Applying to ESA and Fee Schedule

Applications closed for 2017!

Fee Information

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 both dorms and in family stays
  • ESA Civilization course, walking tours, activities
  • a bus and métro pass for Paris for the month
  • one day-long excursion to Normandy, including transportation and entries
  • an evening at the opera, an art event (street art tour or Picasso Museum) and guided visits of the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay Museums
  • a weekend in the Loire Valley, including two-nights hotel with breakfast, transportation and entries to Chenonceau and Amboise castles, as well as Villandry gardens and a guided tour of Loches
  • International Student ID card (great for discounts!)
  • day trip to Musée de la Grande Guerre (WWI museum, Meaux) and Vaux-le-Vicomte chateau (includes entrance fees)

The program fee does not include:

  • transportation to and from Paris
    • approximately $1450 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 on July 1 (and from the dorms to the airport on July 31)
      • download from Los Angeles to Paris here
      • download from San Francisco to Paris 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

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:

  • approximately 30 hours of language instruction
  • includes ESA Civilization program, culture activities, day-long excursion to Giverny & Rouen, week-end trip to the Loire Valley
  • Total: $3400 (price based on ESA Residence in a twin room)

Institut Catholique program:

  • includes placement into best level at the Institut Catholique
  • small classes with participants from around the world
  • includes ESA Civilization program, culture activities, day-long excursion to Giverny & Rouen, week-end trip to the Loire Valley
  • Total: $4250 (price based on ESA Residence in a 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. You may want to read the article on MoneyGeek about student travel abroad or Money Saving Pro's article on travel insurance.

  • CMI Insurance Worldwide
  • CISI Cultural Insurance Services International
  • HTH Worldwide
  • ISP International Student Protection
  • STA Student Travel

  • 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.


    • ESA offers some $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, 2017. All applicants must already have submitted deposits for the current year's program.

    • ELAC: The Jewish Philanthropic Foundation of Joseph M. Ebin and Fern Topas Salka awarded scholarships in amounts from $1000-$1500 to qualified students from East Los Angeles College who participated in the ESA Summer 2016 program.

    • Other scholarship opportunities (not limited to the European Studies Association:
      • 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 January 15, 2016)
      • BG Scholarship: This $300 scholarship, in memory of Brandon Goodman, strive to reward students who do well academically, and also contribute to their school and/or community by getting involved.


      Dorm Assistants:

      A few scholarships provided by the Centre Dominicain and Foyer de la Sainte Famille are available for dorm assistants in Paris. Dorm assistants will be responsible forhelping the dorms 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 and/or participants who demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and 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, 2017 but will remain open until the positions are filled. You must already have submitted your deposit to the program to be eligible.