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Applying to ESA

ESA encourages early applications as the number of places in the program is limited to about 100 participants. Also, early application gives you more time to plan your trip. After April 15, you should contact Dr. Blair to make sure this year's trip still has space!

If you require a single room or any other special accommodations, it is especially necessary to apply as early as possible, preferably by April 1.

Students who apply and pay all fees by March 1, 2014 are entitled to a 2% early payment reduction.

How to Apply

Print option:

The very last page of the downloadable brochure has an application form. Please print the form, fill it out and mail it to the address indicated. If you already know which dorm or housing arrangement you'd prefer, please fill out the Lodging Form found on the Accommodations page. If you are interested in the Group Flight, you can download, complete and mail in the appropriate form (Los Angeles flight or San Francisco flight).

Online option:

You can also apply online here. Please note that your application cannot be confirmed until your $300 deposit is received. You will receive an email within 72 hours giving you further information about how to complete your application and return your deposit.


As a non-profit organization, ESA makes every effort to keep its program fees affordable to participants. In fact, summer Paris programs offered through other institutions may cost up to twice as much-- without all of the extras provided by ESA (walking tours, lectures, excursions, etc.).

Note that the fees listed below may change depending on your choice of room accommodation (e.g. single vs. double, private vs. shared bath) and your choice of language program.

Program fee includes the following for all ESA participants:
  • twin room in one of the ESA residences (single supplement = up to $450)
  • daily continental breakfast at all dorms and family stays
  • ESA civilization course, walking tours, activities
  • a bus and métro pass for Paris for the month
  • two day-long excursions including transportation and entries
  • three evening cultural activities plus one art event
  • a weekend in the Loire Valley, including hotel and transportation
  • International Student ID card (great for discounts!)

Fee does not include:

  • transportation to and from Paris
    • approximately $1600 from west coast
    • ESA has arranged group flights on Lufthansa. The Group Flight includes a greeter in Paris and transportation from Paris airport to the dorms.
      • download Los Angeles to Paris Form here
      • download San Francisco to Paris Form here
  • lunch and dinner, depending on dorm and meal plan
  • independent travel
  • personal items (passport, textbooks, laundry, etc.)
  • insurance (medical, travel or property
  • academic credit

Please note: Proof of medical insurance required! ESA participants must cover themselves against the cost of medical treatment abroad. You may use your own insurance, but you must provide proof that you are insured. See below for more information.

Language options & Fees:

    • includes placement into the best level of French language instruction
    • small classes with participants from around the world
    • includes ESA French civilization program and all program activities (see above)
    • $4200 (based on ESA residence accomodation in twin room)

    • ESA faculty provide basic instruction in introductory French (for those with one year or less of previous coursework) or conversational French (for those who already have some knowledge of the language)
    • includes ESA French civilization program and all program activities (see above)
    • $3250 (based on ESA residence accomodation in twin room)

Health Insurance Providers:

Medical insurance for your time in France with ESA is required; travel insurance (for plane delays, baggage loss, etc.) is highly encouraged.

ESA participants must cover themselves against the cost of medical treatment abroad. You may use your own insurance, but you must provide proof that you are insured.

You should check with your regular health care insurance provider to see if you are covered for costs incurred abroad. If not, here are a few companies that offer short-term international medical insurance for students. These sites are provided for your information only; they are not endorsed by ESA.

Academic Credit:

If you wish to obtain academic credit for your study abroad with ESA, a variety of options are available through different universities. (In general, most students choose their home campus. If you choose to enroll through a different campus, you should (a) check with your home campus financial aid office to see if financial aid is still applicable and (b) be sure to order a transcript after the ESA program is complete, if you want to apply the credits to your degree (N.B. not all campuses will accept transfer credits to your degree program). ESA is not responsible for these credit options. Please contact the individuals listed if you have further questions.

  • City College of San Francisco: click to download information.
  • East LA College Credit: click to download information.
  • Los Angeles Valley College: check back later for information.
  • Los Angeles City College: check back later for information.
  • San Jose State University: check back later for information.
  • CSU San Bernardino: Contact Dr. Nelson for more information.


  • ESA offers a few $100 to $500 scholarships to help defray the costs of the program. Please note that this scholarship is highly competitive. Students are encouraged to seek out other scholarship opportunities at their home campus! To apply for the ESA Scholarship, please fill out this form and mail it to Dr. Blair by no later than May 1, 2014.
  • ELAC: The Jewish Philanthropic Foundation of Joseph M. Ebin and Fern Topas Salka awards scholarships in amounts from $1000-$1500 to qualified students from East Los Angeles College who will be participating in the ESA Summer 2014 program. Please review criteria found on page two of the application found here. The application and accompanying materials are due no later than April 18, 2014, to the address listed on the application.

Dorm Assistants:

A few spots are available for dorm helpers in Paris. Dorm assistants will be responsible for a number of activities, including helping to set up lecture spaces and classrooms, running errands, helping to lift and/or carry materials (occasionally heavy), getting up early to purchase breakfast supplies, work at the reception desk, etc. Please not that dorm helpers receive a discounted price for their ESA Housing in exchange for these services, as provided by the convents running the ESA dorms. Dorm helpers are not employees of ESA. Preference will be given to previous ESA participants and/or participants who demonstrate a good sense of responsibility, as indicated in their letters of reference and application.

To apply, please complete this form and return it to Dr Blair along with a letter of reference. Applications preferred by April 1, 2014 but will remain open until the positions are filled.




Cultural Activities

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A full-day excursion plus a weekend trip to the Chateaux of the Loire will allow you explore more of France at no additional cost.

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Want a little night life? ESA offers you a choice of two evening cultural activities: ballet, opera or gourmet dinner in the company of faculty and fellow ESA participants.

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Brochures Available:

Download 2014 ESA Paris Brochure now. Adobe Reader required.