Paris, France

Summer Contemporary Music Creation + Critique

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Information for term Summer Contemporary Music Creation + Critique

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 5 – Jul 2, 2023 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 4 semester hours / 6 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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If you’ve got a passion for composition, this four-week Parisian adventure will be music to your ears. Learn from the experts at the world-famous IRCAM at the Centre Pompidou, recognized for experimental composition and research, with a unique three-step curriculum sure to take your skills to the next level. A celebrated musical festival, ManiFeste, a conference, and day trips around contemporary art and sound design expand the program’s experience beyond the classroom or studio walls. The performance of a personal composition as part of a student concert open to the public will serve as a worthy finale to this unique experience!

Unique Experiences


    with IRCAM students, composers, researchers, scholars, and visiting performers.


    composition software – then enjoy a year of access to IRCAM’s software database back home.


    and composers at the IRCAM ManiFESTE music festival.


  • monuments throughout the city



Location & Culture

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If you’re looking to spend time in one of the world’s most prominent centers of culture, finance, and commerce, you’ll find it in Paris. The capital of France – and the country’s most populous city – Paris is a top tourist destination and will make you fall in love with its historic landmarks, exquisite dining, and charming architecture. Paris has hosted two Summer Olympics and two FIFA World Cups, and each year the city hosts the final stage of the Tour de France bicycle race.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Paris.

The Culture


Participate in excursions to fascinating French locations - previous destinations have included Amboise, Reims, Rouen, Giverny, Chantilly, and Vaux-le-Vicomte, to name a few.  


  • Learn the nuances of the City of Lights through a guided walk of Paris.  
  • Savor time in the studio, patching, sound sculpting, composing, and more. 
  • Attend concerts, conferences, exhibitions, and happenings around multimedia and new music technology and composition, during IRCAM’s ManiFESTE festival. 
  • Visit the theaters, cafés, and luxury shops of the Champs-Élysées.  

Daily Life

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    All housing is within a 45-minute commute to CIEE.

    Residence Halls: Students usually live with a mix of CIEE students, local and international students. If local health and safety regulations permit, students live in double or triple rooms.

    Apartments: Students live in apartments shared with other CIEE students. If local health and safety regulations permit, most students live in double or triple rooms. Each apartment will have shared common spaces, including kitchen and bathroom.

    Housing is tight in Paris. If we can’t accommodate your first housing choice, we’ll let you know before you arrive.


    Residence Halls and Apartments: Meals are not included.

Paris, France

Where You'll Study

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    Next to the Centre Pompidou in the Marais district in central Paris.

What People are Saying

  • "Fun and exciting course, plenty of time to experience the location while balancing school."

    Thomas M., Texas Christian University


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This unique summer program takes place at the world-renowned Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM). Founded in 1977, IRCAM is devoted to research and experimentation in music composition, acoustic performance, and technological modification of sound. 

IRCAM conducts ground-breaking research in acoustic and computer technology. Promoting new works and new composers under the aegis of the Centre Pompidou, IRCAM also provides intensive instruction to a select handful of graduate students. 

All classes in this program take place at IRCAM, and students have full access to all facilities, including the library, as well as all ManiFESTE activities. ManiFeste, the IRCAM multidisciplinary festival and academy, is a gathering of creative artists in Paris, combining music with other disciplines: theater, dance, digital arts, and visual arts.  

Students participate in three components: 

  • First Steps: An intensive two-week course focusing on the MAX/MSP music application that helps students create patch sound samples and voice modulation. 
  • Culture of Music Creation: Connect the art and critique of sound with concerts and events at the ManiFESTE festival at IRCAM. 
  • Académie:  presentations by composers and musicians selected among the program of the ManiFeste Academy. 



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

  • Completion of or proof of enrollment in an introductory level course in electronic music that touches on Max/MSP. 
  • Fluency in Macintosh OS X environments. 
  • Familiarity with sequencer programs such as Pro Tools or Logic Audio. 
  • Familiarity with a sound editor like Peak.  
  • A letter explaining the student’s motivations in participating in the program. 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

All students must take MUSI 3001 CMCC: Contemporary Music Creation and Critique. 

Program Credit

Total credit: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits 

Course Credit

CIEE course: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits; 76 contact hours 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

MAX/MSP and overview classes blend theory and practice. Students are gathered in small groups for exercises and “patches” designed to bring together topics covered in sessions. With the simultaneous ManiFeste and Académie concert series, and opportunities to interact with other composers, IRCAM provides a unique forum for new music composers. 

Class Format

Most classes include only CIEE students. Master classes and some Académie classes include both CIEE students and other international students. 


Students are graded based on composition exercises and a final evaluation for the composition software phases of the program. Written work in Culture and Critique of Composition section is averaged into composition exercises and final work. 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction


Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


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Course Information

Course Notes
All work completed during training sessions, program exercises, Académie, and IRCAM are required components of the program and factor into the final grade for the course.

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Stem Scholarship

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


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Fees & Housing

Summer 2023 4 weeks Deadline Passed Jun 5, 2023 Jul 2, 2023
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $4,793 **

Housing = $1,160

Insurance = $197

Total Fees = $6,450

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $600

International Airfare = $800

Local Transportation = $60

Books & Supplies = $50

Personal expenses = $750

Other = $120

Total Estimated Costs = $2,380

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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What's Included

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What's Included

Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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