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French Language & Liberal Arts - Institut Catholique de Paris -Institut Catholique de Paris

This program offers courses at all French language levels. Students may focus on French language as well as culture and civilization topics including art, theater, literature, communications, history, and culture. The majority of courses are taught in French, with select culture and civilization courses taught in English. Culture and civilization courses in French are only available to students at the High Beginning (A2-1) level and above. Classmates are international and American students, and courses are taught by host university faculty. The majority of students taking courses in English will be North American.

All students must take 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.

Students who place into the True Beginning (A1-1), Beginning (A1-2), High Beginning (A2-1) or Low Intermediate (A2-2) levels are required to take a French language course.

  • Students who place into the True Beginning (A1-1) or Beginning (A1-2) levels will take 144, 180 or 216 contact hours of French language. If taking 144 or 180 contact hours of French language, they can then take one class in English.
  • Students who place into the High Beginning (A2-1) or Low Intermediate (A2-2) levels will take 108, 144 or 180 contact hours of French language. Depending on the number of hours of French language taken, they can then take up to three French culture and civilization courses or two English courses.
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 (A1-1): 0 Semesters/0-2 Quarters
Beginning (A1-2): 0-2 Semesters/0-3 Quarters
High Beginning (A2-1): 1-2 Semesters/2-3 Quarters
Low Intermediate (A2-2): 2-3 Semesters/3-5 Quarters
Intermediate (B1-1): 3-5 Semesters/5-8 Quarters
High Intermediate (B1-2): 3-6 Semesters/5-9 Quarters
Advanced (B2-1): 4-7 Semesters/6-11 Quarters
High Advanced (B2-2): 5-8 Semesters/8-12 Quarters
Superior (C1): 6+ Semesters/9+ Quarters

Please note that a student's French language level in France is based on the standards of the French university.

*Students may add an intensive month as a preface to any of the fall, spring or year programs at the Institut Catholique de Paris. Please see the Intensive Month programs.

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

Courses are taught by host university faculty at the Institut Catholique de Paris in the Institut de Langue et de Culture Française (ILCF).


Minimum GPA

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 Information

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.


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