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We invite you to study abroad with API in France at the Institut Catholique de Paris! This month-long program offers intensive French language instruction at all levels in an immersive setting in one of the world's most popular cities.

Advance your French language skills, earn valuable academic credit, experience life in the majestic "City of Light," and explore all this beautiful country has to offer!

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Resident Director


Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Monthly Transit Pass


Housing (including meals and laundry with some options)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

View all opportunities and amenities

Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to gap students, first years, sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Open to all levels of French speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One official transcript
  • Entry requirement: valid passport
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Jan-Term Jan 3, 2024 - Jan 28, 2024 $4,900 Dec 1, 2023 No Extension Dec 5, 2023

*Please note the application deadline has been extended for the Spring session. Additional fees may apply.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 4 credits per month session

The intensive month session provides a general overview of French language study for all levels for those who wish to study abroad in Paris for a short-term. Students attend French language classes according to their level and ability.

The intensive month is offered in January. Students take 21 hours of class per week for a total of 63 contact hours, or 4 semester credits. The classes take place every morning, Monday through Friday, and Tuesday/Thursday afternoons.

The Intensive Month session can also be added to a semester program, providing an excellent means by which to improve French language proficiency prior to starting semester studies.

Overnight excursions are not included in the cost of the intensive month sessions but can be added for an extra fee when available.


Students receive a transcript from the Institut Catholique de Paris upon completion of their program.

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    Caroline Mobley

    Caroline Mobley will be your Program Coordinator and will help prepare you for your API program.

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    Francine Bost-Millischer

    Francine Bost-Millischer will be one of your Resident Directors in Paris and a resource for you on-site.

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    Cyprien Maillard

    Cyprien will be your Student Life Coordinator in Paris and a resource for you while you are in France!


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    Laure Cochin

    Laure will be your Academic Coordinator in Paris and a resource for you while you are in France!


Click Here to Find Classes


Classes are taught at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. A student’s French level is based on a placement test administered by the ICP.


Most API partner universities in France operate on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. semester credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.

Courses at Institut Catholique de Paris (Short-Term Intensive French Language)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

  • Classes taught in French
  • Jan-term available
  • Combine multiple intensive months in other API locations and/or an API internship program to create a custom quarter program

Students who choose to live with families are provided with five breakfast meals and two dinner meals per week with the family. Host families serve as a unique introduction into French culture and may be made up of a married couple with children, retirement-age couples, or a divorced or widowed woman with or without children. Most families live in apartments with 2-4 bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, and a living/dining area. In some cases, there may be another API or international student in the same apartment. While most family placements offer a single room, some students share a double room.

Students also have the option of living in shared apartments that are located throughout Paris. Most are designed to house 4 students in double-occupancy bedrooms, though some may be larger. Meals are not provided, however, apartments are equipped with kitchen appliances.

Students in the dorm generally live in single rooms. Some rooms may be equipped with a sink, though students share bathroom and kitchen facilities. Most of the other students in the dorm are American. Students who select the dorm option are responsible for their own meals.

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