Since its inception, the American Business School Paris has attracted students to Paris from all around the world and has evolved from a uniquely Franco-American vision to a completely global approach to business education. Students interested in a diverse educational experience will find it by coming to the American Business School Paris where they are immediately immersed in an international setting. More than 50% of the students come from outside France and represent close to 65 nationalities. The campus is home to 10 schools and over 3,000 students. At the American Business School Paris, students learn to understand cultural and behavioral differences from the first day in class.
The American Business School Paris is based in one of the most famous cities in the world: Paris. The modern campus is centrally located on the Parodi Campus of IGS (Institut de Gestion Sociale) near the picturesque Canal St. Martin. Paris is a city to discover. Students see the sights, visit the museums - they're all part of the experience. You can also jump on the metro or a bus and get off at a place you've never heard of, wander through a quartier where French mixes with Arabic or Vietnamese, poke your head into mysterious shops, have lunch in a local restaurant, or just perch on a cafe terrace and let yourself fall in love with your very own Paris.
Students may choose to study at ABS for a semester or for a full academic year.
Mid-September to Late-December
Late-January to Early-May.
Homestay - Homestays are usually located in Paris or close by in the suburbs, and always near a metro. This option enables students to immerse themselves in both French culture and language.
The average Parisian family is quite small, and may comprise one or no children. Food is an important part of French culture and the French will really want you to try specialties. If you find yourself in front of something unusual, be polite and say something like "I have never eaten this before." Try it, unless religious or other deep convictions prohibit you! Meals apart from breakfast are a communal sit down affair, and you don't just turn up when you feel like it to eat something. If you think you are going to be late, it is better to warn your family. They will very often not start to eat before you arrive unless you tell them you are going to be late. It is a good idea to help when meals are being prepared or after. Also, do not help yourself to things in the fridge unless invited specifically, and even then, tell them that you took something. You should try to adapt to the dress code in your family, which may be more formal than you are used to. Smoking habits will differ from family to family. If this is an issue for you, check out the situation before committing yourself.
Shared/Single Apartments -
- Meals: All homestays include breakfast and students can choose to add between 1-5 dinners per week for an additional cost. Full payment is due to the homestay agency in Paris in advance of the student's arrival for accommodations
Students are given a list of options for furnished apartments within Paris or nearby suburbs and near a metro. Apartments typically include:
- Single or Double-Occupancy studios
- Kitchenette & bathroom
- Internet access (some facilities provide free service, others have a month fee)
- Shared common area
- Laundry room
Students pay the residence agent directly for their apartment not ABS. The agent will generate an invoice and sent to the student once an apartment is assigned. A wired deposit may or may not be required in advance and in all cases, full payment will be due upon arrival in Paris.
- Meals: Students are responsible for purchasing and cooking food on their own. Students have access to a kitchen to prepare meals or may choose to dine out at restaurants and cafes around their apartment or university.
Students do not have any type of meal plan through the ABS, however, there is a cafeteria on campus. Therefore, students have many different food options while at ABS. You will have access to a kitchen if you choose an apartment, so students can cook their own meals. If you choose a homestay, breakfast is provided and dinners (0-5 times a week) are available with an additional cost.
"The cafeteria is like a deli with an oven and an espresso machine. There are cold sandwiches (kind of like a half sub) and then hot sandwiches. There are cookies, apples, soda, and coffee. That’s about it. But there are about 10 restaurants and 5 grocery stores all within a block or so of campus. They all are really cheap because they are trying to attract the students. I would say that you could find a decent lunch for about 8 euros (drink and dessert included). A lot of restaurants around school have “formule” options. Meaning that you can get a drink, dessert, and a sandwich of sorts for really cheap. Also I do know that some students would pack their lunch and bring it to school too. There also is a Subway maybe ten feet from campus."
Students at ABS can register for 12-15 total academic credits. Students can take many of the ABS regular courses according to their needs and it is suggested to take one French Language course. Students desiring advanced French not offered by ABS, may take courses through a special arrangement at the Sorbonne for an additional fee.
ABS Offers Semester Business Courses in: Accounting, Management, Business Law, International Business, Business Ethics, Finance, Economics, Advertising, Marketing, Logistics, Statistics.
General Semester Courses also offered may include: International Relations, Politics, History, Law, Foreign Languages (French, Spanish, German), English, Art, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology.
A full selection of courses can be found in the course catalog here
"All regular classes at ABS are 3 hours long meeting once a week. Think of a 6-9 here at Millersville, except throughout the entire day. For example, I took a course at ABS that was 2:30pm-5:30pm meeting every Monday. For some special classes that require more credits, such as some of the fashion classes, classes may be 3 hours twice a week or 6 straight hours! It is definitely something that takes some getting used to!"
"In almost every class there is a midterm and a final. Rarely are there exams or quizzes in between. This school heavily relies on group projects. Out of the four classes I had last semester, 3 of them had a group project that was a major percentage of my final grade. Exams are normally comprehensive, but some teachers allow a study guide of sorts during the exam. Exams are pretty strict though. Cell phones, purses, and backpacks are turned in as soon as you walk in the door and you can’t have them until you have turned in your exam and then exited the testing room. A proctor (who isn’t the teacher) watches you (like a hawk) while you take the test. And they are not afraid to call out people whom they suspect of cheating. The tests are open essay, not really multiple choice. The teachers like you to tell them what you have learned, instead of giving you options. So expect a lot of open-ended essays and short answers."
"Tests at ABS will consist mainly of short answer and essay questions. Multiple choice questions are very rare in European tests. Also some classes may substitute projects for exams."
ABS follows the American and Millersville University credit system. Ex. A 3 credit ABS course equals a 3 credit Millersville course.
ABS follows the American and Millersville University grading scale. Ex. A B+ at ABS equals a B+ at Millersville.