Study Abroad in Paris, France

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Study Abroad in Paris: Academics

Cours de Civilisation Franšaise de la Sorbonne (CCFS)

The prestige of the Sorbonne is matched by few educational institutions. A centralized institution from its foundation until 1968, the Sorbonne is now one of the dozen or so independent units of the University of Paris.

Dating back to 1919, the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne (CCFS) has the status of a private institution for the teaching of French as a foreign language.

Fairfield University

Academic credit for the elective courses taught in English is awarded by Fairfield University. Fairfield University is a private Jesuit university founded in 1942 in Fairfield, Connecticut, well known for their commitment to international education. Fairfield is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

In 2020 Fairfield and AIFS partnered to develop a school of record relationship that will allow academic credit to be available for both Fairfield and non-Fairfield students. Course syllabi and faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University.

Academic Overview & Policies

French language study is offered at all levels from Beginner to Advanced/Superior, enabling students to communicate effectively in both written and spoken French. Through classes in grammar and French life, students learn to express themselves in most everyday situations.

Placement is determined by a test taken prior to arrival in Paris and an oral test taken upon arrival, regardless of previous French study.

Attendance is required for full credit. Unexcused absences are not permitted.

Courses The regular French Language Program is available in Session 1 and Session 2 and consists of 2 hours of class per day Monday to Friday plus 15 hours of phonetics in Session 1 and 10 hours of phonetics in Session 2. All levels are available from Beginner through to Advanced/Superior. Each session for this program carries 3 credits.

The Intensive French Language Program is available in Session 2 and consists of 5 hours of class per day Monday to Friday with levels from Beginner through Advanced. Intensive French courses are held both in the morning and in the afternoon. 6 credits are available for this program.

Intermediate, Advanced or Superior level students may audit a number of lectures (not for credit) given in French by eminent lecturers. The lectures consider the nature of French civilization and the contribution of the French to the Western cultural heritage.

French Culture elective courses taught in English are based at the AIFS Study Center, meet for 45 hours, are recommended for 3 credits and available in Sessions 1 or 2.

Consecutive sessions can be combined to earn more credits.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Transcripts for French language programs are issued by the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne. Transcripts for the electives in English are issued by Fairfield University. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student’s home institution on completion of the program.

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