Is This Program Right for You?
A city with a glorious past, Paris is also defining the dimensions of the new global city. Through API: Paris, students gain a full semester of college credit in this international center of commerce and culture, while experiencing its many celebrated attractions. The program gives students the chance to discuss global issues with Europe's experts, learn about contemporary issues affecting French society, and to improve French language skills.
The API Paris program sends students to l'Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP) where they take an intensive French language course and complementary elective courses in either French or English as part of the Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ILCF). Located in the heart of the 6th arronidssement, ICP has been teaching French as a foreign language to students from all over the world for more than sixty-five years.
French Language and Liberal Arts
Language course credit varies by placement
A1-1 and A-1-2 12 credits (FREN 1xx)-
students with little to no background in French are required to take 12 credits of intensive beginner's French language and can take one cultural elective in English
A-2-1 and A-2-2 9 credits (FREN 2xx)-
students at this level take a 9 credit intensive French language course and enroll in 1-2 electives in English or in French.
B-1-1 and above 6 credits (FREN 3xx)-
students at this level take a 6 credit French language course and enroll in 2-3 elective courses in English or in French.
Topics courses in French (available at various levels depending upon a student’s language acquisition) and in English have covered such subjects as History, Art History, Cinema, Religion and Society, Communications, and International Relations. Each civilization class is 3 credits each.
Students on the API Paris program have three different options for housing:
Students who choose to live with families are provided with five breakfast meals and two dinner meals per week with the family, along with a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals. Host families serve as a unique introduction into French culture, and may be made up of a married couple with children, retirement-age couples, or a divorced or widowed woman with or without children. Most families live in apartments with 2-4 bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, and a living/dining area. In some cases there may be another API or international student in the same apartment. While most family placements offer a single room, some students share a double room.
Students in the dorm at the Cite Universite generally live in single rooms. Some rooms may be equipped with a sink, though students share bathroom and kitchen facilities. Most of the other students in the dorm are American. Students who select the dorm option are responsible for their own meals, though they will receive a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals.
Students also have the option of living in shared apartments that are located throughout Paris. Most are designed to house 4 students in double-occupancy bedrooms, though some may be larger. Meals are not provided, however, apartments are equipped with kitchen appliances, and students receive a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals.
API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. In past Fall semesters, students have gone to Burgundy, Lille, Lyon, Rambouillet and Bruges, Belgium. In the Spring, students have gone to Fontainebleau, the Loire Valley, Provence, and Rouen.
All non-EU citizens are required to apply for a Long Stay Visa with the French Consulate. The first step in the process for US citizens is registration with Campus France, which will be coordinated through the AU Abroad office. Students are responsible for researching the requirements for entry into France with their local consulate or with the D.C. consulate if they apply for the visa while in Washington. All visa applicants are required to appear in person at the French consulate to present his/her paperwork.