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Off-Campus Study

CIEE Paris + Internship

The CIEE Paris program is designed for students who want to incorporate an intensive academic internship that offers the opportunity for professional and specific skills development, intercultural development, and a real-world work experience in a local or multi-national company or organization. 

Program Type

Affiliated Third Party Provider


Paris, France

Languages of Instruction


Program Dates

Fall 2018 - Block 1:  8/13 - 9/21

Fall 2018 - Block 2:  9/24 - 11/2

Fall 2018 - Block 3:  11/5 - 12/14


Spring 2019 - Block 1:  1/7 - 2/15

Spring 2019 - Block 2:  2/18 - 3/29

Spring 2019 - Block 3:  4/1 - 5/12


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Students must live in a homestay.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Minimum of 4 semesters of college-level French or equivalent


Paris offers some of the greatest sites in the world: Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, the Palace de Versailles, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower to name a few. Beautiful, small touches greet you every step of the way, from fresh baguettes and croissants at every boulangerie to the gorgeous squares and parks that line the city. The Seine’s waterways, quays, and bridges transport you to breathtaking sights including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Notre Dame Cathedral.


Students commute to their internships and most program activities via public transportation. CIEE will provide an Introduction to the system during orientation, and students are responsible for securing their own public transportation pass. Program housing is convenient to public transportation and all internship locations are accessible.


Students enroll in two courses per academic block, earning 6 semester / 9 quarter credits for one block, 12 semester / 18 quarter credits for two blocks, or 18 semester / 27 quarter credits for three blocks. Lake Forest students must earn 15 semester hours to earn the equivalent of 4 Lake Forest credits.

Each course is 3 semester hours unless otherwise noted. CIEE Academic Projects are approximately 100-120 total hours of field-based work/internship, service-learning, or independent research hours, plus 15 seminar hours and meetings with CIEE faculty advisors, for 3 semester credits.

Students will be asked to select a track as part of their application; “no preference: multi-disciplinary” is also an option. Students can select their courses from among all offered courses, regardless of selected track (unless their home universities have other requirements).

Students must enroll in two courses per academic block, one of which should be an Academic Project (internship, academic service-learning, or independent research) or a direct-enrollment course at a local university (availability permitting; restrictions apply) for the second and third block. Lake Forest students must take French language and/or a French-taught elective for each block.  

Students may appeal to Ashley Sinclair and Professor Cynthia Hahn to be allowed to take up to 1 English-taught course during their 3 blocks.  This course will not count toward the French major or minor but may be applied to a different major or minor, subject to that department chair’s approval.

Winter sport or dual season athletes ONLY may appeal to Ashley Sinclair to participate in 1-2 blocks.  These students must still meet the French language requirements, and participate in an Academic Project for at least one of the courses.  If a student needs to remain on campus for their sport, please discuss with Ashley Sinclair.

CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment varies depending on the course, and typically feature a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with field trips, guest lectures, and other special academic experiences designed to provide students fully “place-based” experience. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.

Students who opt to combine CIEE courses with one local direct enrollment course should be prepared for a local French university experience. This typically involves a greater focus on independent student work outside of the classroom. They will also need to work closely with CIEE staff to prepare for the French university course examination system.

Courses taught at the CIEE Global Institute are normally for CIEE students only. Each course is a full semester in content, so the pace is quick and the work load demanding. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and meet either two, three, or four times per week. Students should not plan personal travel out of Paris when classes are in session. Co-curricular excursions ensure that learning on-site in Paris is woven into each course.

Course Descriptions

Click on the link to review the courses here!



Experiential Opportunities

Each Academic Project placement will be designed based on the student’s academic track, project learning goals, qualifications, resume, and availability of placements. The process is highly individualized and goal oriented. Students enrolled in an Academic Project will receive additional academic support that informs and enhances the placement experience.

Students participate in two Academic Projects per semester, in blocks II and III.  Students may not repeat the Academic Project and must choose two different projects (i.e. Internship + Service-Learning).

To qualify for participation, students must be at the location for at least one block in advance of the Academic Project in order to prepare for and plan the placement.



The CIEE Academic Internship provides immersion in the local work environment and helps build both practical skills and intercultural competence. Students will learn how to apply academic knowledge in a business setting, interact with co-workers, and compare teamwork and interpersonal interactions in different cultures. Students will work in local companies and organizations for a total of 100-120 contact hours. On-site experience is reinforced by a solid academic component with weekly seminar meetings and individual academic advising meetings, for a total of 15 contact hours. Total contact hours: 115-135. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours. (Course is taught in French.)



CIEE supports qualified students who wish to pursue an academically rigorous independent research project while abroad. In order to enroll, students must submit a research proposal including a clearly defined research topic, explanation of research plans, description of preparation in the planned area of study, list of resources, tentative outline of a final paper, and suggested schedule of progress. Students complete a total of 100-120 hours of research and meet regularly with an advisor to complete an academically rigorous, ethically sound, and culturally appropriate research project and final research paper. Approval for participation in Directed Independent Research must be obtained from CIEE and the student’s home institution prior to arrival on the program. Total contact hours: 115-135. Credit: 3 semester



The Service-Learning Project combines a practical community-based project with a CIEE Seminar and is designed to challenge students to combine their course-based learning with practical experiences in relevant community-based projects. The project consists of a new project (or an extension of an existing project) that meets the demonstrated need of a local community organization. Students are required to develop a diagnostic plan and to produce a full project proposal that will be reviewed for approval by a service-learning committee by the end of the previous academic block of study. The project will include a community needs-assessment, data collection, and final presentation. Students will work in local organizations for a total of 100-120 contact hours. The service-learning seminar covers the core service-learning principles of engagement, reflection, reciprocity, and public dissemination. Total contact hours: 115-135. Credit: 3 semester

Student Life

Before arriving on-site, you will begin your study abroad experience by participating in a CIEE Online Pre-Departure Orientation, held in advance of each block (six times a year). Meeting with you online, CIEE Paris Resident Staff shares information about the program and site, address frequently asked questions, and give you time to ask questions before coming on-site. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what they want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. The CIEE goal for the pre-departure orientation is to help you understand more about the program and site, as well as your goals for the program so that you arrive to the program well-informed and return home having made significant progress toward your goals.

Each semester block begins with a mandatory on-site orientation session for new students including an introduction to Paris and French society and culture, academics, first-day survival skills, and guidance on health and safety. Excursions and walking tours serve as a general introduction to the local transportation systems and major points of interest and help familiarize you with local resources and amenities. The orientation typically lasts 2-3 days.

Housing and Meals

A limited number of homestays may be available; that Lake Forest requires home stays for their students must be indicated when applying. Students who live with homestay families receive breakfast daily plus five meals per week. Final housing assignments are solely at the discretion of CIEE.

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the CIEE Paris for 3 blocks includes orientation, housing, on-site director, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips and pre-departure advising. Most meals are not included.  

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 semester (3 consecutive blocks):

Budget Item


Lake Forest College Tuition


Program fee (estimated)


College Deposit (credit)


Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College


College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)


Additional Meals


Estimated Airfare


Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance, if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)


Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses




Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate, nor fees to enroll in courses at partner institutions, and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.