Paris, France

Paris, France

Paris Fact Sheet

Apply now to reserve your place in Paris, France.
DATES: June 20 - July 10, 2022

TOTAL COST: $4,495
$50 application fee (nonrefundable)
$2,500 ($500 non-refundable) two weeks after acceptance
$1,995 paid 30 days later, not later than April 1
DISCOUNT: $250 if paying in full by Jan. 15

INCLUDES: Tuition – 3 credits,; university dorm accommodations; transportation from Paris airport to and return; breakfast on most days; travel insurance; opening reception & dinner, awards ceremony & farewell dinner; and program activities. DOES NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE.

GENERAL LOCATION: Paris and the French Riviera.

FOCUS: Creative writing (poetry/prose), historical fiction, travel/food writing, blogging, screenwriting, playwrighting, etc. – develop any creative work the writer chooses

COOPERATING UNIVERSITIES: University of Jamestown, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

QUESTIONS? Contact Program Director Terri Ciofalo at

Paris, France - The Writer's Life

Learn to live the writer’s life in the cafes and museums of the City of Light. Paris is a major capital city in Europe and a global center for art, fashion, food and culture. It’s the perfect place to be inspired and has long been home to writers and artists from all over the globe. Its 19th century buildings are juxtaposed by wide modern boulevards and traversed by the River Seine. Landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, and the Arc de Triomphe are situated throughout the city and are easily accessible by the famous Paris Metro. Our classroom will be the city of Paris itself in a unique, immersive lifestyle experience. Take your sketch book to the Luxembourg Gardens one day and your notebook to the cafes of Montmartre the next as you follow in the footsteps of writers like James Baldwin, Oscar Wilde, Earnest Hemingway, and Gertrude Stein.

Students will begin their journey in Antibes, a seaside resort town on the French Riviera - the Cote d'Azur -  between Cannes and Nice. This 16th Century Medieval walled town is a famous tourist destination, known for its yachting, architecture, and an active nightlife.   We'll have the opportunity to explore the Picasso Museum, visit the old fort, and relax on the beautiful golden sand beaches. A contrast to the bustle of Paris, Antibes is sure to inspire everyone with its natural beauty.

Cozy old street with pink house at the sunny sunrise, quarter Montmartre in Paris, France

Students will live in 2- or 3-bed dorm-style apartments at beautiful St. John’s University located in the heart of Paris, with an additional overnight visit to one of the medieval

cities in the French countryside. No French language is required, but French instruction will be offered as part of the program.

Students with any level of writing experience will learn how to develop their own writing practice and create a professional writing portfolio in whatever genre they would like to pursue.

During the course, students will:

  • Build a professional writing portfolio in the genre of their choice
  • Develop and maintain a daily writing practice
  • Learn how to be a freelance writer, to write on assignment, and to market your work
  • Learn how to navigate public transportation and travel independently

This unique program keeps you out of the classroom by providing synchronous and asynchronous online content prior to departure. Every in-country instruction day will also include activities or free time that take advantage of all Paris has to offer.

University Credits

Students will sign up for 3 credits from our partner university, Jamestown University. Credits are transferable and may be accepted for journalism elective credit by your college or university.

Travel Opportunities

Students will have three-day weekends (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) free to explore the city, or to travel by rail to nearby places like Versailles, Lyon, or Nice – or venture to another country like Switzerland or Germany.

Gorgeous view of the Eiffel Tower lit up at night is best seen from one of the nine bridges crossing the Seine.


The program is open to English-speaking college students and recent graduates from any school. Students from many universities have participated in past ieiMedia programs, including: James Madison University, Colorado State University, Ithaca College, Iowa State University, Rider University, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Louisiana State University, Virginia Tech, Ryerson University, New York University, UCLA, Truman State University, Rutgers University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Georgia College and State University, Frostburg State University, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Kennesaw State University, California State University Fullerton, Temple University, Arizona State University, State University of New York at New Paltz, University of Arizona, University of Illinois, Georgetown University, University of Northern Iowa, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Humboldt State University, Indiana University, Washington and Lee University, Wilkes University, Carleton University, San Diego State University, American University, Nanyang Technological University, University of British Columbia, Westminster College and Baylor University. We’ve also had students from Japan, the United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, Thailand and Trinidad.

Graduate students are also invited to apply. We’d be happy to talk with you about supervising an independent project that would qualify for graduate credit at your school — or to offer this experience as a graduate internship

Cityscape of Paris


(Subject to enrollments/budget)

Terri Ciofalo is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has taught and mentored students in creative practices for over a decade. She is the Director of Production at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts where she teaches arts management and leadership as well as stage management and production management. A veteran of ieiMedia programs, Terri has been part of the Urbino Project and founded and taught The Armagh Project in Northern Ireland for several years.

Kimberley Lynne is a professional writer and playwright who has over 20 years of experience in developing the voices of young writers as poets, authors and playwrights. An expert in the craft of storytelling, she is a published novelist who is ready to share her experience in marketing and publishing along with developing the creative process.

View complete faculty biographies on our Paris Faculty Page.

Program Cost

The cost is $5,495 plus airfare. The price includes tuition (3 credits), housing and breakfast, instruction, basic travel insurance, farewell dinner and special programs. Transfer from and to the airport in Paris is also provided.

Financial Aid

Students studying abroad for the summer term have limited financial aid options, but Pell grant recipients are encouraged to apply and receive our help in applying for a Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship, ranging from $2,500 to $5,000. Check with your school’s financial aid office and your study abroad offices to find out if other assistance is available. More information on financial aid is available here.

Apply now to reserve your place in the Paris, France program. Or, contact Program Director Terri Ciofalo (

Students must fill out the online application and include contact information for two references using the “Apply Now” link. A $50 non-refundable application fee is required with the application or else the system will not accept it.


TRAVEL ADVISORY: ieiMedia will be monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and will provide status updates to those who sign up for the program.

VACCINATIONS: Students must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in the program.

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