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

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All courses are subject to change at the discretion of the Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises. For the most current course listings please contact the AIFS Admissions Officer. Recommended credits are shown in parentheses.

Please note that the ILCF issues ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. Language levels are defined according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and will be listed on your transcript on completion of the program.


French Language and Liberal Arts Program

All students take a French language course. Students are placed into the appropriate level determined by a placement test taken online before arrival in Paris and an oral test taken upon arrival in Paris.

French Language Courses

The French language course aims to enable students to communicate effectively in both written and spoken French. Through classes in phonetics, grammar, conversation and French life, students learn to express themselves in most everyday situations.

Students are required to take one of the following French language courses for a recommended 14-credits.

Semester Program French Courses

French 131 (14)
Beginner French

The Beginner classes introduce students to the rudiments of the French language. They learn to introduce themselves, to give and respond to simple greetings, to express their nationality and age. Vocabulary work focuses on numbers, colors, clothes, the family, the calendar and items encountered in the home. Working in the present tense, students learn to buy, order and pay for things as well as to express their likes and dislikes.

French 132 (14)
Elementary French

The elementary French classes aim to teach students to understand common phrases that they will encounter in daily life. They learn to answer basic questions and to ask for information on familiar subjects. Students discuss their habits, daily activities and personal experience and learn to give opinions. They are able to make comparisons and use both the simple future and simple past tenses. They work at expressing obligation, desire, future plans and past experience.

French 232 (14)
Intermediate French

At this level students learn to grasp the meaning of more detailed information through discussion of topics such as their studies, family ties, the work environment and social relationships. They are able to use the conditional as well as more complex future and past tenses, including the subjunctive. They can give orders, express doubts and feelings, relate what someone else has told them and discuss hypothetical situations. They learn to suggest, advise, reason and contest.

French 233 (14)
Upper Intermediate French

Course description coming soon.

French 332 (14)
Advanced French

Advanced students learn to interact naturally and with spontaneity when conversing with native speakers, being able to express the subtleties of their feelings and thoughts. They work at associating facts and ideas, moving with fluency between tenses and learning to alter their register to suit a given situation. In debates and discussions students aim to make convincing and structured arguments backed up by concrete examples. They discuss politics, economy and history, comparing different written and spoken styles. The free CSS minimizer will compress the style files for your websites in seconds and it does not require download and installation.

French 432 (14)
Superior French

Course description coming soon.


Students can supplement their required French course with additional courses. Credits are listed in parentheses.

French 101 (3)
Beginner French Oral
Course description coming soon.

French 102 (3)
Elementary French Oral
The elementary Oral French classes aim to teach students to understand simple phrases that they will encounter in daily life. They learn to answer basic questions and to ask for information on familiar subjects, learning simple polite phrases useful in everyday life. At the higher levels, students will discuss their habits, daily activities and personal experiences, offering opinions. Classes use a mix of role play, listening exercises and pronunciation work with particular focus on intonation. Students are required to give regular short presentations in French. The elementary classes focus on themes such as the family, work and leisure environments.

French 202 (3)
Intermediate French Oral
At this level students learn to grasp the meaning of detailed information communicated via news reports, interviews or dispatches. They are able to follow conversations and understand short presentations. Students aim to be able to communicate with ease about familiar subjects even those not frequently encountered and to relate events to others using the correct temporal context. They learn to express feelings and opinions and to justify thoughts in discussion. They are able to say how they feel about abstract or cultural subjects such as films, books and music. Study is based on video and audio recordings, press articles and group discussion. Students will research social themes such as travel, cinema and family life.

French 112 (3)
Elementary French Written
This course introduces students to simple written French. Students examine short, authentic texts (postcards, e-mails, articles) and learn to write similar texts of their own. Through study of the present and simple past tenses, as well as adjectives, adverbs and prepositions, students aim to master the key elements of the written language.

French 212 (3)
Intermediate French Written
At this level students read and analyze a variety of texts from the press and/or literature and work on particular linguistic features. Classes focus on syntax, vocabulary enrichment and more complex structures such as the subjunctive.

French 312 (3)
Advanced French Written
Students learn to give detailed descriptions, to recount events that occurred in the past and to express opinions, composing texts that respond to material they have studied. Complex sentences are analyzed, written exercises “in the manner of” are re-written.

French 121 and 122 (3)
Beginner and Elementary French Phonetics
The phonetics classes aim to help students with pronunciation and intonation. At this level classes work on the acquisition of sounds, relating the heard sound to its written equivalent and correcting individual mispronunciations. Students learn the phonetic alphabet.

French 222 (3)
Intermediate French Phonetics
At this level, phonetics classes develop the student’s awareness of his/her pronunciation and increase the fluency of speech. Students work on transcribing phonetically-written texts.

French 322 (3)
Advanced French Phonetics
Students read aloud to perfect their intonation and fluency. Review of all exercises in a more detailed and complex way.

The ILCF typically offers a wide range of courses in English and in French covering topics such as art, cinema, history and politics. Examples of courses offered may include:


Political Science 341 (3)
In search of the French Republic
The prime place given to the Republic and Republican values have colored French institutions and society for more than two centuries but today France is faced with a number of contradictions that challenge many of its founding myths. Through this course, students will gain a better understanding of the peculiarities endogenous to the French Republic and their importance for France at home and abroad.


Sociology 335 (3)
French society through the media. B1.2 - B2 (Upper Intermediate to Advanced level)
Understanding a society, that is to say, a people and its culture, presupposes the synthesis of many sources of information and knowledge. This is how the course will propose the discovery of French society through its different media representations (written press, television, cinema, internet ...) so that each student is able to build his own vision of France. Articulated around two themes, the French art of living and civic life, it will focus on family and social life, the importance of the cultural fact (literature, cinema) but also political life (institutional functioning, recurring debates etc.).

Gender Studies 334 (3)
Histoire des femmes et du féminisme / History of Women and Feminism. B1.2 - B2 (Upper Intermediate to Advanced level)

Based on portraits of exceptional women, this course proposes to discover a history of women in France, from 1789 to today. It will also be an opportunity to analyze the different types of feminism according to the times, the debates and the struggles that remain to be fought.

Film Studies 322 (3)
Panorama du cinéma français / Panorama of French cinema. B1.2 - C2 (Upper Intermediate to Superior level)
Introduction to the history of French cinema: discovery of the great movements, films and authors, from the appearance of the spoken word to the present day. Introduction to the fundamental concepts of film studies - Lexicon of cinema / Technical glossary - Written and oral expression

Political Science 340 (3)
Vivre les élections présidentielles françaises/Experiencing the French presidential elections. B1.2 - B2 (Upper Intermediate to Advanced level)
On the occasion of the French presidential elections, this course proposes to discover the electoral system, the role and the presidential powers, the highlights of an election: the debate between two rounds, the election evening. All programs, slogans, posters of the candidates will be analyzed in progress and discussed.

Art History 332 (3)
Impressionnisme et post-Impressionnisme (1850-1900)/ Impressionism and Post-Impressionism (1850-1900). B1 - B2 (Intermediate to Advanced level)
Introduction to the history of Art and the analysis of works of art. Discovery of the main French artistic movements between 1850 and 1900 (Academicism, Realism, Impressionism, Pointillism and Symbolism). Discovery of the great French artists and their works, situating them in the historical, artistic and socio-cultural context of the time.  

Art History 333 (3)
 Histoire de l'Architecture à travers les monuments parisiens/History of Architecture through Parisian monuments. B1 - B2 (Intermediate to Advanced level)
Introduction to the history of Architecture. Discovery of the main French architectural movements from Antiquity to the present day. Discovery of the great French architects and their works, situating them in the historical, artistic and socio-cultural context of their time.  

History 130 (3)
Paris découverte (d'hier et d'aujourd'hui)/ Paris discovery (yesterday and today). A2 (Elementary level)
To know the Paris of yesterday and today from different angles: artistic, historical and sociological, through its neighborhoods, its monuments, its architecture, some works of art and famous people.

Courses Taught By Other Institutions

For an additional fee students may take a music, ballet or theater course at the Schola Cantorum. Please speak to your AIFS Admissions Officer for further information.

The Schola Cantorum is a private music school in Paris.


Music, Ballet, Theater 307 fall/spring (1-3)
Instrument Study, Lyrics, Ballet
Placement is by examination, except for beginners. Instruction in French is at the student’s expense. Credit granted depends on the work produced and hours spent at the Schola. Instruments (except piano) are not provided. Students must pay a supplement depending on number of hours of instruction taken. Sessions are 30, 45 or 60 minutes. An additional deposit is required to be paid prior to arrival in Paris in order to register for classes at the Schola Cantorum. Please contact your AIFS Admissions Officer right away if you are interested.

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