Intensive French Language

Institut Catholique de Paris
Paris, France
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Intensive French Language

  • Location

    Paris

  • Host University

    Institut Catholique de Paris

    Located in the 6th arrondissement, near the famous Latin Quarter and the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Institut Catholique de Paris (la Catho) is an ideal setting for students. ISA students at the Catho will take courses through the university's Institut de Langue et de Culture Française (ICLF), which offers courses in French language, culture, and civilization. While the host university lies in the heart of the bustling city, it consists of multiple buildings enclosed by a relaxed courtyard and gardens. The Catho is fully accredited and recognized by the French Ministry of Education (Ministère de l'éducation nationale).

  • Term

    Summer 3 2020

  • Program Dates

    Late May, 2020 - Late Jun, 2020

  • Program Length

    Summer

  • Application Deadline

    Mar 25, 2020

  • Credit

    90 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    $5,550

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Program Description

Designed to help you advance your French language skills, this program gives you the opportunity to focus exclusively on elements of French language (such as verbal and written comprehension, expression, phonetics, and more). The program is available to students from all language backgrounds, from the beginning (débutant) to the superior (supérieur) language levels. The intensive month serves well as a precursor to the academic year or semester programs; it may also be completed as an individual program.

Classes are comprised of international students from around the world, providing you with a unique perspective and environment from which to learn. All courses are taught in French by host university faculty at the Institut Catholique de Paris in its Institut de Langue et de Culture Française (ILCF).

Housing between the intensive month and semester sessions is not included in the program price but may be secured at an additional cost. Back to back sessions of this program are available during the summer. You may select both sessions when submitting your online application and will receive a discount from the combined price of the sessions. For more information about this option, please contact your France Program Manager.

*Eligibility

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, you must be 18 years of age or older.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University

Housing

Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Insurance

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Academics

Credits

Contact Hours

90

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

6

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

9

Academic Information

Course Credit

  • Credits earned vary according to the policies of your home institution
  • According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by your home institution, for the duration of the program.

Transcripts

  • The transcript from the Institut Catholique de Paris will reflect contact hours for each course listed below.  Please be in touch with your U.S. University regarding credit transfer for this program.

Language Placement

  • Enrollment in French courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered by the Institut Catholique de Paris. Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you've already completed at your home university. We strongly suggest that students who are trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework.

Level Progression

  • Students often progress one language level over the course of an intensive French language program, per the Institut Catholique de Paris language level system. However, language level progression cannot be guaranteed.
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Amy Marsh

Program Manager, France

PARIS TEAM

Annamaria Antonopoulos

Resident Director, France

Gabriel Antonopoulos

Assistant Director, France

Delphine Lechevalier

Homestay & Student Services Coordinator, France

Solene Rascle

Student Services Coordinator, France

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

View all Funding Options

Housing

Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the French lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Paris. Uncovering the uniqueness of your "quartier" (neighborhood) and the surrounding areas will help you to feel right at home. No matter which type of housing you choose, you will commute to class as most Parisians do, via métro. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.

Homestay

Host families are best option if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays will provide breakfast seven days a week, dinner five days a week, and laundry service once a week. Some homestays will house multiple students while others may house one. Single rooms may be guaranteed for an additional fee.

Apartment

Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking a great deal of independence during your time abroad. Apartments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited. Rent and utilities are included in the program price, and each apartment is fully furnished. The apartments are speckled throughout the city of Paris, and they are generally comprised of shared rooms. Meals and laundry service are not included.

You will pay a $500 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Student Residence

The student residence is a nice option if you would like to be fairly independent while living in a more student-centered environment. The residence halls are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited. The residence halls are located at Cité Universitaire in the 14th arrondissement. The dorms have shared kitchens, showers, and restrooms on each floor, and laundry facilities are available for an additional cost. You will also have access to the cafeteria located on the dorm campus, where meals can be inexpensively purchased. Rooms may be single or shared, and meals and laundry service are not included.

You will pay a $500 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

Housing is not included during the winter break and/or the break between the fall and spring semesters for those students completing the full academic year. Housing is also not included between intensive month sessions and the academic semesters. Please contact your ISA Site Specialist if you would like to add ISA housing for an additional cost during these periods.

Excursions

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

ISA excursions allow you to explore the diverse, distinct, and gorgeous landscape of France that you may not get to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on one weekend trip and one day trip, to the following destinations.

Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is also known as the "the Garden of France" since it is filled with vineyards, fruit orchards, and gardens. You will have the chance to visit a few of the over forty châteaux that are scattered this beautiful countryside, such as Chambord and Chenonceau, while staying overnight in the city of Tours.

France Discovery Day Trip

Visit one of the many notable destinations outside of Paris on this day trip. The change of scenery from the bustle of Paris is a great way to gain a different perspective on French culture and history. Visits vary from term to term and have included trips to Giverny, Versailles, Chantilly, Reims, Fontainebleau, or Chartres.