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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Academic Programs Abroad (APA) 
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 1-first year, 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-grad student, 6-other
Housing Options: Dormitory, Homestay Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Anthropology, Architectural History, Architecture, Art, Art History, Arts, Communication, Culture, Dance, European Studies, Fine Art, Global Studies, History, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Design, International Relations, International Studies, Liberal Arts, Media Studies, Minority Studies, Music, Policy and Society, Social Policy & Administration, Social Science, Sociology, Urban Studies
Program Type: Study Abroad Minimum GPA: 3
Click here for a definition of this term Program: Direct
Program Description:

Monet’s water lilies

Paris is your classroom! Meet for class at the Orsay museum to discuss 19th century art and architecture or tour the Goutte d’Or neighborhood while learning about French multiculturalism. For three weeks, students will study an interdisciplinary topic of their choosing with near daily site visits, guest speakers and field trips around the city for an up-close field study of the subject. Outside of class, join the cohort for diverse cultural activities and day trips. Choose to live with local students in a residence or live with a host family.

At a Glance
All Majors Language of Instruction: English Term: Short-Term (3 weeks)
Eligibility: 3.0 GPA Freshman standing & above

The program includes:

  • Tuition fees for one course
  • Dedicated 24/7 on-site support
  • Culture package: Day trip to Monet’s gardens at Giverny, visit of Versailles Palace, guided visit of the Latin quarter and the Marais districts, bateau-mouche: Seine River cruise, one concert and one dance performance
  • Housing: Homestay or student residence with daily breakfast and five dinners each week and weekly laundry included in board

Students also receive:

  • Airport pick-up on the program start date
  • On-site orientation
  • Pre-departure support
  • Liability insurance

Please visit for up-to-date program fees.



Grab a chair in the Luxembourg Gardens and study for a class or meander through the tiny streets of the Latin Quarter with a crêpe in hand. Paris, the capital city of France, is the country's hub for government and business and is known worldwide for its history and landmarks, universities, arts, architecture, culture, food, and fashion.

The APA Paris student center is located on the charming Villa d'Alésia in the 14th arrondisement on the Left Bank. Here is where you will meet for orientation and in-house courses. Meet up with friends, print out a paper, chat with us about how everything is going, or stay and study with plenty of room to spread out. The student center is a welcoming place for you to take advantage of!

About APA

APA is a boutique program provider in Paris, France with a passion to provide a first-rate study abroad experience that unites academic excellence with the beauty and richness of French and Francophone culture. For over 30 years, students from more than 80 US colleges and universities have received a personalized, immersive education abroad in Paris, France; Dakar, Senegal; and Rabat, Morocco.

art history class

Enroll in one course from the following:

  • Power, Beauty and Revolution: 19th Century Art and Architecture in the Paris Metropole: In this course, use the material culture of Paris and its artistic heritage to examine the major artistic movements of the 19th century as well as to investigate the relationship between art, society and politics. Critically engage with the surroundings and connect what one sees in Paris – whether a statue, a building, or a painting – to larger artistic currents and historical phenomena. Most sessions will take place outdoors or in museums to enable students to learn and analyze art and architecture directly in front of it.
  • Urban Identities, Popular Culture and French Multiculturalism: Explore France’s popular culture and multicultural urban identities, in particular those relating to hip-hop, to take a closer look at questions that concern the construction of citizenship, nationhood, self & other, cultural memory, and social/racial justice. Attend performances, talks, workshops and participate in a variety of informal and formal events to study how local people learn about, think about, talk about and navigate Paris and its immediate outskirts. Our guests feature urban dancers, emcees, community organizers and educators, who play active roles in the development of urban culture in France, and the Paris region in particular.

Each course incorporates site visits, guest speakers, and field trips for a hands-on learning experience. All courses are taught in English and receive four credits. Access the syllabi on our website.

Monet’s gardens Bundled into the program is a culture package for every student. In a city known for the arts, we want you to take advantage of it!

Cultural Events

  • Guided visit of the Latin quarter and the Marais districts in Paris
  • Bateau-mouche: Seine River cruise
  • Visit of Versailles Palace
  • Visit of Monet’s gardens at Giverny
  • One concert and one dance performance
Homestay in Paris


Our most popular option, APA carefully matches each student to a host family through a detailed housing questionnaire. Only one student is matched per host family and is provided with a private bedroom with linens, access to common areas including the kitchen, daily breakfast and five dinners per week, weekly laundry and WiFi.

Student Residence

A student residence or foyer is a dorm-style building for university students and young professionals under the age of 26. A five-minute walk from the APA center, the foyer provides furnished, single bedrooms with a private bathroom and access to a common area and communal kitchen. Daily breakfast and five dinners per week and weekly laundry are included.


The program is open to students with freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate level class standing and a minimum 3.0 GPA.


April 15

Application Process

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Unofficial transcript

Your application will only be reviewed once these pieces are received. After, a member of the APA team will contact you to schedule a short, friendly Zoom conversation so that we may learn more about you and why you would like to study in Paris.

Apply online at the APA website

Please note: Your home institution may have its own study abroad application requirements and deadlines. It is your responsibility to make sure they are all completed in the proper, timely manner.


If you have any questions, we welcome you to contact the APA US office at, by phone at 203-883-8200, or schedule a Zoom. A team member will respond to you as soon as possible.