Paris

 
Quick Facts

QUICK FACTS

 
 
HOST INSTITUTIONSFrench Language and Civilization Courses at the Sorbonne: Semester and Academic Year programs
Institut Catholique de Paris: Semester and Academic Year programs
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTFrench Language and Civilization Courses at the Sorbonne: For Beginner and Intermediate levels
Institut Catholique de Paris: For Advanced levels
HOUSINGFrench host families. Homestay accommodation includes Internet, as well as breakfast and dinner Monday-Saturday.
SAMPLE OVERNIGHT EXCURSIONSVallée de la Loire, Normandy
SAMPLE DAY EXCURSIONSChartres, Versailles, Fontainebleau, Reims, Malmaison
PROGRAM CALENDARSClick here!
The City

Paris is the most popular city in the world, based on its number of foreign visitors. With over 30 million visits per year, Paris attracts 15 times more visits than it has residents! Paris both the capital of France, as well as the country’s largest city. While the city has about 2.1 million people, the total population of the metropolitan area is about 12 million. Its location in northwestern France affords students easy travel to other major European cities, such as Barcelona, Madrid, London, and Brussels.

Paris sits on the River Seine and is divided into essentially 2 islands, known as the Left Bank and Right Bank. It is also divided in 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 and 200 BC, when a tribe of Celtic fishermen settled there. The city as we now know it didn’t really begin to take shape until 1163 when construction on the Notre Dame began. The late 15th century was the beginning of the Renaissance, during which Paris became a center of technology, science, art, and architecture. It was at this time that Louis XIV built his country estate known as Versailles.

The 19th century really turned Paris into what it is today. Baron Haussmann, under the direction of Napoleon III, designed the wide boulevards that Paris is known for. Then in the late 19th century, the third Republic was declared, which began democracy in France. The 20th century made Paris a very fashionable place to live, with famous writers such as Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce, and artists such as Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso.

The rest, as they say, is history. Those who visit Paris fall in love with its elegance, charm, attitude, cuisine, and culture. There is a very good reason that Paris is the most popular tourist destination in the world!

Host Institutions

HOST INSTITUTIONs

French Language and Civilization Courses at the Sorbonne

In French, this program is called “Cours de Langue et Civilisation de la Sorbonne,” which translates to “French Language and Civilization Courses at the Sorbonne.” This language institute at the Sorbonne is known worldwide for providing French language and culture instruction to foreign students.

The French Language and Civilization Program is an excellent choice for Beginning and Intermediate level students, as it helps foreign students learn the basics of French language or improve their current level. All students will take a French placement test after arrival, which will determine their class level. All students in this program are required to take the French Language & Phonetics course, as well as 2, 3, or 4 elective lectures from the choices at your language level. A few examples of lectures are: French Civilization and Literature, History of French Art, The Regions of France, Approach to Current Affairs in France, and Myths & Modern Thought.


Institut Catholique de Paris

Advanced level French students attending the Sorbonne may choose to take one or two courses at the Institut Catholique de Paris. The Catho, as it is known, 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. The campus is ideally located in the 6th Arrondissement in central Paris, near Luxembourg Park. The 6th Arrondissement is on the south bank of the River Seine and was once where artists such as Delacroix and Manet would meet. It is a charming area with a large number of outdoor cafés and shops. Courses have been offered from the following departments to our advanced French students in the past: Faculté de Théolegie et de Sciences Religeuses, Faculté de Philosophie, Institut Supérieur de Pédagogie, Faculté de Sciences Sociales Et Economiques, and Faculté des Lettres.

 
Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY

French Language and Civilization Program at the Sorbonne
- Semester/Academic Year

  • Requirements

    • Minimum GPA 2.5 (Students with GPA below 2.50 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

    • Language Requirement: None. Open to students with any level of French.

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Graduated from high school

    • Official Transcript from your college or university

    • ASA Application. To start a new application or continue an existing application, click here.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. If you don’t have a valid passport, confirmation of an expedited passport application is required before you can be accepted into this program. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.


INSTITUT CATHOLIQUE de paris
- Semester/Academic Year

  • Requirements:

    • Minimum GPA 2.50 (Students with GPA below 2.50 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

    • Language Requirement: Open to students with an advanced level of French (completed 4 semesters of college level French or equivalent).

    • At least 18 years or older

    • Graduated from high school

    • Official Transcript from your college or university

    • ASA Application. To start a new application or continue an existing application, click here.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. If you don’t have a valid passport, confirmation of an expedited passport application is required before you can be accepted into this program. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.

 
Housing

HOUSING

Students will live with French host families. Daily breakfast and dinner are provided Monday through Saturday. Rooms are single or double occupancy. We cannot guarantee you a single room. Bathrooms are shared. Host families typically host 1-3 students at a time. All ASA student housing includes Internet access and is located in safe neighborhoods, within a reasonable distance from school.

HOUSING FAQ

+ Can I room with a friend?

Yes, if there are no major differences in your and your friend's dietary needs and allergies, we are usually able to accommodate requests to live with a same-sex friend. Please keep in mind that roommate requests must be mutual, so be sure your friend requests you back! You will complete a detailed Housing Questionnaire after being accepted to the program, and on this form you can request a roommate.

+ When will I find out where I’ll be living?

ASA will notify you of your living arrangements via email approximately 1-2 weeks before the start of your program.

+ What if I don’t like my host family?

If it is a problem with the family and not a language or cultural misunderstanding, ASA will move you to a different family right away. We have on-site staff in every city who are there to help students with any issues they encounter while abroad, and who check in periodically with students throughout their stay to ensure all is well.

+ Will my host family speak English?

No, but there’s no need to worry! Living in a homestay is the best way for you to learn French, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you will improve. Also, don’t forget that your host family has hosted international students before, so they understand that you are there to learn their language and want to help you.

+ Will I have a roommate?

Rooms may be double or single occupancy.

+ What should I bring with me?

A detailed list of what to bring (and what not to bring) will be included in your ASA pre-departure handbook, which will be emailed to you about a month before your program begins. Please consider bringing a small gift for your host, such as a candle, kitchen towel, chocolates, etc.

+ What is the food like?

The food is great and will be typical of your host country. Be prepared to try new things! If you have any food allergies or dietary needs, please let ASA know as soon as possible and we'll be happy to advise you on your options.

+ Is a Damage Deposit required?

No.

 

 
Excursions

excursions

To encourage students to immerse themselves in the rich cultural life of Paris, ASA includes an exceptional sequence of events. Every week or two, students attend a play, concert, or opera, visit a museum or art gallery, or go on an excursion to a site of interest outside Paris: Chartres, Versailles, Fontainebleau, Reims, or Malmaison. Each Fall, there is a weekend trip to the Valleé de la Loire and grands chateaux, and each Spring a weekend trip to Bayeux, the D-Day landing beaches at Normandy, and the magnificent Mont Saint Michel.

Course Offerings
Cost & Dates

COST & DATES

Billing Information and Refund Policy

Price Breakdowns / Estimated Costs of Attendance

Program Calendars

What’s Included?

Dates are subject to change without notice.

Application Deadline — The deadline by which you must complete the application process, including turning in all documentation to ASA (transcript, etc.)

Payment Deadline — The deadline by which you must submit full payment for your program fees or verification of financial aid.  A non-refundable Down Payment may be required in advance of the Payment Deadline to secure your space. Check the “Billing Information and Refund Policy” link above to find out if a Down Payment is required.

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Fall I 2019 Early Sept. 2019 – Mid. Dec. 2019 (TBA)
French Language and Civilization Program at the Sorbonne
$14,400June 1, ’19June 15, ’19PFF1
Fall II 2019 Arrive Sept. 18 – Depart Dec. 21
Institut Catholique de Paris
$13,995June 1, ’19June 15, ’19PFF2
Spring I 2020 Early Feb. 2020 – Late May 2020 (TBA)
French Language and Civilization Program at the Sorbonne
$14,400Extended to Oct. 15, ’19Oct. 30, ’19PFSP1
Spring II 2020 Arrive Feb. 3 – Depart May 30
Institut Catholique de Paris
$14,295Extended to Oct. 15, ’19Oct. 30, ’19PFSP2
Fall I 2020 Early Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
French Language and Civilization Program at the Sorbonne
$14,400June 1, ’20June 15, ’20PFF1
Fall II 2020 Mid. Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Institut Catholique de Paris
$14,295June 1, ’20June 15, ’20PFF2