Study Abroad in Paris, France

Quick Facts | Why Paris? | City Description | Host Institutions | Housing | Excursions

Course Offerings | Costs & Dates | What’s Included | Program Itinerary | FAQs


Quick Facts

Host Institutions:
Semester and Academic Year programs:
  • French Language and Civilization Courses at the Sorbonne (for Beginner and Intermediate level students)
  • Institut Catholique de Paris (for Advanced level students)
Eligibility Rules: Click here
Language/Academic Focus: Click here for Course Offerings
Housing: Students live with French host families. Homestay accommodation includes Internet, as well as breakfast and dinner Mon-Sat.  For further information about living with a host family, please click here!
Sample Day Excursions: Chartres, Versailles, Fontainebleau, Reims, Malmaison
Sample Overnight Excursions: Vallée de la Loire, Normandy

Why Paris?

  • Capital of France, the “City of Lights”
  • Some of Europe’s most prestigious universities
  • Countless museums, gardens, and historical sites
  • Easy access to other French and European destinations
  • Diverse shopping and dining
  • One of the world’s most fashionable cities

City Description – large city of 2.1 million

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!

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.


Students can live with French host families, who will provide breakfast and dinner Mon-Sat. All ASA student housing includes Internet access and is located in safe neighborhoods, within a reasonable distance from your university. Full details about ASA housing, as well as answers to commonly asked questions, can be found on our Housing page.


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.

Costs & Dates

Please CLICK HERE for Costs and Dates.

 What’s Included – ASA Paris Program  

  • ROOM & BOARD:  With a French host family – rooms may be double occupancy. We cannot guarantee you a single room. Includes daily breakfast and dinner Mon-Sat. For further details about living with a host family, please click here!
  • TUITION for the maximum number of credits indicated on the program course offerings page. Enrolling in more than the maximum number of credits (if permitted by the host institution) will result in an additional fee.
  • ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution.
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: Final transcript is issued by the Université Paris-Sorbonne. Upon completion of the program, ASA will provide one free shipment of your final transcript to your U.S. institution.
  • PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION PASS: ASA provides each student with a monthly pass for Paris public transportation.
  • EXCURSIONS & CULTURAL ACTIVITIES: 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. Other excursion and activity locations to be decided.
  • INTERNET ACCESS: Students will have free Internet access at their host institution and in their program housing.
  • AIRPORT PICK-UP: Group ground transportation is provided from Paris (CDG) airport for students who arrive on the official arrival date, by the designated time.
  • SITE DIRECTOR: Students will have an on-site director to assist them with any academic or cultural difficulties they may encounter.
  • MEDICAL INSURANCE: Comprehensive international medical insurance is included.  For full details on benefits and coverage, please click here.
  • 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:

  • Round trip airfare and travel expenses to and from the program location
  • Books, materials, lab fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Local transportation
  • Lunch Mon-Sat and all meals on Sundays (for students who choose ASA housing)
  • Meals on excursions
  • Laundry
  • Student visa, if required
  • Transportation from the airport if the student does not arrive on the official arrival date by the designated time
  • Transportation back to the airport at the end of the program
  • For academic year students or those enrolling in more than one session, room and board and all other ASA services and benefits are not provided during the break between sessions.

Click here for Billing Information and Cancellation/Refund Policy

NOTE: If you need a “Costs of Attendance” budget for your financial aid office, or if you simply want an estimate of the not-included costs listed above, please click here.

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: