Marais Café
Passage Vivienne

Sample Summer Budget for Studies in Paris

PICA has put together some financial information to help students anticipate potential costs with our sample Summer budget. Obviously, the amount of money each student will spend depends a great deal on their own spending habits. We recommend that students hold off on big purchases when they first arrive in Paris while they adjust not only to the cost of living in Paris (which may be quite different from what you’re used to from your college or home town) but also to allow some time to adjust to using euros instead of dollars for purchases. Additionally, as students visit different neighborhoods in Paris they will begin to better understand that certain parts of town are more expensive than others. As one might imagine, the closer one is to touristy sections of town, the more expensive most things become–from clothing we might buy in shops to the coffee we order in a café.

PICA Summer 2017 Program Fee:

  • 3 credits course plus housing and fees: $4,350
  • 6 credits course plus housing and fees: $4,875

Included in Program Fee:

  • Welcome dinner
  • 1 half-day excursion outside Paris
  • Double room accommodation (limited availability)
  • Museum Pass for free or reduced entrance to most museums in Paris

Additional Expenses:

Meals: $600 – $900
Round-Trip Airfare: $900 – $1,300
Miscellaneous: $300 – $600
Total: $1,500 – $2,800

Sample Expenses:

One-Time Expenses (exchange February 2017: 1 euro= $1.10

Books: 40€
Study Abroad Medical Insurance (estimated)*: 120€
Monthly Expenses (estimate)
Meals (if preparing own meals)
Breakfast: 60€
Lunch: 150€
Dinner: 150€

In-city transportation
Pass Navigo for unlimited travel: 73€

Entertainment (cost per event)
Movies (with student card): 8€
Theatre (with student card):10€
Private Museums (with student card): 7€

Travel expenses for trips students take on their own are not included in this estimate. The Summer months in Paris offer numerous free cultural activities (Fête de la Musique June 21, Paris Plage from late July to mid August, Jazz and Classical music festivals from June through September, etc.