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We invite you to study abroad with API in France at the Institut Catholique de Paris! This program offers French language instruction at all levels, in addition to an array of liberal arts and French culture courses conducted in English and French. This program also offers the opportunity to complete an optional teaching internship in a local school.

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

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Excursions

Resident Director

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Monthly Transit Pass

Tutoring

Housing (including meals and laundry with some options)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to first years, sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Open to all levels of French speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • Official transcript
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Early Start Jan 5, 2023 - May 28, 2023 $20,500 Oct 5, 2022 No Extension Nov 4, 2022
Spring Jan 31, 2023 - May 28, 2023 $17,900 Nov 1, 2022 No Extension Dec 1, 2022
Fall Aug, 2023 - Dec, 2023 $17,900 May 15, 2023 No Extension Jun 15, 2023
Academic Year Aug, 2023 - May, 2024 $34,500 May 15, 2023 No Extension Jun 15, 2023

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.

  • Normandy - Honfleur & Etretat

    Honfleur is so utterly enchanting, it's hard to remember that it was built essentially for commerce. Its harbor sits in a great location, tucked away on the southern side of the Seine’s estuary. During the Hundred Years War, the French king had this strategic spot fortified, but that didn’t stop the English from taking over for several decades.

    The little town of Etretat is located in the Pays de Caux, on a section of the coast of Normandy called “La Côte d’Albâtre”, and is renowned for its impressive white cliffs, featuring arches, a large rock needle-like structure and tunnels (which Impressionists painted so memorably).

  • Burgundy

    Appreciated by gastronomes and wine lovers, Burgundy is also a delight for nature lovers and old stones. Known all over the world for its prestigious vineyards and authentic cuisine, this beautiful rural region will delight you with its peaceful groves, vineyards, mysterious forests, streams and large lakes.

    The architectural heritage is also omnipresent as evidenced by the great number of castles, the abbeys, the famous Beaune hospices or the majestic Basilica of Vézelay World Heritage Site UNESCO.

  • Brussels & Brugges or Gent - International Excursion

    Brussels is at the same time the capital of Belgium, Europe, and comic books. It's in the Flemish part of the country but most people there speak French. It is well-known for its cuisine with the local waffle, chocolate and moules-frites, but also for its historic and architectural landmarks registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We'll also get to visit either Bruges, its canals, cobblestone streets, and medieval buildings or Ghent, known for its universities, cultural life, and feudal architecture."

  • Normandy - Honfleur & Etretat

    Honfleur is so utterly enchanting, it's hard to remember that it was built essentially for commerce. Its harbor sits in a great location, tucked away on the southern side of the Seine’s estuary. During the Hundred Years War, the French king had this strategic spot fortified, but that didn’t stop the English from taking over for several decades.

    The little town of Etretat is located in the Pays de Caux, on a section of the coast of Normandy called “La Côte d’Albâtre”, and is renowned for its impressive white cliffs, featuring arches, a large rock needle-like structure and tunnels (which Impressionists painted so memorably).

  • Burgundy

    Appreciated by gastronomes and wine lovers, Burgundy is also a delight for nature lovers and old stones. Known all over the world for its prestigious vineyards and authentic cuisine, this beautiful rural region will delight you with its peaceful groves, vineyards, mysterious forests, streams and large lakes.

    The architectural heritage is also omnipresent as evidenced by the great number of castles, the abbeys, the famous Beaune hospices or the majestic Basilica of Vézelay World Heritage Site UNESCO.

  • Brussels & Brugges or Gent - International Excursion

    Brussels is at the same time the capital of Belgium, Europe, and comic books. It's in the Flemish part of the country but most people there speak French. It is well-known for its cuisine with the local waffle, chocolate and moules-frites, but also for its historic and architectural landmarks registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We'll also get to visit either Bruges, its canals, cobblestone streets, and medieval buildings or Ghent, known for its universities, cultural life, and feudal architecture."

  • Discovery day in the Ile de France region

    There is no need to go miles away from Paris to discover a rich and unexpected heritage. This excursion may follow in the footsteps of the impressionists (Auvers sur Oise, Chatou…), or seemingly take a journey to the middle ages (Provins), or visit Versailles off the beaten path.

  • Angers

    Capital of Anjou, Angers is a city of art and history, a haven of remarkable culture thanks to its castle, King René, and to its Museum of Fine Arts where visitors will discover works dating from the 14th to the 21st century. Students can visit the Gothic Cathedral of Saint Maurice and the Museum Jean Lurçat, which presents beautiful pieces of contemporary tapestry, echoed in the beautiful hangings of the Château d'Angers. Located in the Loire Valley, Angers also has a wealth of natural beauty thanks to its three rivers flowing into the Loire.

  • Alsace & Strasbourg

    The Alsace region is located in the Rhine plain in the northeastern part of France, bordered by Germany and Switzerland. Over the centuries Alsace has been back and of forth under the control of France and Germany. This has resulted in a uniquely bicultural identity, which is reflected in its architecture, cuisine, and dialect. The region is well known for its flowery villages with timbered houses, its wine road, its blue Vosges mountains and forests with pleasant pine scents as well as its medieval eagles nest castles. Strasbourg, the capital of the region, also plays a significant role in Europe: it is the formal seat of the European Parliament.

  • Bordeaux

    Bordeaux is one of the largest cities in France and is located in the South West of the country, not far from the Atlantic Ocean.

    The center of a legendary winegrowing region, this vibrant and sophisticated city is a top gourmet and cultural destination. Synonymous with fine wines, Bordeaux is one of France’s most beautiful and elegant cities - indeed, half the city is Unesco-listed, making it the largest urban World Heritage site. Visitors appreciate both the monumental stone architecture and attractive nooks and crannies of this city, with its fascinating historical and cultural heritage around every corner. Also, it is now fastly connected to Paris with a new TGV line connecting both cities in just over two hours.

  • Normandy - Honfleur & Etretat

    Honfleur is so utterly enchanting, it's hard to remember that it was built essentially for commerce. Its harbor sits in a great location, tucked away on the southern side of the Seine’s estuary. During the Hundred Years War, the French king had this strategic spot fortified, but that didn’t stop the English from taking over for several decades.

    The little town of Etretat is located in the Pays de Caux, on a section of the coast of Normandy called “La Côte d’Albâtre”, and is renowned for its impressive white cliffs, featuring arches, a large rock needle-like structure and tunnels (which Impressionists painted so memorably).

  • Burgundy

    Appreciated by gastronomes and wine lovers, Burgundy is also a delight for nature lovers and old stones. Known all over the world for its prestigious vineyards and authentic cuisine, this beautiful rural region will delight you with its peaceful groves, vineyards, mysterious forests, streams and large lakes.

    The architectural heritage is also omnipresent as evidenced by the great number of castles, the abbeys, the famous Beaune hospices or the majestic Basilica of Vézelay World Heritage Site UNESCO.

  • Brussels & Brugges or Gent - International Excursion

    Brussels is at the same time the capital of Belgium, Europe, and comic books. It's in the Flemish part of the country but most people there speak French. It is well-known for its cuisine with the local waffle, chocolate and moules-frites, but also for its historic and architectural landmarks registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We'll also get to visit either Bruges, its canals, cobblestone streets, and medieval buildings or Ghent, known for its universities, cultural life, and feudal architecture."

  • Discovery day in the Ile de France region

    There is no need to go miles away from Paris to discover a rich and unexpected heritage. This excursion may follow in the footsteps of the impressionists (Auvers sur Oise, Chatou…), or seemingly take a journey to the middle ages (Provins), or visit Versailles off the beaten path.

  • Angers

    Capital of Anjou, Angers is a city of art and history, a haven of remarkable culture thanks to its castle, King René, and to its Museum of Fine Arts where visitors will discover works dating from the 14th to the 21st century. Students can visit the Gothic Cathedral of Saint Maurice and the Museum Jean Lurçat, which presents beautiful pieces of contemporary tapestry, echoed in the beautiful hangings of the Château d'Angers. Located in the Loire Valley, Angers also has a wealth of natural beauty thanks to its three rivers flowing into the Loire.

  • Alsace & Strasbourg

    The Alsace region is located in the Rhine plain in the northeastern part of France, bordered by Germany and Switzerland. Over the centuries Alsace has been back and of forth under the control of France and Germany. This has resulted in a uniquely bicultural identity, which is reflected in its architecture, cuisine, and dialect. The region is well known for its flowery villages with timbered houses, its wine road, its blue Vosges mountains and forests with pleasant pine scents as well as its medieval eagles nest castles. Strasbourg, the capital of the region, also plays a significant role in Europe: it is the formal seat of the European Parliament.

  • Bordeaux

    Bordeaux is one of the largest cities in France and is located in the South West of the country, not far from the Atlantic Ocean.

    The center of a legendary winegrowing region, this vibrant and sophisticated city is a top gourmet and cultural destination. Synonymous with fine wines, Bordeaux is one of France’s most beautiful and elegant cities - indeed, half the city is Unesco-listed, making it the largest urban World Heritage site. Visitors appreciate both the monumental stone architecture and attractive nooks and crannies of this city, with its fascinating historical and cultural heritage around every corner. Also, it is now fastly connected to Paris with a new TGV line connecting both cities in just over two hours.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester

The French Language and Liberal Arts program at the Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP) is open to students at all language levels and is a great opportunity to continue to develop French language skills in Paris. The ICP follows the European framework for their language levels, dividing students into the following: A1-1, A1-2, A2-1, A2-2, B1-1, B1-2, B2-1, and B2-2. A student’s French level is based on an online placement exam administered before arrival by the ICP. All students will take 15 U.S. semester credits during the semester. Extra fees will apply for students who choose to enroll in more than 15 U.S. semester credits.

BEGINNING LEVEL OPTIONS (A1-1, A1-2, A2-1, A2-2)

Students at the beginning language levels are required to take 15 contact hours of French language per week. Students take one comprehensive course that focuses on reading, writing, and speaking skills and will spend approximately 3 hours in the classroom each day. Students at a beginner level are required to do this program.

Students at the beginning levels have the option of earning an additional 3 credits each semester with an English or French elective offered through the ICP.

INTERMEDIATE AND ABOVE LEVEL OPTIONS (B1-1 AND ABOVE)

Students at all other language levels typically take 6-15 contact hours of French language and culture courses per week. Depending on how many contact hours of French language and culture a student takes, they may be able to take 1 or 2 cultural electives (offered in English).

Students at the high-intermediate language level (B1-1) and above also have the option of earning an additional three credits each semester if they complete an elective course from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, at the API office. Students generally take this course in place of one of the cultural courses at the ICP. Course subject to minimum enrollment.

TRANSCRIPTS

Students receive a transcript from the Institut Catholique de Paris upon completion of their program. If a student enrolls in the API-led course or the teaching internship, they will receive a transcript from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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COURSE OFFERINGS

Students at the intermediate to advanced language levels will take from 9-15 hours of French language and/or culture coursework per week. They may then complete 1-3 elective course options offered in English or French depending on a student's language proficiency. Intermediate and advanced-level students may choose to participate in a teaching internship or API-taught coursework.

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.

OPTIONAL ELECTIVE COURSES

Students have the option to take additional elective courses in Paris offered through API. Some electives are taught in English while others are taught in French. French elective options require an intermediate to advanced language proficiency level. These elective courses incur an additional fee and are subject to change.

SPRING INTENSIVE OPTION

Students in this program take 21 contact hours of French language per week, over 3 weeks, earning an average of 4 credits. Students can either do the Jan Term in Paris before starting their Spring semester at their home university or add the intensive month to their Spring semester in Paris as an Early Start program. This option is open to all levels of French speakers.

TEACHING INTERNSHIP

All students with 4 semesters of college-level French (equivalent to the intermediate level) or more are able to participate in the teaching internship for an additional 3 credits. Beginning and intermediate-level students can also complete the internship, but are not eligible to earn credit or a grade for the experience. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional fee is charged for the internship. Students teach English in a French school. This is a unique experience for API students in Paris to get to know Parisians and Parisian life from the inside, not only through the teenagers in the classes students teach, but also from the teachers that students assist. The regular professor asks the student what is to be taught and helps students prepare for class. In order to get the 3 credits, students are required to teach English about three hours a week, to keep a journal where all course plans and weekly evaluations are registered to present it in French at the end of the semester and to write a final internship paper (in French) analyzing the French teaching system and their perception of French society through their own teaching experience.

Courses at Institut Catholique de Paris (Semester French Language & Liberal Arts)

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Courses at Institut Catholique de Paris (Semester French Language & Liberal Arts)

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Courses at Institut Catholique de Paris (Semester French Language & Liberal Arts)

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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Courses at Institut Catholique de Paris (Semester French Language & Liberal Arts)

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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Highlights
  • Classes taught in French and English
  • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution available (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
  • Teaching internships available (for credit)

Students who choose to live with families are provided with five breakfast meals and two dinner meals per week with the family, along with a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals. 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, and students receive a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals.

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, though they will receive a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals.

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