- Classes taught in French
- Housing: local host families, dorms, and studettes
- Meals: with host families and/or meal stipend card
- Academic year students DELF/DALF exams included
- Teaching internships available (for credit)
- 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
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).
- 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 are issued by the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne. If a student enrolls in one of the API led courses, the teaching internship, or if their home university requires it, they can receive a transcript from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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