Spend a semester or academic year in the enchanting city of Paris, France, with AIFS! Choose from a variety of course options at the prestigious Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne (CCFS). Located in the heart of Paris, students benefit from having one of the world’s greatest capitals of culture as their campus. Give your French language skills a head-start while enjoying the French Riviera with the Optional Early Start Program in Cannes.
The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.Review Our Policies
Up to 18 semester credits depending on program selection
Wide variety of courses available; taught in English and French
Daily breakfast plus one meal a week in the homestay. Students are invited to various group meals during the program
Such as visits to the Palace of Versailles, Monet’s garden in Giverny and the Château of Vaux-le-Vicomte
A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience
to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program
24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network
Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways
Airport transfers to and from campus
Normandy and Brittany (2 days)
Intensive French Language and Culture Preparation Program prior to the fall quarter and spring semester
Homestay single room
The best way to learn French, gain a unique and personal insight into French culture and integrate into the local community.
Students are invited to various group meals
Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Paris
Please note that full year students are responsible for their own housing during the intersession break.
Paris is famous for its restaurants and haute cuisine, food meticulously prepared and artfully presented. Thanks to immigration, every French regional cuisine and almost every national cuisine in the world can be found in Paris; the city has more than 9,000 restaurants. In addition to restaurants, the café concept arrived in Paris in the 17th century. Since then, Parisian cafés have been considered centers for the city’s political and cultural life.
Since the 19th century, Paris has competed for the title of Fashion Capital of the World, particularly when it comes to haute couture, clothing hand-made for special clients. Some of the largest fashion houses and designers call Paris home including Dior, Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, and Christian Lacroix. The city also plays hosts to two Fashion Weeks, held in January and July.
The city owes its style to its aligned street-fronts, distinctive cream-grey “Paris stone” building decoration, aligned top-floor balconies, and tree-lined boulevards. Amazingly, Paris has never been destroyed by catastrophe or war and has preserved even its earliest history, including many famous landmarks and buildings. Parisian architecture is best highlighted in the city’s churches (Basilica of Sacré-Cœur, Saint Chapelle, La Madeleine, Notre Dame Cathedral), Palais Garnier Opera House, Louvre Pyramid and Eiffel Tower.
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.
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:
You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some events.
Wine appreciation and cooking courses are also available for an extra fee.
AIFS can help you to arrange local volunteer opportunities with organizations such as Les Restos du Coeur where volunteer students distribute food parcels and hot meals to homeless people in Paris; Emmaüs which develops literacy programs and provides leisure activities for disadvantaged children in Paris; Secours Populaire a charity which provides access to health facilities, education and food for those in need.
For more information contact the AIFS AIFS Program Advisor.
Tour the magnificent and historically significant Palace of Versailles. Includes round-trip transportation and entrance fees.
Visit the Peace Memorial, several D-Day sites, St. Malo and Mont Saint-Michel. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, daily breakfasts and all entrance fees.