Program Overview

Spend the summer studying French language and French culture in Paris! During our Summer in Paris program at Institut Catholique de Paris, 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 to eight 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.

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
March 15 | April 15
Avg Course Load
1 Course (5-6 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
French

Key Program Highlights

  • Campus near fountains, cafés, and Jardin du Luxembourg, a beautiful park for picnics
  • Intensive French language courses at all levels
  • Easy transportation system of bikes, taxis, buses, trains, and planes to explore Paris and Europe
  • Apartments in a traditional French neighborhood
  • Live within easy reach of icons like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Moulin Rouge, and many more

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.

Academics

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 and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

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.

GPA Requirement

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.

Course Information

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

All levels of French from A1 (Beginner) – C2 (Advanced) are available for study. You will take one intensive French language 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, giving you ample opportunities to practice French and explore Paris.

Course load: 21 hours of Intensive French per 4-week session (84 contact hours per session, 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.

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.

Housing Options

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
parisienne buildings on street corner

Local Life

  • 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.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in 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.

Paris Walking Tour and Welcome Dinner

One of the best ways to get the feel of living in Paris is to walk its streets. We'll visit Trocadero square to enjoy an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe that marks the beginning of the Champs-Élysées avenue - one of the most beautiful streets in the world - and the Notre Dame Cathedral on the Île de la Cité, a natural island in the Seine River. After having worked up an appetite, we'll stop for some delicious French cuisine in a quintessential Parisian restaurant.

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.

Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles, a former French royal residence, is one of the most famous monuments of World Heritage distinction. With 60,000 artworks, collections of Versailles illustrate five centuries of French history. It is one of the most visited attractions in France and must-see French landmark. Before the guided tour of the King's Private Apartments and Royal Opera House, we usually visit the State Apartments with the Hall of Mirrors, an impressive seventy-three meters long gallery that pays tribute to the political, economic and artistic success of France. After the tour and before enjoying the wonderful royal gardens, we will also visit the Queen's Apartments.


Student Feedback

CISabroad student study abroad Semester in paris france studying economics
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.

Emily Koehler - Indiana University Bloomington

Program Support

Meet Our Staff

Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.

Robust Advising Center

Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.

Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators

Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.

Experienced On-site Staff

From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.

Ongoing Support

Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

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.

Alexandra Woolner
Manager of Programs - Asia, Pacific, and Africa

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.

Learn more about Alexandra

Drasko Djurovic
Site Director in Paris

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.

Learn more about Drasko

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

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

OPTIONAL ADD-ON

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.

Program Inclusions

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
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Paris walking tour
  • Guided tours of the Louvre and Orsay museums
  • CISabroad orientation
  • On-site support
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program
  • Institut Catholique de Paris official transcript