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

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

Academic Program

Elective courses include: art history, cultural studies, economics, fashion, film studies, fine arts, French (oral, written, phonetics), history, literature, music, political science

Academic Overview and Policies

All students are required to take a French language course. The semester sessions aim through an in-depth and individualized 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 skills needed to progress to the next level.

The appropriate course level is determined by a placement test taken online prior to departure from the U.S. regardless of previous French study. As the level tested into may not be confirmed before arrival in Paris, students should gain approval for several levels from their U.S. advisor to ensure they receive credit.

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

The number of class hours per week for the required French language course depends on the level. Beginner and Elementary courses are recommended for 12 credits, Intermediate courses for 9 or 6 credits (depending on hours chosen) and Advanced for 5 credits.

Students who place into the Beginner levels of French can then take an additional 1 or 2 courses choosing from additional French language courses or from a range of elective courses taught in English in disciplines including economics, film studies architecture and fashion.

Students who place into the Elementary level and above can take up to 3 additional courses choosing from French language courses in oral, written and phonetics skills and electives taught in either English or French. Subjects taught in French include art history, cultural studies, fashion, fine arts, history and literature depending on studentís French level.

Elective courses taught in French carry a recommended 2 semester credits and in English a recommended 3 semester credits. Generally 1 credit is equivalent to 15 contact hours.

Program Credits
The minimum semester course load is 12 credits and the maximum course load is 17 credits. 17 credits is a very heavy load and AIFS recommends students take a maximum of 14 credits.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester Up to 17 2.5 GPA

Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ILCF)

French language and elective courses for foreign students are taught at the ILCF, a department of the Catholic University 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. Founded in 1948, the ILCF is an establishment of intellectual prestige and teaching excellence. The ILCF offers classes in French language to all levels from absolute beginners to superior level.

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