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The API French Language Immersion Program provides students with the opportunity to study intensive French language at the Institut Catholique de Paris, located in the 6th arrondissement (or neighborhood) of Paris. Five (5) U.S. college credits can be earned by students upon successful completion of their studies. Students will live with local host families who provide students with half-board and laundry once per week. Most classes will be held in the mornings, allowing for participation in API cultural and recreational activities in the afternoons and evenings.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Orientation Materials and Resources

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Advising and Support

Scholarship Opportunities

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Tutoring

Quality Housing (including meals and laundry)

Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Full-Time, On-site Resident Directors/Coordinators

Welcome and Farewell Group Events

24-Hour On-Site Emergency Assistance

Overnight Excursions and Day Trips

Community Involvement and Volunteer Opportunities

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

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Application Requirements

  • Must be ages 17-18 (rising juniors and seniors; must be 17 by program start date)
  • 3.0 G.P.A. (exceptions made on a case-by-case basis)
  • Completed online application
  • One letter of recommendation (must be from a high school teacher)
  • Most recent grade report
  • Valid passport

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 5 semester credits (U.S. college credits)

The API French Language Immersion Program provides students with the opportunity to study intensive French language at the Institut Catholique de Paris, located in the 6th arrondissement (or neighborhood) of Paris. Five (5) U.S. college credits can be earned by students upon successful completion of their studies. Students will live with local host families who provide students with half-board and laundry once per week. Most classes will be held in the mornings, allowing for participation in API cultural and recreational activities in the afternoons and evenings.

Classes are taught in French. A placement exam will be administered prior to arrival to determine each student's level of language study. The summer session provides a general overview of French language studies for all levels. Students will have 21 hours of class per week: 18 hours of French language plus 2 workshops in phonetics or written French, depending on each student's level and ability. Students will earn a total of 84 contact hours for the summer session

Courses

PROGRAM ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Arrive in Paris.
  • Meet at Charles de Gaulle airport and travel together to orientation hotel to begin safety, transportation, and housing orientation sessions.
  • Group welcome dinner and evening walk.

Day 2

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • City tour of Paris and group lunch.
  • Continue safety and cultural orientation sessions including a boat tour on the Seine and a visit to the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe.
  • Meet host families and get settled.

Day 3

  • Academic orientation at the API center followed by Paris Metro practice and ice cream!

Day 4

  • Morning placement exam at the Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP).
  • Lunch at the API center and cultural activity.

Day 5-8

  • First week of classes. Most language classes are held in the mornings, Monday to Friday. In addition, afternoon phonetics classes are held two days per week (final schedule varies based on the language level).
  • Cultural and recreational activities are held most afternoons.*

Day 9-10

  • Excursion to Normandy, including Mont Saint-Michel and Saint-Malo.

Day 11-14

  • Second week of classes.
  • Cultural and recreational activities are held most afternoons.

Day 15

  • Day trip to Versailles.
  • Visit the Château, nature walk in the park, picnic, and rowing on the Grand Canal.

Day 16-17

  • Enjoy the weekend with host families!

Day 18-22

  • Third week of classes.
  • Cultural and recreational activities are held most afternoons.*

Day 23

  • Excursion to Giverny!

Day 24

  • Enjoy the day with host families!

Day 25-29

  • Final week of classes!
  • Cultural and recreational activities are held most afternoons.*

*Itinerary subject to change. Cultural activities may include cooking sessions, a bike tour, pastry & cheese hunts, visits to the cinema and theater, as well as museums and perfumeries, tours of Montmartre and the Luxembourg Gardens, etc.

ICP High School French Language - All Levels

Classes are taught in French. A placement exam will be administered prior to arrival to determine each student’s level of language study. The summer session provides a general overview of French language studies for all levels. Students will have 21 hours of class per week: 18 hours of French language plus 2 workshops in phonetics or written French, depending on each student’s level and ability. Students will earn a total of 84 contact hours for the summer session.

Highlights
  • Experience the city of lights!
  • Take French lessons at a French university
  • Earn credits toward a future college degree
  • Get your first taste of studying abroad

Faculty

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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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    Rebecca Cott

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

    Email - rebecca.cott@apiabroad.com

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

Excursions: Examples of day trips and excursions may include trips to Normandy (Mont Saint-Michel & Saint-Malo), Versailles, and Giverny.

Students in the French language and culture program will live with a local host family. Host families provide 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.

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Note: Students can receive $100 for each applicant they refer to an API high school summer program (excluding the Parsons Paris Pre-College program). The applicant must include the student's name as the referral source on the online application.

Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer Jul 1, 2019 - Aug 1, 2019 $5,950 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 15, 2019