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Study Abroad + Options
Students who choose to study abroad in Paris with API in the Language and Culture Studies Program select a combination of French language and cultural electives, referred to as French Civilization courses. The number of credits earned for each language course and the cultural electives varies according to the particular session a student selects.
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 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.
On the Alabaster Coast, the gigantic chalky cliffs of Etretat are unmissable, but the dynamic ports are worth the detour: Le Havre turned to the seas of the whole world or Dieppe and the incessant ferry traffic with the English coasts. The pebble beaches also book beautiful shows; located in the valleys, they are particularly photogenic at low tide.
A bit further in the South, you find Honfleur which is the city best known for its picturesque old pond, characterized by its houses with slate facade, and for having been represented many times by artists, including Monet and Johan Barthold Jongkind, that contributed to the appearance of the Impressionism.
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
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 ....
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.
The Alsace region is located in the Rhine plaine in the north eastern part of France.
It is bordered by Germany and Switzerland. Over the centuries Alsace has been back and of forth under the control of France and Germany. It is well known for its flowery villages with timbered houses, its wine road, its blue Vosges mountains and forests with pleasant pine scents as well as its medieval eagles nest castles. A stop on the other side of the Rhine will be a nice opportunity to discover a part of the Schwarzwald region in Germany giving this three days excursion an international dimension.
The city of Nantes, dynamic, particularly attractive, occupies a central position on the west. Capital of its department, Loire-Atlantique, it is also the main city of its region. Near the sea, its own vineyard and its own terroir. Also, due to its rich History, Nantes is a multicultural city: it used to be the capital of Brittany until the 15th century. The port town quickly became an important hub of triangular trade, and more particularly of slave trade in the 18th century.
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.
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.
TOTAL CREDITS - 9-16 per session
Students who choose to study abroad in Paris with API in the Language and Culture Studies Program select a combination of French language and cultural electives referred to as French Civilization courses. The number of credits earned for each language course and the cultural electives varies according to the particular session a student selects.
A student’s French level is based on an online placement exam administered before arrival by the CCFS. The CCFS divides their language levels into 5 main categories: Débutant (A1), Élémentaire (A2), Intermédaire (B1), Avancé (B2), and Supérieur (C1).
FALL SEMESTER AND SPRING SEMESTER
Transcripts are issued by the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne. If a student enrolls in the API-led course or the teaching internship, chooses to complete supplementary papers, or if their home university requires it, they can elect to receive a transcript from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for an additional fee.
Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
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Francine Bost-Millischer will be one of your Resident Directors in Paris and a resource for you on-site.
Laure Bettencourt will be your Student Life Coordinator in Paris and will assist you in adjusting to life in France!
Violaine will be your Academic Coordinator in Paris and will assist you in achieving your educational goals with us in France!
Milena will be your Student Life Coordinator in Paris and will assist you in adjusting to life in France!
Depending on the term, students take 9-16 semester credit hours of French Language and Culture. Quarter students take 3 hours of language per day, and semester students take 2 hours of language per day, five days per week. Language courses are available at five different levels. Students will also take a Phonetics class for a portion of the session. Students complete their class schedule after the online placement test (completed prior to the program start) and the class schedule depends on their language level. Additionally, students will take 2 or 3 elective courses on various themes of French Civilization.
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.
These classes allow students to progress in learning French (grammar, verb conjugation, spelling, vocabulary, approach to literary texts, written and spoken expression). Taught at five different levels, these classes are offered two hours per day, five days a week. Students are placed into the appropriate class based on an initial language placement exam.
Language of Instruction: French
Language Level Required: Beginner
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
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 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
Recommended US semester credits: 3
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.
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.