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  • Incoming students

    Welcome to the IGS Group ! Most English speaking inbound exchange and study abroad students study at the American Business School Paris which has a long-standing tradition of welcoming students from all over the world to its campus in the heart of Paris. French speaking exchange and study abroad students may have the opportunity of studying in French at one of our other schools such as ESAM, ICD, ISCPA or IGS. For information on programs taught in French, click here.

    Whether you are going to study for a semester or a year or for 5 years, The American Business School Paris is a unique opportunity for any English speaking student who wants to study and live overseas for many reasons :

    Over 50% of the student body is international, representing diverse cultures and viewpoints from 80 different countries. Experiencing the school’s multicultural environment is an asset to those wishing to pursue an international career :

    • Exposure to different cultures,
    • Team work : conciliation of diverse perspectives and practices
    • A unique living experience, adapting to different cultures and customs.

    The Bachelor Business Administration is accredited by a US accreditation body - IACBE - and is certified in France.

    The American Business School classes are taught entirely in English by a team of international professors and lecturers. Along with the core business and social sciences classes, international students can also further their life experience in France with some specialized courses designed specifically for our visitors :

    • French civilization class
    • French languages classes
    • European Business classes

    Please join us in our international community of know-how, diversity, respect and tolerance.

    VISA Application

    1) For students coming for a semester or year

    If you are not a citizen of a European Union member country, Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Monaco, Norway or Switzerland then you must apply for a long stay visa (more than 90 days) to study in France before leaving your country of residence.

    France has implemented a network of agencies called CampusFrance in 86 countries in the world. To see if your country of residence has a CampusFrance agency click here :
    http://www.campusfrance.org/en/b-agence/map/map.htm. If you are applying for a visa, you will be required to register with your country of residence’s CampusFrance agency.

    To register with CampusFrance, go to your country’s Campus France website in the English version. Read carefully “the study abroad students” section and follow the procedure. Disregard the section “studying in France” (red box on the homepage) since you already have been accepted in a program in France.

    Once you have registered with CampusFrance, they will ask you to send the letter of acceptance from The American Business School and the CampusFrance fee.
    Officially the CampusFrance process takes 2 weeks. However, at busy times of the year, it can take up to 4 weeks in our experience. Register early. Once you get the approval from CampusFrance, you must apply for your visa which is usually granted within 2 to 3 weeks at the nearest French consulate

    Please check all the requirements carefully on the French consulate website. Some requirements may vary from a consulate to another and you may have to go personally.

    If you are living abroad, we strongly advise you to go to the website of the French Consulate in your national country and see what documentation is required and send that in also with what is required in your country of residence. Example : if you are Bolivian but living in the United States, check on what is required for a Bolivian and send that in to the Consulate in the United States.


    The American Business School is on a commuter campus. Thus, The American Business School assists the international students in finding housing. We offer options in shared apartment. Count on 600 Euros-700 Euros per month.
    Learn more.


    There are computer facilities and labs available for the students. Since the building offers wireless connection, we recommend that the students bring a laptop (if you have already one). Most of the housing offered have internet connections as well.

    Airport Shuttle Service

    Should you want to have a pick up at the airport, you can book at least 10 DAYS BEFORE your arrival in Paris a shuttle service http://www.parishuttle.com

    Any Pre-Departure Information

    Please download the entire Student Guide ABS

    Our application deadlines are :

    April 15th for the Summer Program
    June 1st for the Fall Semester
    November 15th for the Spring Semester


    1. Completed application form.
    2. 1 ID pictures
    3. A photocopy of passport or ID
    4. Official higher education transcript

    Download the Study abroad application.

    Send the application form along with the required documents to

    Mr Eluan Bescond
    IGS International
    12, rue Alexandre Parodi
    75010 Paris, France


    Upon reception of the full application package, an admissions decision is transmitted within two weeks.


    To enroll, send a non-refundable deposit of 1200 Euros as tuition deposit (deductible from the first semester invoice) with the enrollment form duly signed.
    For exchange students from partner universities, this deposit does not apply.


    The American Business School will be in touch with you regarding your visa documents, housing, course registration and any pre-departure information you may need.

    Living in Paris

    Paris, the capital of France, is a major world metropolis and center for culture, art, fashion, gastronomy, and intellectual life. The Seine river traverses the city ; its waterways, quays, and bridges are major thoroughfares but also 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) ; its parks (Bois de Boulogne, Jardin de Luxembourg, Bois de Vincennes) ; its street life and markets, and as a magnet for visitors from around the world.

    Housing is relatively easy to find if you are not too fussy. Depending on where you come from you will find that apartments are larger or smaller that what you are used to. The school can assist you in finding housing. An independent studio will cost 700 € and up. Sharing an apartment with other students will cost you about 600 € per month

    Public transportation is affordable and very convenient. The famous metro system, and the bus network that has its own lanes on the main thoroughfares mean that few locations is Paris are more than half an hour apart. And is you need to get home in the wee hours of the morning, the night buses network that operates when the metro and regular buses shut down will get you there.

    Eating out, well where else but in Paris ? In every neighborhood you will find local brasseries ands restaurants that offer set menus starting at 8 to 10 € and up of course. A quick meal on the go ? Check out the Turkish restaurants and Chinese places where you will be able to eat for about 5 €, and the inevitable fast food joints. Yes we even, have McDonalds….

    Shopping  : shop your little heart out when in Paris. Window shop in the so called golden triangle between the avenue Montaigne, the Avenue George V and the champs Elysées where the high end fashion labels have their boutiques and at the place Vendôme where the jewelers are located. You will find the more hip and casual stuff around the Halles area, in the Marais and in Saint Germain des Près.

    Sports can be practiced at the school which has soccer, basketball, volleyball and track and field teams. Students who want to work out can usually get a reduced rate at the Gymnase Club network, just ask as you are enquiring about joining. There are a number of other smaller gym clubs in Paris, you might find one in your neighborhood.

    National museums are free the first Sunday of the month and yes, this includes the Louvres Museum. They are closed on Tuesdays whereas museums run by the town of Paris are closed on Mondays.

    Air travel with Europe has become quite affordable with the appearance of a large number of low cost airlines that have forced the national airlines to compete and offer low cost fares with some booking conditions.

    What to bring. Bring any prescription medication that you might need. You will find anything you need in Paris. But most things are more expensive so you might want to not plan on buying a lot of stuff when in Paris and spending you money on enjoying yourself in the town and Europe rather than acquiring things you could have brought with you.

    Learn more http://www.paris.org

    Download the complete student guide to Paris

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