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Universities in Paris

Institut Catholique de Paris

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The Institut Catholique de Paris, or the "Catho", founded in 1875, is located in the heart of Paris. With only 6,000 students in attendance, students are enrolled in smaller classes, enabling better ratio of student to teacher interaction. While the Catho is a historically catholic university, its curriculum, campus life, and student activities are secular in nature. The student body is comprised of people from all religious backgrounds and diversity is embraced. The language division, or the Institut de Langue et de Cultures Françaises (ILCF), founded in 1948, is the primary place of study for international students. Every year the department welcomes over 2,000 students from around the world. The ILCF has upwards of 45 professors specialized in teaching French as a foreign language and qualified to prepare each student for certification at every level. In addition, other departments at the university have opened their doors to international students, allowing a challenging curriculum in a multitude of subjects and the opportunity to study with local French students. The challenges and variety offered by the Institut Catholique de Paris makes for an ideal setting for study abroad students.

*Courses offered during the Arts & French Language programs are taught by local, visiting and US faculty. Courses in all other programs are taught by host university faculty.

The American Business School Paris

This Program offers a wide variety of business, management, and humanities courses taught in English in an international setting at the American Business School in Paris. In addition to these courses, students are encouraged to enroll in French language courses and/or humanities courses that include excursions throughout Paris. Students take classes with French and other international students from 80 different countries from around the globe.

The American Business School prepares students for a wide range of possibilities and professions in the business world. Courses are taught by a team of international professors and lecturers who tailor-make coursework based on their own unique backgrounds and career experiences. Students will learn how to work in multi-cultural settings, gain practice in international case studies, and prepare for a successful international career.

The American Business School Paris is located in the 10th arrondissement, near the Canal St. Martin. The university has a second campus in the Paris suburb of Eaubonne, where sports activities and several classes are held.

While, most universities will accept the official transcript issued by the American Business School Paris (ABSP) for coursework taken abroad, some universities or institutions do require a U. S. transcript in order to transfer credit. ISA has partnered with California Lutheran University to serve as the School of Record for those students requiring a U.S. transcript for the ABSP programs. If you have confirmed with your home university that you will require a U.S. transcript, or are interested in learning about this option, please contact your Program Manager or Site Specialist as soon as possible.

Custom Programs in Paris

Academics vary by program and may be comprised of one or more of the following:
  • A U.S. university-taught course
  • Guest lectures by local experts
  • Visits to local companies or organizations
  • Enrolling in a course at the host university in Paris
  • Service-learning and/or internships
Our programs at the Custom Programs in Paris
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IÉSEG School of Management

IÉSEG is one of Europe's top Business Schools, having been ranked 6th in in France for 2012 by leading student magazine, L'Etudiant, and 24th in the world in the Financial Times 2013 ranking of the best Master's in Management. As a French Grande École and member of the Conférence des Grandes Écoles, IÉSEG is classified among the most prestigious higher education institutions in the country. It is also awarded with two of the most esteemed international business accreditations in the world, AASCB and EQUIS.

Established in 1964 in Lille, the school has a second campus in Paris at La Défense, Europe's biggest business hub. The school has a total of 3380 students on both campuses.

In the Master's program IÉSEG has 8 fields of specialization: Marketing, Finance, Human Resources Management, Management of Information Systems, Operations Management, Audit-Control, International Negotiation and General Management. The diploma approved by the French Ministry of Education has also been awarded the grade de Master (Master's degree).

IÉSEG collaborates closely with the largest institute for basic research in Europe, the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). It was recently recognized as the No 2 Business School in France for research (EducPro / L'Etudiant, 2012).

More than 84% of IÉSEG's faculty is international, and the school has a network of more than 200 partner universities in more than 51 countries.

IÉSEG is a member of Conférence des Grandes Écoles, EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development), AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and CLADEA (Consejo Latino Americano de Escuelas de Administración).

The Sorbonne - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

Founded in the 13th century, the world-renowned Sorbonne opened its doors to international students in 1917. Headquartered in a newly renovated building in the Montparnasse neighborhood, the CCFS offers French language and phonetics alongside elective courses in culture, civilization, and other subjects to international students. Alongside other international students, ISA participants at the Sorbonne will gain the knowledge and tools to express themselves in the language and culture of France. Students focus on French language and phonetics while taking civilization electives in the areas of literature, history, art, geography, economics, sociology, philosophy and politics. The high academic standards of the Sorbonne and its special area in teaching French to foreigners makes this an ideal setting for study abroad students.
Our programs at the The Sorbonne - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne