- Enroll in classes with French students
- Classes taught in French (some courses available in English)
- Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (UMass Amherst)
- Teaching internships available (for credit)
- International excursion
- Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
- Open to sophomores (2nd semester), juniors and seniors
- Advanced/superior level of French preferred
- Enroll in classes with French students
- Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa
- Apply directly through the UMASS Amherst International Programs Office (IPO)
ALL OTHER STUDENTS:
- Submit API application, one letter of recommendation, statement of purpose,and one official transcript to API
- Online placement exam and interview with UMASS Amherst program coordinator
- Supplemental application requirements are solicited upon receipt of API application
Dates & Fees
If you require syllabi that are not listed below, please contact your API Program Coordinator.
Students will enroll directly in courses at Université Paris Dauphine. Students should have a strong background in economics, management, and/or mathematics. Classes in English are available with other international students, or students with an appropriate language level can take classes in French with local students.
Because students will not have a confirmed class schedule before departing for France, it is a good idea to get pre-approval for areas of study, rather than for specific courses.
A number of French language courses focusing on grammar, vocabulary, and business terminology are offered each semester.
Students will be able to choose from a variety of subject areas taught in French, including:
- Contrôle de gestion
- Finance de marché
- Gestion commerciale
- Ressources humaines
- Systèmes d’Information
A number of courses are also available in English. Subjects available in English vary per semester and may include:
- Culture & Civilization
- Gender Studies
- International Business
- International Relations
PREPARATORY LANGUAGE COURSE
Each semester will begin with a required one-week intensive French language course that is 20 hours, or 1 credit.
API COURSE OPTIONS
These 300 level (Advanced) courses are taught in French and are offered exclusively to API students. The number of semester credits is indicated in parentheses after the course title.
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.
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.
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.