As the saying goes, Paris is always a good idea! It also makes a great place to get one’s university degree, even if one decides to study completely in English.

I started going to Paris back in the days when I was a student and I still get a thrill when I see the fabulous sites like the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral, to name but two. So what would it be like to do one’s university degree there? What are the opportunities and what might be some of the challenges? I wanted to find out more about those very questions, so when I had the opportunity to go there in late February, I jumped at the chance!

While on this trip, I got to experience the L’Ecole Polytechnique de Paris, France’s world-renowned science and technology university that combines top-level research, academics, and innovation. They have produced 5 Nobel Prize winners, 3 French presidents, and many other highly successful individuals. But did you know they also offer a pathway for degrees with English language instruction?

I was also able to visit Parson’s Paris, an offshoot of Parson’s (the New School) in New York. If a student is driven by design and creativity, then what setting could be more inspiring than to be in Paris? Parson’s offers many degrees including in fashion design, strategic design and management, as well as art and media.

Following our visit to Parson’s we walked to see the world-famous Sciences Po, which also offers dual degree programs with several American universities such a UC Berkeley and Columbia University. I really enjoyed visiting the historic campus located on an unassuming side street in Paris and their newer campus a few blocks away situated in a beautifully renovated former Dominican monastery. Though their main campus is in Paris, English language options are also available on other campuses located throughout France.

If you want to study business, Paris also offers various options in English for that as well. ESCP or the IESEG School of Management might also be a fit, depending on the student’s ambitions. Imagine studying business in one of the major world’s capitols and then getting to do an internship there, too?

And of course, we can’t forget the American University of Paris as an option. Offering a classic American approach to a 4-year degree in any of the liberal arts or business, this university offers much to the student who wants to study in the heart of Paris with the flexibility that an American university offers.

By the end of the week, I had walked more steps than I could count and loved every minute of it. If you know a student whom you think would like to spend his or her undergraduate years in the City of Light, get in touch. Like me, they might just look back on that time in their lives and agree that “Paris is always a good idea!”.

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