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Students in this program select a combination of French language and cultural electives and have the option of taking cultural electives in English.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Excursions (overnight, day, international)

Resident Director

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Monthly Transit Pass

Tutoring

Housing (including meals and laundry with some options)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

Reflection Sessions

View all opportunities and amenities

Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to all levels of French speakers
  • Completed API application
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript, most recent grade report, or high school diploma
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa
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API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Paris programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Bordeaux

    Bordeaux is one of the largest cities in France and is located in the South West of the country, not far from the Atlantic Ocean.

    The center of a legendary winegrowing region, this vibrant and sophisticated city is a top gourmet and cultural destination. Synonymous with fine wines, Bordeaux is one of France’s most beautiful and elegant cities - indeed, half the city is Unesco-listed, making it the largest urban World Heritage site. Visitors appreciate both the monumental stone architecture and attractive nooks and crannies of this city, with its fascinating historical and cultural heritage around every corner. Also, it is now fastly connected to Paris with a new TGV line connecting both cities in just over two hours.

  • French Châteaux

    Students will have the unique opportunity to explore an authentic French château and its surroundings in the Ile de France, name given to the Greater Paris region.

  • Normandy, Mont Sant-Michel, Saint Malo

    Discovery of one of the most visited monuments in France, the Mont-Saint Michel. When arriving on spot the students discover wonderful landscapes: open water, sand dunes, saltwater meadows, marshes… Students love the walk in the quick sands in the bay, and explore the abbey and its impressive history started in 708. During the weekend, they also discover the fortified town of Saint-Malo surrounded by its 17th century walls.

    Depending on the program, students may also walk on Omaha beach and visit the museum explaining World War II and the D-Day.

  • Aix-En-Provence/Avignon

    Avignon is one of the most fascinating towns in southern France and known for its music festival, splendid houses and museums with rich works of art, mosaics and Romanesque and Gothic Sculptures. Students will visit the famous Pope’s Palace that was home to seven Popes from 1305 to 1378 before the papacy moved back to the Vatican. Near the palace is the famous half bridge Pont St. Bénezet, in which a popular children’s song was written describing folk dancing on the bridge.

  • Bordeaux

    Bordeaux is one of the largest cities in France and is located in the South West of the country, not far from the Atlantic Ocean.

    The center of a legendary winegrowing region, this vibrant and sophisticated city is a top gourmet and cultural destination. Synonymous with fine wines, Bordeaux is one of France’s most beautiful and elegant cities - indeed, half the city is Unesco-listed, making it the largest urban World Heritage site. Visitors appreciate both the monumental stone architecture and attractive nooks and crannies of this city, with its fascinating historical and cultural heritage around every corner. Also, it is now fastly connected to Paris with a new TGV line connecting both cities in just over two hours.

  • French Châteaux

    Students will have the unique opportunity to explore an authentic French château and its surroundings in the Ile de France, name given to the Greater Paris region.

  • Normandy, Mont Sant-Michel, Saint Malo

    Discovery of one of the most visited monuments in France, the Mont-Saint Michel. When arriving on spot the students discover wonderful landscapes: open water, sand dunes, saltwater meadows, marshes… Students love the walk in the quick sands in the bay, and explore the abbey and its impressive history started in 708. During the weekend, they also discover the fortified town of Saint-Malo surrounded by its 17th century walls.

    Depending on the program, students may also walk on Omaha beach and visit the museum explaining World War II and the D-Day.

  • Aix-En-Provence/Avignon

    Avignon is one of the most fascinating towns in southern France and known for its music festival, splendid houses and museums with rich works of art, mosaics and Romanesque and Gothic Sculptures. Students will visit the famous Pope’s Palace that was home to seven Popes from 1305 to 1378 before the papacy moved back to the Vatican. Near the palace is the famous half bridge Pont St. Bénezet, in which a popular children’s song was written describing folk dancing on the bridge.

  • Bordeaux

    Bordeaux is one of the largest cities in France and is located in the South West of the country, not far from the Atlantic Ocean.

    The center of a legendary winegrowing region, this vibrant and sophisticated city is a top gourmet and cultural destination. Synonymous with fine wines, Bordeaux is one of France’s most beautiful and elegant cities - indeed, half the city is Unesco-listed, making it the largest urban World Heritage site. Visitors appreciate both the monumental stone architecture and attractive nooks and crannies of this city, with its fascinating historical and cultural heritage around every corner. Also, it is now fastly connected to Paris with a new TGV line connecting both cities in just over two hours.

  • Bruges

    Bruges, also called the “Venice of the North,” is an outstanding example of a medieval historic settlement. Picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals link exceptionally photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historic churches, and old whitewashed almshouses. Flemish Belgium inspired some of the most famous Flemish Baroque painters such as Rubens.

  • French Châteaux

    Students will have the unique opportunity to explore an authentic French château and its surroundings in the Ile de France, name given to the Greater Paris region.

  • Strasbourg

    The capital of the Alsace region, Strasbourg has one of Europe’s largest medieval quarters. In the Grand Île and Petite France, cobbled streets weave between creaking timber-framed houses that have survived for hundreds of years.


  • Burgundy

    Burgundy is one of France’s most famous wine-producing regions. Students on this excursion will have the chance to visit the renowned city and ancient capital of the region – Dijon – known overseas for its famous mustard, as well as Beaune. Beaune is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the district, also known the world over for its wine auctions.
  • Angers

    Capital of Anjou, Angers is a city of Art and History, a haven of remarkable culture thanks to its Castle : King René, and to its Museum of Fine Arts where you will discover works dating from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century, at the Gothic Cathedral of Saint Maurice or the Museum Jean Lurçat which presents beautiful pieces of contemporary tapestry, echo of the beautiful hangings of the Château d'Angers. Located in the Loire Valley, Angers also has a natural wealth thanks to its three rivers flowing into the Loire.

  • Riviera

    The French Riviera, or “Côte d’Azur” in French is a mythical, known all over the world for its beaches and the authenticity and charm of its hinterland little villages.

    We will visit some of the famous cities by the Mediterranean sea, such as Cannes, Nice, Marseille or Antibes and also some genuine sites inland, such as Grasse or Saint Paul de Vence or even Bormes-les-Mimosas.

  • Bruges

    Bruges, also called the “Venice of the North,” is an outstanding example of a medieval historic settlement. Picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals link exceptionally photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historic churches, and old whitewashed almshouses. Flemish Belgium inspired some of the most famous Flemish Baroque painters such as Rubens.

  • French Châteaux

    Students will have the unique opportunity to explore an authentic French château and its surroundings in the Ile de France, name given to the Greater Paris region.

  • Strasbourg

    The capital of the Alsace region, Strasbourg has one of Europe’s largest medieval quarters. In the Grand Île and Petite France, cobbled streets weave between creaking timber-framed houses that have survived for hundreds of years.


  • Normandy, Mont Sant-Michel, Saint Malo

    Discovery of one of the most visited monuments in France, the Mont-Saint Michel. When arriving on spot the students discover wonderful landscapes: open water, sand dunes, saltwater meadows, marshes… Students love the walk in the quick sands in the bay, and explore the abbey and its impressive history started in 708. During the weekend, they also discover the fortified town of Saint-Malo surrounded by its 17th century walls.

    Depending on the program, students may also walk on Omaha beach and visit the museum explaining World War II and the D-Day.

  • Burgundy

    Burgundy is one of France’s most famous wine-producing regions. Students on this excursion will have the chance to visit the renowned city and ancient capital of the region – Dijon – known overseas for its famous mustard, as well as Beaune. Beaune is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the district, also known the world over for its wine auctions.
  • Bruges

    Bruges, also called the “Venice of the North,” is an outstanding example of a medieval historic settlement. Picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals link exceptionally photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historic churches, and old whitewashed almshouses. Flemish Belgium inspired some of the most famous Flemish Baroque painters such as Rubens.

  • French Châteaux

    Students will have the unique opportunity to explore an authentic French château and its surroundings in the Ile de France, name given to the Greater Paris region.

  • Strasbourg

    The capital of the Alsace region, Strasbourg has one of Europe’s largest medieval quarters. In the Grand Île and Petite France, cobbled streets weave between creaking timber-framed houses that have survived for hundreds of years.


  • Burgundy

    Burgundy is one of France’s most famous wine-producing regions. Students on this excursion will have the chance to visit the renowned city and ancient capital of the region – Dijon – known overseas for its famous mustard, as well as Beaune. Beaune is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the district, also known the world over for its wine auctions.
  • Bruges

    Bruges, also called the “Venice of the North,” is an outstanding example of a medieval historic settlement. Picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals link exceptionally photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historic churches, and old whitewashed almshouses. Flemish Belgium inspired some of the most famous Flemish Baroque painters such as Rubens.

  • Strasbourg

    The capital of the Alsace region, Strasbourg has one of Europe’s largest medieval quarters. In the Grand Île and Petite France, cobbled streets weave between creaking timber-framed houses that have survived for hundreds of years.


  • French Châteaux

    Students will have the unique opportunity to explore an authentic French château and its surroundings in the Ile de France, name given to the Greater Paris region.

  • Burgundy

    Burgundy is one of France’s most famous wine-producing regions. Students on this excursion will have the chance to visit the renowned city and ancient capital of the region – Dijon – known overseas for its famous mustard, as well as Beaune. Beaune is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the district, also known the world over for its wine auctions.
  • Bordeaux

    Bordeaux is one of the largest cities in France and is located in the South West of the country, not far from the Atlantic Ocean.

    The center of a legendary winegrowing region, this vibrant and sophisticated city is a top gourmet and cultural destination. Synonymous with fine wines, Bordeaux is one of France’s most beautiful and elegant cities - indeed, half the city is Unesco-listed, making it the largest urban World Heritage site. Visitors appreciate both the monumental stone architecture and attractive nooks and crannies of this city, with its fascinating historical and cultural heritage around every corner. Also, it is now fastly connected to Paris with a new TGV line connecting both cities in just over two hours.

  • Bruges

    Bruges, also called the “Venice of the North,” is an outstanding example of a medieval historic settlement. Picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals link exceptionally photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historic churches, and old whitewashed almshouses. Flemish Belgium inspired some of the most famous Flemish Baroque painters such as Rubens.

  • French Châteaux

    Students will have the unique opportunity to explore an authentic French château and its surroundings in the Ile de France, name given to the Greater Paris region.

  • Strasbourg

    The capital of the Alsace region, Strasbourg has one of Europe’s largest medieval quarters. In the Grand Île and Petite France, cobbled streets weave between creaking timber-framed houses that have survived for hundreds of years.


  • Burgundy

    Burgundy is one of France’s most famous wine-producing regions. Students on this excursion will have the chance to visit the renowned city and ancient capital of the region – Dijon – known overseas for its famous mustard, as well as Beaune. Beaune is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the district, also known the world over for its wine auctions.
  • Angers

    Capital of Anjou, Angers is a city of Art and History, a haven of remarkable culture thanks to its Castle : King René, and to its Museum of Fine Arts where you will discover works dating from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century, at the Gothic Cathedral of Saint Maurice or the Museum Jean Lurçat which presents beautiful pieces of contemporary tapestry, echo of the beautiful hangings of the Château d'Angers. Located in the Loire Valley, Angers also has a natural wealth thanks to its three rivers flowing into the Loire.

  • Riviera

    The French Riviera, or “Côte d’Azur” in French is a mythical, known all over the world for its beaches and the authenticity and charm of its hinterland little villages.

    We will visit some of the famous cities by the Mediterranean sea, such as Cannes, Nice, Marseille or Antibes and also some genuine sites inland, such as Grasse or Saint Paul de Vence or even Bormes-les-Mimosas.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester

Students in this program select a combination of French language and cultural electives and have the option of taking cultural electives in English. The Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP) follows the European Framework for their language levels, dividing students into the following: A1-1, A1-2, A2-1, A2-2, B1-1, B1-2, B2-1, and B2-2.

BEGINNING LEVEL OPTIONS (A1-1 – A1-2)

Students at the beginning language levels are required to take 12-15 contact hours of French language per week. All students who take 12 contact hours of French language per week may add a cultural elective course. A1.1 level students may choose to take this elective in English (or add additional French language instruction), while A1.2 level students may choose to take their 1 cultural elective in English or French (or add additional French language instruction).

Students at all levels, A1.2 and A1.1 included, have the option of earning an additional three credits each semester if they complete an elective course taught in English exclusively for UCONN and API students through the University of Connecticut, at the API office. Students generally take this course in place of one of the cultural courses at the ICP. An additional fee may be charged for participation in the UCONN/API course (whether taken in place of or in addition to a regular elective course). Courses subject to minimum enrollment.

INTERMEDIATE AND ABOVE LEVEL OPTIONS (A2-1 AND ABOVE)

Students at all other language levels typically take 6-15 contact hours of French language and culture courses per week. Depending on how many contact hours of French language and culture a student takes, they may be able to take 1 or 2 cultural electives (offered in English).

Students at all levels have the option of earning an additional three credits each semester if they complete an elective course taught in English exclusively for UCONN and API students through the University of Connecticut, at the API office

Students at the high-intermediate language level (B1-1) and above also have the option of earning an additional three credits each semester if they complete an elective course taught exclusively for UCONN and API students, through the University of Connecticut or the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, at the API office. Students generally take this course in place of one of the cultural courses at the ICP. An additional fee may be charged for participation in the UCONN/API course (whether taken in place of or in addition to a regular elective course). Course subject to minimum enrollment.

TRANSCRIPTS

Students receive a transcript from the Institut Catholique de Paris upon completion of their program. If a student enrolls in the API-led course or the teaching internship, they will receive a transcript from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. If a student enrolls in the University of Connecticut elective courses, they will receive a transcript from the University of Connecticut.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Rebecca Cott

    Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - rebecca.cott@apiabroad.com

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    Francine Bost-Millischer

    Francine Bost-Millischer will be one of your Resident Directors in Paris and a resource for you on-site.

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    Laure Bettencourt

    Laure Bettencourt will be your Student Life Coordinator in Paris and will assist you in adjusting to life in France!

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    Violaine Peladan

    Violaine will be your Academic Coordinator in Paris and will assist you in achieving your educational goals with us in France!

COURSE OFFERINGS

Students at all levels will take from 9-15 hours of French language and/or culture coursework per week. They may then complete 1-3 elective course options offered in English or French depending on a student's language proficiency. Intermediate and advanced-level students may choose to participate in a teaching internship or API-taught coursework. The subjects included below are examples of French culture and history courses taught in addition to the French language hours. These are examples from previous semesters and tend to change from semester to semester.

CREDIT INFORMATION

Most API partner universities in France operate on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.

OPTIONAL ELECTIVE COURSES

Students have the option to take additional elective courses in Paris. These courses are offered either through API or the University of Connecticut. Some electives are taught in English while others are taught in French. French elective options require an intermediate to advanced language proficiency level. Students generally take this course in place of one of the cultural courses at the ICP. These elective courses are subject to change from semester to semester. An additional fee is charged for these electives.

TEACHING INTERNSHIP

All students with 4 semesters of college-level French (equivalent to the intermediate level) or more are able to participate in the teaching internship for an additional 3 credits. Beginning and intermediate-level students can also do the internship, but are not eligible to earn credit or a grade for the experience. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first served basis. An additional fee is charged for the internship.

L’Art en France des Lumières au scandale réaliste (French Art from the Enlightenment to Realism)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

A French Experience: Paris Teaching Internship

All students with 4 semesters of college-level French (equivalent to the intermediate level) or more are able to participate in the teaching internship for an additional 3 credits. Beginning and intermediate-level students can also do the internship, but are not eligible to earn credit or a grade for the experience. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional fee is charged for the internship.

Students teach English in a French school. This is a unique experience for API students in Paris to get to know Parisians and Parisian life from the inside, not only through the teenagers in the classes students teach, but also from the teachers that students assist.

Students teach English two to three hours a week in a Parisian school. The regular professor asks the student what is to be taught and helps students prepare for class. Students are asked to keep a journal where all course plans and weekly evaluations are registered (one page per class, per course taught). Students also have to write a final internship report (in French) analyzing the French teaching system and their perception of French society through their own teaching experience. Upon successful completion, students earn 3 semester credits.

Language of Instruction: English    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Architecture in a Changing World - Paris 1789-1914

This survey course offers students a thematic approach to architecture through the period opening with the French revolution and ending at the eve of World War I. Shifting modes of architecture through various styles and functions will be examined using key works in Paris, studying the opposing forces of the artistic and political establishments. By replacing architectural advances in the broader context of a modernization of Paris, we will examine how architecture offers insights into social and political changes. This course more particularly proposes to look at architectures whose functions, materials, colors and forms were relevant to modernity.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Art History II / From Paris to the Rest of the World: Modern and Post-Modern Art

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course is a comparative analysis of artistic concepts, works and movements, important to the distinction between Modernism and Postmodernism in 20th Century Art. It will also study the geopolitical issues of Art. Through an examination of form and content distinguishable in works of various artistic disciplines (painting, sculpture, architecture, design), students will critically evaluate artistic language and expression that is representative of modern and post-modern ideologies. This course will examine the visual arts and will utilize theoretical texts for supportive analysis.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Cinéma: Gros plan sur “la French Touch” (Wide Angle on the “French Touch”)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Comment fonctionne La France? (How Does France Work?)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Culture et gastronomie (Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Culture et gastronomie françaises (French Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie françaises (French Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Découvrir l’actualité économique française (Discover Today’s French Economy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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European External Relations

The objective of this course is to give students, who already have some knowledge of international affairs, a basic introduction to European external relations and particularly within the North-South context. Relations between individual European nations and other areas of the globe have existed since the 15th century and today these relations are continued through the European Union. The course will, therefore, provide an introduction to the EU institutional structures and decision-making processes that concern EU external relations and the foreign policy of specific member-states (Germany, France, and the United Kingdom). Students will also learn about European civil society through the operations of non-governmental organizations, centering on their relations with EU institutions and their international activities in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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European Union Today

The objective of this course is to give students grounding in the historical, political and economic aspects of the European integration process since World War II and to acquaint students with the EU institutional structure and decision-making processes as well as to study the various political, economic and social aspects of the EU. Through this course, students will gain a critical insight into the internal contradictions and the additional challenges that the EU has to deal with in order to enhance cooperation among its members and to function as a credible actor in a multipolar world. A recurring element will be the crisis in the Eurozone, and its consequences on the credibility of the European project, particularly given the recent European Parliament elections.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Fashion in France – 18th to 21st Century

This course focuses on the development of costume and fashion in France from the late 17th Century to the present. Topics covered include: the influence of the state in organizing luxury industries (with Louis XIV, Napoleon); the Restoration and the Romantic Era; “Fin de Siècle” and Belle Epoque fashion; the Roaring Twenties; Wartime fashion; Haute couture and “Prêt à Porter”. Class time may be separated into lecture hours and site visits (museum, exhibitions, etc.) where students can see the original documents and/or appreciate the object of study in the wider cultural context of its time.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

French Civilization - API-Only

This course is offered every spring semester.

The post-WWII era was a time of deep transformations in the French way of living, the political structure of the French society, and through cultural and social representations and is strongly represented through the Parisian architecture and the design of the main avenues and boulevards. This course examines French society chronologically from 1945 to today by highlighting the main events of this era and examining the city itself through daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theoretical developments.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate to Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Great Authors in French Cinema

This film course will focus on the history of French cinema, from its scientific beginning at the end of the 19th century, along with the Industrial Revolution, through the diversity of representations in the 20th century until the beginning of the 21st. In order to embody those changes, we will study the important authors whose contribution have made french cinema unique. Historical films will be the main guideline, but in its broadest aspect, from opinion position to historical reenactment and how documentary becomes historical fact. This theme has been fully explored since the beginning of cinema, and that will allow us to question representation and its diverse evolution along with the transformation of society. Leading French filmmakers challenged this rediscovery of the past, guiding us through the analysis of the language of the moving image.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Histoire de France: de la Révolution à la 1ère guerre mondiale (French History: from the Revolution to WWI)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ICP French Language - All Levels

Students at all levels take French language classes. The amount of credits each student receives for the French language classes varies and depends on the student’s level placement and session duration. *Students may not exceed 12 semester credits total on this program.

French language classes are designed to increase students’ written and oral comprehension and expression. All French language classes involve Oral French, Written French, and Grammar.

Language of Instruction: French   

La mode et le stylisme (Fashion and Style)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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La peinture francaise du Neo-classicisme au neo-impressionnisme (French Neoclassic and Impressionist Painting)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Les Françaises et la mode (The French and Fashion)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Littérature du XVIII°/L’Encyclopédie (18th Century Literature/The Encyclopedia)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

L’Art en France de la Renaissance au règne de Louis XIVe (French Art from the Renaissance to the Reign of Louis XIV)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Panorama de la littérature et des idées en France – du Moyen Âge au XVIIIe siècle (Panorama of Literature and Ideas in France – From the Middle Ages to the 18th Century)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Panorama du cinéma français (Panorama of French Cinema)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Paris ciné (Parisian Cinema)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Paris découverte (Discovering Paris)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Paris en photos (Paris in photos)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Paris et son histoire (Parisian History)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Politics, Economy and Society in France Today

The main objective of this course is to give students a basic grounding in how France functions by critically examining the political system, the workings of the economy and pertinent social issues. 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 the important debates within politics, economy and society that mark France today.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Societé française par les journaux télévisés (French Society on TV News)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Tourisme et gastronomie (Tourism and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Translation Through the Press

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This translation course focuses, for the most part, on material from the Parisian written press. In addition to familiarizing students with some of the techniques of translation in general, the course constitutes a cultural studies approach to France through the press since translating exercises will be accompanied by presentations of the different materials used (newspapers, television, film) and by discussions of the news itself. In addition to acquiring the basic translation skills, students will acquire a vocabulary particular to the press and current events, improve their French-language skills more generally, and view of France by way of its press and the news at a particular historical, political and cultural “moment.” There is no textbook for the course; instead, students will purchase different newspapers and magazines and be provided with links to particular media sites. Partial list of newspapers and magazines: Le Monde, Le Figaro, L’Humanité, Charlie Hebdo, Paris-Match, Libération, Le Parisien, Le Canard enchaîné

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

L’Art en France des Lumières au scandale réaliste (French Art from the Enlightenment to Realism)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

A French Experience: Paris Teaching Internship

All students with 4 semesters of college-level French (equivalent to the intermediate level) or more are able to participate in the teaching internship for an additional 3 credits. Beginning and intermediate-level students can also do the internship, but are not eligible to earn credit or a grade for the experience. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional fee is charged for the internship.

Students teach English in a French school. This is a unique experience for API students in Paris to get to know Parisians and Parisian life from the inside, not only through the teenagers in the classes students teach, but also from the teachers that students assist.

Students teach English two to three hours a week in a Parisian school. The regular professor asks the student what is to be taught and helps students prepare for class. Students are asked to keep a journal where all course plans and weekly evaluations are registered (one page per class, per course taught). Students also have to write a final internship report (in French) analyzing the French teaching system and their perception of French society through their own teaching experience. Upon successful completion, students earn 3 semester credits.

Language of Instruction: English    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Architecture in a Changing World - Paris 1789-1914

This survey course offers students a thematic approach to architecture through the period opening with the French revolution and ending at the eve of World War I. Shifting modes of architecture through various styles and functions will be examined using key works in Paris, studying the opposing forces of the artistic and political establishments. By replacing architectural advances in the broader context of a modernization of Paris, we will examine how architecture offers insights into social and political changes. This course more particularly proposes to look at architectures whose functions, materials, colors and forms were relevant to modernity.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Art History II / From Paris to the Rest of the World: Modern and Post-Modern Art

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course is a comparative analysis of artistic concepts, works and movements, important to the distinction between Modernism and Postmodernism in 20th Century Art. It will also study the geopolitical issues of Art. Through an examination of form and content distinguishable in works of various artistic disciplines (painting, sculpture, architecture, design), students will critically evaluate artistic language and expression that is representative of modern and post-modern ideologies. This course will examine the visual arts and will utilize theoretical texts for supportive analysis.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Cinéma: Gros plan sur “la French Touch” (Wide Angle on the “French Touch”)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Comment fonctionne La France? (How Does France Work?)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie (Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie françaises (French Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie françaises (French Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Découvrir l’actualité économique française (Discover Today’s French Economy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

European External Relations

The objective of this course is to give students, who already have some knowledge of international affairs, a basic introduction to European external relations and particularly within the North-South context. Relations between individual European nations and other areas of the globe have existed since the 15th century and today these relations are continued through the European Union. The course will, therefore, provide an introduction to the EU institutional structures and decision-making processes that concern EU external relations and the foreign policy of specific member-states (Germany, France, and the United Kingdom). Students will also learn about European civil society through the operations of non-governmental organizations, centering on their relations with EU institutions and their international activities in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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European Union Today

The objective of this course is to give students grounding in the historical, political and economic aspects of the European integration process since World War II and to acquaint students with the EU institutional structure and decision-making processes as well as to study the various political, economic and social aspects of the EU. Through this course, students will gain a critical insight into the internal contradictions and the additional challenges that the EU has to deal with in order to enhance cooperation among its members and to function as a credible actor in a multipolar world. A recurring element will be the crisis in the Eurozone, and its consequences on the credibility of the European project, particularly given the recent European Parliament elections.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Fashion in France – 18th to 21st Century

This course focuses on the development of costume and fashion in France from the late 17th Century to the present. Topics covered include: the influence of the state in organizing luxury industries (with Louis XIV, Napoleon); the Restoration and the Romantic Era; “Fin de Siècle” and Belle Epoque fashion; the Roaring Twenties; Wartime fashion; Haute couture and “Prêt à Porter”. Class time may be separated into lecture hours and site visits (museum, exhibitions, etc.) where students can see the original documents and/or appreciate the object of study in the wider cultural context of its time.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

French Civilization - API-Only

This course is offered every spring semester.

The post-WWII era was a time of deep transformations in the French way of living, the political structure of the French society, and through cultural and social representations and is strongly represented through the Parisian architecture and the design of the main avenues and boulevards. This course examines French society chronologically from 1945 to today by highlighting the main events of this era and examining the city itself through daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theoretical developments.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate to Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Great Authors in French Cinema

This film course will focus on the history of French cinema, from its scientific beginning at the end of the 19th century, along with the Industrial Revolution, through the diversity of representations in the 20th century until the beginning of the 21st. In order to embody those changes, we will study the important authors whose contribution have made french cinema unique. Historical films will be the main guideline, but in its broadest aspect, from opinion position to historical reenactment and how documentary becomes historical fact. This theme has been fully explored since the beginning of cinema, and that will allow us to question representation and its diverse evolution along with the transformation of society. Leading French filmmakers challenged this rediscovery of the past, guiding us through the analysis of the language of the moving image.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Histoire de France: de la Révolution à la 1ère guerre mondiale (French History: from the Revolution to WWI)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

ICP French Language - All Levels

Students at all levels take French language classes. The amount of credits each student receives for the French language classes varies and depends on the student’s level placement and session duration. *Students may not exceed 12 semester credits total on this program.

French language classes are designed to increase students’ written and oral comprehension and expression. All French language classes involve Oral French, Written French, and Grammar.

Language of Instruction: French   

La mode et le stylisme (Fashion and Style)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

La peinture francaise du Neo-classicisme au neo-impressionnisme (French Neoclassic and Impressionist Painting)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Les Françaises et la mode (The French and Fashion)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Littérature du XVIII°/L’Encyclopédie (18th Century Literature/The Encyclopedia)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

L’Art en France de la Renaissance au règne de Louis XIVe (French Art from the Renaissance to the Reign of Louis XIV)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Panorama de la littérature et des idées en France – du Moyen Âge au XVIIIe siècle (Panorama of Literature and Ideas in France – From the Middle Ages to the 18th Century)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Panorama du cinéma français (Panorama of French Cinema)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Paris ciné (Parisian Cinema)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Paris découverte (Discovering Paris)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Paris en photos (Paris in photos)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Paris et son histoire (Parisian History)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Politics, Economy and Society in France Today

The main objective of this course is to give students a basic grounding in how France functions by critically examining the political system, the workings of the economy and pertinent social issues. 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 the important debates within politics, economy and society that mark France today.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Societé française par les journaux télévisés (French Society on TV News)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Tourisme et gastronomie (Tourism and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Translation Through the Press

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This translation course focuses, for the most part, on material from the Parisian written press. In addition to familiarizing students with some of the techniques of translation in general, the course constitutes a cultural studies approach to France through the press since translating exercises will be accompanied by presentations of the different materials used (newspapers, television, film) and by discussions of the news itself. In addition to acquiring the basic translation skills, students will acquire a vocabulary particular to the press and current events, improve their French-language skills more generally, and view of France by way of its press and the news at a particular historical, political and cultural “moment.” There is no textbook for the course; instead, students will purchase different newspapers and magazines and be provided with links to particular media sites. Partial list of newspapers and magazines: Le Monde, Le Figaro, L’Humanité, Charlie Hebdo, Paris-Match, Libération, Le Parisien, Le Canard enchaîné

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

L’Art en France des Lumières au scandale réaliste (French Art from the Enlightenment to Realism)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

A French Experience: Paris Teaching Internship

All students with 4 semesters of college-level French (equivalent to the intermediate level) or more are able to participate in the teaching internship for an additional 3 credits. Beginning and intermediate-level students can also do the internship, but are not eligible to earn credit or a grade for the experience. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional fee is charged for the internship.

Students teach English in a French school. This is a unique experience for API students in Paris to get to know Parisians and Parisian life from the inside, not only through the teenagers in the classes students teach, but also from the teachers that students assist.

Students teach English two to three hours a week in a Parisian school. The regular professor asks the student what is to be taught and helps students prepare for class. Students are asked to keep a journal where all course plans and weekly evaluations are registered (one page per class, per course taught). Students also have to write a final internship report (in French) analyzing the French teaching system and their perception of French society through their own teaching experience. Upon successful completion, students earn 3 semester credits.

Language of Instruction: English    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Architecture in a Changing World - Paris 1789-1914

This survey course offers students a thematic approach to architecture through the period opening with the French revolution and ending at the eve of World War I. Shifting modes of architecture through various styles and functions will be examined using key works in Paris, studying the opposing forces of the artistic and political establishments. By replacing architectural advances in the broader context of a modernization of Paris, we will examine how architecture offers insights into social and political changes. This course more particularly proposes to look at architectures whose functions, materials, colors and forms were relevant to modernity.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Art History: From the Impressionists to Picasso

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course traces the artistic contribution to modernity in 19th -century and the first decades of 20th century French art, its utopian dimension, its different achievements and its decline. Since the French Revolution, some major works of art, art critics and theories, and artists themselves contributed to change drastically the artist’s role and the role of the arts. In the newly established bourgeois, industrialized and modernized society in France, the co-existence of opposite art practices and ideologies as well as the quickly following changes and innovations in successive art-movements, such as neo-classicism, romanticism, realism, impressionism, postimpressionism, will be analyzed with regard to their respective claim for modernity.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Art History II / From Paris to the Rest of the World: Modern and Post-Modern Art

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course is a comparative analysis of artistic concepts, works and movements, important to the distinction between Modernism and Postmodernism in 20th Century Art. It will also study the geopolitical issues of Art. Through an examination of form and content distinguishable in works of various artistic disciplines (painting, sculpture, architecture, design), students will critically evaluate artistic language and expression that is representative of modern and post-modern ideologies. This course will examine the visual arts and will utilize theoretical texts for supportive analysis.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Cinéma: Gros plan sur “la French Touch” (Wide Angle on the “French Touch”)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Comment fonctionne La France? (How Does France Work?)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie (Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie françaises (French Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie françaises (French Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Découvrir l’actualité économique française (Discover Today’s French Economy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

European External Relations

The objective of this course is to give students, who already have some knowledge of international affairs, a basic introduction to European external relations and particularly within the North-South context. Relations between individual European nations and other areas of the globe have existed since the 15th century and today these relations are continued through the European Union. The course will, therefore, provide an introduction to the EU institutional structures and decision-making processes that concern EU external relations and the foreign policy of specific member-states (Germany, France, and the United Kingdom). Students will also learn about European civil society through the operations of non-governmental organizations, centering on their relations with EU institutions and their international activities in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

European Union Today

The objective of this course is to give students grounding in the historical, political and economic aspects of the European integration process since World War II and to acquaint students with the EU institutional structure and decision-making processes as well as to study the various political, economic and social aspects of the EU. Through this course, students will gain a critical insight into the internal contradictions and the additional challenges that the EU has to deal with in order to enhance cooperation among its members and to function as a credible actor in a multipolar world. A recurring element will be the crisis in the Eurozone, and its consequences on the credibility of the European project, particularly given the recent European Parliament elections.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Fashion in France – 18th to 21st Century

This course focuses on the development of costume and fashion in France from the late 17th Century to the present. Topics covered include: the influence of the state in organizing luxury industries (with Louis XIV, Napoleon); the Restoration and the Romantic Era; “Fin de Siècle” and Belle Epoque fashion; the Roaring Twenties; Wartime fashion; Haute couture and “Prêt à Porter”. Class time may be separated into lecture hours and site visits (museum, exhibitions, etc.) where students can see the original documents and/or appreciate the object of study in the wider cultural context of its time.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

French Civilization - API-Only

This course is offered every spring semester.

The post-WWII era was a time of deep transformations in the French way of living, the political structure of the French society, and through cultural and social representations and is strongly represented through the Parisian architecture and the design of the main avenues and boulevards. This course examines French society chronologically from 1945 to today by highlighting the main events of this era and examining the city itself through daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theoretical developments.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate to Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Great Authors in French Cinema

This film course will focus on the history of French cinema, from its scientific beginning at the end of the 19th century, along with the Industrial Revolution, through the diversity of representations in the 20th century until the beginning of the 21st. In order to embody those changes, we will study the important authors whose contribution have made french cinema unique. Historical films will be the main guideline, but in its broadest aspect, from opinion position to historical reenactment and how documentary becomes historical fact. This theme has been fully explored since the beginning of cinema, and that will allow us to question representation and its diverse evolution along with the transformation of society. Leading French filmmakers challenged this rediscovery of the past, guiding us through the analysis of the language of the moving image.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Histoire de France: de la Révolution à la 1ère guerre mondiale (French History: from the Revolution to WWI)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

History of French Cuisine - API-Only

This course is offered every Fall semester.

Who has never dreamt of chocolate mousse, foie gras, or fondue? Why is France so attached to its cuisine and culinary traditions? How did they develop and what role do they play within daily life as well as national identity? How could the French indulge themselves in fastuous and lengthy meals and joyfully continue to speak about food while eating? What does eating mean? This course is designed to understand the role and place of French Cuisine within its society from a historical, ethnological, and sociological point of view, and to put into practice this “savoir vivre français” by cooking some traditional dishes and sharing them together. This is a reading and research class, with a cooking and tasting component.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate to Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Human Rights: Being International

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course offers an introduction to international Human Rights Law. Each class will be structured around a lecture and a case study with a focus on important human rights issues in France. Students will become acquainted with the fundamentals of human rights and will become aware of specific human rights issues that arise in France.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

ICP French Language - All Levels

Students at all levels take French language classes. The amount of credits each student receives for the French language classes varies and depends on the student’s level placement and session duration. *Students may not exceed 12 semester credits total on this program.

French language classes are designed to increase students’ written and oral comprehension and expression. All French language classes involve Oral French, Written French, and Grammar.

Language of Instruction: French   

Introduction to Human Rights

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course offers an introduction to international human rights law. Each class will be structured around a lecture and a case study with a focus on important human rights issues in France. The last class will be dedicated to a moot court on the issue of freedom of expression in France in the context of counter-terrorism

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

La mode et le stylisme (Fashion and Style)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

La peinture francaise du Neo-classicisme au neo-impressionnisme (French Neoclassic and Impressionist Painting)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

La peinture française du Néo-classicisme au Fauvisme (French Painting from Neo-Classicism to Fauvism)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Les Françaises et la mode (The French and Fashion)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Littérature du XVIII°/L’Encyclopédie (18th Century Literature/The Encyclopedia)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

L’Art en France de la Renaissance au règne de Louis XIVe (French Art from the Renaissance to the Reign of Louis XIV)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

L’Art en France des Lumières à l’Impressionnisme (French Art from the Enlightenment to Impressionism)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Panorama de la littérature et des idées en France – du Moyen Âge au XVIIIe siècle (Panorama of Literature and Ideas in France – From the Middle Ages to the 18th Century)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Panorama du cinéma français (Panorama of French Cinema)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Paris ciné (Parisian Cinema)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Paris découverte (Discovering Paris)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Paris en photos (Paris in photos)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Paris et son histoire (Parisian History)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Politics, Economy and Society in France Today

The main objective of this course is to give students a basic grounding in how France functions by critically examining the political system, the workings of the economy and pertinent social issues. 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 the important debates within politics, economy and society that mark France today.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Societé française par les journaux télévisés (French Society on TV News)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Tourisme et gastronomie (Tourism and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Translation Through the Press

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This translation course focuses, for the most part, on material from the Parisian written press. In addition to familiarizing students with some of the techniques of translation in general, the course constitutes a cultural studies approach to France through the press since translating exercises will be accompanied by presentations of the different materials used (newspapers, television, film) and by discussions of the news itself. In addition to acquiring the basic translation skills, students will acquire a vocabulary particular to the press and current events, improve their French-language skills more generally, and view of France by way of its press and the news at a particular historical, political and cultural “moment.” There is no textbook for the course; instead, students will purchase different newspapers and magazines and be provided with links to particular media sites. Partial list of newspapers and magazines: Le Monde, Le Figaro, L’Humanité, Charlie Hebdo, Paris-Match, Libération, Le Parisien, Le Canard enchaîné

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Universalism in Crisis

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course provides a cultural history of France from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, using the methods and materials of cultural studies. Not a history course, not an art history course, not a political science course, not a film course, not a sociology course, “Universalism in Crisis” is a comparative “mix” of these disciplines informed by a particular theme: France was a dominant culture and central to what is referred to as “modernity” (mid-nineteenth-century to World War II), a period during which it had the geopolitical power to enforce and export its emblematic and founding characteristic, “universalism”, but emerges from the post-war in a world dominated by superpowers, competing universalisms. The course delineates the shift from a period characterized by dominant universalism and dominant values of modernity to a period when France and universalism are “in crisis.” Some of the themes to be covered: France and the legacy of the Enlightenment; women, feminism and universalism; colonization, and the “civilizing mission:”; immigration and the banlieues; art, literature and the idea of “cultural exception;” France and the USA: friend or foes?”

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Fashion in France: 18th-21st Century

This course survey of French fashion history from the late 17th century to the early 21st century. Throughout the semester you will become familiar with the main lines of fashion history (styles, personalities, designers). You will also learn about the history of Paris as a fashion industry hub and the origins of the French luxury fashion industry.

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Histoire de la gastronomie française (History of French cuisine)

This elective course is taught in French by a French API professor. Offerings may vary per semester.

Who has never dreamt of chocolate mousse, foie gras, or fondue? Why is France so attached to its cuisine and culinary traditions? How did they develop and what role do they play within daily life as well as national identity? How could the French indulge themselves in fastuous and lengthy meals and joyfully continue to speak about food while eating? What does eating mean? This course is designed to understand the role and place of French Cuisine within its society from an historical, ethnological, and sociological point of view, and to put into practice this “savoir vivre français” by cooking some traditional dishes and sharing them together. This is a reading and research class, with a cooking and tasting component.

Histoire de la mode en France (Fashion in France)

This elective course is taught in French by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester. This course focuses on the development of costume and fashion in France from the late 17th Century to the present. Topics covered include: the influence of the state in organizing luxury industries (with Louis XIV, Napoleon); the Restoration and the Romantic Era; “Fin de Siècle” and Belle Epoque fashion; the Roaring Twenties; Wartime fashion; Haute couture and “Prêt à Porter”. Class time may be separated into lecture hours and site visits (museum, exhibitions, etc.) where students can see the original documents and/or appreciate the object of study in the wider cultural context of its time.

La France de 1945 à nos jours (Post War France)

This elective course is taught in French by a French API professor. Offerings may vary per semester. If Paris has been known as the « capital city of the nineteenth century (regarding its architecture or the design of the main avenues and boulevards for example), the post-WWII era has been a time of deep transformations in the way of living, in the political structure of the french society, and in cultural and social representations as well. So we will try, based on a chronological presentation of the main events, to show, focusing on the city of Paris, or on daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theorical developments, the meaning or the main aspects of this era.

Littérature et chansons en France (Literature and songs in France)

This elective course is taught in French by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester. The course is an overview of the French literary and cultural tradition through a selection of chansons and texts ranging from troubadours to contemporary rappers. Each session will be devoted to a specific song or musical style, usually accompanied by a literary text (poem, short story, novel) which serve as entries to the period in question. Several excursions to related sites in Paris are also planned.

A French Experience: Paris Teaching Internship

All students with 4 semesters of college-level French (equivalent to the intermediate level) or more are able to participate in the teaching internship for an additional 3 credits. Beginning and intermediate-level students can also do the internship, but are not eligible to earn credit or a grade for the experience. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional fee is charged for the internship.

Students teach English in a French school. This is a unique experience for API students in Paris to get to know Parisians and Parisian life from the inside, not only through the teenagers in the classes students teach, but also from the teachers that students assist.

Students teach English two to three hours a week in a Parisian school. The regular professor asks the student what is to be taught and helps students prepare for class. Students are asked to keep a journal where all course plans and weekly evaluations are registered (one page per class, per course taught). Students also have to write a final internship report (in French) analyzing the French teaching system and their perception of French society through their own teaching experience. Upon successful completion, students earn 3 semester credits.

Language of Instruction: English    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Architecture in a Changing World - Paris 1789-1914

This survey course offers students a thematic approach to architecture through the period opening with the French revolution and ending at the eve of World War I. Shifting modes of architecture through various styles and functions will be examined using key works in Paris, studying the opposing forces of the artistic and political establishments. By replacing architectural advances in the broader context of a modernization of Paris, we will examine how architecture offers insights into social and political changes. This course more particularly proposes to look at architectures whose functions, materials, colors and forms were relevant to modernity.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Art History: From the Impressionists to Picasso

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course traces the artistic contribution to modernity in 19th -century and the first decades of 20th century French art, its utopian dimension, its different achievements and its decline. Since the French Revolution, some major works of art, art critics and theories, and artists themselves contributed to change drastically the artist’s role and the role of the arts. In the newly established bourgeois, industrialized and modernized society in France, the co-existence of opposite art practices and ideologies as well as the quickly following changes and innovations in successive art-movements, such as neo-classicism, romanticism, realism, impressionism, postimpressionism, will be analyzed with regard to their respective claim for modernity.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Cinéma: Gros plan sur “la French Touch” (Wide Angle on the “French Touch”)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Comment fonctionne La France? (How Does France Work?)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie (Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie françaises (French Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie françaises (French Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Découvrir l’actualité économique française (Discover Today’s French Economy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

European External Relations

The objective of this course is to give students, who already have some knowledge of international affairs, a basic introduction to European external relations and particularly within the North-South context. Relations between individual European nations and other areas of the globe have existed since the 15th century and today these relations are continued through the European Union. The course will, therefore, provide an introduction to the EU institutional structures and decision-making processes that concern EU external relations and the foreign policy of specific member-states (Germany, France, and the United Kingdom). Students will also learn about European civil society through the operations of non-governmental organizations, centering on their relations with EU institutions and their international activities in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

European Union Today

The objective of this course is to give students grounding in the historical, political and economic aspects of the European integration process since World War II and to acquaint students with the EU institutional structure and decision-making processes as well as to study the various political, economic and social aspects of the EU. Through this course, students will gain a critical insight into the internal contradictions and the additional challenges that the EU has to deal with in order to enhance cooperation among its members and to function as a credible actor in a multipolar world. A recurring element will be the crisis in the Eurozone, and its consequences on the credibility of the European project, particularly given the recent European Parliament elections.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Fashion in France – 18th to 21st Century

This course focuses on the development of costume and fashion in France from the late 17th Century to the present. Topics covered include: the influence of the state in organizing luxury industries (with Louis XIV, Napoleon); the Restoration and the Romantic Era; “Fin de Siècle” and Belle Epoque fashion; the Roaring Twenties; Wartime fashion; Haute couture and “Prêt à Porter”. Class time may be separated into lecture hours and site visits (museum, exhibitions, etc.) where students can see the original documents and/or appreciate the object of study in the wider cultural context of its time.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Great Authors in French Cinema

This film course will focus on the history of French cinema, from its scientific beginning at the end of the 19th century, along with the Industrial Revolution, through the diversity of representations in the 20th century until the beginning of the 21st. In order to embody those changes, we will study the important authors whose contribution have made french cinema unique. Historical films will be the main guideline, but in its broadest aspect, from opinion position to historical reenactment and how documentary becomes historical fact. This theme has been fully explored since the beginning of cinema, and that will allow us to question representation and its diverse evolution along with the transformation of society. Leading French filmmakers challenged this rediscovery of the past, guiding us through the analysis of the language of the moving image.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Histoire de France: de la Révolution à la 1ère guerre mondiale (French History: from the Revolution to WWI)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

History of French Cuisine - API-Only

This course is offered every Fall semester.

Who has never dreamt of chocolate mousse, foie gras, or fondue? Why is France so attached to its cuisine and culinary traditions? How did they develop and what role do they play within daily life as well as national identity? How could the French indulge themselves in fastuous and lengthy meals and joyfully continue to speak about food while eating? What does eating mean? This course is designed to understand the role and place of French Cuisine within its society from a historical, ethnological, and sociological point of view, and to put into practice this “savoir vivre français” by cooking some traditional dishes and sharing them together. This is a reading and research class, with a cooking and tasting component.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate to Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Human Rights: Being International

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course offers an introduction to international Human Rights Law. Each class will be structured around a lecture and a case study with a focus on important human rights issues in France. Students will become acquainted with the fundamentals of human rights and will become aware of specific human rights issues that arise in France.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

ICP French Language - All Levels

Students at all levels take French language classes. The amount of credits each student receives for the French language classes varies and depends on the student’s level placement and session duration. *Students may not exceed 12 semester credits total on this program.

French language classes are designed to increase students’ written and oral comprehension and expression. All French language classes involve Oral French, Written French, and Grammar.

Language of Instruction: French   

Introduction to Human Rights

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course offers an introduction to international human rights law. Each class will be structured around a lecture and a case study with a focus on important human rights issues in France. The last class will be dedicated to a moot court on the issue of freedom of expression in France in the context of counter-terrorism

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

La mode et le stylisme (Fashion and Style)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

La peinture francaise du Neo-classicisme au neo-impressionnisme (French Neoclassic and Impressionist Painting)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

La peinture française du Néo-classicisme au Fauvisme (French Painting from Neo-Classicism to Fauvism)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Les Françaises et la mode (The French and Fashion)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Littérature du XVIII°/L’Encyclopédie (18th Century Literature/The Encyclopedia)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

L’Art en France des Lumières à l’Impressionnisme (French Art from the Enlightenment to Impressionism)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Panorama du cinéma français (Panorama of French Cinema)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Paris ciné (Parisian Cinema)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Paris découverte (Discovering Paris)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Paris en photos (Paris in photos)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Paris et son histoire (Parisian History)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Politics, Economy and Society in France Today

The main objective of this course is to give students a basic grounding in how France functions by critically examining the political system, the workings of the economy and pertinent social issues. 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 the important debates within politics, economy and society that mark France today.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Societé française par les journaux télévisés (French Society on TV News)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Tourisme et gastronomie (Tourism and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Universalism in Crisis

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course provides a cultural history of France from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, using the methods and materials of cultural studies. Not a history course, not an art history course, not a political science course, not a film course, not a sociology course, “Universalism in Crisis” is a comparative “mix” of these disciplines informed by a particular theme: France was a dominant culture and central to what is referred to as “modernity” (mid-nineteenth-century to World War II), a period during which it had the geopolitical power to enforce and export its emblematic and founding characteristic, “universalism”, but emerges from the post-war in a world dominated by superpowers, competing universalisms. The course delineates the shift from a period characterized by dominant universalism and dominant values of modernity to a period when France and universalism are “in crisis.” Some of the themes to be covered: France and the legacy of the Enlightenment; women, feminism and universalism; colonization, and the “civilizing mission:”; immigration and the banlieues; art, literature and the idea of “cultural exception;” France and the USA: friend or foes?”

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Fashion in France: 18th-21st Century

This course survey of French fashion history from the late 17th century to the early 21st century. Throughout the semester you will become familiar with the main lines of fashion history (styles, personalities, designers). You will also learn about the history of Paris as a fashion industry hub and the origins of the French luxury fashion industry.

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

A French Experience: Paris Teaching Internship

All students with 4 semesters of college-level French (equivalent to the intermediate level) or more are able to participate in the teaching internship for an additional 3 credits. Beginning and intermediate-level students can also do the internship, but are not eligible to earn credit or a grade for the experience. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional fee is charged for the internship.

Students teach English in a French school. This is a unique experience for API students in Paris to get to know Parisians and Parisian life from the inside, not only through the teenagers in the classes students teach, but also from the teachers that students assist.

Students teach English two to three hours a week in a Parisian school. The regular professor asks the student what is to be taught and helps students prepare for class. Students are asked to keep a journal where all course plans and weekly evaluations are registered (one page per class, per course taught). Students also have to write a final internship report (in French) analyzing the French teaching system and their perception of French society through their own teaching experience. Upon successful completion, students earn 3 semester credits.

Language of Instruction: English    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Architecture in a Changing World - Paris 1789-1914

This survey course offers students a thematic approach to architecture through the period opening with the French revolution and ending at the eve of World War I. Shifting modes of architecture through various styles and functions will be examined using key works in Paris, studying the opposing forces of the artistic and political establishments. By replacing architectural advances in the broader context of a modernization of Paris, we will examine how architecture offers insights into social and political changes. This course more particularly proposes to look at architectures whose functions, materials, colors and forms were relevant to modernity.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Art History: From the Impressionists to Picasso

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course traces the artistic contribution to modernity in 19th -century and the first decades of 20th century French art, its utopian dimension, its different achievements and its decline. Since the French Revolution, some major works of art, art critics and theories, and artists themselves contributed to change drastically the artist’s role and the role of the arts. In the newly established bourgeois, industrialized and modernized society in France, the co-existence of opposite art practices and ideologies as well as the quickly following changes and innovations in successive art-movements, such as neo-classicism, romanticism, realism, impressionism, postimpressionism, will be analyzed with regard to their respective claim for modernity.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Cinéma: Gros plan sur “la French Touch” (Wide Angle on the “French Touch”)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Comment fonctionne La France? (How Does France Work?)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie (Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie françaises (French Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie françaises (French Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Découvrir l’actualité économique française (Discover Today’s French Economy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

European External Relations

The objective of this course is to give students, who already have some knowledge of international affairs, a basic introduction to European external relations and particularly within the North-South context. Relations between individual European nations and other areas of the globe have existed since the 15th century and today these relations are continued through the European Union. The course will, therefore, provide an introduction to the EU institutional structures and decision-making processes that concern EU external relations and the foreign policy of specific member-states (Germany, France, and the United Kingdom). Students will also learn about European civil society through the operations of non-governmental organizations, centering on their relations with EU institutions and their international activities in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

European Union Today

The objective of this course is to give students grounding in the historical, political and economic aspects of the European integration process since World War II and to acquaint students with the EU institutional structure and decision-making processes as well as to study the various political, economic and social aspects of the EU. Through this course, students will gain a critical insight into the internal contradictions and the additional challenges that the EU has to deal with in order to enhance cooperation among its members and to function as a credible actor in a multipolar world. A recurring element will be the crisis in the Eurozone, and its consequences on the credibility of the European project, particularly given the recent European Parliament elections.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Fashion in France – 18th to 21st Century

This course focuses on the development of costume and fashion in France from the late 17th Century to the present. Topics covered include: the influence of the state in organizing luxury industries (with Louis XIV, Napoleon); the Restoration and the Romantic Era; “Fin de Siècle” and Belle Epoque fashion; the Roaring Twenties; Wartime fashion; Haute couture and “Prêt à Porter”. Class time may be separated into lecture hours and site visits (museum, exhibitions, etc.) where students can see the original documents and/or appreciate the object of study in the wider cultural context of its time.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Great Authors in French Cinema

This film course will focus on the history of French cinema, from its scientific beginning at the end of the 19th century, along with the Industrial Revolution, through the diversity of representations in the 20th century until the beginning of the 21st. In order to embody those changes, we will study the important authors whose contribution have made french cinema unique. Historical films will be the main guideline, but in its broadest aspect, from opinion position to historical reenactment and how documentary becomes historical fact. This theme has been fully explored since the beginning of cinema, and that will allow us to question representation and its diverse evolution along with the transformation of society. Leading French filmmakers challenged this rediscovery of the past, guiding us through the analysis of the language of the moving image.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Histoire de France: de la Révolution à la 1ère guerre mondiale (French History: from the Revolution to WWI)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

History of French Cuisine - API-Only

This course is offered every Fall semester.

Who has never dreamt of chocolate mousse, foie gras, or fondue? Why is France so attached to its cuisine and culinary traditions? How did they develop and what role do they play within daily life as well as national identity? How could the French indulge themselves in fastuous and lengthy meals and joyfully continue to speak about food while eating? What does eating mean? This course is designed to understand the role and place of French Cuisine within its society from a historical, ethnological, and sociological point of view, and to put into practice this “savoir vivre français” by cooking some traditional dishes and sharing them together. This is a reading and research class, with a cooking and tasting component.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate to Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Human Rights: Being International

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course offers an introduction to international Human Rights Law. Each class will be structured around a lecture and a case study with a focus on important human rights issues in France. Students will become acquainted with the fundamentals of human rights and will become aware of specific human rights issues that arise in France.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

ICP French Language - All Levels

Students at all levels take French language classes. The amount of credits each student receives for the French language classes varies and depends on the student’s level placement and session duration. *Students may not exceed 12 semester credits total on this program.

French language classes are designed to increase students’ written and oral comprehension and expression. All French language classes involve Oral French, Written French, and Grammar.

Language of Instruction: French   

Introduction to Human Rights

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course offers an introduction to international human rights law. Each class will be structured around a lecture and a case study with a focus on important human rights issues in France. The last class will be dedicated to a moot court on the issue of freedom of expression in France in the context of counter-terrorism

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

La mode et le stylisme (Fashion and Style)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

La peinture francaise du Neo-classicisme au neo-impressionnisme (French Neoclassic and Impressionist Painting)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

La peinture française du Néo-classicisme au Fauvisme (French Painting from Neo-Classicism to Fauvism)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Les Françaises et la mode (The French and Fashion)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Littérature du XVIII°/L’Encyclopédie (18th Century Literature/The Encyclopedia)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

L’Art en France des Lumières à l’Impressionnisme (French Art from the Enlightenment to Impressionism)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Panorama du cinéma français (Panorama of French Cinema)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Paris ciné (Parisian Cinema)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Paris découverte (Discovering Paris)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Paris en photos (Paris in photos)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Paris et son histoire (Parisian History)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Politics, Economy and Society in France Today

The main objective of this course is to give students a basic grounding in how France functions by critically examining the political system, the workings of the economy and pertinent social issues. 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 the important debates within politics, economy and society that mark France today.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Societé française par les journaux télévisés (French Society on TV News)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Tourisme et gastronomie (Tourism and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Fashion in France: 18th-21st Century

This course survey of French fashion history from the late 17th century to the early 21st century. Throughout the semester you will become familiar with the main lines of fashion history (styles, personalities, designers). You will also learn about the history of Paris as a fashion industry hub and the origins of the French luxury fashion industry.

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

A French Experience: Paris Teaching Internship

All students with 4 semesters of college-level French (equivalent to the intermediate level) or more are able to participate in the teaching internship for an additional 3 credits. Beginning and intermediate-level students can also do the internship, but are not eligible to earn credit or a grade for the experience. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional fee is charged for the internship.

Students teach English in a French school. This is a unique experience for API students in Paris to get to know Parisians and Parisian life from the inside, not only through the teenagers in the classes students teach, but also from the teachers that students assist.

Students teach English two to three hours a week in a Parisian school. The regular professor asks the student what is to be taught and helps students prepare for class. Students are asked to keep a journal where all course plans and weekly evaluations are registered (one page per class, per course taught). Students also have to write a final internship report (in French) analyzing the French teaching system and their perception of French society through their own teaching experience. Upon successful completion, students earn 3 semester credits.

Language of Instruction: English    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Architecture in a Changing World - Paris 1789-1914

This survey course offers students a thematic approach to architecture through the period opening with the French revolution and ending at the eve of World War I. Shifting modes of architecture through various styles and functions will be examined using key works in Paris, studying the opposing forces of the artistic and political establishments. By replacing architectural advances in the broader context of a modernization of Paris, we will examine how architecture offers insights into social and political changes. This course more particularly proposes to look at architectures whose functions, materials, colors and forms were relevant to modernity.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Art History: From the Impressionists to Picasso

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course traces the artistic contribution to modernity in 19th -century and the first decades of 20th century French art, its utopian dimension, its different achievements and its decline. Since the French Revolution, some major works of art, art critics and theories, and artists themselves contributed to change drastically the artist’s role and the role of the arts. In the newly established bourgeois, industrialized and modernized society in France, the co-existence of opposite art practices and ideologies as well as the quickly following changes and innovations in successive art-movements, such as neo-classicism, romanticism, realism, impressionism, postimpressionism, will be analyzed with regard to their respective claim for modernity.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Cinéma: Gros plan sur “la French Touch” (Wide Angle on the “French Touch”)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Comment fonctionne La France? (How Does France Work?)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie (Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie françaises (French Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie françaises (French Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Découvrir l’actualité économique française (Discover Today’s French Economy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

European External Relations

The objective of this course is to give students, who already have some knowledge of international affairs, a basic introduction to European external relations and particularly within the North-South context. Relations between individual European nations and other areas of the globe have existed since the 15th century and today these relations are continued through the European Union. The course will, therefore, provide an introduction to the EU institutional structures and decision-making processes that concern EU external relations and the foreign policy of specific member-states (Germany, France, and the United Kingdom). Students will also learn about European civil society through the operations of non-governmental organizations, centering on their relations with EU institutions and their international activities in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

European Union Today

The objective of this course is to give students grounding in the historical, political and economic aspects of the European integration process since World War II and to acquaint students with the EU institutional structure and decision-making processes as well as to study the various political, economic and social aspects of the EU. Through this course, students will gain a critical insight into the internal contradictions and the additional challenges that the EU has to deal with in order to enhance cooperation among its members and to function as a credible actor in a multipolar world. A recurring element will be the crisis in the Eurozone, and its consequences on the credibility of the European project, particularly given the recent European Parliament elections.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Fashion in France – 18th to 21st Century

This course focuses on the development of costume and fashion in France from the late 17th Century to the present. Topics covered include: the influence of the state in organizing luxury industries (with Louis XIV, Napoleon); the Restoration and the Romantic Era; “Fin de Siècle” and Belle Epoque fashion; the Roaring Twenties; Wartime fashion; Haute couture and “Prêt à Porter”. Class time may be separated into lecture hours and site visits (museum, exhibitions, etc.) where students can see the original documents and/or appreciate the object of study in the wider cultural context of its time.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Great Authors in French Cinema

This film course will focus on the history of French cinema, from its scientific beginning at the end of the 19th century, along with the Industrial Revolution, through the diversity of representations in the 20th century until the beginning of the 21st. In order to embody those changes, we will study the important authors whose contribution have made french cinema unique. Historical films will be the main guideline, but in its broadest aspect, from opinion position to historical reenactment and how documentary becomes historical fact. This theme has been fully explored since the beginning of cinema, and that will allow us to question representation and its diverse evolution along with the transformation of society. Leading French filmmakers challenged this rediscovery of the past, guiding us through the analysis of the language of the moving image.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Histoire de France: de la Révolution à la 1ère guerre mondiale (French History: from the Revolution to WWI)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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History of French Cuisine - API-Only

This course is offered every Fall semester.

Who has never dreamt of chocolate mousse, foie gras, or fondue? Why is France so attached to its cuisine and culinary traditions? How did they develop and what role do they play within daily life as well as national identity? How could the French indulge themselves in fastuous and lengthy meals and joyfully continue to speak about food while eating? What does eating mean? This course is designed to understand the role and place of French Cuisine within its society from a historical, ethnological, and sociological point of view, and to put into practice this “savoir vivre français” by cooking some traditional dishes and sharing them together. This is a reading and research class, with a cooking and tasting component.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate to Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Human Rights: Being International

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course offers an introduction to international Human Rights Law. Each class will be structured around a lecture and a case study with a focus on important human rights issues in France. Students will become acquainted with the fundamentals of human rights and will become aware of specific human rights issues that arise in France.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

ICP French Language - All Levels

Students at all levels take French language classes. The amount of credits each student receives for the French language classes varies and depends on the student’s level placement and session duration. *Students may not exceed 12 semester credits total on this program.

French language classes are designed to increase students’ written and oral comprehension and expression. All French language classes involve Oral French, Written French, and Grammar.

Language of Instruction: French   

Introduction to Human Rights

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course offers an introduction to international human rights law. Each class will be structured around a lecture and a case study with a focus on important human rights issues in France. The last class will be dedicated to a moot court on the issue of freedom of expression in France in the context of counter-terrorism

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

La peinture francaise du Neo-classicisme au neo-impressionnisme (French Neoclassic and Impressionist Painting)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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La peinture française du Néo-classicisme au Fauvisme (French Painting from Neo-Classicism to Fauvism)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Les Françaises et la mode (The French and Fashion)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Littérature du XVIII°/L’Encyclopédie (18th Century Literature/The Encyclopedia)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

L’Art en France des Lumières à l’Impressionnisme (French Art from the Enlightenment to Impressionism)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Panorama du cinéma français (Panorama of French Cinema)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Paris ciné (Parisian Cinema)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Paris découverte (Discovering Paris)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Paris en photos (Paris in photos)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Paris et son histoire (Parisian History)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Politics, Economy and Society in France Today

The main objective of this course is to give students a basic grounding in how France functions by critically examining the political system, the workings of the economy and pertinent social issues. 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 the important debates within politics, economy and society that mark France today.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Societé française par les journaux télévisés (French Society on TV News)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Tourisme et gastronomie (Tourism and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Universalism in Crisis

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course provides a cultural history of France from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, using the methods and materials of cultural studies. Not a history course, not an art history course, not a political science course, not a film course, not a sociology course, “Universalism in Crisis” is a comparative “mix” of these disciplines informed by a particular theme: France was a dominant culture and central to what is referred to as “modernity” (mid-nineteenth-century to World War II), a period during which it had the geopolitical power to enforce and export its emblematic and founding characteristic, “universalism”, but emerges from the post-war in a world dominated by superpowers, competing universalisms. The course delineates the shift from a period characterized by dominant universalism and dominant values of modernity to a period when France and universalism are “in crisis.” Some of the themes to be covered: France and the legacy of the Enlightenment; women, feminism and universalism; colonization, and the “civilizing mission:”; immigration and the banlieues; art, literature and the idea of “cultural exception;” France and the USA: friend or foes?”

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Fashion in France: 18th-21st Century

This course survey of French fashion history from the late 17th century to the early 21st century. Throughout the semester you will become familiar with the main lines of fashion history (styles, personalities, designers). You will also learn about the history of Paris as a fashion industry hub and the origins of the French luxury fashion industry.

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

L’Art en France des Lumières au scandale réaliste (French Art from the Enlightenment to Realism)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

A French Experience: Paris Teaching Internship

All students with 4 semesters of college-level French (equivalent to the intermediate level) or more are able to participate in the teaching internship for an additional 3 credits. Beginning and intermediate-level students can also do the internship, but are not eligible to earn credit or a grade for the experience. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional fee is charged for the internship.

Students teach English in a French school. This is a unique experience for API students in Paris to get to know Parisians and Parisian life from the inside, not only through the teenagers in the classes students teach, but also from the teachers that students assist.

Students teach English two to three hours a week in a Parisian school. The regular professor asks the student what is to be taught and helps students prepare for class. Students are asked to keep a journal where all course plans and weekly evaluations are registered (one page per class, per course taught). Students also have to write a final internship report (in French) analyzing the French teaching system and their perception of French society through their own teaching experience. Upon successful completion, students earn 3 semester credits.

Language of Instruction: English    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Architecture in a Changing World - Paris 1789-1914

This survey course offers students a thematic approach to architecture through the period opening with the French revolution and ending at the eve of World War I. Shifting modes of architecture through various styles and functions will be examined using key works in Paris, studying the opposing forces of the artistic and political establishments. By replacing architectural advances in the broader context of a modernization of Paris, we will examine how architecture offers insights into social and political changes. This course more particularly proposes to look at architectures whose functions, materials, colors and forms were relevant to modernity.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Art History: From the Impressionists to Picasso

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course traces the artistic contribution to modernity in 19th -century and the first decades of 20th century French art, its utopian dimension, its different achievements and its decline. Since the French Revolution, some major works of art, art critics and theories, and artists themselves contributed to change drastically the artist’s role and the role of the arts. In the newly established bourgeois, industrialized and modernized society in France, the co-existence of opposite art practices and ideologies as well as the quickly following changes and innovations in successive art-movements, such as neo-classicism, romanticism, realism, impressionism, postimpressionism, will be analyzed with regard to their respective claim for modernity.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Art History II / From Paris to the Rest of the World: Modern and Post-Modern Art

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course is a comparative analysis of artistic concepts, works and movements, important to the distinction between Modernism and Postmodernism in 20th Century Art. It will also study the geopolitical issues of Art. Through an examination of form and content distinguishable in works of various artistic disciplines (painting, sculpture, architecture, design), students will critically evaluate artistic language and expression that is representative of modern and post-modern ideologies. This course will examine the visual arts and will utilize theoretical texts for supportive analysis.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Cinéma: Gros plan sur “la French Touch” (Wide Angle on the “French Touch”)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Comment fonctionne La France? (How Does France Work?)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie (Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie françaises (French Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie françaises (French Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Découvrir l’actualité économique française (Discover Today’s French Economy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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European External Relations

The objective of this course is to give students, who already have some knowledge of international affairs, a basic introduction to European external relations and particularly within the North-South context. Relations between individual European nations and other areas of the globe have existed since the 15th century and today these relations are continued through the European Union. The course will, therefore, provide an introduction to the EU institutional structures and decision-making processes that concern EU external relations and the foreign policy of specific member-states (Germany, France, and the United Kingdom). Students will also learn about European civil society through the operations of non-governmental organizations, centering on their relations with EU institutions and their international activities in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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European Union Today

The objective of this course is to give students grounding in the historical, political and economic aspects of the European integration process since World War II and to acquaint students with the EU institutional structure and decision-making processes as well as to study the various political, economic and social aspects of the EU. Through this course, students will gain a critical insight into the internal contradictions and the additional challenges that the EU has to deal with in order to enhance cooperation among its members and to function as a credible actor in a multipolar world. A recurring element will be the crisis in the Eurozone, and its consequences on the credibility of the European project, particularly given the recent European Parliament elections.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Fashion in France – 18th to 21st Century

This course focuses on the development of costume and fashion in France from the late 17th Century to the present. Topics covered include: the influence of the state in organizing luxury industries (with Louis XIV, Napoleon); the Restoration and the Romantic Era; “Fin de Siècle” and Belle Epoque fashion; the Roaring Twenties; Wartime fashion; Haute couture and “Prêt à Porter”. Class time may be separated into lecture hours and site visits (museum, exhibitions, etc.) where students can see the original documents and/or appreciate the object of study in the wider cultural context of its time.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

French Civilization - API-Only

This course is offered every spring semester.

The post-WWII era was a time of deep transformations in the French way of living, the political structure of the French society, and through cultural and social representations and is strongly represented through the Parisian architecture and the design of the main avenues and boulevards. This course examines French society chronologically from 1945 to today by highlighting the main events of this era and examining the city itself through daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theoretical developments.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate to Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Great Authors in French Cinema

This film course will focus on the history of French cinema, from its scientific beginning at the end of the 19th century, along with the Industrial Revolution, through the diversity of representations in the 20th century until the beginning of the 21st. In order to embody those changes, we will study the important authors whose contribution have made french cinema unique. Historical films will be the main guideline, but in its broadest aspect, from opinion position to historical reenactment and how documentary becomes historical fact. This theme has been fully explored since the beginning of cinema, and that will allow us to question representation and its diverse evolution along with the transformation of society. Leading French filmmakers challenged this rediscovery of the past, guiding us through the analysis of the language of the moving image.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Histoire de France: de la Révolution à la 1ère guerre mondiale (French History: from the Revolution to WWI)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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History of French Cuisine - API-Only

This course is offered every Fall semester.

Who has never dreamt of chocolate mousse, foie gras, or fondue? Why is France so attached to its cuisine and culinary traditions? How did they develop and what role do they play within daily life as well as national identity? How could the French indulge themselves in fastuous and lengthy meals and joyfully continue to speak about food while eating? What does eating mean? This course is designed to understand the role and place of French Cuisine within its society from a historical, ethnological, and sociological point of view, and to put into practice this “savoir vivre français” by cooking some traditional dishes and sharing them together. This is a reading and research class, with a cooking and tasting component.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate to Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Human Rights: Being International

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course offers an introduction to international Human Rights Law. Each class will be structured around a lecture and a case study with a focus on important human rights issues in France. Students will become acquainted with the fundamentals of human rights and will become aware of specific human rights issues that arise in France.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

ICP French Language - All Levels

Students at all levels take French language classes. The amount of credits each student receives for the French language classes varies and depends on the student’s level placement and session duration. *Students may not exceed 12 semester credits total on this program.

French language classes are designed to increase students’ written and oral comprehension and expression. All French language classes involve Oral French, Written French, and Grammar.

Language of Instruction: French   

Introduction to Human Rights

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course offers an introduction to international human rights law. Each class will be structured around a lecture and a case study with a focus on important human rights issues in France. The last class will be dedicated to a moot court on the issue of freedom of expression in France in the context of counter-terrorism

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

La mode et le stylisme (Fashion and Style)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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La peinture francaise du Neo-classicisme au neo-impressionnisme (French Neoclassic and Impressionist Painting)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

La peinture française du Néo-classicisme au Fauvisme (French Painting from Neo-Classicism to Fauvism)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Les Françaises et la mode (The French and Fashion)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Littérature du XVIII°/L’Encyclopédie (18th Century Literature/The Encyclopedia)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

L’Art en France de la Renaissance au règne de Louis XIVe (French Art from the Renaissance to the Reign of Louis XIV)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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L’Art en France des Lumières à l’Impressionnisme (French Art from the Enlightenment to Impressionism)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Panorama de la littérature et des idées en France – du Moyen Âge au XVIIIe siècle (Panorama of Literature and Ideas in France – From the Middle Ages to the 18th Century)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Panorama du cinéma français (Panorama of French Cinema)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Paris ciné (Parisian Cinema)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Paris découverte (Discovering Paris)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Paris en photos (Paris in photos)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Paris et son histoire (Parisian History)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Politics, Economy and Society in France Today

The main objective of this course is to give students a basic grounding in how France functions by critically examining the political system, the workings of the economy and pertinent social issues. 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 the important debates within politics, economy and society that mark France today.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Societé française par les journaux télévisés (French Society on TV News)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Tourisme et gastronomie (Tourism and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Translation Through the Press

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This translation course focuses, for the most part, on material from the Parisian written press. In addition to familiarizing students with some of the techniques of translation in general, the course constitutes a cultural studies approach to France through the press since translating exercises will be accompanied by presentations of the different materials used (newspapers, television, film) and by discussions of the news itself. In addition to acquiring the basic translation skills, students will acquire a vocabulary particular to the press and current events, improve their French-language skills more generally, and view of France by way of its press and the news at a particular historical, political and cultural “moment.” There is no textbook for the course; instead, students will purchase different newspapers and magazines and be provided with links to particular media sites. Partial list of newspapers and magazines: Le Monde, Le Figaro, L’Humanité, Charlie Hebdo, Paris-Match, Libération, Le Parisien, Le Canard enchaîné

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Universalism in Crisis

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course provides a cultural history of France from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, using the methods and materials of cultural studies. Not a history course, not an art history course, not a political science course, not a film course, not a sociology course, “Universalism in Crisis” is a comparative “mix” of these disciplines informed by a particular theme: France was a dominant culture and central to what is referred to as “modernity” (mid-nineteenth-century to World War II), a period during which it had the geopolitical power to enforce and export its emblematic and founding characteristic, “universalism”, but emerges from the post-war in a world dominated by superpowers, competing universalisms. The course delineates the shift from a period characterized by dominant universalism and dominant values of modernity to a period when France and universalism are “in crisis.” Some of the themes to be covered: France and the legacy of the Enlightenment; women, feminism and universalism; colonization, and the “civilizing mission:”; immigration and the banlieues; art, literature and the idea of “cultural exception;” France and the USA: friend or foes?”

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Fashion in France: 18th-21st Century

This course survey of French fashion history from the late 17th century to the early 21st century. Throughout the semester you will become familiar with the main lines of fashion history (styles, personalities, designers). You will also learn about the history of Paris as a fashion industry hub and the origins of the French luxury fashion industry.

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Histoire de la gastronomie française (History of French cuisine)

This elective course is taught in French by a French API professor. Offerings may vary per semester.

Who has never dreamt of chocolate mousse, foie gras, or fondue? Why is France so attached to its cuisine and culinary traditions? How did they develop and what role do they play within daily life as well as national identity? How could the French indulge themselves in fastuous and lengthy meals and joyfully continue to speak about food while eating? What does eating mean? This course is designed to understand the role and place of French Cuisine within its society from an historical, ethnological, and sociological point of view, and to put into practice this “savoir vivre français” by cooking some traditional dishes and sharing them together. This is a reading and research class, with a cooking and tasting component.

Histoire de la mode en France (Fashion in France)

This elective course is taught in French by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester. This course focuses on the development of costume and fashion in France from the late 17th Century to the present. Topics covered include: the influence of the state in organizing luxury industries (with Louis XIV, Napoleon); the Restoration and the Romantic Era; “Fin de Siècle” and Belle Epoque fashion; the Roaring Twenties; Wartime fashion; Haute couture and “Prêt à Porter”. Class time may be separated into lecture hours and site visits (museum, exhibitions, etc.) where students can see the original documents and/or appreciate the object of study in the wider cultural context of its time.

La France de 1945 à nos jours (Post War France)

This elective course is taught in French by a French API professor. Offerings may vary per semester. If Paris has been known as the « capital city of the nineteenth century (regarding its architecture or the design of the main avenues and boulevards for example), the post-WWII era has been a time of deep transformations in the way of living, in the political structure of the french society, and in cultural and social representations as well. So we will try, based on a chronological presentation of the main events, to show, focusing on the city of Paris, or on daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theorical developments, the meaning or the main aspects of this era.

Littérature et chansons en France (Literature and songs in France)

This elective course is taught in French by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester. The course is an overview of the French literary and cultural tradition through a selection of chansons and texts ranging from troubadours to contemporary rappers. Each session will be devoted to a specific song or musical style, usually accompanied by a literary text (poem, short story, novel) which serve as entries to the period in question. Several excursions to related sites in Paris are also planned.

L’Art en France des Lumières au scandale réaliste (French Art from the Enlightenment to Realism)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

A French Experience: Paris Teaching Internship

All students with 4 semesters of college-level French (equivalent to the intermediate level) or more are able to participate in the teaching internship for an additional 3 credits. Beginning and intermediate-level students can also do the internship, but are not eligible to earn credit or a grade for the experience. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional fee is charged for the internship.

Students teach English in a French school. This is a unique experience for API students in Paris to get to know Parisians and Parisian life from the inside, not only through the teenagers in the classes students teach, but also from the teachers that students assist.

Students teach English two to three hours a week in a Parisian school. The regular professor asks the student what is to be taught and helps students prepare for class. Students are asked to keep a journal where all course plans and weekly evaluations are registered (one page per class, per course taught). Students also have to write a final internship report (in French) analyzing the French teaching system and their perception of French society through their own teaching experience. Upon successful completion, students earn 3 semester credits.

Language of Instruction: English    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Architecture in a Changing World - Paris 1789-1914

This survey course offers students a thematic approach to architecture through the period opening with the French revolution and ending at the eve of World War I. Shifting modes of architecture through various styles and functions will be examined using key works in Paris, studying the opposing forces of the artistic and political establishments. By replacing architectural advances in the broader context of a modernization of Paris, we will examine how architecture offers insights into social and political changes. This course more particularly proposes to look at architectures whose functions, materials, colors and forms were relevant to modernity.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Art History II / From Paris to the Rest of the World: Modern and Post-Modern Art

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course is a comparative analysis of artistic concepts, works and movements, important to the distinction between Modernism and Postmodernism in 20th Century Art. It will also study the geopolitical issues of Art. Through an examination of form and content distinguishable in works of various artistic disciplines (painting, sculpture, architecture, design), students will critically evaluate artistic language and expression that is representative of modern and post-modern ideologies. This course will examine the visual arts and will utilize theoretical texts for supportive analysis.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Cinéma: Gros plan sur “la French Touch” (Wide Angle on the “French Touch”)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Comment fonctionne La France? (How Does France Work?)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie (Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie françaises (French Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie françaises (French Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Découvrir l’actualité économique française (Discover Today’s French Economy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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European External Relations

The objective of this course is to give students, who already have some knowledge of international affairs, a basic introduction to European external relations and particularly within the North-South context. Relations between individual European nations and other areas of the globe have existed since the 15th century and today these relations are continued through the European Union. The course will, therefore, provide an introduction to the EU institutional structures and decision-making processes that concern EU external relations and the foreign policy of specific member-states (Germany, France, and the United Kingdom). Students will also learn about European civil society through the operations of non-governmental organizations, centering on their relations with EU institutions and their international activities in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

European Union Today

The objective of this course is to give students grounding in the historical, political and economic aspects of the European integration process since World War II and to acquaint students with the EU institutional structure and decision-making processes as well as to study the various political, economic and social aspects of the EU. Through this course, students will gain a critical insight into the internal contradictions and the additional challenges that the EU has to deal with in order to enhance cooperation among its members and to function as a credible actor in a multipolar world. A recurring element will be the crisis in the Eurozone, and its consequences on the credibility of the European project, particularly given the recent European Parliament elections.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Fashion in France – 18th to 21st Century

This course focuses on the development of costume and fashion in France from the late 17th Century to the present. Topics covered include: the influence of the state in organizing luxury industries (with Louis XIV, Napoleon); the Restoration and the Romantic Era; “Fin de Siècle” and Belle Epoque fashion; the Roaring Twenties; Wartime fashion; Haute couture and “Prêt à Porter”. Class time may be separated into lecture hours and site visits (museum, exhibitions, etc.) where students can see the original documents and/or appreciate the object of study in the wider cultural context of its time.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

French Civilization - API-Only

This course is offered every spring semester.

The post-WWII era was a time of deep transformations in the French way of living, the political structure of the French society, and through cultural and social representations and is strongly represented through the Parisian architecture and the design of the main avenues and boulevards. This course examines French society chronologically from 1945 to today by highlighting the main events of this era and examining the city itself through daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theoretical developments.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate to Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Great Authors in French Cinema

This film course will focus on the history of French cinema, from its scientific beginning at the end of the 19th century, along with the Industrial Revolution, through the diversity of representations in the 20th century until the beginning of the 21st. In order to embody those changes, we will study the important authors whose contribution have made french cinema unique. Historical films will be the main guideline, but in its broadest aspect, from opinion position to historical reenactment and how documentary becomes historical fact. This theme has been fully explored since the beginning of cinema, and that will allow us to question representation and its diverse evolution along with the transformation of society. Leading French filmmakers challenged this rediscovery of the past, guiding us through the analysis of the language of the moving image.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Histoire de France: de la Révolution à la 1ère guerre mondiale (French History: from the Revolution to WWI)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ICP French Language - All Levels

Students at all levels take French language classes. The amount of credits each student receives for the French language classes varies and depends on the student’s level placement and session duration. *Students may not exceed 12 semester credits total on this program.

French language classes are designed to increase students’ written and oral comprehension and expression. All French language classes involve Oral French, Written French, and Grammar.

Language of Instruction: French   

La mode et le stylisme (Fashion and Style)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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La peinture francaise du Neo-classicisme au neo-impressionnisme (French Neoclassic and Impressionist Painting)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Les Françaises et la mode (The French and Fashion)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Littérature du XVIII°/L’Encyclopédie (18th Century Literature/The Encyclopedia)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

L’Art en France de la Renaissance au règne de Louis XIVe (French Art from the Renaissance to the Reign of Louis XIV)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Panorama de la littérature et des idées en France – du Moyen Âge au XVIIIe siècle (Panorama of Literature and Ideas in France – From the Middle Ages to the 18th Century)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Panorama du cinéma français (Panorama of French Cinema)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Paris ciné (Parisian Cinema)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Paris découverte (Discovering Paris)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Paris en photos (Paris in photos)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Paris et son histoire (Parisian History)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Politics, Economy and Society in France Today

The main objective of this course is to give students a basic grounding in how France functions by critically examining the political system, the workings of the economy and pertinent social issues. 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 the important debates within politics, economy and society that mark France today.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Societé française par les journaux télévisés (French Society on TV News)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Tourisme et gastronomie (Tourism and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Translation Through the Press

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This translation course focuses, for the most part, on material from the Parisian written press. In addition to familiarizing students with some of the techniques of translation in general, the course constitutes a cultural studies approach to France through the press since translating exercises will be accompanied by presentations of the different materials used (newspapers, television, film) and by discussions of the news itself. In addition to acquiring the basic translation skills, students will acquire a vocabulary particular to the press and current events, improve their French-language skills more generally, and view of France by way of its press and the news at a particular historical, political and cultural “moment.” There is no textbook for the course; instead, students will purchase different newspapers and magazines and be provided with links to particular media sites. Partial list of newspapers and magazines: Le Monde, Le Figaro, L’Humanité, Charlie Hebdo, Paris-Match, Libération, Le Parisien, Le Canard enchaîné

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Histoire de la mode en France (Fashion in France)

This elective course is taught in French by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester. This course focuses on the development of costume and fashion in France from the late 17th Century to the present. Topics covered include: the influence of the state in organizing luxury industries (with Louis XIV, Napoleon); the Restoration and the Romantic Era; “Fin de Siècle” and Belle Epoque fashion; the Roaring Twenties; Wartime fashion; Haute couture and “Prêt à Porter”. Class time may be separated into lecture hours and site visits (museum, exhibitions, etc.) where students can see the original documents and/or appreciate the object of study in the wider cultural context of its time.

La France de 1945 à nos jours (Post War France)

This elective course is taught in French by a French API professor. Offerings may vary per semester. If Paris has been known as the « capital city of the nineteenth century (regarding its architecture or the design of the main avenues and boulevards for example), the post-WWII era has been a time of deep transformations in the way of living, in the political structure of the french society, and in cultural and social representations as well. So we will try, based on a chronological presentation of the main events, to show, focusing on the city of Paris, or on daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theorical developments, the meaning or the main aspects of this era.

Littérature et chansons en France (Literature and songs in France)

This elective course is taught in French by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester. The course is an overview of the French literary and cultural tradition through a selection of chansons and texts ranging from troubadours to contemporary rappers. Each session will be devoted to a specific song or musical style, usually accompanied by a literary text (poem, short story, novel) which serve as entries to the period in question. Several excursions to related sites in Paris are also planned.

L’Art en France des Lumières au scandale réaliste (French Art from the Enlightenment to Realism)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

A French Experience: Paris Teaching Internship

All students with 4 semesters of college-level French (equivalent to the intermediate level) or more are able to participate in the teaching internship for an additional 3 credits. Beginning and intermediate-level students can also do the internship, but are not eligible to earn credit or a grade for the experience. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional fee is charged for the internship.

Students teach English in a French school. This is a unique experience for API students in Paris to get to know Parisians and Parisian life from the inside, not only through the teenagers in the classes students teach, but also from the teachers that students assist.

Students teach English two to three hours a week in a Parisian school. The regular professor asks the student what is to be taught and helps students prepare for class. Students are asked to keep a journal where all course plans and weekly evaluations are registered (one page per class, per course taught). Students also have to write a final internship report (in French) analyzing the French teaching system and their perception of French society through their own teaching experience. Upon successful completion, students earn 3 semester credits.

Language of Instruction: English    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Architecture in a Changing World - Paris 1789-1914

This survey course offers students a thematic approach to architecture through the period opening with the French revolution and ending at the eve of World War I. Shifting modes of architecture through various styles and functions will be examined using key works in Paris, studying the opposing forces of the artistic and political establishments. By replacing architectural advances in the broader context of a modernization of Paris, we will examine how architecture offers insights into social and political changes. This course more particularly proposes to look at architectures whose functions, materials, colors and forms were relevant to modernity.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Art History II / From Paris to the Rest of the World: Modern and Post-Modern Art

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course is a comparative analysis of artistic concepts, works and movements, important to the distinction between Modernism and Postmodernism in 20th Century Art. It will also study the geopolitical issues of Art. Through an examination of form and content distinguishable in works of various artistic disciplines (painting, sculpture, architecture, design), students will critically evaluate artistic language and expression that is representative of modern and post-modern ideologies. This course will examine the visual arts and will utilize theoretical texts for supportive analysis.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Cinéma: Gros plan sur “la French Touch” (Wide Angle on the “French Touch”)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Comment fonctionne La France? (How Does France Work?)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Culture et gastronomie (Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Culture et gastronomie françaises (French Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Culture et gastronomie françaises (French Culture and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Découvrir l’actualité économique française (Discover Today’s French Economy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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European External Relations

The objective of this course is to give students, who already have some knowledge of international affairs, a basic introduction to European external relations and particularly within the North-South context. Relations between individual European nations and other areas of the globe have existed since the 15th century and today these relations are continued through the European Union. The course will, therefore, provide an introduction to the EU institutional structures and decision-making processes that concern EU external relations and the foreign policy of specific member-states (Germany, France, and the United Kingdom). Students will also learn about European civil society through the operations of non-governmental organizations, centering on their relations with EU institutions and their international activities in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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European Union Today

The objective of this course is to give students grounding in the historical, political and economic aspects of the European integration process since World War II and to acquaint students with the EU institutional structure and decision-making processes as well as to study the various political, economic and social aspects of the EU. Through this course, students will gain a critical insight into the internal contradictions and the additional challenges that the EU has to deal with in order to enhance cooperation among its members and to function as a credible actor in a multipolar world. A recurring element will be the crisis in the Eurozone, and its consequences on the credibility of the European project, particularly given the recent European Parliament elections.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Fashion in France – 18th to 21st Century

This course focuses on the development of costume and fashion in France from the late 17th Century to the present. Topics covered include: the influence of the state in organizing luxury industries (with Louis XIV, Napoleon); the Restoration and the Romantic Era; “Fin de Siècle” and Belle Epoque fashion; the Roaring Twenties; Wartime fashion; Haute couture and “Prêt à Porter”. Class time may be separated into lecture hours and site visits (museum, exhibitions, etc.) where students can see the original documents and/or appreciate the object of study in the wider cultural context of its time.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

French Civilization - API-Only

This course is offered every spring semester.

The post-WWII era was a time of deep transformations in the French way of living, the political structure of the French society, and through cultural and social representations and is strongly represented through the Parisian architecture and the design of the main avenues and boulevards. This course examines French society chronologically from 1945 to today by highlighting the main events of this era and examining the city itself through daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theoretical developments.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate to Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Great Authors in French Cinema

This film course will focus on the history of French cinema, from its scientific beginning at the end of the 19th century, along with the Industrial Revolution, through the diversity of representations in the 20th century until the beginning of the 21st. In order to embody those changes, we will study the important authors whose contribution have made french cinema unique. Historical films will be the main guideline, but in its broadest aspect, from opinion position to historical reenactment and how documentary becomes historical fact. This theme has been fully explored since the beginning of cinema, and that will allow us to question representation and its diverse evolution along with the transformation of society. Leading French filmmakers challenged this rediscovery of the past, guiding us through the analysis of the language of the moving image.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Histoire de France: de la Révolution à la 1ère guerre mondiale (French History: from the Revolution to WWI)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

ICP French Language - All Levels

Students at all levels take French language classes. The amount of credits each student receives for the French language classes varies and depends on the student’s level placement and session duration. *Students may not exceed 12 semester credits total on this program.

French language classes are designed to increase students’ written and oral comprehension and expression. All French language classes involve Oral French, Written French, and Grammar.

Language of Instruction: French   

La mode et le stylisme (Fashion and Style)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

La peinture francaise du Neo-classicisme au neo-impressionnisme (French Neoclassic and Impressionist Painting)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Les Françaises et la mode (The French and Fashion)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Littérature du XVIII°/L’Encyclopédie (18th Century Literature/The Encyclopedia)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

L’Art en France de la Renaissance au règne de Louis XIVe (French Art from the Renaissance to the Reign of Louis XIV)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Panorama de la littérature et des idées en France – du Moyen Âge au XVIIIe siècle (Panorama of Literature and Ideas in France – From the Middle Ages to the 18th Century)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Panorama du cinéma français (Panorama of French Cinema)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Paris ciné (Parisian Cinema)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Paris découverte (Discovering Paris)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: A2  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Paris en photos (Paris in photos)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Paris et son histoire (Parisian History)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Politics, Economy and Society in France Today

The main objective of this course is to give students a basic grounding in how France functions by critically examining the political system, the workings of the economy and pertinent social issues. 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 the important debates within politics, economy and society that mark France today.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Societé française par les journaux télévisés (French Society on TV News)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Tourisme et gastronomie (Tourism and Gastronomy)

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: B1  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Histoire de la mode en France (Fashion in France)

This elective course is taught in French by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester. This course focuses on the development of costume and fashion in France from the late 17th Century to the present. Topics covered include: the influence of the state in organizing luxury industries (with Louis XIV, Napoleon); the Restoration and the Romantic Era; “Fin de Siècle” and Belle Epoque fashion; the Roaring Twenties; Wartime fashion; Haute couture and “Prêt à Porter”. Class time may be separated into lecture hours and site visits (museum, exhibitions, etc.) where students can see the original documents and/or appreciate the object of study in the wider cultural context of its time.

La France de 1945 à nos jours (Post War France)

This elective course is taught in French by a French API professor. Offerings may vary per semester. If Paris has been known as the « capital city of the nineteenth century (regarding its architecture or the design of the main avenues and boulevards for example), the post-WWII era has been a time of deep transformations in the way of living, in the political structure of the french society, and in cultural and social representations as well. So we will try, based on a chronological presentation of the main events, to show, focusing on the city of Paris, or on daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theorical developments, the meaning or the main aspects of this era.

Littérature et chansons en France (Literature and songs in France)

This elective course is taught in French by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester. The course is an overview of the French literary and cultural tradition through a selection of chansons and texts ranging from troubadours to contemporary rappers. Each session will be devoted to a specific song or musical style, usually accompanied by a literary text (poem, short story, novel) which serve as entries to the period in question. Several excursions to related sites in Paris are also planned.

Highlights
  • Classes taught in French and English
  • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution available (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
  • English electives available from U.S. accredited institution (University of Connecticut)
  • Teaching internships available (for credit)
  • International excursion during some semesters

API students studying abroad in Paris have three different housing options – students may choose to live with a host family, in a shared apartment, or in a student residence. Participants who will be under age 18 for any portion of their session abroad are required to live in supervised housing with a host family and must adhere to a curfew set by API while still a minor.

Students who choose to live with families are provided with five breakfast meals and two dinner meals per week with the family, along with a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals. Host families serve as a unique introduction into French culture and may be made up of a married couple with children, retirement-age couples, or a divorced or widowed woman with or without children. Most families live in apartments with 2-4 bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, and a living/dining area. In some cases, there may be another API or international student in the same apartment. While most family placements offer a single room, some students share a double room.

Students also have the option of living in shared apartments that are located throughout Paris. Most are designed to house 4 students in double-occupancy bedrooms, though some may be larger. Meals are not provided, however, apartments are equipped with kitchen appliances, and students receive a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals.

Students in the dorm generally live in single rooms. Some rooms may be equipped with a sink, though students share bathroom and kitchen facilities. Most of the other students in the dorm are American. Students who select the dorm option are responsible for their own meals, though they will receive a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals.

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Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Academic Year Early Start Aug 30, 2019 - May 30, 2020 $29,630 Jun 10, 2019 Jul 1, 2019
Fall Early Start Aug 30, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019 $16,630 Jun 10, 2019 Jul 1, 2019
Fall Extended Sep 17, 2019 - Jan 25, 2020 $15,830 Jun 10, 2019 Jul 1, 2019
Fall Sep 17, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019 $14,530 Jun 10, 2019 Jul 1, 2019
Academic Year Sep 17, 2019 - May 30, 2020 $28,130 Jun 10, 2019 Jul 1, 2019
Spring Early Start Jan 3, 2020 - May 30, 2020 $17,130 Oct 15, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Spring Feb 4, 2020 - May 30, 2020 $14,530 Oct 15, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Spring Early Start Jan 4, 2019 - Jun 1, 2019 $17,130 Oct 15, 2018 Nov 1, 2018
Spring Feb 5, 2019 - Jun 1, 2019 $14,530 Oct 15, 2018 Nov 1, 2018