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Summary of Program Costs (2024)

  • ESA Program Fee: $4250 (required, see below for more information)

  • Institut Catholique Fee: $800 (optional)

  • ESA Housing Options:

    • Twin Room (2 people, 2 beds): Included

    • Single Room Supplement (optional)

      • single rooms with private bathroom ($600, both dorms, limited availability)

      • Ste. Famille: single room with shared bath: $300

    • Family Stay: $350 (single room but twin for weekend trip; optional)

  • Airfare (not included). We do offer group flights for an additional fee:

    • Group Flight from San Francisco (SFO): $1430

    • Group Flight from Los Angeles (LAX): $1430

Program Fee Details

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

Note that the fees listed here and below may vary depending on your choice of housing and language program.

Program fee includes the following for all ESA participants:

  • twin room in one of the ESA residences (single supplement = $300-$600)

  • daily continental breakfast at both dorms and in family stays; weeknight dinners at Ste. Famille dorm

  • bus/métro pass for the Paris region (month of July)

  • an evening cultural performance (ballet or opera)

  • an evening concert or sound/light show (pending reservations)

  • ESA Civilization course, including:

    • walking tours

    • guided visit of the Musée d'Orsay

    • choice between guided visit of Musée du Louvre or timed entry to Eiffel Tower (2nd floor via lift), pending reservations

  • ESA Day-Long Excursions, including:

    • day trip to Chateau de Maintenon (includes chateau entry)

    • day trip to either:
      • Malmaison​
      • Chateau de Vincennes (with optional mini-golf)
  • Weekend trip to Alsace, including
    • two nights in a comfortable hotel with daily continental breakfast
    • transportation (train to/from Colmar, bus for Saturday excursion)
    • walking tour of Colmar or petit train tour
    • entrance to Unterlinden Mueum
    • visits to three quintessential Alsatian villages

Program fee does NOT include:

  • Airfare and/or transportation to and from Paris (low-cost group flights available)

  • lunch and/or dinner (depending on dorm and meal plan)

  • independent travel

  • personal items (including passport, vaccinations, laundry, school supplies, etc.)

  • textbooks at the Institut Catholique (about $50)

  • insurance (medical, travel or property)

  • Visas

Please note:

  1. 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.

  2. You will be expected to comply with French regulations regarding COVID.

Class Options & Fees

There are two options for language study in Paris: the Survival French program (taught by ESA faculty; beginning levels available) and the Institut Catholique (an independent institution with students from around the world; all levels available).

Survival French Program:

  • language instruction every morning

  • includes ESA Civilization program, culture activities, day-long excursions and week-end trip

Institut Catholique French Language Program:

  • includes placement test to ensure you are in the best class for your abilities

  • small classes with students from around the world (French may be the only language you have in common!)

  • additional fee of $800

  • includes ESA Civilization program, culture activities, day-long excursions and week-end trip

Humanities Program:

  • class (in English) every morning

  • includes ESA Civilization program, culture activities, day-long excursions and week-end trip

Group Flights

ESA has arranged for low-cost group flights with Air Canada for $1430 (significantly less than retail prices in September 2023).

You must apply by 10 March to secure a seat on the group flight.


Please note the following:

  • Flights have fixed dates and times. You are not allowed to personalize your itinerary.

  • Tickets are non-refundable.

  • If you miss your flight, you are responsible for purchasing another ticket at your own cost. This includes missing a connecting flight.

  • There is a $300 for a NAME change / correction. Your name on the ticket must match the name on your passport.

  • ESA is not responsible for any trip delays or delayed/lost baggage on the group flights.

  • ESA will provide transportation from Paris airports to the dorms (and from the dorms to the airport on the last day of the program).

  • Only a limited number of seats are available.

  • Download & return the flight form with your deposit check to reserve your seat

  • Payments should be made to ESA and mailed to ESA, 424 Dorado Terrace, San Francisco, CA 94112.  

  • Questions? Contact Dr. Blair

Academic Credit

Academic credit for your study abroad with ESA is available through our academic partners. In-state tuition is $46/credit unit (plus applicable fees).

In general, most students choose to enroll at 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 your ESA program is complete in order to apply the credits to your degree. (Not all campuses will accept transfer crediis, so you may want to talk to your academic advisor.


ESA is not responsible for these credit options. Please talk to the faculty listed below if you have questions.

Medical Insurance

Medical insurance for your time in France with ESA is required. ESA participants must cover themselves against the cost of medical treatment abroad. You may use your own health insurance but you must provide ESA with proof that you are insured. Check first with your regular health care insurance provider to see if you are covered for costs incurred abroad. If you need to purchase health insurance for your trip, listed below 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.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance reimburses you for trip cancelations, plane delays, baggage loss, etc. You are highly encouraged to purchase travel insurance for your trip.


Due 1 May:  ESA offers a limited number of scholarships based on academic record, letter of recommendation and seriousness of purpose. Please complete the form and mail it, along with a letter of recommendation and record of academic performance (such as an unofficial transcript) to ESA.

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