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This program provides French language instruction in an intensive and immersive setting for those who wish to study abroad in Paris for a summer session.

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Resident Director


Medical and Life Insurance


Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Monthly Transit Pass


Housing (including meals and laundry with some options)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

View all opportunities and amenities

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
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 2 Jul 2, 2021 - Jul 31, 2021 $5,680 Apr 1, 2021 Apr 15, 2021 Apr 15, 2021

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.

  • 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 - Dijon

    The capital of the great region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in the eastern central part of France, is the ultimate cultural destination. As an officially recognized “Ville d’art et d’histoire”, this “city of art and history” boasts a vast protected area covering 97 hectares. That area is now on the UNESCO World Heritage list with the Climates of Burgundy’s vineyard.

    Dijon offers visitors an entirely vehicle-free town centre. The half-timbered houses, the Romanesque and Gothic churches and the 17th- and 18th-century private mansions majestically highlight the Medieval streets of the former capital of the Dukes of Burgundy.As a food and wine capital, Dijon is famous for its culinary specialities which include mustard, snails, crème de cassis, chocolate, and gingerbread…

  • A discovery day in the Ile de France region

    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 ....

What You’ll Study


TOTAL CREDITS - 6 semester credits per session (up to 12 total)

This program provides French language instruction at all levels for those who wish to study abroad in Paris for a summer session.

Students take 21 hours of class per week. During the June session, coursework will be comprised exclusively of French language study in the mornings from 9am – 12pm Monday through Friday, as well as in the afternoons on Tuesdays and Thursdays. During the July session, students will have French language study in the mornings Monday through Friday and on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons (18 hours per week), along with phonetics classes on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons (3 hours per week).


All courses are taught at and transcripts are issued by the Institut Catholique de Paris upon completion of their program.

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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!

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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!



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. semester credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.

A1.1; A1.2; A2.1; A2.2; B1.1; B1.2; B2.1; B2.2; C1

The language courses at the ICP allow students to maximize their French proficiency through studying grammar, vocabulary and phonetics. Students take 21 hours of class per week. During the Summer 1 session, students will take 21 hours of French language only. During the Summer 2 session, students will take 18 hours of French langauge and 3 hours of phonetics each week.

Language of Instruction: French   

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  • 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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