Study Abroad in Paris, France - American Business School

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Study Abroad in Paris - American Business School: Academics

Academic Programs

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 earn credit for 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 full time 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. Apartment housing may not be available after the end of the regular semester so students who select this option will have to move to a homestay for the duration of their internship placement.

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 course selection as well as strong student-professor relationships.

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