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Experience France with AIFS Abroad

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Students walking around Versailles.

Go Abroad in France

Renowned for its art and architecture and celebrated for its wine, cuisine and fashion, France is a cultural leader where you can study or intern abroad through AIFS.

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Choosing the Right City for You

A student holding an umbrella in front of a sign that reads, "CANNESERIES" in Cannes, France.


Spend summer in this sunny international resort on the Mediterranean shoreline. A former fishing village, Cannes boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in France. It is a unique balance of a cosmopolitan city with the relaxed attitude of a seaside resort. Immerse yourself in the language and culture, strolling along the Promenade de la Croisette, stopping at an open-air café, shopping along the palm-lined boulevards and even checking out the iconic Cannes Film Festival. 

The Eiffel Tower at night.


Paris is one of the world’s greatest capitals of culture. Countless images of iconic sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame and the Champs-Élysées have been produced, but to really understand the magic and enchantment of Paris, you have to experience it. Known throughout the world for its museums and great historical monuments, the city itself is laid back and easy to get around. The top restaurants and the greatest names in fashion sit next to vintage stores and take-away crêpes stalls.

Students resting in a garden in Grenoble, France.


Situated in southeastern France, at the foot of the Alps, Grenoble is located in one of the loveliest areas of the country—“une ville alpine par excellence.” The town itself lies at the crossroads between the valleys and the mountains which comprise the Dauphiné region. From Roman times to the 1968 Winter Olympics and on to today, Grenoble has attracted visitors from all over the world. With its 200,000 inhabitants, Grenoble is small enough to feel like a town, but large enough to offer all the amenities of a busy city (cultural festivals, theaters, museums). The “Capital of the Alps”, dominated by majestic mountains such as Chartreuse, Belledonne and Vercors, provides the ideal location for those who enjoy the outdoors.

We’re All About Life-Changing Experiences

This is your chance to set yourself apart. Explore the world and your interests while earning academic credit and developing your personal and professional skills.

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Since studying abroad, I’ve learned that when experiencing new countries and all cultures, it is a matter of observing people and understanding that we are all different and everybody has their own way of doing things. What a person does in their daily life is often dependent on the region they were born in, and so many other factors. By booking weekend trips to other countries, it has given me a broad sense of culture in France, and has made me miss Cannes every time I leave!

My French professor makes class extremely interactive and my comprehension and speaking skills improved noticeably within just the first few weeks. Cannes is amazing… it never ceases to amaze me when I walk outside and see the sparkling blue Mediterranean.

During my fall semester in Cannes, I was afforded the priceless opportunity of interning with a production and distribution company. This internship taught me what really happens when it comes to marketing television and film in a way that cannot be taught in a classroom. I grew as an individual during my time with the company, and I even managed to find time to practice my French, speaking with people from other international film companies! Besides the internship I had opportunities through AIFS to do such unforgettable things like when we got to pick grapes for wine making with monks on L’île Saint Honorat. Cannes is a place unlike any other, and it is teeming with once-ina-lifetime opportunities. I will forever be indebted to this city that has brought so much joy into my life.

The Campus residence was comfortable and clean. I enjoyed staying there and was always surrounded by great and interesting friends.

For me a homestay was the best option while studying abroad in Grenoble because I knew I would be able to practice speaking my French with my host family. My homestay family has quickly become my family and I will keep in touch with them for years to come. Living with a French family is also an easier way for me to experience and taste different types of French cuisine, lucky for me because my host mother loves cooking and entertaining!

My experience at ABSParis exceeded all expectations I had. Studying the business side of fashion I knew there was no better place for me to enhance my knowledge of the industry than a business school in Paris. ABSParis was the perfect fit. I am so thankful I can now say I have friends all over the world.

My host family were lovely people and well versed in history and the arts. They were very easy going as far as my schedule was concerned which allowed me to be independent.”

Studying in Paris with AIFS was one of the defining experiences of my education. I bonded with the most interesting students in French cooking classes and places like Monet’s house in Giverny, smaller local museums, or hidden Parisian hotspots.

My experience in Paris with AIFS was more than a lesson in gaining cultural competency. It brought to life my undergraduate studies back in the U.S. I was not just looking at a portrait in a textbook; instead I was there to experience the real deal. When I speak with my peers in graduate school I see how much of a privilege it was to study abroad. Traveling with different kinds of people forces you to be mindful of your communication and interpersonal skills, skills that will be integral to success in further study and/or a career.

I have few words for my experience abroad. I have completely fallen in love with Paris and it has become my city. Looking through old journal entries, I found a common thread linking them together: the life lessons I have learned, and perfected, abroad. 

Paris is a mecca of amazing museums, especially for all the art lovers out there. If you want to see masterpieces from some of the greatest artists known to man but only have time to pick one museum, then the Louvre should be at the top of your list! Delacroix, Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, and, of course, Leonardo da Vinci (and his ever-socrowded Mona Lisa) are all found in this museum.

I have few words for my experience abroad. I have completely fallen in love with Paris and it has become my city. Looking through old journal entries, I found a common thread linking them together: the life lessons I have learned, and perfected, abroad.

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