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Paris Academic Institution


University of Paris IV - Cours de Langue et Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne
Accreditation
The University of Paris IV - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne is monitored by the French Ministry of National Education as an official state institution.
Available Programs
French Language & Liberal Arts
Intermediate French Language & Culture
Intensive French Language
University of Paris IV - Cours de Langue et Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

Université de Paris IV - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

The Université de Paris IV, often referred to as la Sorbonne, is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. It was founded by Robert de Sorbon in 1253 and attracts thousands of international students each year. French language courses for CEA students in the French Language & Liberal Arts program are taught by the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne (CCFS), the University center at la Sorbonne dedicated to teaching French language and culture to international students. CEA students attend courses at the CCFS’ Raspail campus. This newly renovated location features state-of-the-art classrooms and phonetics laboratories providing students a modern learning environment alongside the history and prestige of la Sorbonne. Students who successfully complete the program will be issued a transcript from the Université de Paris IV - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne, which is recognized by the French Ministry of Education.

In addition, CEA students attend classes with other international students, giving them the opportunity to interact with many of the world's cultures in one of Europe's most diverse and exciting cities. The overall student population at the University is 25,000, with an international student population of 3,000.

La Sorbonne provides a variety of services to CEA students including a university ID card, access to university affiliated libraries, and language labs.

Classroom Information

  • Language courses are taught by faculty at the Université de Paris IV - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne.
  • Periodic homework assignments and final examinations will be administered.
  • Class attendance is mandatory and monitored by each professor. CCFS regularly communicates attendance records to CEA Paris.
  • Course enrollment ranges between 10 and 25 students allowing more personalized attention.
  • Courses 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.

Grading

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
14-20
A
12-13.9
B+
11-11.9
B
10.5-10.9
B-
10.1-10.4
C+
10
C
9-9.9
C-
8-8.9
D
0-7.9
F

RESOURCES

  • Interpretation of the French scale in terms of American grading standards was taken from the website of World Education Services, WES (www.wes.org).
  • 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.