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We invite you to spend your summer with API in France at the Institut Catholique de Paris! This program designed for high school students 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

Orientation Materials and Resources

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Advising and Support

Scholarship Opportunities

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation


Quality Housing (including meals and laundry)

Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Full-Time, On-site Resident Directors/Coordinators

Welcome and Farewell Group Events

24-Hour On-Site Emergency Assistance

Excursions and Day Trips

Community Involvement and Volunteer Opportunities

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Must be ages 17-18 (rising juniors and seniors; must be 17 by program start date)
  • 3.0 G.P.A. (exceptions made on a case-by-case basis)
  • Completed online application
  • Most recent grade report
  • Entry requirement: valid passport
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer Jun 29, 2023 - Jul 29, 2023 $7,500 Apr 1, 2023 No Extension May 1, 2023

Note: Students can receive $100 for each applicant they refer to an API high school summer program (excluding the Parsons Paris Pre-College program). The applicant must include the student's name as the referral source on the online application.

API students participate in excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Paris programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Giverny & La Roche-Guyon

    Giverny offers visitors a treat as they visit the former residence of Claude Monet where the artist lived and worked. His former residence stands in the heart of an adorable village. This beautiful mansion and garden where the impressionist painted his famous waterlily paintings are a treat for the eyes and senses. Walking down the paths of the garden is like entering one of Claude Monet’s painting. On our way back to Paris we'll stop by the castle of la Roche-Guyon on the border of the river Seine. The bravest will be able to enjoy a great view after climbing the 273 steps to get to the top of the keep!

  • Loire Valley

    Visiting the Loire Valley palaces is like visiting 16th century Renaissance France when fortified medieval fortresses were transformed into delicate castles inspired by Italian architecture. Such is the case of le Château d’Amboise where Leonardo da Vinci was buried.

    The Château de Chenonceau is an exceptional site not only because of its original design, the richness of its collections, its furniture and its decorations, but also because of its destiny, since it was loved, administrated and protected by women.

    Depending on the program, the students may also enjoy a traditional boat ride on the Loire river or he splendor of Chambord’s castle and its exceptional architectural creation that draws its inspiration from the French tradition as much as from the new ideas of the Italian Renaissance.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 6 semester credits (U.S. college credits)

The API French Language Immersion Program provides students with the opportunity to study intensive French language at the Institut Catholique de Paris, located in the 6th arrondissement (or neighborhood) of Paris. Students can earn 6 U.S. college semester credits upon successful completion of their studies. Most classes will be held in the mornings, allowing for participation in API cultural and recreational activities in the afternoons and evenings.

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    Anna Foster

    Anna Foster will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!


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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 in French. A placement exam will be administered prior to arrival to determine each student's level of language proficiency. The summer session provides a general overview of French language studies for all levels. Students will have 21 hours of class per week: 18 hours of French language plus 2 workshops in phonetics or written French, depending on each student's level and ability. Students will earn a total of 84 contact hours for the summer session.

Courses at Institut Catholique de Paris (High School 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!

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  • Experience the city of lights!
  • Take French lessons at a French university
  • Earn credits toward a future college degree
  • Get your first taste of studying abroad

Students in the French language and culture program will live with a local host 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.

Host families provide students with laundry service, in addition to five breakfast meals and two dinner meals per week with the family, and a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals. 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.

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