Study Abroad in Paris, France

Study Abroad in Paris: Living Abroad

Housing and Meals

Homestay

  • Standard housing option
  • Double room
  • Shared bathroom
  • Single room in a homestay ($320 supplement in Fall Quarter; $480 supplement in Fall or Spring Semester)

Student Apartment

$1,900 supplement in Fall Quarter; $2,300 supplement in Fall or Spring Semester

  • Double room
  • Shared bathroom, living room and kitchen facilities

Meals

  • In addition to the meal plans specific to each type of housing, all students can opt to receive a meal voucher package for use at restaurants and shops to subsidize the cost of purchasing meals and groceries for a supplement of $720

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Paris.

Housing Options

The standard housing option is a homestay. Students can pay a supplement to live in an apartment.

Homestay Family

The homestay experience can be the most rewarding part of your time abroad. It is the best way to learn French, gain a unique and personal insight into French culture and integrate into the local community. Many students keep in touch with their families after they return to the U.S.

You will share a room with another AIFS student and there may be other international students living in the house. All homestay students are given their own key so that they can come and go as they choose.

All homes have Internet facilities and there is privacy for study.

Meals Students will receive breakfast every day plus one meal per week. They will have access to the kitchen in the evening to prepare their own dinner. Students will also receive 35 snack vouchers, restaurant vouchers for two three-course meals and be invited to three group dinners during the course of the semester.*

Shared Apartments

For students who want to live more independently, the apartment option is ideal. AIFS apartments are located throughout the city in different residential areas. Typically two AIFS students share a bedroom with shared kitchen/living area and bathroom. Accommodation can range from studio style to 3-bedroom apartment depending on the number of participants. The apartments are not located in student blocks but regular apartment blocks with real Parisians as your neighbors. They are located up to 45 minutes from the office and classrooms by public transport. All apartments have Wi-Fi access.

Meals Are not included as students will be able to cook in the apartmentís kitchen facilities. However students will receive 35 snack vouchers, restaurant vouchers for two three-course meals and be invited to three group dinners during the course of the semester.*

*Students on the fall quarter program receive 20 snack vouchers, one restaurant voucher for one three-course meal and will be invited to two group dinners during the course of the program.

Transportation

All students should expect to use Parisís public transport system on a daily basis. The Paris Metro system is one of the most efficient underground train systems in the world. Generally students can expect to commute 30 to 45 minutes between home and the location of their classes, this is normal in Paris.

Cultural Activities

In addition to excursions a cultural calendar of weekly activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of French life. Typical activities, tours and visits include:

  • Monetís gardens in Giverny
  • the beautiful Ch‚teau of Vaux-le-Vicomte
  • walking tour of Montmartre district
  • Marmottan - Monet Museum
  • Rodin Museum
  • Cluny Museum
  • Orangerie Museum
  • Picasso Museum
  • Notre Dame Towers
  • Paris Opera House area
  • Museum of Decorative Arts
  • Edith Piaf Museum
  • ballet
  • classical concerts and theater performances

Wine appreciation and cooking courses are also available for an extra fee.

Volunteering Opportunities

AIFS can help you to arrange local volunteer opportunities with organizations such as Les Restos du Coeur where volunteer students distribute food parcels and hot meals to homeless people in Paris; EmmaŁs which develops literacy programs and provides leisure activities for disadvantaged children in Paris; Secours Populaire a charity which provides access to health facilities, education and food for those in need.

For more information contact the AIFS Admissions Officer.

AIFS in Paris Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

AIFS Resident Director

Danica Debizet

Phone: (33) 1 56 81 15 90
Email: ddebizet@aifs.co.uk

Bonjour! "Hello" in French, one of the four languages I am fluent in, along with English, German and Slovak. You have quite the experience awaiting you in Paris; from the cultural activities offered, the number of museums to visit and the various people you'll meet, it is sure to be an amazing time.

I studied for three separate MA degrees in Paris and Grenoble and have lived in four different countries. I consider myself a "global citizen" and am looking forward to helping you to adjust to your time abroad. As your Resident Director, I am here to advise, listen, help and encourage you to make your stay in Paris a wonderful experience that you will always remember.

My office is located right in the heart of the city and my door is always open.

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

AIFS Campus Staff with First Aid Training

Because health and safety are top priorities at AIFS, at least one member of the staff at this campus has taken a first aid course in order to be available to help any student until a doctor or nurse can provide help. This is just one of many services that we provide to our students.