Program Overview

Turn Paris into your classroom over the course of four weeks during your Summer in Paris program. On the French Language Summer Program at the Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP), you’ll improve your spoken French skills and knowledge of French culture while living in the heart of this amazing city. 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. Paris is famous for its romantic atmosphere, rich history, and incredible influence on fashion, design, art, cuisine, and culture. You’ll never tire of this city, so saisis le moment on your Summer in Paris!

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
March 15 | April 15
Avg Course Load
1-2 Course (3-6 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English and French

Key Program Highlights

  • Campus near fountains, fashion, cafés, croissants, 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
  • Trips to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Moulin Rouge, and many more famous landmarks

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.

Life in Paris

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in both the university and CISabroad 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 a 30-minute walk to campus. You’ll live in off-campus shared apartments, double occupancy 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
  • Regular cleaning services
  • 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 "quarters" 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 weekend and 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.

Paris City Tour

Explore Paris with a tour of the city! Lead by your site director, you will travel the Metro train around several of Paris's arronidssements, what a great way to learn about your new home away from home. See the Eiffel Tower, stop for an espresso or chocolat chaud at a traditional French sidewalk cafe, and finish up the evening with a trip to the theatre!

Boat Cruise on the Canal Saint Martin

A cruise from the Parc de la Villette to the Musée d’Orsay will allow you 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 you through four double locks with swirling waters and two swing bridges. You will share the pleasure of the walkers strolling along the banks of the Canal Saint Martin lined with pretty boutiques and charming cafés.


Academics

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.

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.

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 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!

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.


The 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.

Student Feedback

CISabroad student study abroad Semester in paris france studying economics
I loved living in an apartment. I felt like I was a resident of the city and could really integrate into the culture. 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!

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.

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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.

  • Summer 2017: Session 1 (4 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    March 15
    Arrival
    June 3
    Orientation
    June 5
    Classes Start
    June 6
    Classes End
    June 30
    Departure
    July 1
    PRICE
    $4,490 - $5,290
  • Summer 2017: Session 2 (4 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    April 15
    Arrival
    July 1
    Orientation
    July 2
    Classes Start
    July 3
    Classes End
    July 28
    Departure
    July 30
    PRICE
    $4,490 - $5,290
  • Summer 2017: Sessions 1 & 2 (8 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    March 15
    Arrival
    Jun 3 (Estimated)
    Orientation
    June 5 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    June 6 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    July 28 (Estimated)
    Departure
    July 30 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $6,990 - $8,990 (Estimated)

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

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
  • Day excursion
  • CISabroad orientation
  • On-site support
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program
  • Institute Catholique de Paris official transcript