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City and Academic Overview

City Information

Population: 2,500,000

Paris is well known as one of the most intellectual and intriguing cities in the world. The city maintains its status as the premier city in France and a leader in politics, art and fashion; every section of the city has its own unique charm and makes Paris a city like no other. For the history lover, the tour should begin in the heart of old Paris, the Ile de la Cité, which lies in the middle of the Seine River. Here one can explore the Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris, the Palais de Justice and a hidden jewel, Sainte Chapelle. For the art lover, the city holds countless museums, all boasting incredible collections. Some of the most popular include the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Musée Rodin and Centre Georges Pompidou. Tucked away in the city’s twenty arrondissements, or districts, are many more amazing sights and sounds waiting to be discovered.

Study Abroad in Paris

API students have several options for study abroad in Paris. Founded in 1948, the ILCF (Institut de Langue et de Cultures Françaises) is a department within the Institut Catholique de Paris. Courses are available in French and in English at the ILCF. The ILCF welcomes more than 2,000 foreign students each year, representing more than 60 different nationalities.

API also offers students the opportunity to study at one of three institutions of the Université Paris. The former University of Paris had five faculties, which in 1971 were split into 13 separate public and interdisciplinary institutions. The Université Paris – Sorbonne carries on the legacy of the original Faculty of Arts and Sciences. It also houses the Cours de Civilisation Françaises, the program for foreign students learning French. Advanced and superior level students of French may take courses with French students through the University of Massachusetts direct enrollment programs at either the Université Paris Diderot or the Université Paris Dauphine. The Université Paris Diderot is a multidisciplinary university with departments in Science, Arts and Letters and Social Sciences. The Université Paris Dauphine focuses on business, economics and mathematics, and offers some classes taught in English.

 

Why Paris?

  • World-class cosmopolitan city
  • One of the most romantic cities in the world
  • Fashion/art/culture capital
  • Home to legendary artists, poets, politicians and scientists
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Champs-Elysées
  • Some of the best museums in the world
  • Amazing French cuisine
  • Excellent universities
  • Hub for European travel