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Paris - IES Quick Facts

Language of Instruction

Fields of Study
Humanities, social sciences, and arts, including French language, literature, art, film, civilization, economics, history, music, international relations, political science, and theater.

Host Institutions
Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)
Institut Catholique de Paris
Université de Paris VIII (Vincennes - Saint Denis)
Académie de la Croix Nivert
Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris / Alfred Cortot
Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)

French home or apartment

Program Dates
Fall semester: early September to late December.
Spring semester: late January to mid-May.

Faculty Liaison
Margaret Waller

IES: French Studies Program

The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) Paris Center is located in the colorful Montparnasse area within walking distance of the Latin Quarter. Established in 1970, the IES program is designed for US university students. Courses are taught in French at the IES Center, and participants are encouraged to take university courses at local partner institutions: l’Université de Paris Sorbonne, l'Institut Catholique de Paris, l’Université de Paris VIII, l’Académie de la Croix Nivert, and l'Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris/Alfred Cortot. 

Academic Program

The program begins with an orientation and a non-credit preliminary course in French language. IES administers a language proficiency examination during this period.

Pomona students enroll in a Fench language course (1.0 Pomona credit) at the IES center and four elective courses (0.8 Pomona credits each) for a total of 4.0 Pomona credits. At least one elective course must be taken at a local university. The remaining three electives can be taken in combination of IES center and/or local university courses.

Pomona students may not enroll in university courses taught in English. Pomona limits enrollment at outside institutions to one university. If a students feels he or she has compelling academic reasons to enroll at two, he or she should submit a request to the OSA director during the first two weeks of the university semester.

Students may enroll in the IES Writing Practicum on a non-credit basis.

Students may take only one course on a P/NC basis.

In addition to the academic program, IES organizes excursions in and around Paris as well as to the Loire Valley. Students also have the opportunity to attend selected play performances chosen within the context of courses in French theater.

Living Arrangements

Students may live in local homes and are provided with breakfast and two evening meals per week. A supplemental meal allowance is provided by Pomona College. IES offers limited availability in an apartment building.

Number of Students

IES enrolls approximately 140 students, selected from a national pool.


  • Completion of advanced French (French 44), or equivalent. 
  • A language course must be completed within one year prior to the start of the program.
  • 9.0 GPA and junior standing (or above) when program begins.

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