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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?

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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 contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Entry requirements: Valid passport

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 3-6 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 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 (for a total of 100 contact hours, 6 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.

Courses

COURSE OFFERINGS

The program will consist of three main areas of study: French language, phonetics, and French civilization.

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

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.

CCFS French Language - All Levels - Summer

Classes 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. Beginning students have the option of taking additional hours of language per day, five days per week (SUMMER 2 ONLY) for an additional fee.

CCFS Phonetics - All Levels - Summer

Classes allow students to improve their pronunciation, as well as comprehension and expression skills (with lab work). These classes are offered in the language lab one hour per day, every other week.

CCFS French Language - All Levels - Summer

Classes 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. Beginning students have the option of taking additional hours of language per day, five days per week (SUMMER 2 ONLY) for an additional fee.

CCFS Phonetics - All Levels - Summer

Classes allow students to improve their pronunciation, as well as comprehension and expression skills (with lab work). These classes are offered in the language lab one hour per day, every other week.

CCFS French Civilization - Summer

Lectures cover various aspects of French civilization and are offered 1-2 hours per day on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. No credits are offered for these lectures.

CCFS French Language - All Levels - Summer

Classes 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. Beginning students have the option of taking additional hours of language per day, five days per week (SUMMER 2 ONLY) for an additional fee.

CCFS Phonetics - All Levels - Summer

Classes allow students to improve their pronunciation, as well as comprehension and expression skills (with lab work). These classes are offered in the language lab one hour per day, every other week.

CCFS French Civilization - Summer

Lectures cover various aspects of French civilization and are offered 1-2 hours per day on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. No credits are offered for these lectures.

Highlights
  • Classes taught in French

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 Peladan

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

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 Château

    Students will have the unique opportunity to explore an authentic French château and its surroundings in the Ile de France (Paris countryside). Possible visits may include Champs sur Marne, Chantilly, Rambouillet, Vau le Vicomte, or Versailles.
  • Champagne

    This region is famous for the production of Champagne as well as its architecture. One highlight of the region is the gothic cathedral in the town of Reims. The Notre-Dame de Reims was entirely rebuilt after being bombed during World War I and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Normandy, Mont Sant-Michel, Saint Malo

    Capital of Lower Normandy, Caen was bombarded during the liberation of France by the Allied troops’ landing on the coast of Normandy. Today, a World War II memorial and museum explaining D-Day mark this event. Students visit Omaha Beach and then spend the afternoon and night inside the 17th-century walls of Saint-Malo which is considered by many to be the most attractive channel port in France.

  • French Château

    Students will have the unique opportunity to explore an authentic French château and its surroundings in the Ile de France (Paris countryside). Possible visits may include Champs sur Marne, Chantilly, Rambouillet, Vau le Vicomte, or Versailles.
  • Champagne

    This region is famous for the production of Champagne as well as its architecture. One highlight of the region is the gothic cathedral in the town of Reims. The Notre-Dame de Reims was entirely rebuilt after being bombed during World War I and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Normandy, Mont Sant-Michel, Saint Malo

    Capital of Lower Normandy, Caen was bombarded during the liberation of France by the Allied troops’ landing on the coast of Normandy. Today, a World War II memorial and museum explaining D-Day mark this event. Students visit Omaha Beach and then spend the afternoon and night inside the 17th-century walls of Saint-Malo which is considered by many to be the most attractive channel port in France.

  • Loire Valley

    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. Le Château de Chenonceau is where one can experience the splendor of Chambord’s white stones and its magnificent central staircase which are both dedicated to da Vinci.

  • Giverny and Auvers Sur Oise

    Giverny offers visitors a treat as they visit the former residence of Claude Monet where the artist lived and worked until Once in Giverny, the visitor is at the heart of an adorable village where Claude Monet’s former residence stands. This beautiful mansion and garden where the impressionist lived and painted his famous waterlily paintings are open to your eyes and senses. The visit continues to Auvers sur Oise where Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Théo are buried. Auvers inspired Van Gogh during his short stay at the Auberge Ravoux producing 70 paintings among which Auvers’s medieval church. Daubigny, Cézanne, Pissaro, and later Vlaminkor Wickenden also stayed in this picturesque village along the Oise river.

  • French Château

    Students will have the unique opportunity to explore an authentic French château and its surroundings in the Ile de France (Paris countryside). Possible visits may include Champs sur Marne, Chantilly, Rambouillet, Vau le Vicomte, or Versailles.
  • Loire Valley

    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. Le Château de Chenonceau is where one can experience the splendor of Chambord’s white stones and its magnificent central staircase which are both dedicated to da Vinci.

  • Giverny and Auvers Sur Oise

    Giverny offers visitors a treat as they visit the former residence of Claude Monet where the artist lived and worked until Once in Giverny, the visitor is at the heart of an adorable village where Claude Monet’s former residence stands. This beautiful mansion and garden where the impressionist lived and painted his famous waterlily paintings are open to your eyes and senses. The visit continues to Auvers sur Oise where Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Théo are buried. Auvers inspired Van Gogh during his short stay at the Auberge Ravoux producing 70 paintings among which Auvers’s medieval church. Daubigny, Cézanne, Pissaro, and later Vlaminkor Wickenden also stayed in this picturesque village along the Oise river.

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 $880.

Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 1 Jun 1, 2019 - Jun 29, 2019 $5,100 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 15, 2019
Summer 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