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Paris Academic Institution

The Catholic University of Paris
Catholic University of Paris is monitored by the French Ministry of National Education and a member of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (FIUC).
Available Programs
French Language Immersion
French Culture & Society
The Catholic University of Paris

Institut Catholique de Paris

Institut Catholique de Paris, founded in 1875, is a private French university that has welcomed international students to its campus since 1948. Courses are held on the Institut Catholique campus in the 6th arrondissement, the heart of historical Paris. Students are a stone's throw away from the Latin Quarter, Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Montparnasse. It is accredited by the French Ministry of Education, and is a member of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (FIUC). Students who successfully complete their program will be issued an official transcript by the Institut Catholique de Paris.

CEA students enroll in courses with other international students at the Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ILCF), the Institut Catholique’s center for French Language and Culture. The professors at ILCF specialize in teaching French as a foreign language to students of all language levels. Out of a total student population of 30,000, there are approximately 3,500 foreign students representing 120 countries. This gives CEA students the opportunity to meet many of the world's cultures in one of Europe's most diverse and exciting cities.

Institut Catholique de Paris offers a variety of services to CEA students including university ID card, Institut Catholique’s libraries, computer labs, university cafeteria (CROUS), and Cultural Activities Office.

Classroom Information

  • Language and elective courses are taught by faculty at Institut Catholique de Paris through Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises.
  • Periodic homework assignments and examinations will be administered.
  • Class attendance is mandatory and monitored by each professor. Institut Catholique regularly reports attendance records to CEA Paris.
  • Course enrollment ranges from 10 to 25 students allowing more personalized attention.
  • Classes are specifically offered to be taken with other international students of equivalent language level and not with native French students.
  • French style of teaching is different from those found in the U.S. or Canada. Be prepared to adapt to the different classroom structure and coursework expectation for your school.


The French grading system is based on a scale of 20, as opposed to 100 in the US system. It would be inaccurate to merely multiply a French grade by a factor of five to find its U.S. equivalent. Grades in France are awarded on a scale of 1-20, but the tradition is such that grades higher than 16 are seldom awarded. The passing grade for a single subject is usually 10/20 although grades of 8 and 9 can indicate satisfactory performance. Grading in France is particularly severe and can vary from one institution to another and from one course to another.

The Franco-American Commission for Educational Exchange recommends the following comparison of grades:

French Number Grade
US Letter Equivalent


  • Interpretation of the French scale in terms of American grading standards was taken from the website of World Education Services, WES (
  • The Franco-American Commission for Educational Exchange supports the interpretation of the French scale provided by WES.
  • For more information regarding the French educational system refer to:
    • Assefa, A. Mariam. France: A Study of the Education System of France and a Guide to the Academic Placement of Students in Educational Institutions in the United States. Washington, D.C.: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, 1988.