Culture, cuisine, music, art, fashion—there’s not a city on earth that can touch Paris.
All "The City of Light" has to offer is at your fingertips with CIEE Gap Year Abroad in France. Take class field trips to explore Notre Dame cathedral and the iconic Arc de Triomphe. Climb to the top of Montmartre or the Eiffel Tower and marvel at the splendor of your new home. Spend an afternoon viewing the masterpieces of the Louvre, or grab your classmates and picnic in the Luxembourg Gardens.
With CIEE, you won’t simply visit Paris, you’ll live it. Through challenging language studies, volunteering work as an English teacher at a local school, and your relationship with the members of your host family, you’ll become part of a new community. A gap year abroad in Paris will give you the skills, and help you uncover the passion, to thrive wherever you’re headed next.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
You’ve never studied language like this before.
At the Sorbonne in Paris’ Latin Quarter, you’ll receive 12 hours of intensive language instruction each week. Whether you’re an accomplished French speaker or just a beginner, small classes and individualized instruction accommodate the needs of students of all levels.
You’ll also take culture courses at the CIEE Study Center—located in the heart of Paris—with fellow CIEE Gap Year Abroad participants. Explore topics including the French educational system and way of life, local cuisine, and more. You’ll also hear from a local architect and go on a walking tour of traditional Parisian architecture and design.
Give back to, and make a difference in, your host community.
Volunteering is an essential component of a gap year abroad, and a fantastic way to build fluency and insight into French society and culture. In Paris you will help assist instructors who are teaching English in local schools. On average, you can expect to volunteer for four hours per week for eight weeks. Most teaching internships will begin sometime between two and three weeks after your arrival. Before the start of your service, you will receive instruction in teaching techniques and partake in two weeks of classroom observation.
A commitment to your community service responsibilities is vital. Teachers will depend on you to help apply their lesson plans and students will rely on you for in-class support. Volunteering is a challenging, but invaluable opportunity. It will allow you to build relationships, and develop professional skills and experience while helping to create positive change in your new community.
There’s no better way to immerse yourself in another culture than by living with a local family. Not only will your host family provide you with daily meals and a place to stay, they’ll help you develop your French language skills, introduce you to local customs, and offer support and guidance in an unfamiliar environment.
Our host families are as diverse as our gap year abroad students. Whomever you’re placed with, all host families are carefully screened and matched with you based on personality profiles and common interests. Through your host family, you’ll build a home away from home and develop relationships that endure long after you’ve finished your Gap Year Abroad program.
To familiarize students with local culture and the areas surrounding Paris, group activities such as field trips, city walks, and museum visits will be offered. In addition to outings within Paris, there is an overnight trip. Past destinations have included locations such as the Loire Valley, Burgundy, Normandy, or Alsace. Day trips to sites including Chartres and its cathedral, the chateau and gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte, or Reims are also organized. Host families can also be a wonderful resource of regional interests and cultural information.
Interested in playing sports or engaging in activities that will put you into contact with both local and international students? Our staff will be glad to help connect you with organizations and teams.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want you to get as much as possible from your CIEE Gap Year Abroad. That's why our program fees cover all the extras, including:
- Transportation from local French airport
- Language classes at the Sorbonne
- English teaching volunteer opportunity
- CIEE-sponsored trips and excursions
- Room and board with a host family, including daily breakfast and four dinners per week
- Supervision and support by a student services manager
- Orientations prior to leaving the U.S. and upon arrival in France
- International medical insurance through iNext and 24-hour worldwide travel assistance and support services
- Language pre and post testing to demonstrate improvement in the target language.
June 1, 2016
June 1, 2016
Nov 15, 2016
*Prices are subject to change and will be locked in for the participant on the day CIEE receives the completed application and program deposit.
- Students must be a high school graduate in good academic standing
- No previous language experience required
- Students must demonstrate, through the application and interview process, their flexibility, maturity, adaptability, and readiness to face the challenges of living in a new culture
- Students must be 18 years or older at the time of their departure
The CIEE Study Center in Paris is responsible for the supervision and support of CIEE participants throughout the duration of their stay. The Gap Year Abroad program coordinator at the Study Center will remain in regular contact throughout the semester/academic year in order to check in on your language progress and to make sure that the homestay and volunteer placements are going well. The office selects, screens, and interviews all host families and will place students with a family that best matches their student profile.
All CIEE Gap Year Abroad participants take part in an online orientation prior to their departure. In addition to providing logistical information, the orientation helps students set realistic expectations and goals. It also affords students and parents the opportunity to ask questions of CIEE Study Center staff.
An in-country orientation takes place upon your arrival in Paris. The goal of the orientation is to help introduce you to your new city, country, host family, and classmates. The academic program will be reviewed, health and safety tips will be covered, and faculty and staff will offer advice on adjusting to a new language and culture. You will be met at the airport upon arrival by CIEE Paris Study Center staff who will also assist in the final transfer to the host family.