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Paris is well known as one of the most intellectual and intriguing cities in the world. The city maintains its status as the premier city in France and a leader in politics, art and fashion; every section of the city has its own unique charm and makes Paris a city like no other. For the history lover, the tour should begin in the heart of old Paris, the Ile de la Cité, which lies in the middle of the Seine River. Here one can explore the Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris, the Palais de Justice and a hidden jewel, Sainte Chapelle. For the art lover, the city holds countless museums, all boasting incredible collections. Some of the most popular include the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Musée Rodin and Centre Georges Pompidou. Tucked away in the city’s twenty arrondissements, or districts, are many more amazing sights and sounds waiting to be discovered.

API students have several options to study abroad in Paris.

Cours de Civilisation Françaises de la Sorbonne (CCFS)
With its history dating back to the end of World World War I, the CCFS focuses on French language instruction and introducing students to French culture and society since 1919. More than 8,000 students, from more than 130 nationalities, attend the university annually.

Institut Catholique de Paris
Founded in 1948, the ILCF (Institut de Langue et de Cultures Françaises) is a department within the Institut Catholique de Paris. Courses are available in French and in English at the ILCF. The ILCF welcomes more than 2,000 foreign students each year, representing more than 60 different nationalities.

Paris School of Business
Founded in 1974, PSB Paris School of Business (formerly ESG MS) is a European Grande Ecole management school that combines academic excellence, international awareness, and professional experiences. Students will be able to choose from a variety of international business courses conducted in English.

Parsons Paris – The New School
Students interested in studying at one of the top art and design schools in the world, while living in one of the world capitals of art and design, are ideally suited to the programs at Parsons Paris – The New School. Founded in 1921, Parsons Paris is accredited by NASAD (National Association of the Schools of Art and Design) and by MSCHE (Middle States Commission on Higher Education). It is also recognized by the French Ministry of Education as a Private Establishment of Higher Education (Etablissement d’Enseignement Supérieur Privé).

Université Paris
API also offers students the opportunity to study at several institutions of the Université Paris. The former University of Paris had five faculties, which in 1971 were split into 13 separate public and interdisciplinary institutions. Advanced and superior level students of French may take courses with French students through the University of Massachusetts direct enrollment programs at either the Université Paris Diderot or the Université Paris Dauphine. The Université Paris Diderot is a multidisciplinary university with departments in Science, Arts and Letters and Social Sciences. The Université Paris Dauphine focuses on business, economics and mathematics, and offers some classes taught in English.

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    Cultural Activities

    • Host family mixers
    • Game nights
    • French language exchanges
    • Geocaching
    • Walking and Biking Tours
    • Fashion Show
    • Food/Wine Tasting
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    API Gives Back

    API students in Paris have the opportunity to give back to their local community through various volunteer projects, including entertaining children at a local children's hospital, and distributing meals to those in need.

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    Things to Do

    Hike up the Eiffel Tower

    Roam the charming side streets of Montmartre

    Visit the catacombs

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    Food

    Baguettes (bread)

    Croque-Monsieur (sandwich)

    Duck Confit

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    Festivals & Holidays

    Paris Fashion Week (September-October)

    Paris Carnival (March-April)

    Le Tour de France (June-July)

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    University Highlights

    With a history dating back to the end of World War I, the Cours de Civilisation Fraçaises de la Sorbonne is one of the most prestigious French language schools in Paris.

    The Institut Catholique de Paris is a private French university founded in 1875 that offers a variety of French language and culture programs to students at all levels.

    The Paris School of Business is ranked among the best business schools in all of France and carries AACSB and AMBA accreditation.

    Parsons Paris - The New School was founded in 1921, and is recognized as one of the world's premier schools of the arts and fashion.

    The Université Paris (Dauphine and Diderot) offer a unique opportunity for high-level, integrated learning with Parisian students.

On-Site Staff

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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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Violaine Peladan

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

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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!