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Paris, France

Culinary Arts & French Culture

Summer '25 New Program!

Arts & Culture

Dates

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3 weeks

Costs

$6,950

Application Deadline

Enroll Now

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Dates

-

3 weeks

Costs

$6,950

Application Deadline

Enroll Now

Request Information

Program Overview
Sauté, braise, and flambé your own dishes in the food capital of the world. 

Discover the secrets of French cuisine in Paris alongside food experts and chefs. Each week, step into the kitchen for hands-on classes and explore restaurants and open-air markets to inspire your creations. Through coursework developed with Paris’ world-renowned culinary school Le Cordon Bleu, you'll prepare appetizers, entrées, pastries, and dessert! 

Delve into French culinary history and in-season produce. Meet local food vendors and restaurateurs for tips on ingredient selection and plating. In the end, you’ll team up with other Global Navigators to create a menu and present a meal. 

As the sun sets over the Seine River, stroll Paris’ cobblestone streets, past iconic bistros and brasseries on Rue Montorgueil and the famous Eiffel Tower and Louvre. On excursions to Versailles and Provins, learn about dishes served at the time of Louis XIV and indulge in a medieval lunch. In Paris, you’ll gain a greater appreciation for the art of French cooking, creating delicious meals and memories along the way.

lecordonbleu

Practice your skills in Paris' premier cooking school for 3 weeks!

The Take-Aways

Real-world Experience

Put on your chef’s hat and make your own dishes using traditional and contemporary French culinary techniques. Come home with a mastery of classic French fares, savory and sweet, and a creative portfolio of recipes.

Credentials For Your Future

Topics for your college essays, experience to inform your future career, a portfolio to document your increasing culinary literacy and to showcase your work with a variety of ingredients.

Life Skills And New Friendships

Return with greater self-confidence, independence, and improved communication and leadership skills. Enjoy a broader worldview and diverse friendships from across the U.S.

45

Hours Of Expert Instruction

3

Weeks Pursuing Your Passion

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The Destination
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The Destination

Welcome to Paris, where gastronomy takes center stage. 

Paris is truly a feast! With its fresh and seasonal ingredients to its multi-course meals and food presentation—dating back to medieval times—the French capital has been pioneering culinary culture for centuries. Today, the city boasts 132 Michelin-starred restaurants; excellent street food, based on both classic French favorites and international cuisines; and delectable boulangeries (bakeries), whose freshly-baked croissants you’ll remember for years to come. 

With a population of over 2 million, multicultural Paris is abuzz with music, bustling markets, and art. There are beautiful, serene areas, too, like the Luxembourg Gardens and Seine riverbanks, a dream setting for a picnic with friends. Of course, no trip to Paris is complete without a visit to its iconic landmarks and neighborhoods, from Notre-Dame Cathedral to Montmartre, Arc de Triomphe and the Latin Quarter. As you savor the various flavors of Paris, you’ll discover why the city shines as a culture and culinary capital. 

Cultural Awareness 

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.

Daily Life

Daily Life

Monday–Friday  

Each day offers a balance between interactive instruction and cultural activities with time on your own, too. Morning classes and afternoon activities may swap places.  

  • Breakfast at the hostel/hotel 
  • Hands-on learning with expert instructors, chefs, and food industry professionals 
  • Lunch with your fellow Global Navigators 
  • Out and about for a cultural activity and restaurant visits 
  • Dinner at the hostel/hotel or in the community 

Weekends   

  • Overnight or day excursions to top sites  
  • Quality time with friends 

Housing

Hostel/hotel, same residence as other Global Navigators

24/7 Support

1 Program Leader for every 12 students and support from local staff

Program Blogs

From CIEE

Playing Detective : Escape game in the Marais !

By Lindsay Krulock at CIEE

This past Thursday, our students took it to the bustling streets of the Marais to participate in an interactive escape game, called ClueZ. The Marais, or the “Marsh”, is a... keep reading

From CIEE

Au revoir, Paris!

By Anna Jarnagin at CIEE

Wow! What an amazing final week the HSSA Fashion Design students had! We started the week with an awesome trip to Lyon, France, where we were able to immerse ourselves... keep reading

From CIEE

Musée du Parfum Fragonard - Awaken your Sense of Smell!

By Elizabeth Mbunya at CIEE

Students were welcomed to the Musée du Parfum Fragonard as amateur perfumers for a guided tour unveiling the extraordinary history and manufacturing secrets of French perfume from antiquity to the... keep reading

Activities

Sample Activities

Paris

Just imagine all the fun you’ll have!

  • Indulge in a cheese tasting workshop and taste exquisite French cheeses while learning about cheese production methods. 
  • Climb all the way to the top of the Eiffel Tower to take in panoramic views of Paris. Try to spot the city’s iconic landmarks. 
  • Travel back in time as you explore the Palace of Versailles, the opulent residence commissioned by King Louis XIV. Hear all about the incredible meals served in the royal court. 
  • Cruise along the Seine on a boat tour, passing beneath historic city bridges and admiring Parisian architecture. 
  • Experience spectacular jousts and equestrian stunts during a medieval show (accompanied by a medieval meal) in Provins, a medieval town in the French countryside. 

Please note activities are based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when arranging activities is always to enhance your experience. 

Eligibility

Eligibility

  • Participants must be 14 years old and above. 
  • Program open to current high school students—Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. Students must have completed Freshman year of high school before traveling on program. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page

For more information, refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

Application Fee 

$25 

Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. Find additional details about what’s included with your tuition.    

More questions? Find answers, get application support, sign up for virtual presentations, or contact us!

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Costs

Program Summer Session I 2025 3 weeks Start Date End Date Costs $6,950
Program Summer Session II 2025 3 weeks Start Date End Date Costs $6,950

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 protection with benefits.

Program Balance = $6,950

Total Fees = $6,950

Estimated Costs

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

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.

See Scholarships

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 protection with benefits.

Program Balance = $6,950

Total Fees = $6,950

Estimated Costs

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

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.

See Scholarships

What's Included

Interactive Classes

Housing

3 Meals/Day

(Dietary Needs Accommodated)

All Ground Transportation

(Once In-country)

Optional Flight Chaperone

(Flight Cost Not Included)

Pre-departure Advice and Orientation

Access to Local Phone and WIFI

All Cultural Activities and Excursions

Comprehensive Medical and Travel Protection

24/7 Emergency On-site Support

Our Staff

Our Staff

Delphine Mauny

Center Director

A born-and-bred Parisian, Delphine has extensive experience in international education, having worked with American high school students, college students, and adults traveling to France.

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