This is a unique five-week opportunity to discover Paris through the arts and language. The program is a perfect match for one who seeks a study abroad experience with arts courses taught in English. French language courses are also available.
While French courses take place in the classrooms at the Institut Catholique de Paris, arts courses step out into the city, as professors lead students through museums and monuments of interest, relating foundations of art to the students' own work. For those moments when classroom time is needed, arts courses are held in the ISA Paris Office's classroom.
French courses are available at all language levels. 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 courses 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.
During the program, students may choose one of two options:
Option A: Students focus solely on art by taking two arts classes, 45 contact hours each.
Option B: Students combine one arts course of 45 contact hours and one French course of 60 contact hours.
Art classes, designed specifically for the Arts & French Language program, are taken with other students participating in the program. French classes are taken with other international students.
The Institut Catholique de Paris issues the transcripts for this program.
Gap students, 18 years old and older, are also eligible for this program.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
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 placement is organized in a first-come, first-serve fashion and is based on scheduling and availability; therefore, no course can be guaranteed.
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