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Quick Facts

Host Institutions:
Universite de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) & Institut Catholique.
Cours de Langue et Civilisation Françaises de la Sorbonne.
(Semester/Academic Year)
Eligibility Rules: click here
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Courses are available in advanced French in a variety of subject areas  at Universite de Paris-Sorbonne & Institut Catholique. Courses are available at all levels of French through the Cours de Langue et Civilisation Françaises de la Sorbonne, where students are required to take French Language & Phonetics as well as 3-4 electives.  (Click here for Course Offerings)

Housing: Students can choose to select ASA housing or find separate accommodations:  Students who select ASA housing will live with a French host family.  Rooms are double or single occupancy. Homestay includes 2 meals a day and 1 load of laundry per week. Students who wish to find separate accommodations will sign a housing waiver.
Sample Day Excursions: Chartres, Versailles, Fontainebleau, Reims, Malmaison
Sample Overnight Excursions: Vallée de la Loire, Normandy

Why Paris?

  • Capital of France
  • Multicultural and international “City of Lights”
  • Study at some of the most prestigious universities in Europe
  • Many museums, gardens and historical sites
  • Easy access to other French and European cities
  • Diverse shopping and dining

City Description - large city of 2.1 million

When you think of world-class cities, names like New York and London always come to mind. But Paris is actually the most popular city in the world based on its number of foreign visitors.  With over 30 million visotrs per year, Paris attracts 15 times more visitors than it has residents!

Paris is both the capital of France as well as the country's largest city.  While the city has about 2.1 million residents, the total population of the metropolitan area is about 12 million.  Its location in the center of northern France affords residents easy access to other major cities such as London and Brussels.

The city sits on the River Seine and is divided into essentially 2 islands, known as the Left Bank and Right Bank. It is also divided into 20 different districts, which in French are called Arrondissements. Each Arrondissement has a number, so for instance the Louvre is located in the 1st Arrondissement, while the Avenue des Champs-Elysees is in the 8th Arrondissement. 

The history of Paris goes back over 2,000 years to sometime between 250 to 200 BC when a tribe of Celtic fisherman settled there. They named the area Lutetia, until Clovis I changed it to Paris between the 4th and 9th centuries.

The city as we now know it didn’t really begin to take shape until 1163 when construction on Notre Dame began. During the 12th and 13th centuries, construction began on other current sites, such as the Sainte-Chapelle cathedral and the Sorbonne. It was also around this time that the land on the right bank was drained and construction began on a fortress that included what is now the Louvre.

The late 15th century was the beginning of the Renaissance, which saw Paris become a center of technology, science, art and architecture. It was at this time that Louis XIV built his country estate, known as Versailles, thereby taking power from the center of Paris and moving it to the countryside.

The 19th Century really turned Paris into what it is today. Baron Haussmann, under the direction of Napoleon III, designed the wide boulevards and added a sewer system. Then in the late 19th Century the third Republic was declared, which began democracy in France. 

The 20th Century saw Paris become the place to be as famous writers such as Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce, as well as artists Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, moved to Paris. The rest, as they say, is history. Those who visit fall in love with it’s charm, elegance, attitude, cuisine, and culture. There is, after all, a very good reason that Paris is the most popular tourist destination in the world!


ASA offers its students several courses of study in Paris: direct enrollment at the Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), the Institut Catholique, or the Cours de Langue et Civilisation Françaises de la Sorbonne. While study at the Cours de Civilisation concentrates upon the French language, and is usually limited to beginning/intermediate students, Paris IV and the Catholique offer a wide range of courses for advanced level French students. These courses, intended for French undergraduates, are taught in French by regular Paris IV or Catholique professors. Students can enroll in courses at both universities to fit their academic needs.

Universite de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)

Located on medieval foundations dating back to the 13th century, Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) was one of the first universities in the world. The University, which is world renown, was built on the principles of rich culture and tradition. The university is dedicated to excellence in Literature, Languages, Civilizations, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. It is also known for its top-quality researchers and excellent scientific reputation.

Institut Catholique de Paris

The Institut Catholique de Paris was founded in central Paris in 1875 and currently enrolls 6,000 students, 2,000 of whom are international students from over 70 different countries. While founded by the Catholic church, the university is now religiously and ethnically diverse. Subject areas include Theology, Philosophy, Social Sciences and Economics, and Literature. 

Cours de Langue et Civilisation Françaises de la Sorbonne

The French Language and Civilization program offers courses for all levels. The practical classes and phonetics lessons allow for foreign students to learn the basics of the French language or to improve their current level of French. Students who attend the Cours de Langue et Civilisation Françaises de la Sorbonne will take a placement exam upon arrival to determine their appropriate level. All students are required to take French Language and Phonetics and 3-4 additional electives.


Costs & Dates 

Please CLICK HERE for Costs and Dates. 


 What's Included  

  • ROOM & BOARD:  Homestay includes daily breakfast and dinner except on Sunday. Students may opt out of housing to find separate accommodations if desired.
  • EXCURSIONS: Every week or two, students attend a play, concert, opera, visit a museum or an art gallery, or go on a day excursion to a site of interest outside of Paris.  Each Fall there is an overnight excursion to the Vallée de la Loire and each Spring to Normandy.
  • TUITION at one of the following host universities: Universite de Paris-Sorbonne/Institut Catholique/Cours de Langue et Civilisation Francaises de la Sorbonne
  • ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution.  Students will take a full course load while abroad.
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: At the conclusion of the program, an official transcript from your host university will be sent to your home institution.
  • CELL PHONE: ASA provides one cell phone for each student.  Students are responsible for the cost of phone usage.
  • INTERNET ACCESS: available at Reid Hall.  Not guaranteed at your homestay.
  • PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION PASS: ASA provides a monthly public transportation pass for each student.
  • AIRPORT PICK-UP: at the Paris (CDG) airport for students who arrive on the official arrival date by the designated time.
  • MEDICAL INSURANCE: for a Description of Coverage, please visit our Information Library.
  • SITE DIRECTOR: on-site to assist students with any academic or cultural difficulties they may encounter.
  • VISA ADVISING: While students are ultimately responsible for obtaining their visa (if required for their term/host country), ASA will provide detailed, helpful information upon acceptance as to which visa students will need and how to go about applying for one.  Please click here and scroll down to "Student Visa Information" to find out if a visa is required for your program.

Not Included: 

  • Airfare
  • Books & materials
  • Personal expenses
  • Student visa, if required
  • Daily lunch, if living with a host family during Semester programs
  • Meals on excursions (breakfast may be provided on overnight trips)

Click here for Billing Information and Cancellation/Refund Policy

NOTE: Above estimated costs are subject to change. If you need a "Costs of Attendance" budget for your financial aid office, or simply need more details about the additional costs listed above, please email lee (at) 

Program Itinerary

Please CLICK HERE for detailed semester program itineraries.


If you have questions about HOW TO APPLY and make sure your credits transfer back to your home university, please CLICK HERE.

We encourage both prospective students and parents, as well as those who have already been accepted to an ASA program, to visit our INFORMATION LIBRARY. Here you will find tons of helpful info to help you know what to plan for and what to expect, such as: