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We invite you to study abroad with API in Paris at the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne. This program offers a combination of French language and cultural courses conducted in French (at all levels), as well as 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 freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of French speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall Aug 30, 2022 - Dec 10, 2022 $15,250 May 15, 2022 No Extension Jun 15, 2022
Academic Year Aug 30, 2022 - May 27, 2023 $29,980 May 15, 2022 No Extension Jun 15, 2022
Spring Jan 31, 2023 - May 28, 2023 $15,250 Oct 15, 2022 No Extension Nov 1, 2022

API students participate 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Champagne

    The Champagne wine region is an historic terroir within the administrative province of Champagne in the northeast of France. The area is best known for the production of the sparkling white wine that bears the region's name. EU law and the laws of most countries reserve the term "Champagne" exclusively for wines that come from this region located about 100 miles (160 km) east of Paris. The viticultural boundaries of Champagne are legally defined and split into five wine producing districts within the administrative province: Aube, Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, Montagne de Reims, and Vallée de la Marne. A visit to a vineyard in the country side and to the Reims cathedral are an absolute must!

  • 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.

  • Normandy

    On the Alabaster Coast, the gigantic chalky cliffs of Etretat are unmissable, but the dynamic ports are worth the detour: Le Havre turned to the seas of the whole world or Dieppe and the incessant ferry traffic with the English coasts. The pebble beaches, located in the valleys, are particularly photogenic at low tide.

    Students will also visit Honfleur, which is a city best known for its picturesque old pond, characterized by its houses with slate facade, and for having been represented many times by artists, including Monet and Johan Barthold Jongkind, that contributed to the development of the Impressionism.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 9-16 per session

Students will select a combination of French language and cultural electives referred to as French Civilization courses. The number of credits earned for each language course and the cultural electives varies according to the particular session a student selects.

A student’s French level is based on an online placement exam administered before arrival by the CCFS. The CCFS divides their language levels into 5 main categories: Débutant (A1), Élémentaire (A2), Intermédaire (B1), Avancé (B2), and Supérieur (C1).

FALL QUARTER

  • Beginning level (A1) students selecting the fall quarter program complete 8 credits of language and 1 credit of phonetics instruction for a total of 9 semester credits. Fall quarter students at all language levels may attend up to three French Civilization courses for 1 credit each.

FALL SEMESTER AND SPRING SEMESTER

  • All students selecting a semester program complete 8 credits of language instruction, 2 credits of phonetics instruction, and 2-4 credits of French civilization courses for a total of 12-14 semester credits per semester.
  • Students at the Intermediate (B1) language level or above have the option of earning an additional three credits each semester if they complete an elective course taught exclusively for API students. Students generally take this course in place of one of the cultural courses at the CCFS. An additional fee may be charged for participation in the API course (whether taken in place of or in addition to a regular elective course). Course subject to minimum enrollment.
  • A limited number of teaching internships are also available for students at the Intermediate (B1) language level or above. An additional fee is charged for participation in the 3-credit internship.

TRANSCRIPTS

Transcripts are issued by the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne. If a student enrolls in the API-led course or the teaching internship, chooses to complete supplementary papers, or if their home university requires it, they can elect to receive a transcript from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for an additional fee.

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COURSE OFFERINGS

Depending on the term, students take 9-16 semester credit hours of French Language and Culture. Quarter students take 3 hours of language per day, and semester students take 2 hours of language per day, five days per week. Language courses are available at five different levels. Students will also take a Phonetics class for a portion of the session. Students complete their class schedule after the online placement test (completed prior to the program start) and the class schedule depends on their language level. Additionally, students will take 2 to 4 elective courses on various themes of French Civilization.

CREDIT INFORMATION

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. credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.

Courses at Cours de Civilisation Francaise de la Sorbonne - CCFS (Semester)

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Courses at Cours de Civilisation Francaise de la Sorbonne - CCFS (Semester)

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Courses at Cours de Civilisation Francaise de la Sorbonne - CCFS (Semester)

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Highlights
  • Classes taught in French
  • 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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