Study Abroad in Paris (Catholic University of Paris, ILCF): Beyond the Classroom

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of French culture, a wealth of subsidized cultural activities and excursions are included in your program fee. Throughout the semester, you will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of social events and cultural excursions, all arranged by AIFS. Past events have included:

  • Day trips outside of Paris such as:
    • the Champagne cellars in Reims
    • Monetís gardens in Giverny
    • the beautiful Ch‚teau of Vaux Le Vicomte
  • Walking tour of the Montmartre district
  • Cheese and wine tasting
  • Patisserie and cider tasting
  • Visits to:
    • Rodin Museum
    • Cluny Museum
    • Orangerie Museum
    • Holocaust Memorial
    • Picasso Museum
    • Notre Dame Towers
    • Paris Opera area
    • Museum of Decorative Arts
    • Edith Piaf Museum
    • Perfume Museum
  • Tickets for shows including:
    • ballets
    • classical concerts
    • theater performances
  • Celebratory meals in typical French restaurants

Please note that students pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering in Paris offers a unique opportunity to get to know French people of various ages and backgrounds. It is a good way to practice your language skills as well as develop a richer understanding of life in France. Students can volunteer for one of the following organizations:

  • Les Restos du Coeur— Founded in 1981, this association provides meals for the needy across France as well as offering legal aid, childcare and housing solutions. Volunteers help to distribute food parcels and hot meals to the homeless in Paris.

  • EmmaŁs— An association designed to re-integrate those excluded from mainstream society via reinsertion programs and community work. Volunteers help staff the EmmaŁs charity shops and community centers, or work on literacy programs or provide leisure activities for young children.
  • Secours Populaire— A charity which works to provide access to health facilities, education and food to those in need. Opportunities vary and help is always welcome in the community centers.


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