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Program Details

Highlights

  • Classes taught in French
  • Housing: local host families, dorms, and shared apartments
  • Meals: with host families and/or grocery stipend card
  • Academic year students DELF/DALF exams included
  • Teaching internships available (for credit)

Requirements

  • Open to beginning, intermediate, advanced and superior level French speakers
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • University Contact Information Form
  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa

 

Dates & Fees

FALL QUARTER 2014-2015
Aug 27, 2014 - Dec 5, 2014
$13,480
FALL QUARTER 2015-2016
Aug 2015 - Dec 2015
$13,480
FALL SEMESTER EARLY START 2014-2015
Aug 27, 2014 - Jan 24, 2015
$14,780
FALL SEMESTER EARLY START 2015-2016
Aug 2015 - Jan 2016
$15,580
FALL SEMESTER 2014-2015
Sep 30, 2014 - Jan 24, 2015
$13,680
FALL SEMESTER 2015-2016
Oct 2015 - Jan 2016
$13,680
ACADEMIC YEAR 2014-2015
Sep 30, 2014 - May 30, 2015
$24,980
ACADEMIC YEAR EARLY START 2014-2015
Aug 27, 2014 - May 30, 2015
$26,780
ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-2016
Sep 2015 - May 2016
$24,980
ACADEMIC YEAR EARLY START 2015-2016
Aug 2015 - May 2016
$27,400
SPRING SEMESTER 2014-2015
Feb 1, 2015 - May 30, 2015
$14,400

Deadlines

FALL QUARTER 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2014
FALL QUARTER 2015-2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2015
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2015
FALL SEMESTER EARLY START 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2014
FALL SEMESTER EARLY START 2015-2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2015
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2015
FALL SEMESTER 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2014
FALL SEMESTER 2015-2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2015
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2015
ACADEMIC YEAR 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2014
ACADEMIC YEAR EARLY START 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2014
ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2015
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2015
ACADEMIC YEAR EARLY START 2015-2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2015
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2015
SPRING SEMESTER 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Oct 15, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 1, 2014

Academic Program

TOTAL CREDITS AVAILABLE PER TERM
QUARTER 9-11 semester credits
SEMESTER 13-15 semester credits
EARLY START SEM 16-18 semester credits
ACADEMIC YEAR    26-36 semester credits

 

Students who choose to study abroad in Paris with API 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 specific levels. A student’s French level is based on a placement exam administered upon arrival by the Sorbonne. The Sorbonne divides their language levels into 5 main categories: Débutant (A1), Élémentaire (A2), Intermédaire (B1), Avancé (B2), and Supérieur (C1).

FALL QUARTER
  • Beginning level (A1) students selecting the fall quarter program complete 8 credits of language and 1 credit of phonetics instruction for a total of 9 semester credits. Fall quarter students at this language level may attend the French Civilization course, but will not receive credit or a grade, since the exam will be above their level.
  • Students above the beginning level (A2 and higher) selecting the fall quarter program complete 8 credits of language instruction, 1 credit of phonetics instruction, and a 2-credit French civilization course for a total of 11 semester credits.
FALL SEMESTER AND SPRING SEMESTER
  • All students selecting a semester program complete 8 credits of language instruction, 1 credit of phonetics instruction, and 4-6 credits of French civilization courses for a total of 13-15 semester credits per semester.
  • Students at the Intermediate (B1) language level or above have the option of earning an additional credit for 1-2 of their civilization courses by completing a supplementary paper for each course at the close of the semester.
  • Students at the Intermediate (B1) language level or above have the option of earning an additional three credits each semester if they complete an elective course taught exclusively for API students (see course offerings page for details). Students generally take this course in place of one of the cultural courses at the Sorbonne.
  • A limited number of teaching internships are also available for students at the Intermediate (B1) language level or above. An additional fee is charged for participation in the 3-credit internship.
EARLY START OPTIONS

Fall semester or academic year 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 and phonetics instruction.

TRANSCRIPTS

Transcripts are issued by the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne. If a student enrolls in the API-led course or the teaching internship, chooses to complete supplementary papers, or if their home university requires it, they can elect to receive a transcript from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for an additional fee.

 

What’s Included

PRE-DEPARTURE SERVICES
  • Advising
  • @api Online System
  • Orientation Materials and Resources
  • Mobile Phone
  • Peer Mentors
  • Social Networking
  • Scholarships
ON-SITE SERVICES
  • Airport Reception
  • API Centers, Resident Directors
  • On-Site Orientation
  • Housing (including meals and laundry with some options)
  • Transit Pass
  • Tuition
  • Tutoring
  • Language & Culture Tools
  • Medical & Life Insurance
  • Excursions (overnight, day)
  • Social & Cultural Activities
  • Welcome and Farewell Group Meals
  • Volunteer Opportunities
RE-ENTRY SERVICES
  • Re-Entry Materials & Support
  • Post-Program Evaluation
  • Transcript
  • Alumni Network & Professional Development Opportunities

Program Manager

Vija Mendelson is the Paris Program Manager and will work with you through your departure to France.

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Resident Directors

Delphine and Kelsy are the Paris Resident Directors and will work with you during your stay in France.

Delphine

Kelsy

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