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.
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 10 semester credits depending on program and course selection
Courses offered in art history, French fashion, French Language or Intensive French Language
in a double room in a Parisian homestay. Additional housing options are available, see Housing & Meals for more details
Breakfast every day in your homestay
Sightseeing in Paris, visits to museums and monuments, walking tours, visits outside Paris, a Bateaux-Mouches boat trip as well as group dinners
to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program
Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways
Airport transfers to and from campus
Châteaux of the Loire Valley (Session 1, 2 days)
Normandy and Brittany (Session 2, 2 days)
Single room in a homestay including daily breakfast
Student residence including daily breakfast
Parisian homestay carefully selected by the local staff.
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 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:
Students taking more than one session will go on the included day trips only once and the program fee reflects that.
A non-credit cultural course in French Cuisine is also available for an extra fee. Please note that some schedule conflicts between cultural activities and certain classes may be unavoidable.
Visit the Peace Memorial, several D-Day sites, St. Malo and Mont Saint-Michel. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, breakfast and all entrance fees.
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.
Program is closed
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.)
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.Learn more