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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Students in this program select a combination of French language and cultural electives and have the option of taking cultural electives in English.
API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Paris programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.
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. The city is also the home of many European and international institutions, including the Council of Europe, on which the European Court of Human Rights and the European Parliament.
Visiting the Loire Valley palaces is like visiting 16th century Renaissance France when fortified medieval fortresses were transformed into delicate castles inspired by Italian architecture. Such is the case of le Château d’Amboise where Leonardo da Vinci was buried.
The Château de Chenonceau is an exceptional site not only because of its original design, the richness of its collections, its furniture and its decorations, but also because of its destiny, since it was loved, administrated and protected by women.
Depending on the program, the students may also enjoy an ultimate experience: a traditional boat ride on the Loire river. Also, depending on the program, the students can experience the splendor of Chambord’s castle and its exceptional architectural creation that draws its inspiration from the French tradition as much as from the new ideas of the Italian Renaissance.
France’s second largest city, Lyon is located on the Rhone and Soâne Rivers with many sites to see, including the Gallo-Roman Museum, two excavated Roman theaters, and the 19th century Basilique Notre-Dame de Fouvière. In the Parc de la Tête d’Or, one will find botanical gardens, a small zoo, lakes for sailing, running trails, and many areas for relaxing.
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 ....
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.
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 - 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
TOTAL CREDITS - 15 credits per semester
The French Language and Liberal Arts program at the Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP) is open to students at all language levels and is a great opportunity to continue to develop French language skills in Paris. The 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. A student’s French level is based on an online placement exam administered before arrival by the ICP. All students will take 15 U.S. semester credits during the semester. Extra fees will apply for students who choose to enroll in more than 15 U.S. semester credits.
BEGINNING LEVEL OPTIONS (A1-1 – A1-2)
Students at the beginning language levels are required to take 15 contact hours of French language per week. Students take one comprehensive course that focuses on reading, writing, and speaking skills and will spend approximately 3 hours in the classroom each day. Students at a beginner level are required to do this program.
Students at 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 in the intermediate to advanced language levels select a combination of French language and cultural electives taught in English and/or French. Students 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 1-3 cultural electives. Students with less French background will enroll in more French language classes, while students who enter the program with more French background will have more elective course options.
Students in intermediate to advanced language levels have the option of earning an additional 3 credits each semester for an additional fee. Students can take an English elective offered through the ICP or an elective course taught exclusively for API students through the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, at the API office. The API elective courses are subject to minimum enrollment. Additionally, students with 4 semesters of college French have the option to participate in a teaching internship for experience only or for 3 U.S. credits, additional fees apply.
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.
Francine Bost-Millischer will be one of your Resident Directors in Paris and a resource for you on-site.
Violaine will be your Academic Coordinator in Paris and will assist you in achieving your educational goals with us in France!
Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
Students at the intermediate to advanced language 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.
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 offered through API. Some electives are taught in English while others are taught in French. French elective options require an intermediate to advanced language proficiency level. See the COURSE OPTIONS - ELECTIVES section for examples of these course offerings. 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.
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. The regular professor asks the student what is to be taught and helps students prepare for class. In order to get the 3 credits, students are required to teach English about three hours a week, to keep a journal where all course plans and weekly evaluations are registered to present it in French at the end of the semester and to write a final internship paper (in French) analyzing the French teaching system and their perception of French society through their own teaching experience.
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
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
Recommended US semester credits: 3
- 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.
In this course, students will build on French vocabulary and grammar skills through studying French films.
In this course, students will build on French vocabulary and grammar skills through studying the art, culture and history of Paris.
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.
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
Acquérir un vocabulaire de base en histoire
Mieux comprendre la France et sa culture
Découvrir ce qui fait la mémoire collective des Français
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.
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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).
This course focuses on increasing French langauge proficiency through studying the history of Paris through photographs.
Recommended US semester credits: 3
Découvrir différents aspects de la société française à l’aide de reportages issus des journaux télévisés français.
► 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.
-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.
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).
This course focuses on increasing French langauge proficiency by studying through studying famous French films.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Language of Instruction: French
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
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.