Paris, France


The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Study Abroad Center offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study for the summer in Paris, France. On-site, the program is coordinated by the Institut d’Économie Scientifique et de Gestion (IÉSEG) School of Management International Summer Academy.

This program is open to all majors, but is particularly ideal for students who are pursuing degrees, minors and/or certificates in the following fields of study:

  • Economics
  • Finance
  • French
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing

Informational meetings: TBA, January/February

Application deadline: Friday, Feb. 16

Tentative 2018 program dates: arrive June 30, depart July 30

Students may choose from a variety of courses at IÉSEG International Summer Academy.

Host Institution

The UHM Summer in Paris Study Abroad program is offered in partnership with the Université Catholique de Lille, Institut d’Économie Scientifique et de Gestion (IÉSEG) School of Management International Summer Academy, Paris campus. As a French Grande École and member of the Conférence des Grandes Écoles, IÉSEG is one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in the country. In 2013, IÉSEG is the first post-baccalaureate school to be EQUIS- and AACSB-accredited.

Established in 1964 in Lille, the school has a second campus in Paris at La Défense, Europe’s biggest business hub. The School has a total of 3380 students on both campuses. More than 84% of IÉSEG’s faculty is international, and the School has a network of more than 200 partner universities in more than 51 countries. All Bachelors and Masters Programs at IÉSEG are taught in English.

IÉSEG is a member of Conférence des Grandes Écoles, EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development), AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and CLADEA (Consejo Latino Americano de Escuelas de Administración).


Students must take 3 IÉSEG courses to earn 3 UHM credits. Click here for IÉSEG course descriptions.  UHM equivalents to be determined.

  • European Integration
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Marketing Culture and the Arts
  • Business Development Skills
  • Business Ethics: Theory and Dilemmas
  • Decision and Game Theory for Negotiation
  • Fashion Business
  • Communication Tools for Super Presentation
  • Creating Successful Business Models
  • Tools for Effective Management
  • Nudge Marketing


Summer 2018: Joan Debrah, UHM Dept. of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas, French Division. She will be teaching LLEA 264: French Culture for Americans. This is a mandatory course for all UHM students. Click here for Ms. Debrah’s student expertiential learning plan.

Courses taken in Paris will appear on UHM transcripts as UHM courses.

Current as of July 6, 2018.


Paris, capital of France and home to over eight million people, has long been known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Famous for its cuisine, fashion industry, architecture, museums, parks, boutiques, and rich intellectual and cultural life, it is also a city of contrasts between the ancient and the modern; the quaint and the high-tech. The sophisticated and reliable French train system (SNCF) makes Paris a very convenient hub from which to travel to other European locations.

Paris is a major world metropolis and center for culture, art, fashion, food, and intellectual life. The Seine River traverses the city; its waterways, wharfs, and bridges are major thoroughfares but also are ways to see the city’s most famous monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum, and the Notre Dame cathedral. The city is known for its cafés (one for every 200 inhabitants), parks (Bois de Boulogne, Jardin du Luxembourg, Bois de Vincennes, among many), street life and markets. It is a magnet for travelers from around the world.

Above all, studying in Paris is a unique occasion for students to glean from and appreciate French traditions, history, and current socio-political interests and concerns.


There are two options:

  • French host family. Partial meals with the family are provided for the duration of the program. A major value of the homestay is that it provides students with the opportunity to closely interact with and learn from the host country nationals. In addition to taking students beyond the public face of the French people, the everyday speaking and hearing of French in a natural setting facilitates students’ understanding of the culture enhances language learning.
  • Single dormitory rooms at Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, located in the 14th arrondissement of Paris.  The rooms have a private bathroom and access to a shared kitchen on each floor. 

Extra-Curricular Activities


In addition to a busy academic schedule, participants of the IÉSEG Summer Academy benefit from the high-quality selection of extracurricular activities.

Events in Paris 

Some of Paris’ numerous cultural events in July include:

  • Bastille Day, France’s national holiday (July 14), is the occasion for the famous Bal des Pompiers (Firemen’s Dances), free street festivals, a grand parade down the Champs-Elysées and fireworks.
  • Free Jazz and Contemporary Music concerts at the Parc Floral de Paris on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.



Program Cost

Summer 2018

homestay: $4,831

dormitory: $4,307

Cost includes IÉSEG tuition, housing, orientation, excursions, meals, laundry, ground transportation, UHM Study Abroad and other incidental fees.

Roundtrip airfare between Honolulu and Paris is not included; students have the option of taking the flight arranged by Third Eye Travel or making their own travel arrangements.


FOR UHM STUDENTS ONLY: In order to receive financial aid, please ensure that either: a) you are receiving financial aid during the preceding semester, or b) that you complete the Financial Aid application during the current semester.

NON-UHM STUDENTS (those attending other colleges and universities during the regular school year) must apply for financial aid at their home institutions.


See the Money Matters & Resources page for a list of possible scholarships.

Admission Requirements

The program is designed primarily for undergraduate students interested in studying Social Science, Arts & Humanities and Business in Paris. The minimum requirement is a cumulative GPA of 3.0. However, students with a lower GPA may be considered in exceptional cases. Non-native English-speaking students must have taken the TOEFL exam within the last two years and earned a composite score of 600+ or have passed the UHM ELI placement exam.

Admission to the program is selective. All applicants for the program will be judged on their academic performance, reasons for wishing to attend the program, flexibility, and sensitivity to other cultures, and ability to adjust to a new cultural setting.

Immediately upon acceptance to the program, students are required to pay a $500.00 non-refundable initial payment to ensure a place in the program. The initial payment will be applied toward the cost of the program.

Please note that students accepted to the program are required to attend three mandatory pre-departure class sessions totaling 12 hours. Failure to attend will result in students being withdrawn from the program.


A completed Study Abroad Center application and two academic references must be received by the Study Abroad Center to receive consideration.

Students from outside the UH System must also submit official transcripts from every college attended.

The Study Abroad Center is closed on weekends, and Federal and State holidays.