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.
Summer 2020: Session 2 (4 weeks): April 1
Summer 2020: Sessions 1 & 2 (8 weeks): March 1
- 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
- Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
- Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
- Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience 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 by focusing on language exclusively, or, if your French is advanced enough, you can choose from 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 CourseNow 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.
Course ApprovalMake 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.
Course ApprovalIf 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.
Life In Paris
Welcome and Orientation
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.
Live La Vida Local
- 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.
Housing in Paris
Paris Housing – Apartments
You’ll live in off-campus shared apartments, with single or double occupancy rooms in traditional French neighborhoods with modern living arrangements. Your housing in Paris is approximately a 30-minute commute to campus via public transportation. Invest in a monthly Navigo Pass to not only make your commute a breeze, but allow you to explore other neighborhoods of Paris.
Check out the photo gallery to get an idea of what your housing could be like. The apartments pictured are ones that have been available in the past.
Each apartment has a fully-outfitted kitchen, including appliances, pots and pans, dishes and dining implements so you can put your French cooking skills to the test and make your own delicious meals!
Inclusions and Amenities
Meet Your Site Director
Welcome & 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 & Re-Entry
Returning to your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system, especially as you transition away from living in the magical “City of Lights.” In fact, “reverse culture shock” is oftentimes even more pronounced than the initial culture shock you may have experienced, as you will have expanded your horizons and altered your worldview. Don’t worry, we’ve been in your shoes, so we’ll walk with you through some of the things to expect and help you process your experience in France over a tasty meal.
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.
Drasko was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and graduated from the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Law, where he also obtained a master’s degree in constitutional law. He worked as an associate in a law firm in Belgrade and was hired by the Official Journal to analyze the jurisprudence of the Serbian highest courts. However, he decided to continue his studies abroad and came to France in 2013, where he obtained a second master’s degree in comparative law at Sorbonne University. Drasko was a participant of numerous seminars, conferences and summer schools in Serbia, France and worldwide. He is a national rowing umpire in Serbia and in France and he raced several half marathons. He completed a skydiving course and has an international diver certificate. Drasko is a self-proclaimed expert in finding the best low-cost train and airplane tickets.
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.
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.
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: The first chance I have in a new place, I like to either rent a bicycle or go running to get a better feel for my surroundings. Not only does this feel refreshing after time spent on the road or in the air, but it also gives you a great orientation to your destination.
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.