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.

Academic Overview & Policies

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

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 after arrival in Paris to determine the appropriate language level. Students should consult with their university advisors prior to participating in the program to have course credit pre-approved.

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. 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 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)
  • Session 2 (3 credits) + optional Conversation (1 credit) + optional Fashion in France (2 credits)

Intensive French Language Program

  • Session 2 (6 credits)

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

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 and the Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ILCF) depending on course selection. 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.