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Institut Catholique de Paris

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Located in the 6th arrondissement, near Paris's famous Latin Quarter and just a stone's throw from the Montparnasse area and the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Catholic University of Paris (Institut Catholique de Paris) is an ideal setting for study. The University was founded in 1875 and is fully accredited and recognized by the French Ministry of Education (Ministère de l'éducation nationale). The University's Institut de Langue et de Culture Francaise (ILCF), where ISA participants are enrolled, was created in 1948. Today it welcomes more than 2,000 international students each year. With a faculty of approximately 45 professors, classes offered at ILCF include courses in French language, culture, and civilization. All courses through ISA at the Catholic University are taught by the host university's faculty, in French or English, and participants are in class with other international students. Classes typically have no more than 25 students. Outside of the ILCF, the Catholic University of Paris has six faculties: Letters, Philosophy, Social Sciences and Economy, Education, Theology, and Law. ISA programs at the Catho are great for students who are looking for flexibility in course offerings and who prefer to take courses mostly in French but with some options in English.

The Catholic University is in a bustling area of town, about a 15 minute métro ride or 20 minute walk from the ISA Paris office. Students enter the Catho through a large courtyard that serves as a focal point for the school. Here, students will have access to a café and dining area, underground computer labs, and a university library where they may choose to check out books. The administration office is located adjacent to a small garden, and it is where students can learn about various social and academic activities in which they may participate.

*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

The American Business School (ABSP) was founded in 1985 and is located in the 10th arrondissement, a very Parisian district next to the Canal Saint Martin. The ABSP is accredited by the US accreditation body, International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE: www.iacbe.org), which itself has recently received recognition from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The ABSP, part of a conglomerate of schools under the Institut de Gestion Sociale (IGS), prepares students for a wide range of possibilities and professions in the increasingly globalized business world of today. IGS welcomes over 3,000 students from over 75 different countries each year, including the 400 that attend the ABSP, of which 300 are international. The ABSP welcomes its international and French students to attend challenging and innovative courses in business, management and the humanities. With the exception of French Language courses, classes are taught in English by host university faculty who have a variety of international backgrounds. A typical classroom is comprised of approximately 50% French students and 50% international students, where students learn how to work as a team in multi-cultural settings, gain practice in international case studies, and prepare for a successful international career. Programs at the ABSP are great for students who are looking for courses taught in English and who would like to take a mixture of business and general education courses.

There are several buildings on the ABS Paris campus, which is about a 20-30 minute métro ride from the ISA Paris office. Amenities available to students include a library, snack-bar, amphitheaters, computer labs and internet facilities. The buildings also offer wireless internet connections, so it is recommended that the students bring laptops. Students are also able to participate in sports, social events, and other activities through the student government association. 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
Program TermProgram Name

IÉSEG School of Management

IÉSEG was first stablished in Lille in 1964 and now 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). 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. It is also awarded with two of the most esteemed international business accreditations in the world, AASCB and EQUIS and is a member of Conférence des Grandes Écoles, EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development), and CLADEA (Consejo Latino Americano de Escuelas de Administración).

IÉSEG is one of Europe's top Business Schools, having been ranked 6th in France in 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. 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 / LÉtudiant, 2012). The school offers a host of services to students including career services, social clubs, and various sporting groups.

The Sorbonne - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

The Sorbonne opened its doors to international students in 1919 with the founding of the Cours de Civilisation françaises de la Sorbonne (the CCFS) and is fully accredited and recognized by the French Ministry of Education (Ministère de l'éducation nationale). Between eight and nine thousand students from around the world attend the CCFS each year, which is located in the 5th arrondissement, Paris's famous Latin Quarter.

ISA participants at the Sorbonne take a French language and phonetics course, which makes up the majority of their coursework, combined with French culture and civilization options in the areas of literature, history, art, geography, economics, sociology, philosophy and politics. While the language courses are taught to groups of 20-25 participants, the French culture and civilization lectures take place in large amphitheaters, possibly holding hundreds of students. All courses through ISA at the CCFS are taught by Sorbonne faculty members in French, which makes it a great option for students wanting a more intensive linguistic and cultural experience. The high academic standards of the Sorbonne and its special area in teaching French to foreigners also make this an ideal setting for study abroad students.

Our programs at the The Sorbonne - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne