Study Abroad in Paris, France

Study Abroad in Paris (Catholic University of Paris, ILCF): Academics

Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ILCF)

The ILCF is a department of the Catholic University of Paris – an establishment of intellectual and research excellence in the historical heart of Paris. The Catholic University of Paris is a well-known and highly respected private university approved and recognized by the French Ministry of Education. It consists of faculties and higher education establishments of professional training in three areas: Literature, Languages and Social Sciences; Science and Engineering; Theology and Religious Sciences. French language and elective courses for foreign students are taught by the faculty of the Catholic University, through the Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ILCF).

Founded in 1948, the ILCF welcomes 2,500 students every year aged 18 upwards from all over the world who want to learn French and become acquainted with French culture and civilization. In addition to courses in French language, AIFS students can also enroll in courses on French and European economics or on Paris architecture, taught in English.

Academic Overview and Policies

French language study is mandatory on all programs, enabling students to communicate effectively in both written and spoken French. Through classes in grammar, conversation and French life, students learn to express themselves in most everyday situations. Students on the Intensive French Language Program (Session 1) and French Language Program (Session 2) study the French language offered at all levels from Beginner to Superior. Courses in Session 1 are for 5 credits and courses in Session 2 are for 4 credits. Placement is determined by a test taken prior to arrival in Paris and an oral test taken upon arrival, regardless of previous French study.

Students on the French Language and Culture Program (Session 2) take a mandatory French Language course for 4 credits and then choose an additional 2-credit course in either Art History or Economics/Political Science.

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

Courses All students are required to take French. Language classes are held in the morning, Monday through Friday. Session 1 usually also has classes on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Credits Intensive French Language Program (Session 1) students take one language course for a total of 84 contact hours and a recommended 5 credits. French Language Program (Session 2) students take a language course for 60 contact hours and a recommended 4 credits. French Language and Culture Program students (Session 2) take the 4-credit French Language course and also choose either of the two 2-credit elective courses taught in English for a total of 6 credits. Sessions 1 + 2 Combined students can earn up to 11 recommended credits by taking both the sessions outlined above.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter 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 Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ILCF). 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.