Summer in Paris
Language & Culture

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A dazzling summer in "The City of Light."

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 4-8 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.

What to Expect:

  • Language: French
  • Average Courseload: 1 course (5-6 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5


  • 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

Program Details

Institut Catholique de Paris

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.

Areas of study with 8 or more classes available

  • French

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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.  Beginners would take A1-1 (true beginners), A1-2, A2-1 or A2-2, intermediate students would take B1-1, B1-2, B2-1, B2-2, and advanced, near-fluent students might be placed into C1 or C2.

Your French level will be determined by a placement test that you will take online prior to departure.

In terms of your day-to-day in-class experience, options vary slightly for session one and session two students.

The schedule below reflects a recent past program.  Please note that future summers may have slightly different schedules and laboratory offerings.  Thank you!

Session One:

   Monday- Friday, 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM Three hours of intensive language instruction at your language level

   Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00 PM- 5:00 PM Three-hour labs devoted to written and oral French

Session Two:

   Monday- Friday, 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM Three hours of intensive language instruction at your language level

   Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00 PM- 5:00 PM Three-hour phonetics labs to hone in on the mechanics of the language

Course load/ credit amounts: Students will take 21 hours of intensive French per week for a four-week session (84 contact hours per session, or roughly 3-8 US credits).  It may be possible to forego the phonetics lab in Session Two only for a 15-hour program.  Regarding credit amounts: while we will provide suggested course hour translations to send to your home institution along with your ICP transcript, 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.  

Why Life in 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.

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.

Apartments in Paris


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

  • Bed linens
  • CommutePublic Transportation
  • Double Room
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Maintenance Service
  • Renter's Insurance
  • Single Room
  • Study Areas
  • Wi-Fi

Notes on French Housing

There are washing machines and drying racks in the apartments, but no dryers since Parisians don’t use them! The beds are 90cm x 200cm

What's Included


Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad 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
  • CIS Abroad orientation
  • On-site support
  • La Vida Local cultural program
  • Institut Catholique de Paris official transcript

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 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.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad 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

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

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

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.

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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.


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.

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Global Advising

Our advising team will help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal needs. Once you have selected your program our advisor will help you complete your Online Application.

Program Enrollment

Once you’ve started your application and submitted the $90 deposit, you’ll be assigned a program enrollment coordinator who will guide you through the enrollment process to get you abroad!

COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

Read more below for information related to this program:

Program Suspended

This program is currently not available for the Academic Year 2021/22. Please consider other options by exploring our Open Semester Programs in 2022, Open January Programs in 2022, or consider a Virtual Internship.

We monitor international indicators and health standards in the country where we operate and our risk management team makes decisions based on those factors and our own policy. We will reopen programs as we are able.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Mar 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 30 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 1 (Estimated)
  • Price: $4,890 - $5,590 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 28 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 30 (Estimated)
  • Price: $4,890 - $5,590 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 30 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 30 (Estimated)
  • Price: $7,790 - $9,590 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Session 1 or 2: Double Room: $4,890, Single Room: $5,590
Sessions 1&2: Double Room: $7,790, Single Room: $9,590

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

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