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

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

Housing and Meals

Homestay – Standard Housing Option

  • Double room
  • Shared bathroom

Homestay Option with Supplement

  • Single room ($390 supplement in fall; $390 supplement in spring)

Communal Residence

$4,200 Supplement in Fall; $4,700 Supplement in Spring

  • Double room
  • En-suite bathroom

Student Apartments

$2,800 Supplement in Fall or Spring

  • Double room
  • Shared bathroom, living room and kitchen facilities

Wi-Fi Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Paris


  • See Meals section for each housing option for details of what is included. In addition to the meal plans specific to each type of housing, all students can opt to receive a meal voucher package for use at restaurants and shops to subsidize the cost of purchasing meals and groceries for a supplement of $640.

Housing Options

The standard housing option is a homestay. Students can pay a supplement to live in a communal residence or apartment. Wi-Fi Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Paris.


The homestay experience can be the most rewarding part of your time abroad. It is the best way to learn French, gain a unique and personal insight into French culture and integrate into the local community. Many students keep in touch with their families after they return to the U.S.

You will share a room with another AIFS student and there may be other international students living in the house. All homestay students are given their own key so that they can come and go as they choose. All homes have Internet access and there is privacy for study.

Meals Students will receive breakfast every day plus one meal a week in the homestay and have access to the kitchen every evening to prepare their own meal. Students will also receive 35 snack vouchers, vouchers for two three-course meals and be invited to three group dinners during the course of the semester.

Communal Residence

The communal residence is centrally located close to famous monuments and with easy access by public transport to the rest of the city.

You will share a double room with en-suite bathroom with another AIFS student. Bed linen and a regular cleaning service are provided.

Meals Residence students will receive a meal plan including daily breakfast and lunch or dinner 5 days a week which may be in the form of an allowance. Students will also receive 35 snack vouchers, vouchers for two three-course meals and be invited to three group dinners during the course of the semester.

Shared Apartments

For students wanting a more independent life style the apartment option is ideal. AIFS apartments are located throughout the city in different residential areas. Typically four AIFS students share a two-bedroom apartment with shared kitchen/living area and bathroom. All apartments have Wi-Fi. They are not located in student blocks but regular apartment blocks with real Parisians as your neighbors. They are located up to 45 minutes from the office and classrooms by public transport.

Meals Meals are not included as students will be able to cook in the apartmentís kitchen facilities. However students will receive 35 snack vouchers, vouchers for two three-course meals and be invited to three group dinners during the course of the semester.


All students should expect to use Parisís public transportation system on a daily basis. The Paris Metro system is one of the most efficient underground train systems in the world. Generally students can expect to commute 30 to 45 minutes between home and the location of their classes, this is normal in Paris.

Cultural Activities

In addition to excursions a cultural calendar of weekly activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of French life. Typical activities, tours and visits include:

  • Monet's gardens in Giverny
  • the beautiful Château of Vaux-le-Vicomte
  • walking tour of Montmartre district
  • The Louvre
  • Rodin Museum
  • Cluny Museum
  • Orangerie Museum
  • Picasso Museum
  • Notre Dame Towers
  • Paris Opera House area
  • Museum of Decorative Arts
  • Edith Piaf Museum
  • ballet
  • classical concerts and theater performances

Wine appreciation and cooking courses are also available for an extra fee.

AIFS in Paris Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

AIFS Resident Director

Danica Debizet

Phone: (33) 1 56 81 15 90

Bonjour! "Hello" in French, one of the four languages I am fluent in, along with English, German and Slovak. You have quite the experience awaiting you in Paris; from the cultural activities offered, the number of museums to visit and the various people you'll meet, it is sure to be an amazing time.

I studied for three separate MA degrees in Paris and Grenoble and have lived in four different countries. I consider myself a "global citizen" and am looking forward to helping you to adjust to your time abroad. As your Resident Director, I am here to advise, listen, help and encourage you to make your stay in Paris a wonderful experience that you will always remember.

My office is located right in the heart of the city and my door is always open.

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

AIFS Campus Staff with First Aid Training

Because health and safety are top priorities at AIFS, at least one member of the staff at this campus has taken a first aid course in order to be available to help any student until a doctor or nurse can provide help. This is just one of many services that we provide to our students.