Study Abroad in Paris, France

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Study Abroad in Paris: Academics

Cours de Civilisation Française 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.

Academic Overview & Policies

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

Courses All students are required to study French language, enabling them to communicate effectively in both written and spoken French. Placement is determined by a test taken prior to arrival in Paris, regardless of previous French study.

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 Superior.

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.

On the French Language and Civilization Program in Session 2 students study French language and in addition choose between a French conversation course and a Fashion in France course, taught in English. Due to the workload, students on the Intensive French Language Program cannot take these additional electives

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 Language Program: Sessions 1 or 2 (3 credits)

French Language and Civilization Program: Session 2 (4 or 5 credits, depending which elective chosen; French language 3 credits + Conversation course 1 credit or Fashion course 2 credits)

Intensive French Language Program: Session 2 (6 credits)

Combination Programs: Sessions 1 and 2 Combined: up to 9 credits.

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

Schedule conflict Due to the number of courses available, students should realize some timetable conflicts may be unavoidable.

Transcripts are issued by the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne. Transcripts list course titles, class hours and grades. One official copy will be sent to the student’s home institution on completion of the program.

Students should consult with their university advisors prior to participating in the program to have course credit pre-approved.

Recommended credits are shown in parentheses.