Intensive French Language
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).
September: September 2020
Late Aug, 2020 - Late Sep, 2020
Jul 15, 2020
84 Contact Hours
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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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.
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.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Meals and Laundry Service
Bridging Cultures Program
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
- Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites.
- 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.
- Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by your home university, for the duration of the program.
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.
- The September Intensive Month program can be a preface to the Fall semester or year programs at the Catholic University of Paris. You can typically stay in ISA housing between the sessions but will be responsible for extra housing costs.
- Students typically progress one language level over the course of an intensive month, per the Institut Catholique de Paris language level system. Language level progression cannot be guaranteed.
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- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Support & Funding
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
Excursions are not included in this session, however, while you are abroad, you will have the opportunity to take part in cultural activities offered by the ISA resident staff.
Cultural Activities in Paris
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Paris. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Paris special.
These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included cooking classes, a night at the Opéra, a "How to become Parisian in one hour" comedy show, tea at the Grande Mosquée de Paris, and museum visits (Louvre, Orsay, Pompidou, etc.).