Paris, France

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  • Fall Semester - Dates Vary Based on Track
  • Spring Semester - Sorbonne: Language and Culture: Late January - Late May; Institute Catholique de Paris: International Studies Program: Mid February - Mid May

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Lane Marder (

Students can choose between one of three program tracks in Paris, France. Students can choose a language immersion program, where a language course is required and elective classes are taught in English or a program where all courses are taught in French. Based on a student's French language ability, eligibility for each program track varies.


Depending on the program that students apply to, their course requirements and offerings will vary. Students typically take one French language and 2/3 content courses, depending on the number of language credit hours that are required.

Language & Culture Studies - Cours de Civilisation Francaise de la Sorbonne

Dates Fall Semester: end of September - end of January Spring Semesters: end of January - beginning of June Open to beginning, intermediate, advanced and superior level French speakers. Classes are taught in French. Students in the Language and Culture Studies Program select a combination of French language and cultural electives, referred to as French Civilization courses. The number of credits earned for each language course and the cultural electives varies according to the particular session a student selects. Additionally, as indicated below, in some sessions the French Civilization electives are available only to students at the advanced level of French or higher. A student's French level is based on a placement exam administered upon arrival by the Sorbonne. A special note for Fall quarter: Beginning and intermediate level students are not eligible to earn credits for French Civilization courses. Opportunities exist for advanced level semester and year students to earn additional credit for French Civilization courses. Contact the API office for more information. Students who wish to refresh their French skills before starting the standard class session may choose to participate in the fall or year early start programs, which include an intensive month of study in September for an additional 50 contact hours (3 semester credits) of French language instruction. Additional course options: Advanced level students have the option of earning an additional three credits each semester if they choose to complete an elective course taught exclusively for API students (see Course Offerings). A limited number of teaching internships are also available for intermediate to superior level students. An additional fee is charged for participation in the 3-credit internship.

French Language & Culture Program - Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP)

Dates Fall Semester: end of September - end of January Spring Semesters: mid February - end of June Students at all levels take French language classes. The amount of credits each student receives for the French language classes varies and depends on the student's level placement and session duration. French language classes are designed to increase students' written and oral comprehension and expression. All French language classes involve Oral French, Written French, Phonetics and also involve components of French Culture and Civilization. Beginning Beginning level students (Catholique levels Debutant and Elementary 1) take French language only. Beginners are not eligible to take any civilization courses. Fall and Spring semester students earn up to 225 hours of French language, phonetics, and/or oral French practice. Year students likely progress to one of the Intermediate levels for the second semester and would then be eligible to earn credits in French Culture and Civilization. Intermediate Intermediate level students (Catholique levels Elem 2, Elem 3, Int 1) are required to take 6 or 9 hours per week of language, depending on the specific level of study. Intermediate students can add civilization courses or additional language hours to reach the maximum number of credits available per term. Advanced Advanced and Superior level students (Catholique levels Int 2, Adv 1, Adv 2+) take only 3 hours per week of language. Other credits are earned by taking civilization courses in French for vistiting students or directly enrolling in courses with French students.

International Studies Program - Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP)

Dates Fall Semester: end of September - end of December Spring Semesters: mid February - end of May Students in the International Studies Program complete a French language course, along with 2-3 additional elective courses, for a total of 12-15 credits per semester. French language classes are offered at all levels, and all elective courses are taught in English. It is recommended, but not required, that students have completed one semester of college-level French prior to studying in Paris. Students take a placement exam that is administered by the Institut Catholique prior to arrival and are placed into a French course based on the results of this exam. Beginning and low-intermediate level students take 9 hours of French language per week for a total of 6 semester credits. They also enroll in 2-3 elective courses (worth 3 semester credits each) for a total of 12-15 credits per semester. High-intermediate and advanced level students take 6-9 hours of French language per week for a total of 4-6 semester credits. They also enroll in 3 elective courses (worth 3 semester credits each) for a total of 13-15 credits for a single semester. Academic year students at the high-intermediate and advanced levels are encouraged to take 9 hours of French language per week and only 2 electives during the fall semester (for a total of 12 semester credits), in order to have three elective options remaining in the spring.

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Host University

Depending on the program track, students will take courses at the Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP) or the Sorbonne with other study abroad students. Classes are held at the respective institutions  so the opportunity to engage with local French students exists; however, students are not enrolling in courses with French native students.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 2.75 
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • Completed online OISP application
    • Completed API application forms

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • University Contact Information Form (available once API online application completed)
    • Official transcript
    • Letter of recommendation
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
    • Students must pay the $150 application fee (due upon submission of the application) and the $400 confirmation payment (due approximately 2 weeks after acceptance) directly to API.  These payments will then be applied to the total cost of program lodging and insurance.  These payments are necessary to guarantee your commitment and place on the program.

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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


Students in Paris, France can choose to live in a studio apartment, a dormitory or with a host family. After careful screening, API selects local families who will host students for the duration of their study abroad program. The families provide some meals during the week, and students will have access to the family's kitchen to prepare and store food. In the apartments and dormitory, meals are not provided, but students will have access to a kitchen. All students are given a CROUS card charged with a monthly meal stipend equivalent to 5 lunches per week. Students in host families and apartments will use laundromats to do their own laundry; the dormitory has coin-operated laundry facilities in the building. Most students will have a single room and will be the only student with the host family. Most students will commute to and from school via metro and can expect commute times of 30-45 minutes. The dormitory is equipped with wireless internet. Students in apartments and families typically do not have internet access.


Paris is well known as one of the most romantic and intriguing cities in the world. While the city maintains its status as the premier modern city in France and a leader in politics, art and fashion, every city street holds some portion of the history of the city. For the history lover, the tour should begin in the heart of old Paris, the Ile de la Cite, which lies in the middle of the Seine River. Here you can explore the Cathedrale de Notre-Dame de Paris, the Palais de Justice and a hidden jewel, Ste-Chapelle. This small chapel with its incredible stained glass is one of the foremost examples of 13th Century French architecture. For the art lover, the city holds hundreds of museums all boasting incredible collections, including the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, the Musee Rodin and the Centre de Georges Pompidou. Tucked away in the city's 20 arrondissements, or districts, are many more sights and sounds to discover.