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Students who choose to study abroad in Paris with API in the Language and Culture Studies Program select a combination of French language and cultural electives, referred to as French Civilization courses. The number of credits earned for each language course and the cultural electives varies according to the particular session a student selects.

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Advising

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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

Excursions (overnight, day, international)

Resident Director

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

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
  • One official transcript
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 9-16 per session (up to 20+ total)

Students who choose to study abroad in Paris with API in the Language and Culture Studies Program select a combination of French language and cultural electives referred to as French Civilization courses. The number of credits earned for each language course and the cultural electives varies according to the particular session a student selects.

A student’s French level is based on an online placement exam administered before arrival by the CCFS. The CCFS divides their language levels into 5 main categories: Débutant (A1), Élémentaire (A2), Intermédaire (B1), Avancé (B2), and Supérieur (C1).

FALL QUARTER

  • Beginning level (A1) students selecting the fall quarter program complete 8 credits of language and 1 credit of phonetics instruction for a total of 9 semester credits. Fall quarter students at all language levels may attend up to three French Civilization courses for 1 credit each.

FALL SEMESTER AND SPRING SEMESTER

  • All students selecting a semester program complete 8 credits of language instruction, 2 credits of phonetics instruction, and 4-6 credits of French civilization courses for a total of 14-16 semester credits per semester.
  • Students at the Intermediate (B1) language level or above have the option of earning an additional three credits each semester if they complete an elective course taught exclusively for API students (see course offerings page for details). Students generally take this course in place of one of the cultural courses at the CCFS. An additional fee may be charged for participation in the API course (whether taken in place of or in addition to a regular elective course). Course subject to minimum enrollment.
  • Students at all levels also have the option of earning an additional three credits each semester if they complete an elective course taught in English exclusively for API students from University of Connecticut faculty.
  • A limited number of teaching internships are also available for students at the Intermediate (B1) language level or above. An additional fee is charged for participation in the 3-credit internship.

TRANSCRIPTS

Transcripts are issued by the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne. If a student enrolls in the API-led course or the teaching internship, chooses to complete supplementary papers, or if their home university requires it, they can elect to receive a transcript from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for an additional fee. If a student enrolls in the University of Connecticut elective courses, they will receive a transcript from the University of Connecticut.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Rebecca Cott

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    Francine Bost-Millischer will be one of your Resident Directors in Paris and a resource for you on-site.

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    Laure Bettencourt will be your Student Life Coordinator in Paris and will assist you in adjusting to life in France!

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COURSE OFFERINGS

Depending on the term, students take 9-18 semester credit hours of French Language and Culture. Quarter students take 3 hours of language per day, and semester students take 2 hours of language per day, five days per week. Language courses are available at five different levels. Students will also take a Phonetics class for a portion of the session. Students complete their class schedule after the online placement test (completed prior to the program start) and the class schedule depends on their language level. Additionally, students will take 2 or 3 elective courses on various themes of French Civilization.

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

These classes allow students to progress in learning French (grammar, verb conjugation, spelling, vocabulary, approach to literary texts, written and spoken expression). Taught at five different levels, these classes are offered two hours per day, five days a week. Students are placed into the appropriate class based on an initial language placement exam.

[A1 Syllabus]
[A2 Syllabus]
[B1.2 Syllabus]
[B1.2 Syllabus]
[B2 Syllabus]
[C1 Syllabus]

Language of Instruction: French   

CCFS French Civilization

These cultural “conférences” (weekly civilization lectures) cover the areas of arts, geography, history, language & culture, literature, politics and society and are offered weekly throughout the term. Students choose two or three topics, with each lecture lasting two hours per week. Topics vary by level.

Following are examples of previous French civilization courses offered to Sorbonne semester students. These courses are subject to change:

FALL

Available to students at all levels

  • Civilisation et littérature françaises (French Civilization and Literature) [Syllabus]

  • Médias, communication, et publicité (Media, Communication, and Publicity) [Syllabus]

  • Poésie et chanson [Syllabus]

  • Le château de Versailles [Syllabus]

  • Histoire de l’art français (French Art History) [Syllabus]

  • Histoire et Francophonie [Syllabus]

  • La chanson, “bande originale de nos vies” [Syllabus]

Available to students at the Débutant (A1), Élémentaire (A2), and Intermédiaire (B1.1) levels

Available to students at the Intermédiaire (B1.2), Avancé (B2), and Supérieur (C1) levels

  • Histoire de l’art français (French Art History) [Syllabus]

  • Chefs-d’œuvre du théâtre français [Syllabus]

  • Symbolisme et esthétique« fin de siècle »- quelques figures [Syllabus]

  • Figures artistiques et littéraires en leur siècle, du 19e à nos jours [Syllabus]

  • Autobiography et Autofiction [Syllabus]

FALL

Available to students at all levels

Available to students at the Débutant (A1), Élémentaire (A2), and Intermédiaire (B1.1) levels

  • Chefs-d’œuvre du théâtre français [Syllabus]

  • Panorama des habitudes et des traditions françaises [Syllabus]

Available to students at the Intermédiaire (B1.2), Avancé (B2), and Supérieur (C1) levels

Language of Instruction: French   

French Civilization - API-Only

This course is offered every spring semester.

The post-WWII era was a time of deep transformations in the French way of living, the political structure of the French society, and through cultural and social representations and is strongly represented through the Parisian architecture and the design of the main avenues and boulevards. This course examines French society chronologically from 1945 to today by highlighting the main events of this era and examining the city itself through daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theoretical developments.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate to Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Art History II / From Paris to the Rest of the World: Modern and Post-Modern Art

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course is a comparative analysis of artistic concepts, works and movements, important to the distinction between Modernism and Postmodernism in 20th Century Art. It will also study the geopolitical issues of Art. Through an examination of form and content distinguishable in works of various artistic disciplines (painting, sculpture, architecture, design), students will critically evaluate artistic language and expression that is representative of modern and post-modern ideologies. This course will examine the visual arts and will utilize theoretical texts for supportive analysis.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Translation Through the Press

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This translation course focuses, for the most part, on material from the Parisian written press. In addition to familiarizing students with some of the techniques of translation in general, the course constitutes a cultural studies approach to France through the press since translating exercises will be accompanied by presentations of the different materials used (newspapers, television, film) and by discussions of the news itself. In addition to acquiring the basic translation skills, students will acquire a vocabulary particular to the press and current events, improve their French-language skills more generally, and view of France by way of its press and the news at a particular historical, political and cultural “moment.” There is no textbook for the course; instead, students will purchase different newspapers and magazines and be provided with links to particular media sites. Partial list of newspapers and magazines: Le Monde, Le Figaro, L’Humanité, Charlie Hebdo, Paris-Match, Libération, Le Parisien, Le Canard enchaîné

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

A French Experience: Paris Teaching Internship

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.

Students teach English two to three hours a week in a Parisian school. The regular professor asks the student what is to be taught and helps students prepare for class. Students are asked to keep a journal where all course plans and weekly evaluations are registered (one page per class, per course taught). Students also have to write a final internship report (in French) analyzing the French teaching system and their perception of French society through their own teaching experience. Upon successful completion, students earn 3 semester credits.

Language of Instruction: English    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

CCFS French Language - All Levels

These classes allow students to progress in learning French (grammar, verb conjugation, spelling, vocabulary, approach to literary texts, written and spoken expression). Taught at five different levels, these classes are offered two hours per day, five days a week. Students are placed into the appropriate class based on an initial language placement exam.

[A1 Syllabus]
[A2 Syllabus]
[B1.2 Syllabus]
[B1.2 Syllabus]
[B2 Syllabus]
[C1 Syllabus]

Language of Instruction: French   

CCFS French Civilization

These cultural “conférences” (weekly civilization lectures) cover the areas of arts, geography, history, language & culture, literature, politics and society and are offered weekly throughout the term. Students choose two or three topics, with each lecture lasting two hours per week. Topics vary by level.

Following are examples of previous French civilization courses offered to Sorbonne semester students. These courses are subject to change:

FALL

Available to students at all levels

  • Civilisation et littérature françaises (French Civilization and Literature) [Syllabus]

  • Médias, communication, et publicité (Media, Communication, and Publicity) [Syllabus]

  • Poésie et chanson [Syllabus]

  • Le château de Versailles [Syllabus]

  • Histoire de l’art français (French Art History) [Syllabus]

  • Histoire et Francophonie [Syllabus]

  • La chanson, “bande originale de nos vies” [Syllabus]

Available to students at the Débutant (A1), Élémentaire (A2), and Intermédiaire (B1.1) levels

Available to students at the Intermédiaire (B1.2), Avancé (B2), and Supérieur (C1) levels

  • Histoire de l’art français (French Art History) [Syllabus]

  • Chefs-d’œuvre du théâtre français [Syllabus]

  • Symbolisme et esthétique« fin de siècle »- quelques figures [Syllabus]

  • Figures artistiques et littéraires en leur siècle, du 19e à nos jours [Syllabus]

  • Autobiography et Autofiction [Syllabus]

FALL

Available to students at all levels

Available to students at the Débutant (A1), Élémentaire (A2), and Intermédiaire (B1.1) levels

  • Chefs-d’œuvre du théâtre français [Syllabus]

  • Panorama des habitudes et des traditions françaises [Syllabus]

Available to students at the Intermédiaire (B1.2), Avancé (B2), and Supérieur (C1) levels

Language of Instruction: French   

History of French Cuisine - API-Only

This course is offered every Fall semester.

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 a historical, ethnological, and sociological 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.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate to Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Art History: From the Impressionists to Picasso

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

Course description currently unavailable.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Human Rights: Being International

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course offers an introduction to international Human Rights Law. Each class will be structured around a lecture and a case study with a focus on important human rights issues in France. Students will become acquainted with the fundamentals of human rights and will become aware of specific human rights issues that arise in France.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

A French Experience: Paris Teaching Internship

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.

Students teach English two to three hours a week in a Parisian school. The regular professor asks the student what is to be taught and helps students prepare for class. Students are asked to keep a journal where all course plans and weekly evaluations are registered (one page per class, per course taught). Students also have to write a final internship report (in French) analyzing the French teaching system and their perception of French society through their own teaching experience. Upon successful completion, students earn 3 semester credits.

Language of Instruction: English    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

CCFS French Language - All Levels

These classes allow students to progress in learning French (grammar, verb conjugation, spelling, vocabulary, approach to literary texts, written and spoken expression). Taught at five different levels, these classes are offered two hours per day, five days a week. Students are placed into the appropriate class based on an initial language placement exam.

[A1 Syllabus]
[A2 Syllabus]
[B1.2 Syllabus]
[B1.2 Syllabus]
[B2 Syllabus]
[C1 Syllabus]

Language of Instruction: French   

CCFS French Civilization

These cultural “conférences” (weekly civilization lectures) cover the areas of arts, geography, history, language & culture, literature, politics and society and are offered weekly throughout the term. Students choose two or three topics, with each lecture lasting two hours per week. Topics vary by level.

Following are examples of previous French civilization courses offered to Sorbonne semester students. These courses are subject to change:

FALL

Available to students at all levels

  • Civilisation et littérature françaises (French Civilization and Literature) [Syllabus]

  • Médias, communication, et publicité (Media, Communication, and Publicity) [Syllabus]

  • Poésie et chanson [Syllabus]

  • Le château de Versailles [Syllabus]

  • Histoire de l’art français (French Art History) [Syllabus]

  • Histoire et Francophonie [Syllabus]

  • La chanson, “bande originale de nos vies” [Syllabus]

Available to students at the Débutant (A1), Élémentaire (A2), and Intermédiaire (B1.1) levels

Available to students at the Intermédiaire (B1.2), Avancé (B2), and Supérieur (C1) levels

  • Histoire de l’art français (French Art History) [Syllabus]

  • Chefs-d’œuvre du théâtre français [Syllabus]

  • Symbolisme et esthétique« fin de siècle »- quelques figures [Syllabus]

  • Figures artistiques et littéraires en leur siècle, du 19e à nos jours [Syllabus]

  • Autobiography et Autofiction [Syllabus]

FALL

Available to students at all levels

Available to students at the Débutant (A1), Élémentaire (A2), and Intermédiaire (B1.1) levels

  • Chefs-d’œuvre du théâtre français [Syllabus]

  • Panorama des habitudes et des traditions françaises [Syllabus]

Available to students at the Intermédiaire (B1.2), Avancé (B2), and Supérieur (C1) levels

Language of Instruction: French   

History of French Cuisine - API-Only

This course is offered every Fall semester.

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 a historical, ethnological, and sociological 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.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate to Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

French Civilization - API-Only

This course is offered every spring semester.

The post-WWII era was a time of deep transformations in the French way of living, the political structure of the French society, and through cultural and social representations and is strongly represented through the Parisian architecture and the design of the main avenues and boulevards. This course examines French society chronologically from 1945 to today by highlighting the main events of this era and examining the city itself through daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theoretical developments.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate to Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Art History: From the Impressionists to Picasso

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

Course description currently unavailable.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Human Rights: Being International

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course offers an introduction to international Human Rights Law. Each class will be structured around a lecture and a case study with a focus on important human rights issues in France. Students will become acquainted with the fundamentals of human rights and will become aware of specific human rights issues that arise in France.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Art History II / From Paris to the Rest of the World: Modern and Post-Modern Art

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course is a comparative analysis of artistic concepts, works and movements, important to the distinction between Modernism and Postmodernism in 20th Century Art. It will also study the geopolitical issues of Art. Through an examination of form and content distinguishable in works of various artistic disciplines (painting, sculpture, architecture, design), students will critically evaluate artistic language and expression that is representative of modern and post-modern ideologies. This course will examine the visual arts and will utilize theoretical texts for supportive analysis.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Translation Through the Press

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This translation course focuses, for the most part, on material from the Parisian written press. In addition to familiarizing students with some of the techniques of translation in general, the course constitutes a cultural studies approach to France through the press since translating exercises will be accompanied by presentations of the different materials used (newspapers, television, film) and by discussions of the news itself. In addition to acquiring the basic translation skills, students will acquire a vocabulary particular to the press and current events, improve their French-language skills more generally, and view of France by way of its press and the news at a particular historical, political and cultural “moment.” There is no textbook for the course; instead, students will purchase different newspapers and magazines and be provided with links to particular media sites. Partial list of newspapers and magazines: Le Monde, Le Figaro, L’Humanité, Charlie Hebdo, Paris-Match, Libération, Le Parisien, Le Canard enchaîné

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

A French Experience: Paris Teaching Internship

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.

Students teach English two to three hours a week in a Parisian school. The regular professor asks the student what is to be taught and helps students prepare for class. Students are asked to keep a journal where all course plans and weekly evaluations are registered (one page per class, per course taught). Students also have to write a final internship report (in French) analyzing the French teaching system and their perception of French society through their own teaching experience. Upon successful completion, students earn 3 semester credits.

Language of Instruction: English    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Cultural History: Post-War France (1944-45) to Today

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

If Paris has been known as the "capital city of the nineteenth century (regarding its architecture or the design of the main avenues and boulevards, for example), the post-WWII era was a time of deep transformation in the way of life, in the political structure of French society, and in cultural and social representations as well. Based on a chronological presentation of the main events, focusing on the city of Paris, on daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theoretical developments, we will try to delineate the main aspects of this era.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

CCFS French Language - All Levels

These classes allow students to progress in learning French (grammar, verb conjugation, spelling, vocabulary, approach to literary texts, written and spoken expression). Taught at five different levels, these classes are offered two hours per day, five days a week. Students are placed into the appropriate class based on an initial language placement exam.

[A1 Syllabus]
[A2 Syllabus]
[B1.2 Syllabus]
[B1.2 Syllabus]
[B2 Syllabus]
[C1 Syllabus]

Language of Instruction: French   

CCFS French Civilization

These cultural “conférences” (weekly civilization lectures) cover the areas of arts, geography, history, language & culture, literature, politics and society and are offered weekly throughout the term. Students choose two or three topics, with each lecture lasting two hours per week. Topics vary by level.

Following are examples of previous French civilization courses offered to Sorbonne semester students. These courses are subject to change:

FALL

Available to students at all levels

  • Civilisation et littérature françaises (French Civilization and Literature) [Syllabus]

  • Médias, communication, et publicité (Media, Communication, and Publicity) [Syllabus]

  • Poésie et chanson [Syllabus]

  • Le château de Versailles [Syllabus]

  • Histoire de l’art français (French Art History) [Syllabus]

  • Histoire et Francophonie [Syllabus]

  • La chanson, “bande originale de nos vies” [Syllabus]

Available to students at the Débutant (A1), Élémentaire (A2), and Intermédiaire (B1.1) levels

Available to students at the Intermédiaire (B1.2), Avancé (B2), and Supérieur (C1) levels

  • Histoire de l’art français (French Art History) [Syllabus]

  • Chefs-d’œuvre du théâtre français [Syllabus]

  • Symbolisme et esthétique« fin de siècle »- quelques figures [Syllabus]

  • Figures artistiques et littéraires en leur siècle, du 19e à nos jours [Syllabus]

  • Autobiography et Autofiction [Syllabus]

FALL

Available to students at all levels

Available to students at the Débutant (A1), Élémentaire (A2), and Intermédiaire (B1.1) levels

  • Chefs-d’œuvre du théâtre français [Syllabus]

  • Panorama des habitudes et des traditions françaises [Syllabus]

Available to students at the Intermédiaire (B1.2), Avancé (B2), and Supérieur (C1) levels

Language of Instruction: French   

History of French Cuisine - API-Only

This course is offered every Fall semester.

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 a historical, ethnological, and sociological 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.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate to Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

A French Experience: Paris Teaching Internship

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.

Students teach English two to three hours a week in a Parisian school. The regular professor asks the student what is to be taught and helps students prepare for class. Students are asked to keep a journal where all course plans and weekly evaluations are registered (one page per class, per course taught). Students also have to write a final internship report (in French) analyzing the French teaching system and their perception of French society through their own teaching experience. Upon successful completion, students earn 3 semester credits.

Language of Instruction: English    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

CCFS French Civilization

These cultural “conférences” (weekly civilization lectures) cover the areas of arts, geography, history, language & culture, literature, politics and society and are offered weekly throughout the term. Students choose two or three topics, with each lecture lasting two hours per week. Topics vary by level.

Following are examples of previous French civilization courses offered to Sorbonne semester students. These courses are subject to change:

FALL

Available to students at all levels

  • Civilisation et littérature françaises (French Civilization and Literature) [Syllabus]

  • Médias, communication, et publicité (Media, Communication, and Publicity) [Syllabus]

  • Poésie et chanson [Syllabus]

  • Le château de Versailles [Syllabus]

  • Histoire de l’art français (French Art History) [Syllabus]

  • Histoire et Francophonie [Syllabus]

  • La chanson, “bande originale de nos vies” [Syllabus]

Available to students at the Débutant (A1), Élémentaire (A2), and Intermédiaire (B1.1) levels

Available to students at the Intermédiaire (B1.2), Avancé (B2), and Supérieur (C1) levels

  • Histoire de l’art français (French Art History) [Syllabus]

  • Chefs-d’œuvre du théâtre français [Syllabus]

  • Symbolisme et esthétique« fin de siècle »- quelques figures [Syllabus]

  • Figures artistiques et littéraires en leur siècle, du 19e à nos jours [Syllabus]

  • Autobiography et Autofiction [Syllabus]

FALL

Available to students at all levels

Available to students at the Débutant (A1), Élémentaire (A2), and Intermédiaire (B1.1) levels

  • Chefs-d’œuvre du théâtre français [Syllabus]

  • Panorama des habitudes et des traditions françaises [Syllabus]

Available to students at the Intermédiaire (B1.2), Avancé (B2), and Supérieur (C1) levels

Language of Instruction: French   

CCFS French Language - All Levels

These classes allow students to progress in learning French (grammar, verb conjugation, spelling, vocabulary, approach to literary texts, written and spoken expression). Taught at five different levels, these classes are offered two hours per day, five days a week. Students are placed into the appropriate class based on an initial language placement exam.

[A1 Syllabus]
[A2 Syllabus]
[B1.2 Syllabus]
[B1.2 Syllabus]
[B2 Syllabus]
[C1 Syllabus]

Language of Instruction: French   

French Civilization - API-Only

This course is offered every spring semester.

The post-WWII era was a time of deep transformations in the French way of living, the political structure of the French society, and through cultural and social representations and is strongly represented through the Parisian architecture and the design of the main avenues and boulevards. This course examines French society chronologically from 1945 to today by highlighting the main events of this era and examining the city itself through daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theoretical developments.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate to Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Art History II / From Paris to the Rest of the World: Modern and Post-Modern Art

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This course is a comparative analysis of artistic concepts, works and movements, important to the distinction between Modernism and Postmodernism in 20th Century Art. It will also study the geopolitical issues of Art. Through an examination of form and content distinguishable in works of various artistic disciplines (painting, sculpture, architecture, design), students will critically evaluate artistic language and expression that is representative of modern and post-modern ideologies. This course will examine the visual arts and will utilize theoretical texts for supportive analysis.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Translation Through the Press

This elective course is taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester.

This translation course focuses, for the most part, on material from the Parisian written press. In addition to familiarizing students with some of the techniques of translation in general, the course constitutes a cultural studies approach to France through the press since translating exercises will be accompanied by presentations of the different materials used (newspapers, television, film) and by discussions of the news itself. In addition to acquiring the basic translation skills, students will acquire a vocabulary particular to the press and current events, improve their French-language skills more generally, and view of France by way of its press and the news at a particular historical, political and cultural “moment.” There is no textbook for the course; instead, students will purchase different newspapers and magazines and be provided with links to particular media sites. Partial list of newspapers and magazines: Le Monde, Le Figaro, L’Humanité, Charlie Hebdo, Paris-Match, Libération, Le Parisien, Le Canard enchaîné

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

A French Experience: Paris Teaching Internship

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.

Students teach English two to three hours a week in a Parisian school. The regular professor asks the student what is to be taught and helps students prepare for class. Students are asked to keep a journal where all course plans and weekly evaluations are registered (one page per class, per course taught). Students also have to write a final internship report (in French) analyzing the French teaching system and their perception of French society through their own teaching experience. Upon successful completion, students earn 3 semester credits.

Language of Instruction: English    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Highlights
  • Classes taught in French
  • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution available (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
  • English electives available from U.S. accredited institution (University of Connecticut)
  • Teaching internships available for credit
  • International excursion during some semesters

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.

  • Bordeaux

    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.

  • 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.

  • Normandy, Mont Sant-Michel, Saint Malo

    Discovery of one of the most visited monuments in France, the Mont-Saint Michel. When arriving on spot the students discover wonderful landscapes: open water, sand dunes, saltwater meadows, marshes… Students love the walk in the quick sands in the bay, and explore the abbey and its impressive history started in 708. During the weekend, they also discover the fortified town of Saint-Malo surrounded by its 17th century walls.

    Depending on the program, students may also walk on Omaha beach and visit the museum explaining World War II and the D-Day.

  • Aix-En-Provence/Avignon

    Avignon is one of the most fascinating towns in southern France and known for its music festival, splendid houses and museums with rich works of art, mosaics and Romanesque and Gothic Sculptures. Students will visit the famous Pope’s Palace that was home to seven Popes from 1305 to 1378 before the papacy moved back to the Vatican. Near the palace is the famous half bridge Pont St. Bénezet, in which a popular children’s song was written describing folk dancing on the bridge.

  • 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.

  • Bruges

    Bruges, also called the “Venice of the North,” is an outstanding example of a medieval historic settlement. Picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals link exceptionally photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historic churches, and old whitewashed almshouses. Flemish Belgium inspired some of the most famous Flemish Baroque painters such as Rubens.

  • 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.


  • Burgundy

    Burgundy is one of France’s most famous wine-producing regions. Students on this excursion will have the chance to visit the renowned city and ancient capital of the region – Dijon – known overseas for its famous mustard, as well as Beaune. Beaune is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the district, also known the world over for its wine auctions.
  • Bordeaux

    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.

  • 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.

  • Bruges

    Bruges, also called the “Venice of the North,” is an outstanding example of a medieval historic settlement. Picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals link exceptionally photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historic churches, and old whitewashed almshouses. Flemish Belgium inspired some of the most famous Flemish Baroque painters such as Rubens.

  • 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.


  • Normandy, Mont Sant-Michel, Saint Malo

    Discovery of one of the most visited monuments in France, the Mont-Saint Michel. When arriving on spot the students discover wonderful landscapes: open water, sand dunes, saltwater meadows, marshes… Students love the walk in the quick sands in the bay, and explore the abbey and its impressive history started in 708. During the weekend, they also discover the fortified town of Saint-Malo surrounded by its 17th century walls.

    Depending on the program, students may also walk on Omaha beach and visit the museum explaining World War II and the D-Day.

  • Aix-En-Provence/Avignon

    Avignon is one of the most fascinating towns in southern France and known for its music festival, splendid houses and museums with rich works of art, mosaics and Romanesque and Gothic Sculptures. Students will visit the famous Pope’s Palace that was home to seven Popes from 1305 to 1378 before the papacy moved back to the Vatican. Near the palace is the famous half bridge Pont St. Bénezet, in which a popular children’s song was written describing folk dancing on the bridge.

  • Burgundy

    Burgundy is one of France’s most famous wine-producing regions. Students on this excursion will have the chance to visit the renowned city and ancient capital of the region – Dijon – known overseas for its famous mustard, as well as Beaune. Beaune is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the district, also known the world over for its wine auctions.
  • 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.

  • Bruges

    Bruges, also called the “Venice of the North,” is an outstanding example of a medieval historic settlement. Picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals link exceptionally photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historic churches, and old whitewashed almshouses. Flemish Belgium inspired some of the most famous Flemish Baroque painters such as Rubens.

  • 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.


  • Burgundy

    Burgundy is one of France’s most famous wine-producing regions. Students on this excursion will have the chance to visit the renowned city and ancient capital of the region – Dijon – known overseas for its famous mustard, as well as Beaune. Beaune is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the district, also known the world over for its wine auctions.

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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Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall Sep 3, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019 $13,980 Jun 10, 2019 Jul 1, 2019
Academic Year Sep 3, 2019 - May 21, 2020 $26,980 Jun 10, 2019 Jul 1, 2019
Fall Quarter Oct 4, 2019 - Dec 13, 2019 $11,980 Jun 10, 2019 Jul 1, 2019
Spring Jan 28, 2020 - May 21, 2020 $13,980 Oct 15, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Spring Jan 30, 2019 - May 25, 2019 $13,980 Oct 15, 2018 Nov 1, 2018