Discover France: Paris

Spend Your Semester in the "City of Light"

Imagine yourself studying in Paris, one of the great European political capitals! Some of the most significant historical events of the modern era took place in the “City of Lights”. Through this extraordinary program you can experience firsthand the magical city that has inspired poets and revolutionaries alike over the centuries.

Travel back in time to Haussmann’s Paris as you stroll down grand avenues such as the Champs-Elysees, explore the Place de la Bastille, or visit the breathtaking Eiffel Tower. Relax at a café or brasserie, spend an afternoon at one of many local parks, or enjoy a pastry at one of Paris’s world renowned patisseries. This program will allow you to taste the unique character that is Paris - including places like the Sewers, the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay, and to the nearby Chateau de Versailles. During the semester, you will also enjoy several excursions - fully included in your program fee - targeted at gaining a fuller perspective on the cultural and geographic diversity of France. Our excursions include a trip to the historic sites of Normandy and an overnight trip to Rennes,  a rich center of cultural intermingling and the capital of the region of Brittany.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literatures & the Department of Government and Politics, the France Semester Program offers a unique combination of courses that is sure to set you apart in your educational career. All courses are taught in English (unless otherwise indicated) and are offered in the same "modular" five-week format as our Discover the World courses. Each semester includes three modules with a wide selection of courses.

Internship opportunities are also available for students who have successfully completed intermediate French or above. An interview and a special application process is required.


While abroad, students must maintain full-time status by being registered for a minumum of 12-credits and a maximum of 18-credits. Additionally, students may register for online courses to supplement their roster but must have at least three in-person classes while abroad and be in at least one in-person class during each module (i.e., each 5-week semester block).  

Great! So What Does It Cost?

Many students are eligible for increased aid when they study abroad, so a semester abroad may be more affordable than you think!

Program Fee, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016: $8,290* (tuition and airfare to and from Europe not included)
*Many students are eligible for increased aid when they study abroad, so it may be much more affordable than you think!

  • Visit our Financial Aid page for information on merit- and need-based scholarships, work opportunities, budgeting, and more. 
  • Check out our Semester Program & Food page for information on the meal program 

*Great News! In an effort to make study abroad accessible to as many students as possible, St. John’s is now offering additional financial aid toward semester programs abroad. To find out how much your personalized Study Abroad Grant would be, and get a better understanding of the financial comparison between studying abroad and studying on a New York campus, see the Global Studies Financial Aid letter that was sent to the homes of all freshmen, sophomores and juniors.

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Visit Lonely Planet for more information on Paris.