"I left my heart in the city of love; Paris just has a never ending pull on you once you leave." - Elizabeth Yelle
In a partnership with API (Academic Programs International), the Institut Catholique de Paris, or the Catholic University of Paris, is a private, multidisciplinary university steps away from Paris’ Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Gardens, and St. Germain des Près. Of our 15,000 students, 4,500 are international. The university has four specialized facilities (or "schools" so to speak), and Endicott students will study at the International Studies facility.
Paris is well known as one of the most intellectual and intriguing cities in the world. The city maintains its status as the premier city in France and a leader in politics, art and fashion; every section of the city has its own unique charm and makes Paris a city like no other. For the history lover, the tour should begin in the heart of old Paris, the Ile de la Cité, which lies in the middle of the Seine River. Here one can explore the Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris, the Palais de Justice and a hidden jewel, Sainte Chapelle. For the art lover, the city holds countless museums, all boasting incredible collections. Some of the most popular include the Louvre (where the famous Mona Lisa painting resides), Musée d’Orsay, Musée Rodin and Centre Georges Pompidou. Tucked away in the city’s twenty arrondissements, or districts, are many more amazing sights and sounds waiting to be discovered. Be sure to enjoy some French cuisine and relax on the greens of Sacre Coeur.
This program in Paris is heavily focused on learning the French language, and therefore, students interested in this program should contact the Office of International Education for application approval.
Students who choose to study abroad in Paris with the French Language and Liberal Arts Program will complete 3 French language courses, for a total of 9-12 credits (depending upon the level the student tests into), and will enroll in 1-2 additional elective courses for a total of 12-17 credits per semester. French language classes are offered at all levels, and all elective courses are taught in English. It is recommended, but not required, that students have completed one semester of college-level French prior to studying in Paris. A student’s French level is based on a placement exam administered by the ICP.
For a list of all other courses that are offered, please visit the programs site here.
The Spring 2018 Academic Calendar is as follows:
- Arrival Date: January 2, 2018 (Early Semester Start); February 13, 2018 (Traditional Semester Start)
- Departure Date: June 9, 2018
The Fall 2018 Academic Calendar is as follows:
- Arrival Date: September 1, 2018 (early start); September 18, 2018 (traditional start)
- Orientation: September 18 - 23, 2018
- Classes Start: September 24, 2018
- Mid-Term Exams: N/A
- Classes End: December 21, 2018 (included final exam period)
- Final Exams: End December 21, 2018
- Departure Date: December 22, 2018
*Students are advised to confirm all arrival and departure dates in their API student portal prior to purchasing their flight, as dates may change.
In Paris, students have three different options for housing - home stay, studette (studio apartment), and dormitory - that are outlined below:
Students who choose to do a homestay are provided with five breakfast meals and two dinner meals per week with the family, along with a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals. Host families serve as a unique introduction into French culture, and may be made up of a married couple with children, retirement-age couples, or a divorced or widowed woman with or without children. Most families live in apartments with 2-4 bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, and a living/dining area. In some cases there may be another API or international student in the same apartment. While most family placements offer a single room, some students share a double room.
Shared apartments are located throughout the city. Most house 4 students in 2 bedrooms, with a separate living room, kitchen, and bathroom. Meals are not provided but kitchen appliances are provided. When living in a public building, you are expected not to disturb your neighbors with loud noise or voices. Damaging property in the residence is also prohibited and will result in possible expulsion from the accommodations and a monetary penalty for damages. Utilities will be included up to 50 euros per month.
Students in the dormitory generally live in single rooms. Some rooms may be equipped with a sink, though students share bathroom and kitchen facilities. Most of the other students in the dorms are American. Students who select the dorm option are responsible for their own meals, though they will receive a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals.
Once accepted, students must submit a $275 housing deposit directly to API through their online student portal. A portion of this deposit is retained for maintenance fees following the conclusion of the program, and students are eligible to receive the remainder as a refund barring any damages to their housing.
During the program, students have the opportunity to broaden their classroom education through several organized excursions, which are included in the price of the program. Overnight lodging, breakfast, entrance fees and transportation to and from the excursion locations are included. Although excursions are subject to change depending on availability, weather and other factors, students are provided with an itinerary for their program excursions prior to departure.
Some of the activities and excursions include:
- Visiting the region of Champagne (where the only authentic champagne is created)
- Trip to Southern France to visit Aix-en-Provence
- The palace of Versailles
- Normandy and D-day beaches
And much more!
Health and Safety
All students will travel abroad with GeoBlue international health insurance, which is purchased by the College. Students will receive an electronic and hard copy of their insurance card, and should a doctor's visit (commonly referred to as hospital visit abroad) be necessary, they should reach out to their on-site study abroad coordinator/resident director. Students will be required to contact GeoBlue prior to their appointment, unless of course in the case of an emergency, and should follow the procedures outlined here.
Students are also encouraged to register themselves in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service provided by the U.S. government to U.S. citizens traveling abroad. STEP allows Americans abroad to receive updates from the nearest embassy or consulate and allows the Department of State to better assist you in an emergency.
For additional health and safety tips, please visit our Health & Safety link on our main page.
All students studying abroad in France must obtain a student visa prior to traveling. The student visa application for France can be found at the following website: http://www.consulfrance-boston.org/spip.php?article2254
Visa processing times vary by country. Though some consulates are able to provide student visas in as little as two days, others may take as long as two months. We advise all students to review the timelines of their host country, and plan accordingly. Processing times can be found on the French Consulate’s website.
The current cost to obtain a French visa is $110. To ensure you are making the correct payment amount, and paying by the correct method (credit card, cash or money order), please visit the consulate website.
The first step is to apply directly through Campus France. You will complete the online application through Campus France and then email your API acceptance letter along with your receipt of payment to Campus France directly to complete the Campus France application. You can choose two processing times: the 3 week regular process or the 3 day expedited process for a higher fee.
Then, once you have completed the online Campus France application, you can complete the online France Visas application. US students do not need to include a CEF number for their online France Visas application. However, sometimes the applications vary in what fields are required. If the field is required, you can enter your Campus France ID number. (provided once you have created a Campus France account.
Once you have completed the France Visas online application, then you can book your in person visa appointment. Your Campus France confirmation will be one of the required documents to bring to your in person visa appointment. You will receive your confirmation from Campus France either within 3 weeks or 3 days depending on which processing service you paid for.