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Course Offerings

Highlights

  • Classes taught in French
  • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution available (UMass Amherst)
  • Teaching internships available for credit
  • International excursion

Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of French speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa

 

Dates & Fees

FALL QUARTER 2017-2018
Oct 12, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017
$13,480
FALL SEMESTER 2017-2018
Sep 13, 2017 - Dec 20, 2017
$13,680
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
Sep 13, 2017 - May 26, 2018
$24,780
FALL QUARTER 2018
Mid-Oct, 2018 - Mid-Dec, 2018
$11,980
FALL SEMESTER 2018
Mid-Sep, 2018 - Mid-Dec, 2018
$13,800
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
Mid-Sep, 2018 - Late May, 2019
$26,400
SPRING SEMESTER 2018
Jan 31, 2018 - May 26, 2018
$13,800

Deadlines

FALL QUARTER 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2017
FALL SEMESTER 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2017
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2017
FALL QUARTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2018
FALL SEMESTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2018
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2018
SPRING SEMESTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Oct 15, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 1, 2017

Course Offerings

If you require syllabi that are not listed below, please contact your API Program Coordinator.

 

REQUIRED COURSES

Depending on the term, students take 9-18 semester credit hours of French Language and Culture. Quarter students take 3 hours of language per day, and semester students take 2 hours of language per day, five days per week. Language courses are available at five different levels. Students will also take a Phonetics class for a portion of the session. Students complete their class schedule after the online placement test (completed prior to the program start) and the class schedule depends on their language level.

The program consists of three main areas of study:
French Language – Conducted in French

These classes allow students to progress in learning French (grammar, verb conjugation, spelling, vocabulary, approach to literary texts, written and spoken expression). Taught at five different levels, these classes are offered two hours per day, five days a week. Students are placed into the appropriate class based on an initial language placement exam.

Phonetics – Conducted in French

These classes allow students to improve their pronunciation, comprehension and expression skills (with lab work). These classes are offered one hour per day, five days a week (every other week). Although the phonetics course meets separately from the French language course, the grades and credits will appear together on the student’s transcript.

French Civilization – Conducted in French

These cultural “conférences” (weekly civilization lectures) cover the areas of arts, geography, history, language & culture, literature, politics and society and are offered weekly throughout the term. Students choose two or three topics, with each lecture lasting two hours per week. Topics vary by level.

Following are examples of previous French civilization courses offered to Sorbonne semester students. These courses are subject to change:

FALL

Available to students at all levels
  • Cinéma, Sociétés, Histoire et Littérature (Cinema, Society, History, and Literature)
  • France: Histoire et territoire (France: History and Territory)
Available to students at the Débutant (A1), Élémentaire (A2), and Intermédiaire (B1.1) levels
  • Civilisation et littérature françaises (French Civilization and Literature)
  • Une enfance littéraire française (French Children’s Literature)
  • Histoire de l’art français (French Art History)
  • Les régions de France (The Regions of France)
  • Visiter Paris à travers les grands hommes (Visiting Paris through Great Men in History)
Available to students at the Intermédiaire (B1.2), Avancé (B2), and Supérieur (C1) levels
  • Approche de l’actualité en France (Approach to Current Events in France)
  • Littérature et civilisation françaises – L’Âge Classique: 17e-18e siècles (French Civilization and Literature – The Classical Age: 17th and 18th Centuries)
  • Histoire de l’Art (Art History)
  • Médias, publicité et communication (Media, Publicity, and Communication)
  • Peindre à Paris au XIXe et XXe siècle (19th and 20th Century Painting in Paris)
Following are examples of previous French civilization courses offered to Sorbonne semester students. These courses are subject to change:

 SPRING

Available to students at all levels
  • Histoire de l’art français (French Art History)
  • Cinéma et histoire de France (French Cinema and History)
  • Cinéma et littérature (Cinema and Literature)
  • Poésie et chanson (Poetry and Songs)
Available to students at the Débutant (A1), Élémentaire (A2), and Intermédiaire (B1.1) levels
  • Gastronomie, terroir et culture (Gastronomy, Land, and Culture)
  • Panorama des habitudes et des traditions françaises (Panorama of French Customs and Traditions)
  • Unité et diversité de la France (Diversity and Unity in France)
Available to students at the Intermédiaire (B1.2), Avancé (B2), and Supérieur (C1) levels
  • La France et l’Europe (France and Europe)
  • Le château de Versailles (Versailles)
  • Les courants artistiques en France au XIXe et XXe siècles (19th and 20th Century Artistic Movements in France)
  • Littérature francophone (Francophone Literature)
OPTIONAL COURSES TAUGHT IN FRENCH – SEMESTER STUDENTS ONLY

These 300 level (Advanced) courses are taught in French and are offered exclusively to API students. The number of semester is indicated in parentheses after the course title. Students typically take this course in place of a CCFS elective. An additional fee may be charged for participation in the API course (whether taken in place of or in addition to a regular elective course). Course subject to minimum enrollment.

History of French Cuisine (3) – Conducted in French – FALL

Who has never dreamt of chocolate mousse, foie gras, or fondue? Why is France so attached to its cuisine and culinary traditions? How did they develop and what role do they play within daily life as well as national identity? How could the French indulge themselves in fastuous and lengthy meals and joyfully continue to speak about food while eating? What does eating mean? This course is designed to understand the role and place of French Cuisine within its society from an historical, ethnological, and sociological point of view, and to put into practice this “savoir vivre français” by cooking some traditional dishes and sharing them together. This is a reading and research class, with a cooking and tasting component.

French Civilization (3) – Conducted in French – SPRING

The post-WWII era was a time of deep transformations in the French way of living, the political structure of the French society, and through cultural and social representations and is strongly represented through the Parisian architecture and the design of the main avenues and boulevards. This course examines French society chronologically from 1945 to today by highlighting the main events of this era and examining the city itself through daily life, buildings, movies, paintings, and theoretical developments.

OPTIONAL COURSES TAUGHT IN ENGLISH – SEMESTER STUDENTS ONLY

These elective courses are taught in English by faculty from the University of Connecticut. Offerings vary per semester.

Art History I / Cradle of Modernity (3) – Conducted in English – FALL

This course traces the artistic contribution to modernity in 19th -century and the first decades of 20th-century French art, its utopian dimension, its different achievements and its decline. Since the French Revolution, some major works of art, art critics and theories, and artists themselves contributed to change drastically the artist’s role and the role of the arts. In the newly established bourgeois, industrialized and modernized society in France, the co-
existence of opposite art practices and ideologies as well as the quickly following changes and innovations in successive art movements, such as neo-classicism, romanticism, realism, impressionism, postimpressionism, will be analyzed with regard to their respective claim for modernity.

The industrialization of France under Napoleon III, Hausmann’s transformation of Paris, the Parisian World Fairs and mechanical inventions, such as photography, permitting the technical reproduction of the image, marked some of the most important steps towards modern industrial society in 19th century France, had an enormous impact on the artists and their art production and led, in the beginning of the 20th century, to the very specific French phenomena of a so-called “Culture Technique” (technical culture). In this context of a technically influenced or determined culture, industrialists, and utopians, engineers and artists worked on a large program of modernization.

Baudelaire’s artistic manifesto “The Painter of Modern Life”(1863), Rimbaud’s claim for the “absolute modern” (1873) and Walter Benjamin’s work on modernity in 19th century France (“Paris, Capitale du XIXe s. Le livre des passages”) give us extensive theoretical material with which to study and to analyze the artistic contribution to modernity.

Historically, this course will introduce to the first Parisian World Fair of 1855 where the arts and the industrial machines and products were exhibited and where Gustave Courbet provoked French society by showing “The studio of the Painter”1854/55 and the “Burial at Ornans”1849/51 -as an artistic manifesto of realism.

Human Rights in Practice: Amnesty International (3) – Conducted in English – FALL

This course focuses on an important case study on international human rights. The fall 2017 course will focus on Amnesty International. Students will become acquainted with the workings of Amnesty International, work on real-life human rights case studies in order  to understand impact-oriented actions, the notion of ‘theory of change’, and the steps towards the elaboration of a human rights campaign.

Introduction to Human Rights (3) – Conducted in English – FALL

This course offers an introduction to international human rights law. Each class will be structured around a lecture and a case study with a focus on important human rights issues in France. The last class will be dedicated to a moot court on the issue of freedom of expression in France in the context of counter-terrorism

Universalism in Crisis (3) – Conducted in English – FALL

This course provides a cultural history of France from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, using the methods and materials of cultural studies. Not a history course, not an art history course, not a political science course, not a film course, not a sociology course, “Universalism in Crisis” is a comparative “mix” of these disciplines informed by a particular theme: France was a dominant culture and central to what is referred to as “modernity” (mid-nineteenth-century to World War II), a period during which it had the geopolitical power to enforce and export its emblematic and founding characteristic, “universalism”, but emerges from the post-war in a world dominated by superpowers, competing universalisms. The course delineates the shift from a period characterized by dominant universalism and dominant values of modernity to a period when France and universalism are “in crisis.” Some of the themes to be covered: France and the legacy of the Enlightenment; women, feminism and universalism; colonization, and the “civilizing mission:”; immigration and the banlieues; art, literature and the idea of “cultural exception;” France and the USA: friend or foes?”

Art History II / From Paris to the Rest of the World: Modern and Post Modern Art (3) – Conducted in English – SPRING

This course is a comparative analysis of artistic concepts, works and movements, important to the distinction between Modernism and Postmodernism in 20th Century Art. It will also study the geopolitical issues of Art. Through an examination of form and content distinguishable in works of various artistic disciplines (painting, sculpture, architecture, design), students will critically evaluate artistic language and expression that is representative of modern and post-modern ideologies. This course will examine the visual arts and will utilize theoretical texts for supportive analysis.

Translation Through the Press (3) – Conducted in English – SPRING

This translation course focuses, for the most part, on material from the Parisian written press. In addition to familiarizing students with some of the techniques of translation in general, the course constitutes a cultural studies approach to France through the press since translating exercises will be accompanied by presentations of the different materials used (newspapers, television, film) and by discussions of the news itself. In addition to acquiring the basic translation skills, students will acquire a vocabulary particular to the press and current events, improve their French-language skills more generally, and view of France by way of its press and the news at a particular historical, political and cultural “moment.” There is no textbook for the course; instead, students will purchase different newspapers and magazines and be provided with links to particular media sites. Partial list of newspapers and magazines: Le Monde, Le Figaro, L’Humanité, Charlie Hebdo, Paris-Match, Libération, Le Parisien, Le Canard enchaîné

TEACHING INTERNSHIP

All students with 4 semesters of college level French (equivalent to the intermediate level) or more are able to participate in the teaching internship for an additional 3 credits. Beginning and intermediate-level students can also do the internship, but are not eligible to earn credit or a grade for the experience. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional fee is charged for the internship.

A French Experience: Internship (3)

Students teach English in a French school. This is a unique experience for API students in Paris to get to know Parisians and Parisian life from the inside, not only through the teenagers in the classes students teach, but also from the teachers that students assist.

TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES

Students teach English two to three hours a week in a Parisian school. The regular professor asks the student what is to be taught and helps students prepare for class. Students are asked to keep a journal where all course plans and weekly evaluations are registered (one page per class, per course taught). Students also have to write a final internship report (in French) analyzing the French teaching system and their perception of French society through their own teaching experience. Upon successful completion students earn 3 semester credits.