Spend a semester or academic year in the vibrant and romantic city of Paris, France, with AIFS! Choose from a range of course options at the Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ILCF), a department of the Catholic University of Paris. Renowned for its intellectual and research excellence, ILCF welcomes 2,500 students every year from all over the world.
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 17 credits depending on course 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
Meet Hannah, a college student from @wwu who took over the AIFS Abroad Instagram story recently to answer questions about what it’s like to study abroad in Paris, France during her spring semester! Watch as Hannah highlights what a typical day in the life looks like there.
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.
All students should expect to use Paris’s 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.
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 authe
You may be asked to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.
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 which distributes food parcels and hot meals to homeless people in Paris; Emmaüs which develops literacy programs and provides leisure activities for disadvantaged children; Secours Populaire a charity which provides access to health facilities, education and food for those in need.
For more information contact the AIFS Program Advisor.
Tour the magnificent and historically significant Palace of Versailles. Includes entrance fees.
Visit the Peace Memorial, several D-Day sites, St. Malo and Mont Saint-Michel. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, breakfast and all entrance fees.
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Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.
Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)