Study Abroad in Paris, France - American Business School

Study Abroad in Paris - American Business School: Academics

Academic Programs

Elective courses include: accounting, art history, business administration, communications, economics, English, fashion and luxury retail management, finance, French language, mathematics, management, marketing and political science

Academic Overview and Policies

The program is designed primarily for those wishing to take business courses, but a wide range of general education/humanities courses are also offered each semester. Students choose up to five 3-credit courses from a wide range of courses offered. French language study Is not required, but for those who wish to begin or improve their French, courses are offered from Beginner through Advanced level. The appropriate level is determined by a placement test taken online prior to departure from the U.S.

Due to the international nature of ABSParis, students will be studying with peers from all over the world, providing a unique opportunity to broaden their professional and social networks. The teaching is interactive with group work, case studies, corporate visits, guest lectures and continuous assessment, providing an American academic experience in the heart of Paris.

The minimum semester course load is 12 credits and the maximum course load is 15 credits.

No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail options are not available.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 15 2.8 GPA

This program offers students a unique opportunity to experience a 2-month unpaid internship in Paris after completing the International Business and Humanities program in the spring. Students will take up to five courses in the spring semester alongside two mandatory career development courses: FREN290 Business French (1) and BUSI390 Company Case Challenge (2). During the semester, to develop their understanding of French professional life and develop opportunities for their internships, students will also be required to attend Career Management Development workshops, an individual coaching session with the ABSParis Head of Career Development, networking conferences and corporate lectures. After the semester ends, students will work fulltime in an internship placement for 2 months earning an additional 6 credits - 4 for BUSI220 Internship and 2 for BUSI222, which involves 2 hours of tutoring and an internship report.

Internships are available in business development, hospitality, marketing, retail management and tourism. Students must have at least an Intermediate level of French language or take the FREN110 Elementary French course during the spring semester to be eligible for the Internship program. They will also need to provide a résumé detailing their work experience and participate in a Skype interview prior to acceptance to the program.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Spring Semester up to 24 2.8 GPA, Intermediate French

American Business School (ABSParis)

Founded in 1985, the American Business School of Paris (ABSParis) is an international business school that welcomes students from over 80 different countries, allowing students to make friends from around the world and encounter in an academic setting the kind of multicultural business relations they might experience in their future careers. ABSParis’ goal is to prepare students for today’s global economy with an international focus and programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The Bachelor of Business Administration degree is accredited in the U.S. by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE accredited by CHEA) and also recognized in France through its certification by the French government. ABSParis is a member of AACSB International. All courses are taught in English and based on American educational methods: course flexibility and adaptability, interaction and exchange, online courses’ selection as well as strong student-professor relationships.

“The American Business School of Paris attracts students from all over the world. This multicultural environment allows you to interact and work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds on a daily basis.

In addition to developing academic and vocational excellence, you will acquire unique intercultural management skills,a real benefit for a career with an international focus. Developing a global mindis a major asset for success in a competitive job market.

Become a citizen of the world: join the American Business School of Paris community!”

~ Fady Fadel, Ph.D., Dean

“My experience at ABS Paris 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 at a business school in Paris. ABS Paris was the perfect fit. I am so thankful I can now say I have friends from all over the world.”

~ Caroline, University of South Carolina, Columbia