaking, France can be described as temperate. The peak travel season of April through October yields a range of temperatures.
While April and May visitors experience cool, rainy weather, visitors during the summer months enjoy warm days with occasional bouts of extreme heat that can make temperatures reach into the 90s and 100s during the day.
Summer evenings provide relief with temperatures scaling down to the 60s and 70s.
Fall brings cooler weather, and winters tend to be cold, drizzly, sometimes freezing and snowy, with temperatures occasionally dropping below zero.
Temperatures increase when traveling south in the country.