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About WICE

In 1978, three American expats approached what is now the American University of Paris (AUP), with the idea of developing courses to help Anglophone women enter the French workforce. Although they began with a single classroom, membership soon swelled and WICE grew to include a highly successful TEFL certification program. WICE eventually broke off from AUP and moved into our own office, where we expanded our offerings with more art classes, cultural lectures and tours.

Over the decades, Projects that began at WICE and continue to this day are the highly-esteemed Paris Writers’ Workshop, and the innovative literary journal Upstairs at Duroc. WICE has been at the center of the Anglophone community in Paris. WICE’s special projects for our members have included books on the French healthcare system, a professional women’s conference, and a job fair for English-speakers in Paris.

WICE’s range of courses evolves with the needs and interests of our community. What was once an organization geared toward continuing education for women, now welcomes everyone for walking tours, museum visits, and classes in creative writing, visual arts, cooking, wine and more.

WICE offers: High quality classes and activities - creative, cultural, linguistic, tasty and fun! A vibrant environment where different nationalities connect Insider tips for enriching your life in Paris Volunteer opportunities to enhance your skills WICE is a non-profit, volunteer-supported organization.

As we have passed our 40th year running, WICE is creating new ways to engage and educate our members. You can see some of the exciting things we have planned on the courses page and stay informed with our monthly newsletter.

We welcome suggestions for new classes and activities. If you have ideas for upcoming class you would like to attend, please send them to wice@wice-paris.org. Whether you have just landed in France, are an established expat, or are French, WICE has a place for you.


The internationally known Paris Writers Workshop (24 years of bringing celebrated writers together to discuss the craft, challenges and power of writing)

Publication of Upstairs at Duroc, an international literary and arts journal that promotes innovative English language writing from the Paris area and around the world

Women on the Move (WICE served as a co-host for this conference on professional relocation for geographically mobile women)

Money Matters for Women Conferences

WICE World Watch (discussions of global issues), in partnership with the American Library of Paris

Writers on Writing (informal conversations with celebrated authors), in partnership with the American Library of Paris

Publication of Paris Health Care Resources, a guide to the French healthcare system

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Your Questions

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