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Summary of Program Costs (2023)

  • ESA Program Fee: $3950 (required, see below for more information)

  • Institut Catholique Fee: $700 (optional)

  • ESA Housing Options:

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

    • Single Room Supplement (optional)

      • single rooms with private bathroom ($550, wait list only)

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

    • Family Stay: $350 (single room included; optional)

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

    • Group Flight from San Francisco (SFO): $1250

    • Group Flight from Los Angeles (LAX): $1250

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-$550)

  • daily continental breakfast at both dorms and in family stays

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

  • an evening cultural performance

  • a classical concert at Ste. Chapelle

  • ESA Civilization course (walking tours and program activities, including:

    • walking tours

    • guided visits of the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay

  • ESA Day-Long Excursions, including:

    • day trip to beautiful castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte (includes chateau entry)

    • day trip to town beloved by the impressionists: Auvers-sur-Oise (includes museum visit, lunch and walking tour)
  • Weekend trip to Normandy, including
    • two nights in a comfortable hotel with continental breakfast
    • transportation
    • walking tour of Honfleur
    • entrance to Monet's home and gardens in Giverny

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 (passport, visas (required for some non-US citizens), vaccinations, laundry, school supplies, etc.)

  • textbooks at the Institut Catholique (about $40)

  • insurance (medical, travel or property)

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.

Language 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; culture class for first two weeks

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

Institut Catholique 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 $700

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

Group Flights

ESA has arranged for low-cost group flights with Lufthansa Airlines. 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)

  • Book early! Only a limited number of seats are available.

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

Academic Credit

Academic credit for your study abroad with ESA may be available through our academic partners.

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.

  • East Los Angeles College (ELAC): contact Prof. Vogel-Zuiderweg

  • LA Valley College (LAVC): contact Prof. Jaklin Yermian

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.


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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