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Program Description


Paris 1

Paris 2
Photo's courtesy of CIEE.

The Open Campus program at the CIEE Global Institute – Paris offers maximum flexibility to engage and experience Paris in your own way. Match the academic experience with your interests, aspirations, and degree requirements: Pair one, two or three six-week blocks for your perfect amount of intensive study and cultural engagement, select your academic track from five diverse options, then choose your electives from a wide range of courses and subject areas.

No matter how you build your program, you’ll surround yourself with the French language, culture, and people throughout the quarters of Paris. Live with French hosts, study in state of the art classrooms, and get involved with fun activities, interest groups, and sports on a campus designed to connect you with the local community. Plus, you’ll have plenty of chances to get out and see Paris and France up close during included excursions and multi-day study tours.

NEW! Interested in studying abroad for only session A or B? Apply now for Block I (session A) or Block III (session B) and earn 6 ASU credits in 6 weeks during the semester.


Paris 3

Eiffel Tower - Bobel

Paris 4

Location Details

About Paris
Paris offers some of the greatest sites in the world: Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, the Palace de Versailles, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower to name a few. Beautiful, small touches greet you every step of the way, from fresh baguettes and croissants at every boulangerie to the gorgeous squares and parks that line the city. The Seine’s waterways, quays, and bridges transport you to breathtaking sights including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Notre Dame Cathedral.

About the CIEE Global Institute – Paris and Local Partner Institutions
The Global Institute – Paris is a spacious and centrally located facility. Given that the Open Campus program is designed to offer students the option to take one direct enrollment course (hybrid model) at a local host institution, CIEE will continue to take advantage of the strong relationships developed over the last several years with academic institutions such as Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, Université Paris Diderot Paris 7, IRCAM, and Collège International de Philosophie. In addition, CIEE is in the process of securing additional relationships with Université René Descartes-¨Paris 5 and the Université Paris Dauphine- Paris 9 to help support several of the Open Campus academic tracks, including Health Sciences and Business. These local host institutions are important for several key reasons. First, they will provide options for students on the Open Campus program to take one direct enrollment course with local students. Next, they will help support cultural integration through opportunities for co-curricular activities and engagement with local students. Many of the CIEE Open Campus program courses will leverage the expertise of faculty from these institutions. Finally, these institutions have local networks that can be useful for developing and supporting the CIEE Academic Projects.

CIEE Global Institute – Paris
CIEE Paris Open Campus courses are taught at the CIEE Global Institute – Paris. Students will be housed within or on the very close outskirts of the city of Paris with easy access to CIEE host institutions, and the CIEE center. The CIEE Global Institute-Paris is less than a minute away from the Grands Boulevards, a 10-minute walk to the Palais Royal, and a 15-minute walk to the Louvre. The center has 4 classrooms, library space, a small computer area for student use, in addition to staff offices.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or CIEE, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

Where You'll Study - CIEE Global Institute

Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3
The Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, also called Censier, is especially well known for its courses in cinema, theater, modern languages and literatures, and communications. The CIEE Paris center has been in partnership with Paris 3 since its birth in 1973, and this university is very open to creative collaborative projects, including developing shared classes between Paris 3 and the Center and sending the Center TOFFL students as French-language instructing interns. Housed in a single building, Paris III is located in the fifth arrondissement near the metro stop Censier-Daubenton.

Université Paris Diderot Paris 7
The Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7, located on a new, large campus near the Bibliothèque Nationale and the Cinémathèque Française, offers courses in literature, languages, film, philosophy, history, sociology, psychology, economics, and almost every branch of the physical sciences. Known for its interdisciplinary approach to the study of the humanities, Paris Diderot places a strong emphasis on the connections between the arts and the sciences, and the CIEE Paris Center has been an active collaborator with its Institut des Humanités et des Sciences.

Founded in 1977 by Pierre Boulez, the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique or IRCAM is an institution devoted to research and experimentation in music composition, acoustic performance and the technological modification of sound. Promoting new works and new composers, IRCAM is also a world-renowned teaching institution, providing intensive instruction in composition to a select handful of students in composition. Located right next to the Centre Pompidou, directly in front of the mechanical fountain on Place Igor Stravinsky, the IRCAM benefits from the thriving life of the Marais district of central Paris.

Collège International de Philosophie 
Founded in 1983 by Jacques Derrida, François Châtelet and Dominique Lecourt, the Collège International de Philosphie offers conferences, colloquia and seminars offered by leading, international thinkers in contemporary critical thought in the fields of politics, the arts, philosophy, and education. Open to the public, the College’s seminars take place at such revered institutions as Henri IV, the Sorbonne, the Maison de l’Amérique, and our own CIEE Paris study center, which hosts around one-quarter of the College’s events.

Université René Descartes – Paris 5
Located near the Odéon district with other sites throughout the Left Bank of Paris, Paris 5 offers classes in the human and social sciences. With a focus on health, medicine and pharmaceutical sciences, it also offers education in sociology, mathematics, computing, and psychology. It’s satellite IUT also offers classes in business, marketing, communications, and the world of publishing. As is the case with many other Parisian universities today, Paris 5 has launched initiatives to offer more English-taught content classes to its more advanced students (Senior and First-year Master’s students).

Université Paris Dauphine- Paris 9
Located in the posh 16th arrondissement of the French capital, Paris 9 is an ambitious, competitive university that focuses on providing interdisciplinary courses in such professional fields as management, business, computing, law, leadership and policy-making. With its focus on business and economy, it is starting to be seen as on the same par as other reputed private and “grandes écoles” institutions.


You will use public transportation to navigate the city and commute to and from the Global Institute. Paris offers a convenient and extended network of metro and buses that connect the various neighborhoods.

Academic Program

Choose from one of 5 academic tracks:

  • Business
  • Communications, Journalism, and New Media
  • International Relations and Political Science
  • Language, Literature, and Culture
  • Health Sciences

View more course details here.

Students earn 6 credits per 6-week block, and may participate in one of the following program options:

  • 1 block to earn 6 credits (ASU Session A or B)
  • 2 blocks to earn 12 credits
  • 3 blocks to earn 18 credits

Paris - Champs Elysees




Program Housing

Housing and Meals

You will have the option to live with French hosts or in shared apartments with 2-3 other CIEE students and a local student. Students living in homestays typically have their own furnished room and share kitchen, bathroom, and living areas. Students get daily breakfasts, and five additional meals per week, typically dinners. All other meals are the responsibility of the student. Students living in shared apartments are responsible for all meals.


You should bring wireless-enabled laptops to use while on the program for both academic paper writing and research. Wireless internet is available throughout the CIEE Global Institute facility and in the student housing.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in France, while there are a variety of accessible forms of transportation, Paris Metro stations remain largely inaccessible to people with mobility disabilities. Students may find that sidewalks are narrow and uneven, and cobblestone streets make access difficult in some areas. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. For example, in France, racism and discrimination do occur, but seem to be directed more towards immigrants from Africa or the Middle East.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad.  Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on current program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet or Spring Semester Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 09/25/2020
Rolling Admission 01/04/2021 05/08/2021
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Block I - January 4 - February 13
Block II - February 15 - March 27
Block III - March 29 - May 8
Fall Semester 2021 04/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Academic Year 2021-2022 04/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed