Study Abroad in Paris, France




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Experience the creative and intellectual traditions that have made Paris a destination for writers, artists, and philosophers since medieval times.

The Sarah Lawrence College Program in Paris program enables students to craft a personalized and intellectually stimulating course of study while exploring the rich cultural atmosphere that is unique to the City of Light.

Sarah Lawrence in Paris is designed to accommodate students with both intermediate and advanced levels of fluency in the French language. Students will have the opportunity for study in the humanities, social sciences, and the visual and performing arts (Dance, Music, Filmmaking, Theatre, Visual Arts).

The Paris Program is open to juniors and seniors and welcomes students from other colleges.


The Sarah Lawrence College Study Abroad Program in Paris is open to juniors and seniors enrolled at any accredited American college or university.

Please note that the following programs have additional audition/portfolio requirements. Please contact Prema Samuel in the Office of Global Education for additional information.

  • Fashion/Textile Design (additional statement of intention required)
  • Filmmaking (additional statement of intention required)
  • Music (audition required for all programs)
  • Theatre (additional information required for Ecole Jacques Lecoq and some acting studios)

Applications & Deadlines

Completed applications, including essay, language recommendation, letters of recommendation, study abroad approval form, unofficial transcripts (guest students only), and application fee (guest students only) are due:

  • March 1 (for fall/academic year applicants)
  • October 1 (for spring applicants)

Tuition & Fees

Spring 2022 Semester (January–May)

  • Sarah Lawrence tuition $29,468
  • Fiscal stamp for carte de séjour $60
  • Study abroad medical insurance: $295
    This insurance provides comprehensive medical and geo-political coverage while abroad only. Students still need to have health insurance coverage through their family OR coverage through their home institution OR through Sarah Lawrence to ensure they are covered before they leave the US (or home country) and at any point when they return to the US (or home country).   
  • Housing options:
    • Student Dorm (Cité) $4,600 (Room only. Tenant insurance included.)
      Please note: If there are damages to the room, you will be charged accordingly.
    • Homestay 
      • Breakfast Only $4,507
      • 1 dinner/week $4,817
      • 2 dinners/week $5,140
      • 3 dinners/week $5,470
      • 4 dinners/week $5,793
      • 5 dinners/week $6,108
        For Homestays only:  Payment will be made directly to Host Families in Paris.  There will be a housing insurance rate of $155 added to your housing bill. In the event of a cancelation or delay in payment, there will be an added charge of  $179 and an administrative fee of $89 for any changes. 

Estimated Expenses

The following expenses are estimated and will vary due to individual needs and spending habits.

  • Meals $2,000 (if preparing and/or providing for own meals)
  • Personal expenses $700-$900
  • Round trip airfare $500 - $1100
    This was based on a round trip ticket from JFK to Paris through, April 2021.
  • Local Transportation $100

Travel expenses before or after the term, and any trips taken during breaks, are not included in this estimate.

Financial Aid

Sarah Lawrence College students who normally receive financial aid may apply their awards to any College-sponsored program abroad.

Sarah Lawrence College offers limited financial assistance to guest students on this program. Students should consult their home school's financial aid office for guidance on other financial aid resources.

Guest students wishing to be considered for financial assistance must e-mail with their request for financial assistance.


  • Natalie Allen, Interim Director
    Natalie is responsible for academic administration and program management. She holds a BA in French language and Literature from Columbia University and an MA in French literature and civilization from the University of Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle.

Academic Calendars

Fall 2021 Semester
Date Event
Monday, August 30 Orientation begins
Monday, September 13

First day of SLC in-house courses*

Monday, October 25–Sunday, November 7

Reading period

Saturday, December 18 End of first semester (SLC in-house courses)*
Sunday, December 19–Sunday, January 16 Holiday Break (for full-year students)*
Spring 2022 Semester
Date Event
Monday, January 10 Orientation begins (spring semester-only students)
Monday, January 17 Advising week (returning students)
Monday, January 24 First day of SLC in-house courses*
Monday, February 28–Sunday, March 6 Winter Break
Monday, April 25–Sunday, May 1 Spring Break
Saturday, May 14 End of second semester (SLC in-house courses)*

*Students interested in classes at French universities, theatre, and music schools should be aware that their calendars may vary from the SLC program calendar. Students should verify specific dates before purchasing vacation or return tickets. Classes in dance and visual arts follow the SLC calendar.