Study Abroad in Paris, France -Catholic University (ILCF)

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

Institut Catholique de Paris – Institut de Langue et de Culture Franšaises (ICP-ILCF)

The ICP-ILCF is a department of the Institut Catholique de Pairs – an establishment of intellectual and research excellence in the historical heart of Paris. The Institut Catholique de Paris is a well-known and highly respected private institute 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 Institute, through the Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ICP-ILCF).

Founded in 1948, the ICP-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 Civilization, taught in English.

Fairfield University

Academic credit for the elective courses taught in English is awarded by Fairfield University. Fairfield University is a private Jesuit university founded in 1942 in Fairfield, Connecticut, well known for their commitment to international education. Fairfield is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

In 2020 Fairfield and AIFS partnered to develop a school of record relationship that will allow academic credit to be available for both Fairfield and non-Fairfield students. Course syllabi and faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University.

Academic Overview and Policies

French language study is offered at all levels from Beginner to Advanced/Superior, enabling students to communicate effectively in both written and spoken French. Through classes in grammar and French life, students learn to express themselves in most everyday situations.

Placement is determined by a test taken prior to arrival in Paris and an oral test taken upon arrival, regardless of previous French study.

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

Courses French language classes are held in the morning, Monday through Friday. The Intensive program usually has classes on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons as well. English electives are taught at the AIFS Study Center.

Credits French Language Program students take a 60 hour language course recommended for 4credits Intensive French Language Program students take a language course for a total of 84 contact hours per session and a recommended 5 credits. English elective courses meet for 45 hours and are recommended for 3 credits. Students can combine Session 1 with Session 2 for up to 10 credits depending on their program combination.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a 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 for French language programs are issued by the Institut Catholique de Paris - Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ICP-ILCF). Transcripts for the electives in English are issued by Fairfield University. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student’s home university on completion of the program.

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