Program Details

This program is designed for students interested in studying French for the summer. Students will take a combination of French language and phonetics courses. This program is open to all levels of French speakers and all undergraduate students.
Paris, France
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:

Program Overview

Program Description:

With its history dating back to the end of World World War I, the Cours de Civilisation Françaises de la Sorbonne (CCFS) focuses on French language instruction and introducing students to French culture and society since 1919. More than 8,000 students, from more than 130 nationalities, attend the university annually.

Students who choose to study abroad in Paris with API in the French Language Studies Program complete a combination of French language and phonetics courses. The average class size is twenty students. A student’s French level is determined by a placement exam administered upon arrival by the CCFS.

Students may take 3 semester credits in the summer 1 or summer 2 terms, OR take up to 7 semester credits for the summer 2 term.

Intermediate and advanced level students who wish to take French civilization lectures may do so only during the summer 2 session.

Semester credits per subject:

    • Language – 2
    • Phonetics – 1
    • Total Credits – 3
    • Language – 2
    • Phonetics – 1
    • Total Credits – 3
    • Language – 4
    • Phonetics – 2
    • Total Credits – 6
    • Students have the option of taking up to 5-6 hours of language and 1 hour of phonetics (for a total of 7 overall semester credits) for an additional fee.



Setting Description:
Paris is well known as one of the most intellectual and intriguing cities in the world. The city maintains its status as the premier city in France and a leader in politics, art and fashion; every section of the city has its own unique charm and makes Paris a city like no other. For the history lover, the tour should begin in the heart of old Paris, the Ile de la Cité, which lies in the middle of the Seine River. Here one can explore the Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris, the Palais de Justice and a hidden jewel, Sainte Chapelle. For the art lover, the city holds countless museums, all boasting incredible collections. Some of the most popular include the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Musée Rodin and Centre Georges Pompidou. Tucked away in the city’s twenty arrondissements, or districts, are many more amazing sights and sounds waiting to be discovered.
Pre-departure, On-site, and Re-entry services included, such as advising and online resources, airport reception, resident directors, housing, tuition, tutoring, medical & life insurance, excursions, social & cultural activities, alumni network, Learning and Engagement Badge Program and more!

Additional Program Information

Minimum 2.5 G.P.A. Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors Open to beginning, intermediate, advanced, and superior level French speakers
Scholarships Description:
API awards approximately $500,000 in study abroad scholarships annually ranging from $250 -$1,000 per student.