Summer in Paris

Spend 4-8 weeks this summer in Paris and strengthen your French language skills. Whether you are majoring in French or have just always wanted to learn the most romantic language on the planet, summer in Paris is for you.

Spend the summer studying French language and French culture in Paris! On the French Language Summer Program at the Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP), you’ll improve your French language skills and knowledge of French culture, as you live in the heart of this amazing city.  

Turn Paris into your classroom for four weeks this summer. Admire the intricate beauty of Notre Dame, sit and read in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, or practice your French by ordering a morning baguette on your way to class. The French Language Summer Program at the ICP, is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of French culture and refine your French language skills.

Study in the heart of Paris  –  Fountains, fashion, cafés, croissants… there is something for everyone, especially art-lovers and budding artists.

Intensive French Language Courses for all level –  Gain first-hand experience practicing your French and integrating into Parisian culture. The sites and sounds you will experience will help you have a greater understanding of French culture. 

Location – Classes are located across the street from Jardin du Luxembourg, a beautiful background for a picnic lunch 

Summer in Paris coursework takes place at the Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP). Located in th heart of Paris, you will study intensive French language with knowledgable staff and then be able to step out onto the Parisian streets for a cafe au lait and continue your language practice!

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses

Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in your Participant Portal. 

All levels of French from A1 (Beginner) - C2 (Advanced) are available for study. You will take one intensive French langauge course per session, with the option to add a Phonetics lab. Your French level will be determined by a language placement test. Classes generally end at 12 noon three days a week, giving you ample opportunities to practice French and explore Paris.

Course load: 21 hours of Intensive French per 4-week session (84 contact hours persession, or roughly 3-8 US credits)*

*Though we can provide suggested course hour translations, US course credit is determined by your home university.

Course approval:  Before you go abroad, it is best to consult your academic advisor to review requirements for language coursework at your home university. 

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

Live in one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world! Paris is famous for its romantic atmosphere, rich history, and incredible influence on fashion, design, art, cuisine, and culture. You’ll never be bored in this incredible city.

While in Paris, you can visit the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Moulin Rouge, and many more famous landmarks. You should also be sure to check out all of the many museums, art galleries, gardens, and monuments around the city. After taking in the beauty of strolling down a Parisian street during the day, go out and experience the city’s famous nightlife! 

Even though the city is large, with roughly 12 million residents, it’s easy to get around with the unique layout of the streets and districts. They form a clockwise spiral out from the city center, so you always have a point of reference should you get lost. If you want to get out and explore the rest of Paris, the rest of France, or even the rest of Europe, there’s an easy transportation system of bikes, taxis, buses, trains, and planes to help you out.

Our Summer in Paris program is located at Institute Catholique de Paris. Founded in 1875, Institute Catholique de Paris is accredited by the Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, France.

Semester in Paris will be spent at Institute Catholique de Paris, located near the Paris' Latin Quarter, Luxembourg Gardens, and St. Germain des Près. 

The University instructs in both Paris and English. Whether you attend to improve your French or take courses in your major, instructed in English, you will learn French by enrolling in a required language and culture course. The Catholic University of Paris is a not-for-profit organisation according to the law of 1901, of recognised common public interest. Under the joint authority of the Holy See (Congregation for Catholic Education) and the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, it issues state diplomas (degree, masters and PhD), canonical diplomas and its own diplomas.

As a Summer in Paris student, you will receive excellent support. You will be picked up at the airport by a member of CISabroad onsite support and taken to your housing. Within a few days of your arrival, an extensive orientation program will introduce you to life in Paris, general health and safety, and your new university. 

While in Paris you have opportunities to be fully immersed through our La Vida Local programming. There are also several clubs and activities that are part of the Institute Catholique de Paris. Our alumni recommend that you take full advantage of what is available to you, engage, join and participate. Membership to join clubs are additional fees, but students from all over the world living and studying in Paris are waiting to be your new friend.

Your housing in Paris, France is a 20 minute walk to campus. You will live in off-campus shared apartments, double occupancy in traditional french neighbourhoods with modern living arrangements. 

The following list of amenities are included in the housing:

  • Fully outfitted kitchens, including appliances, pots and pans, dishes and dining implements in each apartment
  • Washing machine and drying racks in apartment; no drier (Parisians don’t use them.) 
  • Fast and reliable hi-speed wifi in each apartment
  • Weekly cleaning services 
  • Clean, comfortable linens and towels included.
  • Bed Sizes:(90cm x 200cm) 
  • A dining table and chairs for everyone 
  • A living area with soft seating for everyone 
  • A welcome package that explains everything
  • On-line, on-call maintenance service 
  • 24/7 emergency service
  • Renters' insurance
Term: Summer 2016
Arrival Session 1 May 26
Classes Start June 1
Classes End June 26
Departure June 27
Application Deadline April 1
Arrival Session 2 June 30
Classes Start July 1
Classes End July 29
Departure July 30
Application Deadline April 1
Term: Summer 2016 Price: 3,990 - $7,090 more info

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing  
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Day excursions
  • CISabroad orientation
  • On-site support
  • ICP official transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.