About the Program

Paris with a population 2.15 million and metro population of over 12 million, is draped in history, tradition, culture, and glamour—not to mention academia. A center of learning with a plethora of French schools, Paris is an ideal destination for foreign exchange and study abroad students. The Seine River, which bisects the city into its north (Right Bank or "Rive Droite") and south (Left Bank or "Rive Gauche") areas, has long been a source of the city's economic, political, and artistic notoriety. The two banks of the Seine each have distinct personalities- the spacious boulevards and formal buildings of the Right Bank and the cultural and intellectual reputation of the Left Bank- which contribute to the diversity of this magnificent city.

Business, French Language & Electives

Students participating in the Veritas in Paris, France program will attend the American Business School of Paris. The ABSP is accredited by the US accreditation body, International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE: www.iacbe.org), which itself has recently received recognition from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The ABSP, part of a conglomerate of schools under the Institut de Gestion Sociale (IGS), prepares students for a wide range of possibilities and professions in the increasingly globalized business world of today. 

In between classes, students frequently visit the local ISA/ Veritas office to check e-mail, receive tutoring, find out about upcoming local events and ISA/ Veritas group excursions, or simply to chat with the staff and fellow students, and practice French. ISA and Veritas alumni consistently highlight the ISA/ Veritas staff and organization as being one of the best assets to the program, contributing to an unforgettable study abroad experience.


Minimum GPA: 2.75

Language Requirement: NONE (open to all levels)

Program Highlights

  • Courses in English
  • Courses with Locals
  • Intensive Language Terms
  • Gap Programs (post high school study for credit)

Academic Overview

For semester programs, students will take one Veritas program course, the International Missions/Serivce-Learning Practicum, and three or four other courses from the American Business School of Paris (The ABSP). A French langauge course is required for beginning language students.

For summer programs, students will take the International Missions/Service-Learning Practicum and choose one of the following options:
Option A: Students focus solely on business and culture by taking two courses at 45 contact hours each
Option B: Students combine one business or culture course (45 contact hours) and one French language course (60 contact hours)


Minimum Admissions Prerequisites

This program offers courses at all French language levels and a wide variety of subjects including business, management, economics, marketing, and humanities. Courses are taught in English in a classroom comprised of approximately 30% French students and 70% students from 60-80 different countries around the world. 


Students who have not completed one semester/quarter of college-level French or the equivalent must choose French language as one of their courses. All students must take a two-part French language placement exam, one portion before departure for the program and the other upon arrival in Paris. The exam will indicate each student's language proficiency level, and will determine the courses in which the student is eligible to enroll.


Please use the following only as a guideline to determine what each student's language level may be. Each semester/quarter is of COLLEGE-LEVEL French or the equivalent of:

Language Level Placement
Students who arrive having completed the following number of semesters or quarters of college-level French (or the equivalent) typically place into the corresponding language level:


True Beginning (Débutant) 0 Semesters/0-2 Quarters
Beginning (Elémentaire 1) 0-2 Semesters/0-3 Quarters
High Beginning (Elémentaire 2) 1-2 Semesters/2-3 Quarters
Low Intermediate (Elémentaire 3) 2-3 Semesters/3-5 Quarters
Intermediate (Intermédiaire 1) 3-5 Semesters/5-8 Quarters
High Intermediate (Intermédiaire 2) 3-6 Semesters/5-9 Quarters
Advanced (Intermédiaire 3) 4-7 Semesters/6-11 Quarters
High Advanced (Avancé 1) 5-8 Semesters/8-12 Quarters
Superior (Avancé 2) 6+ Semesters/9+ Quarters


Please note that a student's French language level in France is based on the standards of the French university.

*Students may add the Intensive Language Program as a preface to this program. Please see the French Intensive Language Program for details.


Academic Credit

Credits earned may vary according to the policies of the student's home institution. For visa regulations, and according to Veritas Christian Study Abroad policy, students must maintain full-time enrollment status for the duration of the program, as determined by their home institution. Students may be required to obtain a student visa and should inquire with the corresponding consulate.