Study Abroad in Paris, France

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. It is acclaimed for the excellence of its teaching, and is labelized "FlE" by the French Ministry of Higher Education.

Academic Overview & Policies

The summer programs aim to enable students to communicate effectively in both written and spoken French. Through classes in phonetics, grammar, written and oral French, students learn to express themselves in most everyday situations.

Program Options:

  • French Language Program
  • French Language and Civilization Program OR Intensive French Language Program

Courses All students take a French language course. The regular French Language Program is available in Session 1 and Session 2 and consists of 2 hours of class per day for 5 days 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.

All students take a placement test prior to arrival in Paris to determine the appropriate language level regardless of previous French study. Students should consult with their university advisors prior to their departure to have course credit pre-approved for different French levels.

French Language Program students on Session 2 can earn further credits by opting to take a French conversation course and a Fashion in France course, taught in English and consisting of 30 contact hours subject to any timetabling conflict. Due to the work load of the French course, this is not possible for students on the Intensive Language Program.

Intermediate, Advanced or Superior level students may also 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.

For program credits and combinations see below:

  • French Language Program
    Session 1 (3 credits)

  • French Language and Civilization Program
    Session 2 (3 credits) + optional Conversation (1 credit) + optional Fashion in France (2 credits)

    OR

  • Intensive French Language Program
    Session 2 (6 credits)

Combination Programs Students in Session 1 can combine this program with Session 2 (French Language and Civilization or Intensive French Language) for up to 9 credits.

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

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

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.

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