Want to optimize your language learning by taking all your courses in French? Enroll in this immersive program, designed for all French language levels. Small class sizes and a broad liberal arts curriculum enhance your experience, allowing you to take elective courses focused on French culture and history. Language courses are offered at a range of fluency levels and for a range of credits. The Institut Catholique de Paris - Institut de Langue et de Culture Française faculty specializes in teaching French to non-native speakers, and you'll attend class with other international students who wish to improve their French proficiency.
All students enroll in a French language course; you may also enroll in elective courses, based on your language level. Beginning to low-intermediate French speakers enroll in 0-2 elective courses, high-intermediate French speakers may enroll 0-3 elective courses, and advanced French speakers enroll in 1-3 elective courses.
Language courses meet for 90-225 contact hours/6-15 credits; elective courses meet for 45 contact hours/3 credits. You may earn 15 credits (up to 225 contact hours) per semester and 30 credits (up to 450 contact hours) per academic year.
Language course schedules vary based on contact hours; for example, 9-credit courses meet 3 days a week and 6-credit courses meet 2 days a week. Elective courses meet once a week. Classes may be held in the morning or afternoon, Monday-Friday.
You'll take an online language placement exam before you leave for Paris; once you're on-site, you'll take a follow-up placement exam, then select your preferred courses. You will be enrolled into courses based on their availability and the result of your placement exams. It is in your best interest to have multiple alternative courses approved by your home university prior to your departure due to course availabilities. To ensure that you receive credit for the language level you place into, have your home school pre-approve courses at several levels before you leave for France. Please consult with your academic advisor at your home university on credit pre-approval guidelines.
The Institut Catholique de Paris, a private university founded in 1875, is located in the 6th arrondissement within walking distance of the Latin Quarter, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and Montparnasse. 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.
When you study abroad in Paris, you can choose CEA housing or arrange your own independent housing. CEA housing assignments are based on availability and confirmation date; we make every effort to match your housing requests, but we can’t guarantee housing preferences. Housing assignments in the Early Start portion of the program (Fall semester only) may differ from the housing assignments for the remainder of the semester.
Life-Long Benefits I made friends I will have for the rest of my life. I learned a lot about not only France, but who I am and what I am capable of. Everybody should have the chance to study abroad because there are so many benefits.
Grand Valley State University,
Spring 2014 ,
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