Study Abroad in Paris, France

Study Abroad in Paris: Academics

Academic Programs

Courses include: art history, cultural studies, economics, fashion, film studies, fine arts, French language, history, literature, music, political science, sociology depending on the term chosen

Program Options

All students are required to take a French language course. French is available at all levels from Beginner through to Superior and all courses include a phonetics components. The appropriate course level is determined by a placement test which students take after arriving in Paris.

Semester program students then take additional electives taught in English or French (depending on their language level). Fall quarter students take French language only. See below for more detail.

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

Each session is outlined in more detail below.

Fall/spring semester: French classes meet for 2 hours per day Monday to Friday for 12 weeks for a total of 120 contact hours. The phonetics class meets for an hour per day Monday to Friday for 5 weeks for a total of 25 contact hours. Each French course meets for a total of 145 contact hours and carries a recommended 10 semester credits.

Students who place into the beginner level of French can take up to two electives taught in English. Each elective meets for 45 contact hours and carries a recommended 3 semester credits.

Students who place into the elementary level and above can take up to two electives taught in English or an elective taught in English plus a 3-credit French History and Culture course taught in French. 1-credit seminars taught in French are also available and students may select up to 2 of these instead of a 3-credit elective course, subject to any timetabling conflicts.

Fall quarter: French classes meet for 3 hours per day Monday to Friday for 8 weeks for a total of 120 contact hours. The phonetics class meets for an hour per day Monday to Friday for 5 weeks for a total of 25 contact hours. Each French course meets for a total of 145 contact hours and carries a recommended 10 semester credits.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 16 2.5 GPA open to all levels of French
Fall Quarter up to 16 2.5 GPA open to all levels of French

Optional Early Start Program in Cannes—Intensive French Language and Culture Preparation

(Available for Fall Quarter or Spring Semester: 2 weeks, 2 credits–$1,495)

Give your French skills a head-start and earn an extra 2 credits by choosing the Early Start program which takes place in Cannes prior to the Fall Quarter and the Spring Semester.

Cannes, on the French Riviera is a sunny Mediterranean resort with a mild climate. Classes are taught by the faculty of the Collége International de Cannes, which issues transcripts for the Early Start program. The Collège is a private institution of higher learning founded in 1931 and is certified by the National Ministry of Education. Situated about a mile from the Old Port and elegant boutiques on the world famous Boulevard de la Croisette, the Collège is set in spacious and attractive grounds next to the beach. Students generally walk or take a bus to the city center. Facilities at the Collége include a theater, small library, snack bar, and T.V. room and volleyball court.

Students taking this option will arrive in Cannes before the Paris semester begins and take an intensive French course focusing on written French, basic grammar, pronunciation, phrases and vocabulary needed for everyday life. All levels of French are available from beginner through to superior and experienced. The course gives you the opportunity to make a gradual adjustment to academic life and living in France and prepares you for the semester placement exam.

Transcripts are issued by the Collége International de Cannes. Classes meet 15 hours a week in small groups of approximately 15.

Accommodation is in dorms and three meals a day are provided in the Collége dining hall.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Early Start Fall Quarter or Fall/Spring Semester up to 2 2.5 GPA open to all levels of French

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 with a student population of over 20,000.

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.

The CCFS offers classes of French language to all levels from absolute beginners to teachers of French as a foreign language, as well as lecture courses and seminars on French Civilization offered to AIFS students in French and in English.