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Program Description:
Turn Paris into your classroom for the semester. Admire the intricate beauty of Notre Dame, sit and read in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, or practice your French at a local patisserie on the way to class.

Paris – What can we say? Fountains, fashion, cafés, croissants...Paris has something for everyone, including courses in your major or minor.

Art, Culture, Electives, and French in the City of Light – This study abroad program offers everything for the beginner through advanced French speaker, including abundant elective classes taught in English.


On the Semester in Paris program, you will live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world while taking a variety of courses at the Institut Catholique de Paris.

GPA Required: 2.5. 

How to choose your courses: Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses.

Course load: First, choose the number of course hours that work for your academic level and schedule.  Students take either 18 hours (equal to roughly 15 US Credits, generally a 4 or 5-course semester schedule) or 21 hours (equal to roughly 16-18 US credits, generally a 5 or 6 course semester schedule). See the prices and dates tab to compare program fees for the 18 and 21 hour options.

All students must take at least 6-12 hours of French language instruction (based on level, see below), and can choose to fill their remaining 18 or 21 credit hours with additional French instruction or electives instructed in either French or English. 

Course approval: Before you go abroad, it is best to get the required classes approved as well as 3 or 4 electives. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.


General French:

Depending on your level, students must register for at least 6 credit hours of French language instruction.

Beginners (A1-A2) must take at least 12 hours of "General French" per week. 

French Courses by Skill:

Higher level French speakers (A2-C2) can take "French Courses by Skill" that are divided into Oral French, Phonetics, and Written French. Each of these are 3 credit hours each.

French Subject Courses: 

Conducted in French, there are approximately 6 out of 25 of these courses offered per semester that range in subject matter but are designed for upper level students interested in taking courses instructed in French. All French Subject Courses are 3 hours per week each (in a 12-week semester that equal 36 in-class hours) and span the following fields: 


Contemporary Art
Fashion in France
Contemporary French Cinema
Politics and Economics in France & Europe
Philosophy in France
Culture and Gastronomy in France Cultural Studies
Discovering French Culture Cultural Studies 
French Women and Fashion Film Studies
Paris in French Cinema 
French Language & Literature (Elementary)

English Courses:

Also offered are civilisation courses instructed in English, which are 4 credit hours each (approximately 3 US credits). 

These courses cover History, Humanities, Literature, Research, Art History, International Relations, Politics, and Cinema to name a few. 
The English elective courses for the 2016/2017 term are:

Great Authors in French Cinema
International Relations
The European Union  Today
Architecture in a Changing World : Paris 1789-1914
Fashion in France 18th - 21st century
Politics, Economy and Society in France Today

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 04/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.