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ISA: Paris

The city of light is host to ISA's three study abroad programs in Paris. The internationally known Sorbonne is the perfect place for French majors and strong language speakers to enhance their language skills while taking classes with French students. The Catholic University of Paris offers French language classes as well as courses in culture, art, theater, literature, communications, and history. Courses are taught in French and English depending on the specific course. Finally, students can choose to study at the American Business School Paris where courses primarily are taught in English. Students live with host families and participate in educational excursions with the program.


Goals and Objectives

ISA seeks to provide an opportunity for students to live and study alongside French citizens and students.

Students must have completed one full year of college and have at least a 2.75 GPA to qualify for the program. Students wishing to study at the Sorbonne must complete four semesters of college level French. Students are required to attend all Messiah-run pre-departure orientation sessions the semester before studying abroad as well as half-day reentry retreat upon returning to campus the following semester.

The credits earned may meet general education or major requirements for your field of study. All courses will come back on your transcript with a letter grade.

Costs: 2014-2015

Because of the high cost of this program, participation is capped at 9 students per academic year.

Messiah tuition, room, board plus

$1,200 off-campus study fee for:

  • Institute Catholique de Paris
  • The Sorbonne


$1,700 off-campus study fee for:

  • The American Business School of Paris


Students choosing the extended semester option will pay an additional $1,000.  Students choosing apartment housing will also be required to place a $750 refundable deposit directly to ISA. Meals are not included.


Fee covers tuition, housing, breakfast and five dinner meals weekly, educational excursions, pre-departure, and re-entry orientation.  Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, and course fees. This application deposit will be subtracted from your bill and is non-refundable. 


Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from this program.


Messiah Application Deadlines

Spring 2015 – April 1, 2014

Fall 2015 - December 1, 2014


Begin the application process here!


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Facts About France

Parisian cafés post three tiers of prices: one for standing at the counter, one for sitting indoors, and one—the most expensive—for sitting outside.

Parisians refer to the Eiffel Tower as "The Metal Asparagus".

France is 6 hours ahead of US eastern standard time.

About 10 percent of France's countryside has been designated national parkland.

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