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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 API Ambassador Program

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
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Early Start Jan 2, 2021 - May 29, 2021 $17,130 Oct 15, 2020 Nov 1, 2020
Spring Feb 2, 2021 - May 29, 2021 $14,530 Oct 15, 2020 Nov 1, 2020
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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.

  • A discovery day in the Ile de France region

    No need to go miles away from Paris to discover some rich and unexpected heritage

    In the footsteps of the impressionists (Auvers sur Oise, Chatou…) or a journey in the middle ages (Provins) or even an off the beaten path visit of Versailles ....

  • Normandy- Honfleur & Etretat

    Honfleur looks so utterly enchanting, it is hard to remember that it was built essentially for commerce. Its harbour sits in a great location, tucked away on the southern side of the Seine’s estuary. During the Hundred Years War, the French king had this strategic spot fortified, but that didn’t stop the English taking over for several decades.

    The little town of Etretat is located in the Pays de Caux, on a section of the coast of Normandy called “La Côte d’Albâtre”, and is renowned for its impressive white cliffs, featuring arches, a large rock needle and tunnels, famous Impressionists painted them so memorably. There’s also an amazing needle-like structure called « aiguille » !

  • Champagne

    CHAMPAGNE - Reims

    The Champagne wine region is an historic terroir within the administrative province of Champagne in the northeast of France. The area is best known for the production of the sparkling white wine that bears the region's name. EU law and the laws of most countries reserve the term "Champagne" exclusively for wines that come from this region located about 100 miles (160 km) east of Paris. The viticultural boundaries of Champagne are legally defined and split into five wine producing districts within the administrative province: Aube, Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, Montagne de Reims, and Vallée de la Marne.

    A visit to a vineyard in the country side and a visit of Reims cathedral are a sine qua non

  • 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.

  • A discovery day in the Ile de France region

    No need to go miles away from Paris to discover some rich and unexpected heritage

    In the footsteps of the impressionists (Auvers sur Oise, Chatou…) or a journey in the middle ages (Provins) or even an off the beaten path visit of Versailles ....

  • Normandy- Honfleur & Etretat

    Honfleur looks so utterly enchanting, it is hard to remember that it was built essentially for commerce. Its harbour sits in a great location, tucked away on the southern side of the Seine’s estuary. During the Hundred Years War, the French king had this strategic spot fortified, but that didn’t stop the English taking over for several decades.

    The little town of Etretat is located in the Pays de Caux, on a section of the coast of Normandy called “La Côte d’Albâtre”, and is renowned for its impressive white cliffs, featuring arches, a large rock needle and tunnels, famous Impressionists painted them so memorably. There’s also an amazing needle-like structure called « aiguille » !

  • Champagne

    CHAMPAGNE - Reims

    The Champagne wine region is an historic terroir within the administrative province of Champagne in the northeast of France. The area is best known for the production of the sparkling white wine that bears the region's name. EU law and the laws of most countries reserve the term "Champagne" exclusively for wines that come from this region located about 100 miles (160 km) east of Paris. The viticultural boundaries of Champagne are legally defined and split into five wine producing districts within the administrative province: Aube, Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, Montagne de Reims, and Vallée de la Marne.

    A visit to a vineyard in the country side and a visit of Reims cathedral are a sine qua non

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, including the A1-1 and A1-2 levels, have the option of earning an additional 3 credits each semester with an English elective offered through the ICP for an additional fee.

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 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 from 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. 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.

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    Milena Duviviez

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

COURSE OFFERINGS

Students at all levels will take from 6-15 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. 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.

SPRING INTENSIVE OPTION

Students in this program take 21 contact hours of French language per week, over 4 weeks, earning an average of 5-6 credits. Students can either do the Jan Term in Paris before starting their Spring semester at their home university or add the intensive month to their Spring semester in Paris as an Early Start program. This option is open to all levels of French speakers.

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.

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   

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

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.

Language of Instruction: English French    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   

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

Objectifs généraux du cours : Qu'appelle-t-on la « French touch » ? En matière de cinéma, peut-on parler d'une esthétique ou de thèmes « typiquement » français ? C'est la question que le cours se propose d'explorer, tout au long d'un parcours qui commence au début du Xxème siècle, au temps où le cinéma français représentait l'avant-garde d'une expression artistique toute jeune, pour finir un siècle plus tard, à l'heure où Internet permet d'accéder à des milliers de films de toutes cultures. Au-delà de l'analyse filmique, le cours mettra en lumière les caractéristiques du modèle économique français.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

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

Objectifs généraux du cours :

Découvrir comment s’organise la vie en France à travers des grands thèmes de société (histoire, tenants et aboutissants, problématiques actuelles) et les institutions politiques par exemple par la visite de lieux essentiels au fonctionnement du pays (le tribunal pour la justice).

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie (Culture and Gastronomy)

Objectifs généraux du cours :

Souligner la place de la gastronomie dans la culture et la société françaises

Etablir les liens entre l’histoire de France et l’histoire de la cuisine française

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie françaises (French Culture and Gastronomy)

Course description coming soon!

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie françaises (French Culture and Gastronomy)

Objectifs généraux du cours :

Acquérir des connaissances culturelles sur la gastronomie française à travers son histoire (du Moyen-Age au 21e siècle)

Enrichir son lexique sur le thème de la gastronomie

Découvrir les incontournables de la gastronomie française : la pâtisserie, le pain, les fromages, les vins, les grands chefs...

Découvrir les richesses gastronomiques régionales françaises et des recettes

Echanges interculturels entre les pays représentés dans la classe

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

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

Objectifs généraux du cours :

-Acquérir des outils pour déchiffrer l’information économique

-Maîtriser le lexique spécialisé

-Découvrir l’actualité économique et sociale de la France et ses enjeux dans le cadre européen et mondial.

Language of Instruction: French   

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  

View Syllabus   

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)

Objectifs généraux du cours :

Acquérir un vocabulaire de base en histoire

Mieux comprendre la France et sa culture

Découvrir ce qui fait la mémoire collective des Français

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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La mode et le stylisme (Fashion and Style)

Objectifs généraux du cours :

Découvrir le domaine de la mode et son importance sur le plan artistique, culturel, économique et social.

Comprendre son évolution, indissociable des événements historiques et sociaux d’une époque.

Analyser ses messages à travers le vêtement (principal signifiant), les accessoires et autres signes de mode (notamment le parfum et les couleurs).

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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

Objectifs généraux du cours :

Nous étudierons a peinture française du néo-classicisme au néo-impressionnisme, avec un panorama des différents mouvements artistiques permettant de comprendre l’évolution de la peinture de la moitié du XVIIIème au début duX Xème siècle.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Les Françaises et la mode (The French and Fashion)

Objectifs généraux du cours :

- Découvrir le Paris de la mode.

- Etudier l’histoire des femmes en France à travers l’évolution de la mode au XXème siècle.

- Découvrir la vie, l’œuvre et l’influence des grands couturiers (Paul Poiret, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin,

Yves Saint-Laurent, etc).

- Apprendre à reconnaître et à décrire un style.

- Découvrir la richesse du patrimoine artisanal lié au monde de la mode en France.

- Rencontrer des professionnels de la mode.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

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

Course description coming soon!

Language of Instruction: French   

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   

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)

This course focuses on increasing French language proficiency by studying famous authors and their ideas from the Middle Ages to the 18th Century.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Panorama du cinéma français (Panorama of French Cinema)

This course focuses on increasing French langauge proficiency by studying through studying famous French films.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Paris ciné (Parisian Cinema)

In this course, students will build on French vocabulary and grammar skills through studying French films.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Paris découverte (Discovering Paris)

In this course, students will build on French vocabulary and grammar skills through studying the art, culture and history of Paris.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Histoire(s) de Paris en photos (History of Paris in photos)

This course focuses on increasing French langauge proficiency through studying the history of Paris through photographs.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Paris et son histoire (Parisian History)

Course description coming soon!

Language of Instruction: French   

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)

Objectifs généraux du cours :

Découvrir différents aspects de la société française à l’aide de reportages issus des journaux télévisés français.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Tourisme et gastronomie (Tourism and Gastronomy)

Objectifs généraux du cours :

► Acquérir des connaissances culturelles et lexicales sur la gastronomie, le vin et les arts de la table en France

► Explorer les richesses gastronomiques et viticoles régionales françaises

►Visiter le Paris touristique et gastronomique

► Etudier les produits incontournables de l’alimentation française.

► Exprimer son opinion sur des questions sociétales concernant l’alimentation et son évolution.

Language of Instruction: French   

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   

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

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.

Language of Instruction: English French    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   

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

Objectifs généraux du cours : Qu'appelle-t-on la « French touch » ? En matière de cinéma, peut-on parler d'une esthétique ou de thèmes « typiquement » français ? C'est la question que le cours se propose d'explorer, tout au long d'un parcours qui commence au début du Xxème siècle, au temps où le cinéma français représentait l'avant-garde d'une expression artistique toute jeune, pour finir un siècle plus tard, à l'heure où Internet permet d'accéder à des milliers de films de toutes cultures. Au-delà de l'analyse filmique, le cours mettra en lumière les caractéristiques du modèle économique français.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

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

Objectifs généraux du cours :

Découvrir comment s’organise la vie en France à travers des grands thèmes de société (histoire, tenants et aboutissants, problématiques actuelles) et les institutions politiques par exemple par la visite de lieux essentiels au fonctionnement du pays (le tribunal pour la justice).

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie (Culture and Gastronomy)

Objectifs généraux du cours :

Souligner la place de la gastronomie dans la culture et la société françaises

Etablir les liens entre l’histoire de France et l’histoire de la cuisine française

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie françaises (French Culture and Gastronomy)

Course description coming soon!

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Culture et gastronomie françaises (French Culture and Gastronomy)

Objectifs généraux du cours :

Acquérir des connaissances culturelles sur la gastronomie française à travers son histoire (du Moyen-Age au 21e siècle)

Enrichir son lexique sur le thème de la gastronomie

Découvrir les incontournables de la gastronomie française : la pâtisserie, le pain, les fromages, les vins, les grands chefs...

Découvrir les richesses gastronomiques régionales françaises et des recettes

Echanges interculturels entre les pays représentés dans la classe

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

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

Objectifs généraux du cours :

-Acquérir des outils pour déchiffrer l’information économique

-Maîtriser le lexique spécialisé

-Découvrir l’actualité économique et sociale de la France et ses enjeux dans le cadre européen et mondial.

Language of Instruction: French   

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   

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)

Objectifs généraux du cours :

Acquérir un vocabulaire de base en histoire

Mieux comprendre la France et sa culture

Découvrir ce qui fait la mémoire collective des Français

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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La mode et le stylisme (Fashion and Style)

Objectifs généraux du cours :

Découvrir le domaine de la mode et son importance sur le plan artistique, culturel, économique et social.

Comprendre son évolution, indissociable des événements historiques et sociaux d’une époque.

Analyser ses messages à travers le vêtement (principal signifiant), les accessoires et autres signes de mode (notamment le parfum et les couleurs).

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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

Objectifs généraux du cours :

Nous étudierons a peinture française du néo-classicisme au néo-impressionnisme, avec un panorama des différents mouvements artistiques permettant de comprendre l’évolution de la peinture de la moitié du XVIIIème au début duX Xème siècle.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Les Françaises et la mode (The French and Fashion)

Objectifs généraux du cours :

- Découvrir le Paris de la mode.

- Etudier l’histoire des femmes en France à travers l’évolution de la mode au XXème siècle.

- Découvrir la vie, l’œuvre et l’influence des grands couturiers (Paul Poiret, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin,

Yves Saint-Laurent, etc).

- Apprendre à reconnaître et à décrire un style.

- Découvrir la richesse du patrimoine artisanal lié au monde de la mode en France.

- Rencontrer des professionnels de la mode.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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

Course description coming soon!

Language of Instruction: French   

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   

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)

This course focuses on increasing French language proficiency by studying famous authors and their ideas from the Middle Ages to the 18th Century.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Panorama du cinéma français (Panorama of French Cinema)

This course focuses on increasing French langauge proficiency by studying through studying famous French films.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Paris ciné (Parisian Cinema)

In this course, students will build on French vocabulary and grammar skills through studying French films.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Paris découverte (Discovering Paris)

In this course, students will build on French vocabulary and grammar skills through studying the art, culture and history of Paris.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Histoire(s) de Paris en photos (History of Paris in photos)

This course focuses on increasing French langauge proficiency through studying the history of Paris through photographs.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Paris et son histoire (Parisian History)

Course description coming soon!

Language of Instruction: French   

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)

Objectifs généraux du cours :

Découvrir différents aspects de la société française à l’aide de reportages issus des journaux télévisés français.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Tourisme et gastronomie (Tourism and Gastronomy)

Objectifs généraux du cours :

► Acquérir des connaissances culturelles et lexicales sur la gastronomie, le vin et les arts de la table en France

► Explorer les richesses gastronomiques et viticoles régionales françaises

►Visiter le Paris touristique et gastronomique

► Etudier les produits incontournables de l’alimentation française.

► Exprimer son opinion sur des questions sociétales concernant l’alimentation et son évolution.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Highlights
  • Classes taught in French and English
    • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution available (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
      • 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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