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Study Abroad | Paris

France | Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises | Summer 2023
Four students in Paris.

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  • Summer 2023

Overview

Spend a summer in the iconic city of Paris, France with AIFS! Study a variety of academic program options at the Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ILCF), a department of the highly respected Catholic University of Paris. Located in the 6th district, near the Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, close to the mythic Saint-Germain-des-Prés, ILCF welcomes 2,500 students every year.

What’s Included

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.

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  • Tuition

    Up to 10 semester credits depending on program and course selection

  • Courses

    Courses offered in art history, French fashion, French Language or Intensive French Language

  • Housing

    in a double room in a Parisian homestay. Additional housing options are available, see Housing & Meals for more details

  • Meals

    Breakfast every day in your homestay

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    Sightseeing in Paris, visits to museums and monuments, walking tours, visits outside Paris, a Bateaux-Mouches boat trip as well as group dinners

  • On-Site Resident Director

    to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network
  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • AIFS Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from campus

  • Excursions

    Normandy and Brittany (2 days)

    Châteaux of the Loire Valley (2 days)

  • Housing Supplement

    Single room in a homestay including daily breakfast

    Student residence including daily breakfast

Program Details: Study Abroad | Paris French Culture Session 1

Dates

June 1, 2023June 30, 2023

Term

Summer

Application Deadline

March 1, 2023

Inclusive Fees

$6,490

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Eligibility

Open to High School Graduate, First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior College Students

Minimum of 2.0 GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Please contact your advisor or log into your portal for more information.

Areas of Interest

  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Fine Arts
  • Non-Credit (Enrichment)

Academics

AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

The Institut Catholique de Paris is a well-known and highly respected private institute approved and recognized by the French Ministry of Education. It offers professional training in three areas: Literature and Language, Science and Engineering, and Theology. It welcomes 2,500 students every year from all over the world who want to learn French and take courses to become acquainted with French culture. In addition, AIFS students can also enroll in courses on French Civilization, taught in English. 

  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Fine Arts
  • Non-Credit (Enrichment)

French language study is offered at all levels from Beginner to Advanced/Superior, enabling students to communicate effectively in both written and spoken French. Through classes in grammar and French life, students learn to express themselves in most everyday situations. 

Placement is determined by a test taken prior to arrival in Paris and an oral test taken upon arrival, regardless of previous French study. 

Attendance is required for full credit. Unexcused absences are not permitted. 

The regular French language Program is available in Session 1 and Session 2 and consists of 3 hours of class per day held in the morning, Monday through Friday. Students take a 60-hour language course recommended for 4 credits. 

The Intensive French Language Program is available in Session 1 and in Session 2 and consists of 3 hours of class Monday through Friday in the morning plus classes on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons as well. Students take a language course for a total of 84 contact hours per session and a recommended 5 credits. 

The French Culture Program is available in Session 1 and in Session 2.Courses are taughtin English at the AIFS Study Center. They meet for 45 hours and are recommended for 3 credits. 

Students can combine Session 1 with Session 2 for up to 10 credits depending on their program combination. 

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

Due to the number of courses available, students should realize some timetable conflicts may be unavoidable. 

Transcripts for French language programs are issued by the Institut Catholique de Paris – Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ICP-ILCF). Transcripts for the French Culture Program (electives in English) are issued by Fairfield University. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student’s home university on completion of the program.

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A group of students having a picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Living Abroad

Homestay

Parisian homestay carefully selected by the local staff.

  • Double room
  • Shared bathroom
  • Typical French breakfast every day
  • Single room in a homestay for a supplemental fee of $245 for Session 1 or Session 2 and $490 for Sessions 1 + 2 combined.

Optional Student Residence

  • A single or double room in a centrally-located student residence with international students
  • Typical French breakfast every day
  • Session 1 or Session 2: $795; Sessions 1 + 2 Combined: $1350

Food

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.

Fashion

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. 

Architecture

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.

AIFS in Paris Resident Director, Summer Program

Danica Debizet headshot.

Danica Debizet

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 will 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.

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

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of French culture, a wide range of cultural activities and excursions are included in your program fee. The AIFS team organizes a variety of activities which usually include:

  • Sightseeing in Paris
  • Welcome and farewell dinners in typical French restaurants
  • Walking tours of districts such as the Marais district, Montmartre, Père Lachaise cemetery, the Paris Opéra area and the Left bank
  • Visits such as:
    • Rodin Museum
    • Cluny Museum
    • Orangerie Museum
    • Holocaust Memorial
    • Picasso Museum
    • The Conciergerie (where Marie Antoinette was held during the Revolution)
    • The Paris Mosque
    • Sainte Chapelle
    • Bateaux-Mouches boat trip along the River Seine
  • Half-day trips outside of Paris such as:
    • Giverny
    • Château of Vaux-le-Vicomte
    • Versailles

Students taking more than one session will go on the included day trips only once and the program fee reflects that.

Non-credit cultural courses in French Cuisine and Wine Appreciation are also available for an extra fee of approximately 40 euros and 60 euros respectively.

Please note that some schedule conflicts between cultural activities and certain clashes may be unavoidable.

Excursions

This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside Paris and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of France. Previous excursions have included:

Normandy, France.

Normandy and Brittany

Visit the Peace Memorial, several D-Day sites, St. Malo and Mont Saint-Michel. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, breakfast and all entrance fees.

  • France
  • 2 Days
  • Not Included in Program Fee
An aerial view of Châteaux of the Loire Valley.

Châteaux of the Loire Valley

Visits and entrances to the city of Blois, Château of Chambord, wine cellar in Vouvray, Châteaux of Azay-le-Rideau and Chenonceau. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, breakfast and all entrance fees. 
* Minimum enrollment of 15 students is required for the excursion to run. 

  • France
  • 2 Days
  • Not Included in Program Fee
Barcelona,Spain
A group of happy students at a carnival.
A view of Prague.

Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Details

  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    March 1, 2023
  • Deposit Deadline
    March 15, 2023
  • Scholarship Deadline
    March 1, 2023
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    May 31, 2023
  • Program Begins
    June 1, 2023
  • Program Ends
    June 30, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    July 1, 2023
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.

Optional Flight Package

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.)

Depature City

Fee

  • Atlanta
    $1,840.00
  • Boston
    $1,817.00
  • Buffalo
    $1,817.00
  • Charlotte
    $2,047.00
  • Chicago
    $2,231.00
  • Cincinnati
    $2,024.00
  • Columbus
    $1,909.00
  • Dallas
    $2,139.00
  • Denver
    $2,507.00
  • Des Moines
    $2,024.00
  • Detroit
    $2,024.00
  • Houston
    $2,024.00
  • Los Angeles
    $2,024.00
  • Miami
    $2,047.00
  • Minneapolis
    $1,909.00
  • New York
    $1,725.00
  • Newark
    $1,725.00
  • Orlando
    $1,840.00
  • Philadelphia
    $1,955.00
  • Phoenix
    $2,185.00
  • Pittsburgh
    $1,794.00
  • Raleigh/Durham
    $1,932.00
  • San Francisco
    $1,978.00
  • Seattle
    $2,231.00
  • St. Louis
    $2,024.00
  • Washington/Dulles
    $1,817.00
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Ready to Study Abroad in Paris?

For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: aifsabroad@aifs.com