Study Abroad in Paris, France

Study Abroad in Paris: Academics

Academic Programs

Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Fall Quarter:
French Language and Culture Program in Paris at the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne (CCFS)

Early Start Fall Quarter, Early Start Spring Semester:
With Optional Early Start Program in Cannes at the Campus International de Cannes

Elective courses include: art history, cultural studies, fashion, fine arts, history, contemporary French history, literature, media studies, political science, and sociology depending on the term chosen

Academic Overview and Policies

All students are required to take a French language course.

The semester and quarter sessions aim through a 120-hour pedagogical program of obligatory French language classes (requiring regular individual work) to give each student the tools needed to consolidate and master the content of the level into which (s)he is placed and to acquire the prerequisites needed to advance to the next level.

A mandatory 30-hour phonetics lab aims to improve the oral skills and pronunciation.

The appropriate course level is determined by a placement test which students take prior to arrival in Paris, regardless of previous French study. Students should gain pre-approval for several levels from their U.S. advisor to ensure they receive credit for the course that they test into.

Semester program students 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.

Fall/spring semester: French classes meet for 2 hours per day Monday through Friday for 12 weeks and phonetics for an hour per day Monday through Friday for 6 weeks for a total of 150 contact hours recommended for 10 semester credits.

Students who place into the Beginner level of French can take up to two electives taught in English. Each elective taught in English 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 one or two 1-credit lecture courses taught in French, subject to any timetabling conflicts.

With their home university approval, students can select and combine 3 lectures in French and transfer them as a History and Culture course for 4 credits. This is subject to any timetabling conflict. Each elective lecture in French meets 20 hours during the semester.

Fall quarter: Quarter students will take only French language courses. Classes meet for 3 hours per day Monday through Friday for 8 weeks and phonetics for an hour per day Monday through Friday for 6 weeks for a total of 150 contact hours recommended for 10 semester credits.

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

Program credits In general, 1 credit is equivalent to 15 contact hours.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 16 2.5 GPA open to all levels of French
Fall Quarter up to 10 2.5 GPA open to all levels of French

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 Campus International de Cannes, which issues transcripts for the Early Start program. The Campus 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 Campus 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 Campus 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 program 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 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 Paris program.

Transcripts are issued by the Campus International de Cannes. Classes meet for a total of 30 hours in small groups of approximately 15.

Accommodation is in dorms and three meals a day are provided in the Campus dining hall. Train transfer from Cannes to Paris is included.

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.

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 labelized "FLE" by the French Ministry of Higher Education.

The CCFS offers classes in French language to all levels from absolute beginners to superior level, as well as lecture courses and seminars on French Civilization in French and in English.

In addition to courses on French Civilization in French and in English, AIFS students can also study at one of several affiliated instutions in Paris.