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Universities in Paris

Institut Catholique de Paris

Located in the 6th arrondissement, near Paris's famous Latin Quarter and just a stone's throw from the Montparnasse area and the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Catholic University of Paris (Institut Catholique de Paris) is an ideal setting for study. The University was founded in 1875 and is fully accredited and recognized by the French Ministry of Education (Ministère de l'éducation nationale). The University's Institut de Langue et de Culture Francaise (ILCF), where ISA participants are enrolled, was created in 1948. Today it welcomes more than 2,000 international students each year. With a faculty of approximately 45 professors, classes offered at ILCF include courses in French language, culture, and civilization. All courses through ISA at the Catholic University are taught by the host university's faculty, in French or English, and participants are in class with other international students. Classes typically have no more than 25 students. Outside of the ILCF, the Catholic University of Paris has six faculties: Letters, Philosophy, Social Sciences and Economy, Education, Theology, and Law. ISA programs at the Catho are great for students who are looking for flexibility in course offerings and who prefer to take courses mostly in French but with some options in English.

The Catholic University is in a bustling area of town, about a 15 minute métro ride or 20 minute walk from the ISA Paris office. Students enter the Catho through a large courtyard that serves as a focal point for the school. Here, students will have access to a café and dining area, underground computer labs, and a university library where they may choose to check out books. The administration office is located adjacent to a small garden, and it is where students can learn about various social and academic activities in which they may participate.

*Courses offered during the Arts & French Language programs are taught by local, visiting and US faculty. Courses in all other programs are taught by host university faculty.

The American Business School Paris

The American Business School (ABSP) was founded in 1985 and is located in the 10th arrondissement, a very Parisian district next to the Canal Saint Martin. The ABSP is accredited by the US accreditation body, International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE:, which itself has recently received recognition from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The ABSP, part of a conglomerate of schools under the Institut de Gestion Sociale (IGS), prepares students for a wide range of possibilities and professions in the increasingly globalized business world of today. IGS welcomes over 3,000 students from over 75 different countries each year, including the 400 that attend the ABSP, of which 300 are international. The ABSP welcomes its international and French students to attend challenging and innovative courses in business, management and the humanities. With the exception of French Language courses, classes are taught in English by host university faculty who have a variety of international backgrounds. A typical classroom is comprised of approximately 25% French students and 75% international students, where students learn how to work as a team in multi-cultural settings, gain practice in international case studies, and prepare for a successful international career. Programs at the ABSP are great for students who are looking for courses taught in English and who would like to take a mixture of business and general education courses.

There are several buildings on the ABS Paris campus, which is about a 20-30 minute métro ride from the ISA Paris office. Amenities available to students include a library, snack-bar, amphitheaters, computer labs and internet facilities. The buildings also offer wireless internet connections, so it is recommended that the students bring laptops. Students are also able to participate in sports, social events, and other activities through the student government association. The university has a second campus in the Paris suburb of Eaubonne, where sports activities and several classes are held.

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.

Custom Programs in Paris

Academics vary by program and may be comprised of one or more of the following:
  • A U.S. university-taught course
  • Guest lectures by local experts
  • Visits to local companies or organizations
  • Enrolling in a course at the host university in Paris
  • Service-learning and/or internships

The Sorbonne - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

The Sorbonne opened its doors to international students in 1919 with the founding of the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne (the CCFS) and is fully accredited and recognized by the French Ministry of Education (Ministère de l'éducation nationale). Between eight and nine thousand students from around the world attend the CCFS each year, which is located in the 14th arrondissement of Paris.

ISA participants at the Sorbonne take a French language and phonetics course, which makes up the majority of their coursework, combined with French culture and civilization options in the areas of literature, history, art, geography, economics, sociology, philosophy and politics. While the language courses are taught to groups of 20-25 participants, the French culture and civilization lectures take place in large amphitheaters, possibly holding hundreds of students. All courses through ISA at the CCFS are taught by Sorbonne faculty members in French, and the classes are offered to international students from all over the world. The high academic standards of the Sorbonne and its special area in teaching French to foreigners also make this an ideal setting for study abroad students.

Our programs at the The Sorbonne - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne