Business, Culture & French Language - The American Business School Paris -The American Business School Paris

The Business, Culture & French Language program offers a unique opportunity to take business and culture courses taught in English, with the added option of French language instruction. The program is a perfect match for those who wish to prepare for a successful international business career in one of the most exciting and dynamic cities in the world.

During the program, students may choose one of two options:

Option A: Students focus solely on business and culture by taking two courses of 45 contact hours each.

Option B: Students combine one business or culture course of 45 contact hours and one French course of 60 contact hours.

Business and culture courses are held at the main campus of the American Business School Paris and are taught by host university faculty and visiting U.S. faculty from Towson University and University of Hawa'ii Manoa. While the program is open to international students, the vast majority of the participants are North American.

French language courses are held at the Institut Catholique de Paris and are taught by host university faculty. French courses are available at all language levels and the classrooms are composed of international students. All students taking a French language course must complete a two-part French language placement exam, one portion before departure for the program and the other upon arrival in Paris. The exam will indicate each student's language proficiency level, and will determine the course in which the student is eligible to enroll.

Please use the following only as a guideline to determine what each student's language level may be. Each semester/quarter is of COLLEGE-LEVEL French or the equivalent of:

True Beginning (Débutant) = 0 Semesters/0-2 Quarters
Beginning (Elémentaire 1) = 0-2 Semesters/0-3 Quarters
High Beginning (Elémentaire 2) = 1-2 Semesters/2-3 Quarters
Low Intermediate (Elémentaire 3) = 2-3 Semesters/3-5 Quarters
Intermediate (Intermédiaire 1) = 3-5 Semesters/5-8 Quarters
High Intermediate (Intermédiaire 2) = 3-6 Semesters/5-9 Quarters
Advanced (Intermédiaire 3) = 4-7 Semesters/6-11 Quarters
High Advanced (Avancé 1) = 5-8 Semesters/8-12 Quarters
Superior (Avancé 2) = 6+ Semesters/9+ Quarters

Please note that a student's French language level in France may be lower than his/her level in the U.S.


Transcripts for this program are issued by the American Business School Paris and by the Institut Catholique de Paris. Students selecting Option A will receive a transcript from the American Business School Paris. Students selecting Option B will receive two transcripts, one from the American Business School Paris and one from the Institut Catholique de Paris.

While, most universities will accept the official transcript issued by the American Business School Paris (ABSP) for coursework taken abroad, some universities or institutions do require a U. S. transcript in order to transfer credit. ISA has partnered with California Lutheran University to serve as the School of Record for those students requiring a U.S. transcript for the ABSP programs. If you have confirmed with your home university that you will require a U.S. transcript, or are interested in learning about this option, please contact your Program Manager or Site Specialist as soon as possible.

Gap students, 18 years old and older, are also eligible for this program.


Minimum GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75.

Minimum Admissions Prerequisites

There is no language prerequisite for this program.

To participate in this program, students must be 18 years of age or older.

Course Information

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.


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