Spend the semester studying French language and culture in Paris! On the Semester in Paris – Institut Catholique de Paris program, you’ll improve your French language skills and knowledge of French culture at this French language institute tucked away in the heart of the city. Experience true cultural immersion on this historic campus where you can relax on the grass and study in mosaic-adorned outdoor nooks. Outside of class, admire the intricate beauty of Notre Dame, sit and read in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, or practice French at a patisserie.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Fall: May 1
Spring: October 15
- Avg Course Load
- 5 Courses (15 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
- French and English
Key Program Highlights
- Between classes, eat lunch outside in the Luxembourg Gardens
- Multiple excursions and cultural activities show you the best of Paris and beyond
- French language and culture courses available, as well as limited courses taught in English
- French classes tailored to your proficiency, whether beginner or advanced
- Great support and cultural insights provided by local staff
- Apartments located in a traditional French neighborhood
Your Journey Begins Here
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?
Be a Parisian for a semester at the Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP). A respected, private university, ICP is located near the Latin Quarter of this dazzling city. This spot is famously known as the college-town neighborhood of the capital. Life might be bustling outside the campus, but the Institut's front archway leads you to a pleasantly secluded quadrangle encircled by the college's stunning buildings. ICP was built on the site of a 17th-century convent, creating a place of serenity and learning.
The university library, known as Bibliothèque de Fels, occupies two floors and has at least 600,000 volumes with 280 readers desks. The Institut instructs in both French and English. Choose to improve your French or take courses in your major. Additionally, you can learn more about local culture by taking a courses in French fashion, gastronomy, cinema, fine art, European politics, and more. Studying at ICP gives you the perfect launch pad to explore one of the world's most compelling cities. Around the corner from campus, you'll find the famed Luxembourg Gardens and St. Germain des Près. The rest of France and Europe is also beckoning you. Get inspired by the Institut's motto, "An Open Mind to the World."
Founded in 1875, the Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP) holds accreditation from the Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche.
How to Choose Your Courses
Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
On the Semester in Paris – Institut Catholique de Paris program, you will live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world while taking a variety of courses at the Institut Catholique de Paris.
Course load: First, choose the number of course hours that work for your academic level and schedule. Students take either 18 hours (equal to roughly 15 US Credits, generally a 4 or 5-course semester schedule) or 21 hours (equal to roughly 16-18 US credits, generally a 5 or 6 course semester schedule). See the prices and dates tab to compare program fees for the 18 and 21 hour options.
All students must take at least 6-12 hours of French language instruction (based on level, see below), and can choose to fill their remaining 18 or 21 credit hours with additional French instruction or electives instructed in either French or English.
Depending on your level, students must register for at least 6 credit hours of French language instruction.
Beginners (A1-A2) must take at least 12 hours of “General French” per week.
French Courses by Skill:
Higher level French speakers (A2-C2) can take “French Courses by Skill” that are divided into Oral French, Phonetics, and Written French. Each of these are 3 credit hours each.
French Subject Courses:
Conducted in French, there are approximately 6 out of 25 of these courses offered per semester that range in subject matter but are designed for upper level students interested in taking courses instructed in French. All French Subject Courses are 3 hours per week each (in a 12-week semester that equals 36 in-class hours) and span the following fields:
- Contemporary Art
- Fashion in France
- Contemporary French Cinema
- Politics and Economics in France & Europe
- Philosophy in France
- Culture and Gastronomy in France Cultural Studies
- Discovering French Culture Cultural Studies
- French Women and Fashion Film Studies
- Paris in French Cinema
- French Language & Literature (Elementary)
Also offered are “civilization” courses instructed in English, which are 4 credit hours each (approximately 3 US credits).
These courses cover History, Humanities, Literature, Research, Art History, International Relations, Politics, and Cinema, to name a few.
The English elective courses offered for the Fall 2018 term are (click the title for syllabus):
The English elective courses offered for the Spring 2019 term are (click the title for syllabus):
Life in Paris
Welcome and Orientation
Upon arrival you’ll take part in a comprehensive orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of life in Paris, like how to get around by public transportation, how to stay safe, what to do in case of an emergency and who to contact if you have any questions. We’ll also tell you all about our favorite places in town (restaurants, museums, markets etc). Oh, and you’ll join in on a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy so that you can start to taste the local flavor.
Farewell and Re-entry Program
Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to France.
Your housing in Paris is approximately a 30-minute commute to campus via public transportation. You’ll live in off-campus shared apartments, with single or double occupancy rooms in traditional French neighborhoods 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 dryer (Parisians don’t use them!)
- Fast and reliable hi-speed wifi in each apartment
- Clean, comfortable linens and towels included
- Bed Sizes: (90cm x 200cm)
- A dining table and chairs
- Living area with soft seating
- On-line, on-call maintenance service
- Renters’ insurance
- Sacré-Cœur Basilica: Take a view on the city in front of Sacré-Cœur Basilica, discover small streets of the Montmartre hill and grab a coffee at the Café des 2 Moulins - café of Amélie Poulain.
- Canal Saint-Martin: Take a walk at Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and have a picnic at Canal Saint-Martin.
- Jardin des Plantes: Relax at Jardin des Plantes and take a mint tea at the Grand Mosque de Paris.
More About Paris
Paris is famous for its romantic atmosphere, rich history, and incredible influence on fashion, design, art, cuisine, and culture. While in Paris, you can visit iconic structures like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, or Sacré-Cœur in the neighborhood of Montmartre. Be sure to check out the many museums, art galleries, gardens, and monuments around the city. After strolling down a Parisian street by day, go out and experience the city’s famous nightlife!
With roughly 12 million residents, the comprehensive public transport system makes it easy to get around. Additionally, the unique layout of the streets and districts form a clockwise spiral out from the city center. The "quartiers" of Paris create a checkerboard of culture that awaits your exploration. You'll feel a sense of community wandering past their local shops, bakeries, cafes, and markets. Enjoy your time in "The City of Light" getting to know what it's like to live as a true Parisian.
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
3-Day Trip to Côte d’Azur
Surrounded by Riviera neighbors like aristocratic Monaco, red-carpet Cannes and resort town Saint-Tropez, Nice will seduce you by the beauty of its neighborhoods, fabulous markets, an enticing old town, glorious architecture and internationally renowned gastronomy. We will explore its most important monuments, churches, gardens and the footpaths that link the surrounding hillside to the old town. During this three-day trip, we will also explore the breathtaking Monaco and visit other pearls of the French Riviera such as Cannes or Antibes.
2-day Trip to Rennes and Mont-Saint-Michel
Spend a day in the amazing city of Rennes whose history goes back more than 2,000 years and which is recently named by L'Express as "the most livable city in France". On the following day, we will go to the Mont-Saint-Michel, a magical island topped by a gravity-defying medieval monastery. One of Europe’s major pilgrimage destinations for centuries, this holy mount is one of the most unforgettable and stunning sights in Europe, set in the bay where the regions of Normandy and Brittany merge.
Boat Cruise on the Canal Saint Martin
A cruise from the Parc de la Villette to the Musée d’Orsay will allow us to experience the atmosphere of "Parisians’ Paris." This cruise, commented by a guide, combines not only some of the landmarks of the City of Lights, but also some more secret sides of Paris. It will take us through four double locks with swirling waters and two swing bridges. We will share the pleasure of the walkers strolling along the banks of the Canal Saint Martin lined with pretty boutiques and charming cafés and slide under the mysterious and spectacular vault of the Bastille.
I wanted to be exposed to the culture and have neighbors who were French and go to the local grocery store to get that full cultural immersion and that is exactly what CISabroad provided. This experience made me realize how much I love being independent and exploring. My horizons were broadened and I have the urge to travel everywhere! I had the best time in Paris.
Your Support Staff
Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.
Travel Tip: Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.
Travel Tip: Travel is not only, as Mark Twain said, fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. It is also the best possible recipe for happiness, so explore, dream and discover.
Application DeadlineOctober 15ArrivalFebruary 7OrientationFebruary 7 - 8Classes EndJune 6DepartureJune 8PRICE$12,990 - $17,190
Application DeadlineMay 1ArrivalSeptember 12 (Estimated)DepartureDecember 21 (Estimated)PRICE$12,990 - $15,650
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
Add on even more adventure with CISabroad’s Explore Europe Weekends – for only $490! Travel to Athens during your semester program and meet up with other CISabroad participants. Our trusted CISabroad site directors will show you the most famous excursions as well as how to truly live La Vida Local. Your all-inclusive Explore Europe Weekend package includes travel around the city, accommodations, and entertainment – an incredible value for $490.
Interested in extending your stay? You could earn up to a $1,000 discount!
Many students wish they could extend their time abroad. It’s often easier to do so before your program starts, rather than when you’re on site. From doing a full-year program to adding an internship or even combining two programs in different countries, there are many ways we can help you. Ask your global advisor for more info.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- Full-time tuition and fees (18 or 21 hour course options)
- Academic advising
- Medical and accident insurance
- CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
- Financial aid counseling
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Pre-departure orientation
- Airport pickup
- CISabroad on-site orientation
- On-site support
- Paris Walking Tour
- Day trip to Versailles and one or more overnight excursions
- Guided tour of the Louvre and Orsay museums
- Ticket for a theater show
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program
- Institut Catholique de Paris official transcript