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Education Abroad Office

American Business School Paris

Area: Exchange Program
Location: Paris
Country: France
Term: Spring, Fall, Academic Year

USC's exchange program in France is designed to expose American students to French life and culture. The American Business School Paris (ABSP), situated on the Parodi campus of the Institut de Gestion Sociale (IGS) near the picturesque Canal Saint Martin. Founded in 1985, the American Business School is one of the first English-speaking business schools in France and is renowned for providing a quality American business education in an international setting. With a 3000 member student body - comprised of half French and half international students representing over sixty different nationalities - ABSP program participants benefit from the opportunity for cross-cultural exchange. 

Cost: USC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: 3.0 GPA

Students on exchange pay in-state tuition directly to USC and do not pay tuition to ABSP. Students must note that Paris is a more expensive city to live in compared to others in Europe. The study abroad brochure provided by ABSP provides information on tuition costs. To get an idea of ​​life on site, you will find on the numbeo website indications on the cost of living in France compared to other countries in the world. 

The program at the American Business School Paris offers a diverse array of courses. All classes are taught in English by American faculty, the majority of whom have extensive international experience, or by French faculty who have trained in the US. Students typically earn 15 credit hours per semester. A more detailed list of courses offered can be found under the course catalog.

To see courses USC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

Excursions are offered through the ABSP at an additional fee. ABSP offers a rich student life and many different sports clubs,  activities, and events for students to participate in.

Per university policy, all USC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. The Education Abroad office will enroll students for their insurance before their departure date. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

ABSP does not offer on-campus housing, but can help arrange either apartments or homestays for students after they have been accepted into the program. If students wish to find an apartment independently, ABSP can provide suggestions for suitable accommodation in Paris prior to arrival. 

 ABSP works on an American university calendar. Classes begin in September and end in mid- December for the fall semester. In the spring, classes begin in January and end in early May. USC students can attend the American Business School Paris during the fall semester, spring semester, or the academic year.

The ABS Paris orientation is will occur prior to the start of the semester. It is mandatory for all exchange participants and lasts three days.

Students who attend ABS Paris for a semester or academic year are required to register with Campus France and go in person to a VFS office to obtain a French visa. ABSP can provide assistance in obtaining a visa. 


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