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Students who choose to study abroad in Paris with API in the French Language Studies Program complete a combination of French language and phonetics courses.

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

Resident Director

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

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 Global Leadership Academy

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of French speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Entry requirements: Valid passport

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.

  • French Châteaux

    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.

  • Strasbourg

    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.

  • Normandie

    Visit of Mount Saint Michel, one the most visited sites in France, and walk in the quicksand of the bay, then day in Saint Malo city, haunt of pirates for hundreds of years, the “Cité Corsaire” has always done things its own way. The city is still defended by its historic ramparts, while the tidal islands next to the city continue to be fortified by 17th century bastions.

  • French Châteaux

    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.

  • Strasbourg

    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.

  • Normandie

    Visit of Mount Saint Michel, one the most visited sites in France, and walk in the quicksand of the bay, then day in Saint Malo city, haunt of pirates for hundreds of years, the “Cité Corsaire” has always done things its own way. The city is still defended by its historic ramparts, while the tidal islands next to the city continue to be fortified by 17th century bastions.

  • Burgundy

    Appreciated by gastronomes and wine lovers, Burgundy is also a delight for nature lovers and old stones. Known all over the world for its prestigious vineyards and authentic cuisine, this beautiful rural region will delight you with its peaceful groves, vineyards, mysterious forests, streams and large lakes.

    The architectural heritage is also omnipresent as evidenced by the great number of castles, the abbeys, the famous Beaune hospices or the majestic Basilica of Vézelay World Heritage Site UNESCO.

  • Angers

    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.

  • French Châteaux

    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.

  • Angers

    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.

  • Burgundy

    Appreciated by gastronomes and wine lovers, Burgundy is also a delight for nature lovers and old stones. Known all over the world for its prestigious vineyards and authentic cuisine, this beautiful rural region will delight you with its peaceful groves, vineyards, mysterious forests, streams and large lakes.

    The architectural heritage is also omnipresent as evidenced by the great number of castles, the abbeys, the famous Beaune hospices or the majestic Basilica of Vézelay World Heritage Site UNESCO.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 3-7 semester credits per session

Students who choose to study abroad in Paris with API in the French Language Studies Program complete a combination of French language and phonetics courses. The average class size is twenty students. A student’s French level is determined by an online placement exam administered before arrival by the CCFS.

Students may take 3 semester credits in the summer 1 or summer 2 terms, OR take up to 6 semester credits for the summer 2 term.

Intermediate and advanced level students who wish to take French civilization lectures (not credit bearing) may do so only during the summer 2 session.

SUMMER 2 (INTENSIVE OPTION)

Students have the option of taking up to 4 hours of language and 1 hour of phonetics per week (for a total of 100 contact hours, 6-7 overall semester credits) for an additional fee.

TRANSCRIPTS

Transcripts are issued by the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne. If a student’s home university requires a U.S. school of record, they can receive a transcript from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for an additional fee.

Staff & Coordinators

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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 Peladan

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

COURSE OFFERINGS

The program will consist of three main areas of study: French language, phonetics, and French civilization (not credit bearing).

SEMESTER CREDITS BY SUBJECT

SUMMER 1 (BEG, INT, ADV)

  • Language – 2.5
  • Phonetics – .5
  • Total Credits – 3

SUMMER 2 (BEG, INT, ADV)

  • Language – 2.5
  • Phonetics – .5
  • Total Credits – 3
  • Intensive Option - 6-7

BOTH SUMMER SESSIONS

  • Language – 5
  • Phonetics – 1
  • Total Credits – 6

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.

A1; A2; B1; B2; C1

The language courses at the CCFS allow students to progress in learning French (grammar, verb conjugation, spelling, vocabulary, approach to literary texts, written and spoken expression) and are offered two hours per day, five days a week. Students at all levels have the option of taking additional hours of language per day, five days per week (SUMMER 2 ONLY) for an additional fee.

Language of Instruction: French   

View Syllabus   

Cours de phonétique (Phonetics)

The phonetics course at the CCFS allows students to improve their pronunciation, as well as comprehension and expression skills (with lab work). These classes are offered in the language lab two hours per week. Students at all levels have the option of taking additional hours of phonetics, five days per week (SUMMER 2 ONLY) for an additional fee.

Language of Instruction: French   

A1; A2; B1; B2; C1

The language courses at the CCFS allow students to progress in learning French (grammar, verb conjugation, spelling, vocabulary, approach to literary texts, written and spoken expression) and are offered two hours per day, five days a week. Students at all levels have the option of taking additional hours of language per day, five days per week (SUMMER 2 ONLY) for an additional fee.

Language of Instruction: French   

View Syllabus   

Cours de phonétique (Phonetics)

The phonetics course at the CCFS allows students to improve their pronunciation, as well as comprehension and expression skills (with lab work). These classes are offered in the language lab two hours per week. Students at all levels have the option of taking additional hours of phonetics, five days per week (SUMMER 2 ONLY) for an additional fee.

Language of Instruction: French   

CCFS French Civilization

This course meets 1 hour per day, 5 days per week, and the class will meet every second week. In this course students will work on phonetics, comprehension and oral expression.

Language of Instruction: French   

View Syllabus   

A1; A2; B1; B2; C1

The language courses at the CCFS allow students to progress in learning French (grammar, verb conjugation, spelling, vocabulary, approach to literary texts, written and spoken expression) and are offered two hours per day, five days a week. Students at all levels have the option of taking additional hours of language per day, five days per week (SUMMER 2 ONLY) for an additional fee.

Language of Instruction: French   

View Syllabus   

Cours de phonétique (Phonetics)

The phonetics course at the CCFS allows students to improve their pronunciation, as well as comprehension and expression skills (with lab work). These classes are offered in the language lab two hours per week. Students at all levels have the option of taking additional hours of phonetics, five days per week (SUMMER 2 ONLY) for an additional fee.

Language of Instruction: French   

CCFS French Civilization

This course meets 1 hour per day, 5 days per week, and the class will meet every second week. In this course students will work on phonetics, comprehension and oral expression.

Language of Instruction: French   

View Syllabus   

Highlights
  • Classes taught in French

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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Students interested in pursuing the intensive option will incur an additional charge of $500.

Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 1 Jun 1, 2020 - Jul 1, 2020 $5,280 Apr 1, 2020 Apr 15, 2020
Summer 1 and 2 Combined Jun 1, 2020 - Aug 1, 2020 $9,560 Apr 1, 2020 Apr 15, 2020
Summer 2 Jun 29, 2020 - Aug 1, 2020

Pricing Additional Information

Intensive option: $5,780

Apr 1, 2020 Apr 15, 2020
Summer 1 Jun 1, 2019 - Jun 29, 2019 $5,100 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 15, 2019
Summer 1 and 2 Combined Jun 1, 2019 - Aug 1, 2019 $9,380 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 15, 2019
Summer 2 Jul 1, 2019 - Aug 1, 2019 $5,100 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 15, 2019