Gap Year in Paris, France

This romantic city is rich with Renaissance architecture, artistic giants, and buttery pastries.

  • CLIMATE: Fall: 50-70 °F
    Winter: 30-40 °F
    Spring: 40-60 °F
  • CURRENCY: Euro

Paris stands at the forefront of fashion, art, and sophistication. Let the language you’re learning carry you down cobbled streets to tucked away gardens, top-tier museums, and French cooking classes.

Parisian culture is all about savoring. Appreciating a delicious meal at a bistro, inhaling fresh air as you walk along the Seine, and presenting yourself with pride are a great start.

The key to Paris is finding your niche, which isn't hard when there's a neighborhood or arrondissement for everyone.

Peer over shoulders to peak at the Mona Lisa. Snap your iconic glass pyramid picture on the way into the Musée du Louvre, the world's largest art museum. There you can take in over 380,000 objects and 35,000 works of art, including masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.

Blend in in Bastille. Meander through Paris’ hippest neighborhood. Peruse the market brimming with ripe produce and aged cheese, get lost in a book for hours at a cozy bistro, and complete your new Parisian look at unique boutiques.

Sink your teeth into something sweet. Paris is home to over a thousand bakeries. Embark on a comparison tour, and relish in the way the layers of a perfectly flaky croissant melt in your mouth every bakery you visit. Make sure to try mille-feuille (vanilla custard slice), macarons, and kouign-amann (flaky butter cake).

Catch a picturesque Parisian sunset over the River Seine (pronounced sen).

Descend into the depths of Paris. Built in 1810, the Catacombs of Paris are part of a tunnel network underneath the city that holds the remains of more than six million people. If you're squeamish, you might want to take pass on this one.

Relax at a countryside reprieve in the city center. At the Jardin du Luxembourg, you can roam the orchards, ride a carousel, or have a classic Parisian picnic with the gorgeous backdrop of the Palais du Luxembourg.

Visit the Château de Versailles. Take the train to see this opulent, enormous palace that took 30,000 workers over 40 years to create. Gaze upon its gilded statues and adornments or yourself in the famous Hall of Mirrors.


Get to know EF Paris
  • Our beautiful language school campus is located in the trendy 9th arrondissement, right next door to Galeries Lafayette.
  • We’re the only EF school to teach special French cooking classes in a professional, high-tech kitchen.
  • Close to the Metro, which makes it easy to explore attractions including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Sacré Coeur and Arc de Triomphe.

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