Summary of Program Costs (2020)

  • ESA Program Fee: $3700 (required, see below for more information)

  • Institut Catholique Fee: $600 (optional)

  • ESA Housing:

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

    • Single Room Supplement (optional):

      • with private bathroom: $500 (optional; see application form for details)

      • Sainte Famille: single room; shared bath $250

    • Family Stay: $350 (single room, optional; see application form for details)

  • Airfare (not included):

    • Group Flight from San Francisco: $675

    • Group Flight from Los Angeles: $675

ESA Program Fee (2020)

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 provided by ESA (walking tours, lectures, excursions, weekend trip, etc.).


Note that the fees listed here and below may change depending on your choice of room accommodation (e.g. single vs. twin, 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 $500)

  • daily continental breakfast at both dorms and in family stays

  • ESA Civilization course, walking tours and activities

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

  • an evening at the opera or ballet

  • classical concert at Ste. Chapelle

  • guided visits of the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay & Pompidou Museums

  • a weekend in Normandy, including two-nights hotel with breakfast, transportation, entrances to Monet's Home & garden in Giverny; a walking tour of Honfleur; visits to Étretat, Senlis and Gerberoy (a "plus beau village de France"; recognized as one of the prettiest villages in France!); and a gourmet lunch on Friday

  • International Student ID card (great for discounts!) for those under 71

  • day trips to the beautiful castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte (includes chateaux visit) and to Auvers-sur-Oise, a town painted by Van Gogh (lunch, museum visit & walking tour included)


The 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 U.S. citizens), laundry, etc.)

  • textbooks at the Institut Catholique (about $40)

  • insurance (medical, travel or property)

  • academic credit (required by our academic partners)


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.

There are two options for language study in Paris: the Survival French program (taught by ESA faculty; beginning levels available, intermediate level depending on demand) and the Institut Catholique program (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 for placement in the best class for you at the Institut Catholique

  • small classes with students from around the world (so you'll need to speak French!)

  • additional fee of $600 (to cover the IC costs)

  • 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. You must fly on the group flights in both directions! (This is a change in Lufthansa policy from previous years.)

    • If you miss your flight, you'll need to purchase another ticket (at your own expense)

  • Tickets are non-refundable.

  • There is a $300 fee for a name change/correction.

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

You can download your Group Flight forms here. Please mail them to ESA at the address indicated. A $400 deposit (check, money order or credit card) is required to reserve your spot.

Academic Credit

If you wish to obtain academic credit for your study abroad with ESA, a variety of options are available through different college/university programs.


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 the ESA program is complete, in order 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.

Health Insurance

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 health 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 you need to purchase health insurance for your trip, 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. You may want to read the article on MoneyGeek about student travel abroad or Money Saving Pro's article on travel insurance.



ESA offers a few scholarships (typically $100 to $500) to help defray the costs of the program. Please note that scholarships are highly competitive. Students are encouraged to seek out other scholarship opportunities at their home campus, as well!


To apply for the ESA Scholarship, please fill out this form and mail it to Dr. Blair by no later than May 1, 2020. Applicants must already have submitted deposits for the current year's program in order to be eligible.


Other scholarships:


  • 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. 2020 Details forthcoming.



  • Other scholarship opportunities:

    • American Society of the French Academic Palms, The American Society of the French Academic Palms (ASFAP) offers 2 summer scholarships annually ($4000 each) to be used in a French-speaking country to students whose interest in the French language and Francophone cultures has been identified by their French instructors. Their primary purpose is to provide students with the opportunity to become more proficient in the language and to understand and appreciate cultures found in the French-speaking world. Due mid-January.

    • provides a list of scholarships for study abroad. You'll want to look for one applicable for summer study in France.

Dorm assistants

A few scholarships to help defray dorm housing costs are provided by the Centre Dominicain and Foyer de la Sainte Famille to those willing to help out with different chores. Dorm assistants will be responsible for helping to prepare breakfast, work at the reception desk and perform other custodial duties as requested.


Please note that dorm assistants receive a scholarship that partially covers the cost of housing in exchange for these services, as provided by the convents running the ESA dorms. Dorm assistants are not employees of ESA. Preference will be given to previous ESA participants. Applicants should be able to communicate clearly, demonstrate a helpful attitude, be reliable and have 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 May 1, 2020 but will remain open until the positions are filled. You must already have submitted your deposit to the program to be eligible. Preference given to those who have already participated in the program.

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2021 Program Dates


Depart USA 30 June 2021

Program Ends 31 July 2021


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Dr. Thomas Blair

424 Dorado Terrace, San Francisco, CA 94112

Tel: 415-334-4222

Country of Permanent Establishment: USA

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