- Enroll in classes with French students
- Classes taught in French
- Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (UMass Amherst)
- Teaching internships available (for credit)
- International excursion
- Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
- Open to juniors and seniors
- Open to advanced/superior French speakers
- 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.
Université Paris Diderot
Students enroll directly in courses at the Université Paris Diderot. Registration occurs upon arrival in Paris. Because students do not have a confirmed class schedule before departing for France, it is highly recommended to obtain pre-approval for areas of study, rather than for specific courses.
Students choose from the following subject areas:
- Études Anglophones
- Études Cinématographiques
- Français langue Étrangère
- Histoire de l’art
- Langues Étrangères Appliqués
- Lettres et Sciences: Transmissions des Connaissances
- Sciences de la Ville
Below are syllabi of previously offered courses with the main subject areas:
PREPARATORY LANGUAGE COURSE
Each semester will begin with a required 40-hour intensive French language and culture session (non-credit-bearing).
REQUIRED PROGRAM COURSES
These 300 level (Advanced) courses are taught in French and are offered exclusively to API students. Students in the program are required to take this coruse. 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.