Freshman Gap Year

Why wait to experience a new culture when you have the opportunity to live your Freshman Gap Year as a Parisian?



After getting their High School diploma, more and more young people are travelling to discover other cultures, a new environment and new connections. A “gap year” enriches the experience and opens new cultural and professional horizons.

The American Business School of Paris offers the opportunity to experience an international environment in one of the top intercultural cities in the world: Paris.

The student and faculty at ABS Paris represent more than 50 nationalities, enriching each student’s life on campus, while the clubs and activities available (sports, communication, arts & culture, social entrepreneurship, and more) increases the intercultural experience for students from every background.

The Freshman Gap Year in Paris program allows students to earn American credits and to launch their future university studies internationally.

The 3 options offered in the Freshman Program combine the students’ academic experience with their cultural and professional development in the Parisian international environment.




The Academic year is divided into 2 semesters, with the possibility of a summer internship:

  • Fall semester: beginning of September to mid December
  • Spring semester: beginning of January to mid May
  • Summer internship (if applicable): beginning of June to end of July





  • ARTS 113: History of Art, Literature & Photography
    An art appreciation course for novice students to appreciate museums and aesthetics while in Paris
  • ENGL 101: Academic Methodology
    This course will teach you to organize your thoughts and manage your time, as well as introduce key concepts of academic integrity
  • FREN 110 or FREN 220: Beginner or Intermediate French
    You will learn/increase all the basic structure of language and how to manage everyday situations in your Parisian life
  • MKTG 130: Principles of Marketing
    The study of marketing and its various applications in all aspects of contemporary life
  • SOCG 100: Intercultural Studies
    Identify, assess, and respond constructively to cultural disparities and understand cultural ideologies


  • COMM 130: Communication Techniques/Speech
    Students explore different techniques for public speaking and presentations in a variety of situations
  • ENGL 120: Critical Reading & Writing
    Develop the power of critical awareness and expression through your reading and writing skills
  • FASH 110: Made in Paris: The Elements of a Brand
    An introductory course on branding, with a focus on the fashion and luxury industries for which France is known so well
  • MATH 110 or MATH 120: Pre-Calculus or Calculus
    A review of algebra or an illustration of the many applications of calculus to the management sciences
  • MGMT 215: Organizational Behavior & Management
    A new vision of the workplace offering valuable guidelines into businesses’ most valuable asset




Option 1: All-inclusive

  • Tuition fees
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Housing: 11 months
  • Textbooks
  • Museum & Corporate visits
  • Visa process consulting
  • Public transportation for the Paris metropolitan area (for 11 months)
  • Summer internship (2 months)
  • Career Management Program & Coaching

Option 2: Academic experience

  • Tuition fees
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Visa & housing process consulting
  • Museum & Corporate visits
  • Career Management & Coaching

Option 3: Academic & Professional experience

  • Tuition fees
  • Transportation to/from airport: included
  • Museum & Corporate visits
  • Summer internship (2 months)
  • Career Management & Coaching




High School diploma + IELTS: 5.5 (or equivalent) for Non-English Native Speakers




After your Freshman Gap Year at The American Business School of Paris, you have many opportunities:

  • Be a Sophomore student at The ABSParis
  • Apply to Sophomore class at the American colleges/universities
  • Transfer your credits to French & International universities

Our accreditations



  1. International culture
  2. Multiculturalism in the spotlight
  3. Recognized diplomas
  4. International at the heart of our programs
  5. 100% in English