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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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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

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.

  • 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.

  • Riviera

    The French Riviera, or “Côte d’Azur” in French is a mythical, known all over the world for its beaches and the authenticity and charm of its hinterland little villages.

    We will visit some of the famous cities by the Mediterranean sea, such as Cannes, Nice, Marseille or Antibes and also some genuine sites inland, such as Grasse or Saint Paul de Vence or even Bormes-les-Mimosas.

  • 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.

  • Nantes

    The city of Nantes, dynamic, particularly attractive, occupies a central position on the west. Capital of its department, Loire-Atlantique, it is also the main city of its region. Near the sea, its own vineyard and its own terroir. Also, due to its rich History, Nantes is a multicultural city: it used to be the capital of Brittany until the 15th century. The port town quickly became an important hub of triangular trade, and more particularly of slave trade in the 18th century.

  • Normandy

    On the Alabaster Coast, the gigantic chalky cliffs of Etretat are unmissable, but the dynamic ports are worth the detour: Le Havre turned to the seas of the whole world or Dieppe and the incessant ferry traffic with the English coasts. The pebble beaches also book beautiful shows; located in the valleys, they are particularly photogenic at low tide.

    A bit further in the South, you find Honfleur which is the city best known for its picturesque old pond, characterized by its houses with slate facade, and for having been represented many times by artists, including Monet and Johan Barthold Jongkind, that contributed to the appearance of the Impressionism.

  • Alsace & Germany

    The Alsace region is located in the Rhine plaine in the north eastern part of France.

    It is bordered by Germany and Switzerland. Over the centuries Alsace has been back and of forth under the control of France and Germany. It is well known for its flowery villages with timbered houses, its wine road, its blue Vosges mountains and forests with pleasant pine scents as well as its medieval eagles nest castles. A stop on the other side of the Rhine will be a nice opportunity to discover a part of the Schwarzwald region in Germany giving this three days excursion an international dimension.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Riviera

    The French Riviera, or “Côte d’Azur” in French is a mythical, known all over the world for its beaches and the authenticity and charm of its hinterland little villages.

    We will visit some of the famous cities by the Mediterranean sea, such as Cannes, Nice, Marseille or Antibes and also some genuine sites inland, such as Grasse or Saint Paul de Vence or even Bormes-les-Mimosas.

  • Alsace & Germany

    The Alsace region is located in the Rhine plaine in the north eastern part of France.

    It is bordered by Germany and Switzerland. Over the centuries Alsace has been back and of forth under the control of France and Germany. It is well known for its flowery villages with timbered houses, its wine road, its blue Vosges mountains and forests with pleasant pine scents as well as its medieval eagles nest castles. A stop on the other side of the Rhine will be a nice opportunity to discover a part of the Schwarzwald region in Germany giving this three days excursion an international dimension.

  • Normandy

    On the Alabaster Coast, the gigantic chalky cliffs of Etretat are unmissable, but the dynamic ports are worth the detour: Le Havre turned to the seas of the whole world or Dieppe and the incessant ferry traffic with the English coasts. The pebble beaches also book beautiful shows; located in the valleys, they are particularly photogenic at low tide.

    A bit further in the South, you find Honfleur which is the city best known for its picturesque old pond, characterized by its houses with slate facade, and for having been represented many times by artists, including Monet and Johan Barthold Jongkind, that contributed to the appearance of the Impressionism.

  • Nantes

    The city of Nantes, dynamic, particularly attractive, occupies a central position on the west. Capital of its department, Loire-Atlantique, it is also the main city of its region. Near the sea, its own vineyard and its own terroir. Also, due to its rich History, Nantes is a multicultural city: it used to be the capital of Brittany until the 15th century. The port town quickly became an important hub of triangular trade, and more particularly of slave trade in the 18th century.

  • 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.

  • Alsace & Germany

    The Alsace region is located in the Rhine plaine in the north eastern part of France.

    It is bordered by Germany and Switzerland. Over the centuries Alsace has been back and of forth under the control of France and Germany. It is well known for its flowery villages with timbered houses, its wine road, its blue Vosges mountains and forests with pleasant pine scents as well as its medieval eagles nest castles. A stop on the other side of the Rhine will be a nice opportunity to discover a part of the Schwarzwald region in Germany giving this three days excursion an international dimension.

  • Normandy

    On the Alabaster Coast, the gigantic chalky cliffs of Etretat are unmissable, but the dynamic ports are worth the detour: Le Havre turned to the seas of the whole world or Dieppe and the incessant ferry traffic with the English coasts. The pebble beaches also book beautiful shows; located in the valleys, they are particularly photogenic at low tide.

    A bit further in the South, you find Honfleur which is the city best known for its picturesque old pond, characterized by its houses with slate facade, and for having been represented many times by artists, including Monet and Johan Barthold Jongkind, that contributed to the appearance of the Impressionism.

  • Nantes

    The city of Nantes, dynamic, particularly attractive, occupies a central position on the west. Capital of its department, Loire-Atlantique, it is also the main city of its region. Near the sea, its own vineyard and its own terroir. Also, due to its rich History, Nantes is a multicultural city: it used to be the capital of Brittany until the 15th century. The port town quickly became an important hub of triangular trade, and more particularly of slave trade in the 18th century.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 9-16 per session

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 2-4 credits of French civilization courses for a total of 12-14 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

    Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - rebecca.cott@apiabroad.com

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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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    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

Depending on the term, students take 9-16 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 to 4 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.

French Grammar

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.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Beginner  

View Syllabus   

La France De 1945 À Nos Jours (Post War France)

This elective course is taught in French by a French API professor. Offerings may vary per semester. Paris has been known as the "capital city of the nineteenth century" (regarding its architecture), where the post-WWII era has been a time of deep transformations in politics, society and culture. This course will examine a chronological presentation of the main events in the city of Paris, the daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theorical developments, the meaning or the main aspects of this era.

Language of Instruction: French   

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  

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.

Language of Instruction: English French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Histoire de la mode en France (Fashion in France)

This elective course is taught in French by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester. This course focuses on the development of costume and fashion in France from the late 17th Century to the present. Topics covered include: the influence of the state in organizing luxury industries (with Louis XIV, Napoleon); the Restoration and the Romantic Era; “Fin de Siècle” and Belle Epoque fashion; the Roaring Twenties; Wartime fashion; Haute couture and “Prêt à Porter”. Class time may be separated into lecture hours and site visits (museum, exhibitions, etc.) where students can see the original documents and/or appreciate the object of study in the wider cultural context of its time.

Language of Instruction: French   

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  

La France de 1945 à nos jours (Post War France)

This elective course is taught in French by a French API professor. 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 has been a time of deep transformations in the way of living, in the political structure of the french society, and in cultural and social representations as well. So we will try, based on a chronological presentation of the main events, to show, focusing on the city of Paris, or on daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theorical developments, the meaning or the main aspects of this era.

Littérature et chansons en France (Literature and songs in France)

This elective course is taught in French by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester. The course is an overview of the French literary and cultural tradition through a selection of chansons and texts ranging from troubadours to contemporary rappers. Each session will be devoted to a specific song or musical style, usually accompanied by a literary text (poem, short story, novel) which serve as entries to the period in question. Several excursions to related sites in Paris are also planned.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

French Grammar

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.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Beginner  

View Syllabus   

Histoire de la Gastronomique Française (History of French Cuisine) - API Course

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   

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. This course traces the artistic contribution to modernity in 19th -century and the first decades of 20th century French art, its utopian dimension, its different achievements and its decline. Art-movements, such as neo-classicism, romanticism, realism, impressionism, postimpressionism, will be analyzed with regard to their respective claim for modernity.

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.

Language of Instruction: English French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Histoire de la mode en France (Fashion in France)

This elective course is taught in French by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester. This course focuses on the development of costume and fashion in France from the late 17th Century to the present. Topics covered include: the influence of the state in organizing luxury industries (with Louis XIV, Napoleon); the Restoration and the Romantic Era; “Fin de Siècle” and Belle Epoque fashion; the Roaring Twenties; Wartime fashion; Haute couture and “Prêt à Porter”. Class time may be separated into lecture hours and site visits (museum, exhibitions, etc.) where students can see the original documents and/or appreciate the object of study in the wider cultural context of its time.

Language of Instruction: French   

French Grammar

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.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Beginner  

View Syllabus   

Histoire de la Gastronomique Française (History of French Cuisine) - API Course

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   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

La France De 1945 À Nos Jours (Post War France)

This elective course is taught in French by a French API professor. Offerings may vary per semester. Paris has been known as the "capital city of the nineteenth century" (regarding its architecture), where the post-WWII era has been a time of deep transformations in politics, society and culture. This course will examine a chronological presentation of the main events in the city of Paris, the daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theorical developments, the meaning or the main aspects of this era.

Language of Instruction: French   

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. This course traces the artistic contribution to modernity in 19th -century and the first decades of 20th century French art, its utopian dimension, its different achievements and its decline. Art-movements, such as neo-classicism, romanticism, realism, impressionism, postimpressionism, will be analyzed with regard to their respective claim for modernity.

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  

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.

Language of Instruction: English French    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  

Histoire de la gastronomie française (History of French cuisine)

This elective course is taught in French by a French API professor. Offerings may vary per 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 an 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   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Histoire de la mode en France (Fashion in France)

This elective course is taught in French by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester. This course focuses on the development of costume and fashion in France from the late 17th Century to the present. Topics covered include: the influence of the state in organizing luxury industries (with Louis XIV, Napoleon); the Restoration and the Romantic Era; “Fin de Siècle” and Belle Epoque fashion; the Roaring Twenties; Wartime fashion; Haute couture and “Prêt à Porter”. Class time may be separated into lecture hours and site visits (museum, exhibitions, etc.) where students can see the original documents and/or appreciate the object of study in the wider cultural context of its time.

Language of Instruction: French   

La France de 1945 à nos jours (Post War France)

This elective course is taught in French by a French API professor. 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 has been a time of deep transformations in the way of living, in the political structure of the french society, and in cultural and social representations as well. So we will try, based on a chronological presentation of the main events, to show, focusing on the city of Paris, or on daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theorical developments, the meaning or the main aspects of this era.

Littérature et chansons en France (Literature and songs in France)

This elective course is taught in French by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester. The course is an overview of the French literary and cultural tradition through a selection of chansons and texts ranging from troubadours to contemporary rappers. Each session will be devoted to a specific song or musical style, usually accompanied by a literary text (poem, short story, novel) which serve as entries to the period in question. Several excursions to related sites in Paris are also planned.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

French Grammar

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.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Beginner  

View Syllabus   

Histoire de la Gastronomique Française (History of French Cuisine) - API Course

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   

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.

Language of Instruction: English French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Histoire de la mode en France (Fashion in France)

This elective course is taught in French by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings may vary per semester. This course focuses on the development of costume and fashion in France from the late 17th Century to the present. Topics covered include: the influence of the state in organizing luxury industries (with Louis XIV, Napoleon); the Restoration and the Romantic Era; “Fin de Siècle” and Belle Epoque fashion; the Roaring Twenties; Wartime fashion; Haute couture and “Prêt à Porter”. Class time may be separated into lecture hours and site visits (museum, exhibitions, etc.) where students can see the original documents and/or appreciate the object of study in the wider cultural context of its time.

Language of Instruction: French   

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

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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*Please note the application deadline has been extended for the Spring session. Additional fees may apply.

Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Jan 28, 2020 - May 21, 2020 $14,380 Oct 15, 2019 Nov 1, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Fall Sep, 2020 - Dec, 2020 $14,380 Jun 10, 2020 Jul 1, 2020
Academic Year Sep, 2020 - May, 2021 $26,980 Jun 10, 2020 Jul 1, 2020
Fall Quarter Oct, 2020 - Dec, 2020 $14,380 Jun 10, 2020 Jul 1, 2020
Spring Jan 30, 2019 - May 25, 2019 $13,980 Oct 15, 2018 Nov 1, 2018
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