Become a part of the APA family and joins us in the City of Lights for a semester or year. The Paris Intermediate Program has been thoughtfully designed to rapidly improve a student's French language skills abroad while also providing the flexibility to take classes in French or English.
|At a Glance
||Language of Instruction: French, English
||Terms: Semester, Year
|Eligibility: 2.75 GPA
||Sophomore standing & above
||2+ semesters of college French or equivalent (A2 starting level)
The program includes:
- Tuition & direct enrollment in the University of Paris system and other selected institutions for a full course load
- Academic support
- Culture package bundled with 6 tickets to the performing arts, 2 day trips, 1 weekend excursion, 1 cooking workshop, and unlimited access to Paris' most noteworthy museums like the Louvre
- Housing: Stay with a hand-selected host family or choose to live in a foyer (French student residence)
Optional: Summer internship (available for year-long and spring semester applicants only. Must demonstrate a sufficient language level to intern in a French language-only work environment).
Students also receive:
- Airport pick-up upon arrival
- 3-week orientation
- Extracurricular opportunities including: sports, dance, choir, volunteering, assisting in a local elementary or middle school English class
- Civil liability insurance
- Pre-departure support including French student visa assistance
- Dedicated on-site team for support in and outside of the classroom for things like course registration, cell phones, doctor appointments, and more
Please visit apaparis.com for up-to-date program fees. APA awards three scholarships ranging from $500 - $1,000 each semester to participating students. Visit the Scholarship page for more information.
Grab a chair in the Luxembourg Gardens and study for a class or meander through the tiny streets of the Latin Quarter with a crêpe in hand. Paris, the capital city of France, is the country's hub for government and business and is known worldwide for its history and landmarks, universities, arts, architecture, culture, food, and fashion.
The APA Paris student center is located on the charming Villa d'Alésia in the 14th arrondisement on the Left Bank. Here is where you will meet for orientation and in-house courses. Meet up with friends, print out a paper, chat with us about how everything is going, or stay and study with plenty of room to spread out. The student center is a welcoming place for you to take advantage of!
APA is a boutique program provider in Paris, France with a passion to provide a first-rate study abroad experience that unites academic excellence with the beauty and richness of French and Francophone culture. For over 30 years, students from over 80 US colleges and universities have received a personalized, immersive education abroad in the City of Lights, Montpellier, and Dakar.
Build your class schedule from a combination of the following:
- One intensive French language course
Register for your remaining 3 or 4 classes from:
- Classes at our University of Paris and institutions of higher learning partners. These classes may be taught in French or English.
- APA's in-house classes
APA handles direct university enrollment and course registration on our students' behalf so it is possible and common to take class at multiple universities. Each course receives four credit hours.
Majors & Courses
APA's immersive design allows students to take French university classes rather than in an international student setting. Listed below are the most common majors and subjects our students have taken courses in. If you do not see your major listed below, contact email@example.com and a team member will send you a list of courses available.
||Film & Theater Studies
||Science & Technology
Since French universities typically publish their course catalogs a month before classes, APA cannot guarantee courses will be available for the upcoming semester. However, a list of recent course catalogs are published on apaparis.com. During orientation, students will register for classes for the semester.
APA partners with the following universities and institutions of higher learning in Paris to offer courses.
- Université Paris Nanterre
- Université Paris Sorbonne: Art History, History, Musicology majors and minors only
- Ranked #1 in the Sciences in France: Université Pierre et Marie Curie
- Université Paris 8 Saint-Denis-Vincennes
- Ranked #1 in Economics & Finance in France: Université Paris Dauphine
- Université Paris Diderot
- L'Institut Catholique de Paris
- INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales)
- L'École du Louvre Limited to year-long Art History majors. Must have prerequisites completed.
- Conservatoires Municipaux de la Ville de Paris Musical repertoire requested.
- Studio Art Ateliers
APA has developed three classes that are available to students to choose from when registering for courses:
- 19th Century French Painting & Sculpture: This class meets twice a week--once in the classroom and once in a museum. Fall semester only.
- 20th Century French Painting & Sculpture: This class meets twice a week--once in the classroom and once in a museum. Spring semester only.
- France Today: Discuss how the country's past politics have shaped today's current events.
- One-week course shopping period to choose your classes at the beginning of the semester
- Course-specific tutoring
- Methodology workshops
- Complementary courses or cours complémentaires: If three or more APA students register for the same class, APA arranges a complementary course as an extension of the class. This is a great way to expand on the material presented in class, build a rapport with the professor, and bridge some of the differences between the US and French style of teaching. These classes meet every other week for 90 minutes.
- One-on-one mid-semester meetings to ensure that you are doing well in classes.
Bundled into the program is a culture package for every student. In a city known for the arts, we want you to take advantage of it!
Students receive tickets twice a month to the performing arts in some of Paris' renowned venues including the Comédie Française and the Théâtre des Champs Élysées. Symphonies, opera, theater, circus-- APA introduces you to a wide variety of shows!
Use your art history pass and "Louvre Jeunes" card for unlimited access into national museums including the Louvre. A complete list of museums is provided to you during orientation.
- Fall: Versailles, Chartres
- Spring: Versailles, Giverny
- Fall: Mont St. Michel & St. Malo
- Spring: Loire Valley
Indulge your inner chef and learn how to make a classic French meal!
Our most popular option, APA carefully matches each student to a host family through a detailed housing questionnaire. Only one student is matched per host family and is provided with a private bedroom with linens, access to common areas including the kitchen, daily breakfast and one meal each week, and WiFi.
A key factor in vetting a host family is their willingness to welcome and integrate a foreign student into their daily life. Many of our families have been hosting APA students for over 10 years!
If students elect to secure independent housing, it is ultimately the student's responsibility to find accommodations.
Extend your spring or year-long stay into the summer with a two-month, full-time professional internship. International work experience provides a powerful resume builder and develops unique skill sets that cannot be acquired through a traditional internship at home. This optional experience allows for placement in any industry.
Qualifications: Since internships will be conducted in a French language work environment, students must be able to demonstrate sufficient language skills.
Contact your home institution to see about pre-approved academic credit. To be noted, it is common for internships in France to be unpaid.
The program is open to students with sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate level class standing and a minimum 2.75 GPA. At least 2 semesters of college-level French or equivalent will be necessary to follow courses taught in French.
October 15: Spring semester applicants
March 15: Fall semester and academic year applicants
Just as you are excited about studying abroad, we are as eager to welcome you to Paris! Our application process is designed so that we can learn the most about you as a person: your academics, future plans, interests and hobbies, and even your picture so we can put a face to your name.
The online application consists of submitting the following parts:
- Background information and personal statement
- Official transcript
- University approval form
- 2 recommendation letters: one from a French professor, one from a professor in your major or academic advisor
- $35 application fee
Your application will only be reviewed once these pieces are received. After, a member of the APA team will contact you to schedule a short, friendly telephone conversation in English and French so that we may learn more about you and why you would like to study in Paris.
Please note: Your home institution may have its own study abroad application requirements and deadlines. It is your responsibility to make sure they are all completed in the proper, timely manner.
If you have any questions, we welcome you to contact the APA US office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 203-883-8200. A team member will respond to you as soon as possible.