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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

France Paris

Semester: Fall, Spring, or Full Year
Offered: Annually
Program Focus: Language Intensive


FREN 202 with a 3.0 GPA or better and 3.0 GPA in language                                    

Campus Contact:

Isabelle DeMarte
Associate Professor of French
ext. 7426

Molly Robinson-Kelly
Associate Professor of French and Department Chair

ext. 7426

Philippe Brand
Assistant Professor of French
ext. 7429

Program Design:

In cooperation with the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), Lewis and Clark offers a program of French study in Paris. With its grand boulevards, world-famous monuments, unparalleled literary and artistic history, and its simple joie de vivre, Paris is a city that will change you forever.

This program combines rigorous study of the French language at an advanced level with a broad range of classes taught in French by accomplished faculty. You can also experience what life is like for French students by taking one or more courses at a local university.

You can add international work experience to your résumé while earning credit by participating in an internship placement and accompanying academic seminar. Another option to get involved is to enroll in a service learning course that helps you understand some of Paris’s most pressing social issues while contributing your skills toward a community-driven solution.

This program facilitates full immersion in the French language and French society through a varied and dynamic academic program, excellent homestays, cultural activities, internships, and conversation clubs.

Three group field trips are available, to Giverny, Reims, and Lille.

Requirements Fulfilled:
Fulfills the overseas study requirement for the French Studies major and the overseas study requirement for the World Languages major with French as the first language. This program also fulfills the two-course international studies requirement.

Credit earned varies based on courses completed. Students may earn up to 19 credits. (Overloads are not permitted.) 


Curriculum offered by IES may include: French Language in Context, Art & Architecture in France, The French Artistic Millieu in the 19th and 20th Centuries, French Cinema and Society, The Poetics and Politics of Gender in France, France and Francophone Africa (PolySci), French Foreign and European Policy, Understanding Social Politics and Social Action in Contemporary Liberal Societies.

Internships are also available in the following fields: The Arts & Museums, Business & Marketing, Education, Non-Governmental Organizations

Resident Staff:

The IES Abroad Paris French Studies Center is located on a bustling market street near the Cimetière de Montparnasse. A thriving business district, the area is filled with restaurants, food shops, boutiques, and cafés. The Center provides additional features such as High-speed Internet, WiFi, printer access, classrooms, student lounge, and library.

The IES center director is Scott Lyngass. Scott comes to IES Abroad from Beloit College, where he was Associate Dean and Associate Professor of French. He received his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he wrote his dissertation on Francophone historical fiction. Scott previously served as a Resident Director in both Brussels and Paris.

Additional Information:

French Language Department

IES Paris 


Partner Universities:

Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) 

Institut Catholique de Paris 

Université de Paris 8 (Vincennes - Saint Denis)

Académie de la Croix Nivert

Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris / Alfred Cortot 

Paris Marais Dance School 


More information regarding travel and program preparation here. 

France: Paris

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