skip main site navigation go to current site section navigation

Why Paris?

Why Paris?

Paris is the number-one tourist destination in the world for a reason. This iconic and breathtaking city is home to the famous Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, and the Sun King’s Palace at Versailles, just to name a few.

Paris is where ultra-modernism meets historical romance. During your summer in Paris, you'll also experience France's rich culinary culture with trips to cafés and restaurants across the city.

You'll get to visit leading businesses in France to gain insight on their unique business practices and principles. Past company visits include tours of L’Oreal, Fat Tire Bike Tours, Deloitte, and Invest in France.

 

“Our McCombs courses [abroad] are designed to give you some background on the role of France as an international business center and, at the same time, enable you to appreciate the critical part that the cultural richness of France plays in creating an atmosphere where business leaders want to be located.”
-- Stuart Singer, Professor Accounting

About Paris

The Luxembourg Gardens
This is one of the biggest and most beautiful parks in Paris. This garden is famous for its soothing atmosphere and has everything from apple orchards to a vintage carousel. There's also a small café with indoor and outdoor seating. It's the perfect place to relax or study!

Versailles
This day trip is definitely worth the effort, just make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. Versailles is a wealthy suburb of Paris, and it's famous for the Palace of Versailles. All of our former students highly recommend taking a trip here!

 

Notre Dame Cathedral
This cathedral is one of the most famous landmarks in Paris. The coronation of Napoleon was held here in 1804, and even if you aren't into history, the architecture will amaze you. You can walk around inside the cathedral and also go up to the top for a great view.

 

Fat Tire Bike Tour
Every student we asked said this was one of their best experiences in Paris. These tours are targeted towards English-speaking tourists and former students recommend taking the night tour. This is a great way to learn about Paris. 

 

Galeries Lafayette
A good place to go shopping with tons of different stores. It can be expensive, but it's definitely worth a visit! 

Nearby Travel

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam’s famous canals thread their way through fascinating historical sites and ultra-contemporary attractions. Amsterdam is home to a number of outstanding art museums. The Historisch Museum maps the city’s history through art, the Rijks Museum contains Rembrandt’s stunning masterpiece, “The Night Watch,” and the Van Gogh Museum dazzles visitors with its prodigious collection of paintings from various phases of the artist’s life. Amsterdam is also known for its cozy coffee shops, so be sure to stop by a few. The fastest way to travel in Amsterdam is by bicycle. Consider renting a bike for the weekend to easily explore the whole city.  

 
London, England, UK
While in London, be sure to make it to Buckingham Palace at least one day at 11:30 a.m. to watch the famous changing of the guard. Also, visit West Piazza in Covent Garden to see street performers. At night, hop on the London Eye to get a good view of the city.

 

Barcelona or Madrid, Spain
While in Barcelona be sure to stroll down a world-famous boulevard called La Ramba. You'll find street performers, vendors and plenty of other delights. Go to a pintxo bar (tapas you eat with toothpicks) like Euskal Etxea. Missing UT sports? Go to a football (soccer) match at the Nou Camp Stadium. In Madrid there is a fabulous museum culture, whether you're looking for classics or post-modernism