Academic Programs Abroad (APA): Paris - Immersion for Intermediate & Advanced French Speakers

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Available for study abroad/gap year/leave of absence:Improve your French, take unique courses in nearly any field of study, and learn lifelong skills coveted by employers. APA's Paris program is an approachable direct-enroll hybrid that provides c... read more

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I learned how to immerse myself in a different culture and be more comfortable in doing things by myself and discovering new places. - Swarthmore College View Entire Review
Past Review Best Program
APA was the study abroad experience I had always dreamed about. Especially if you are interested in improving your french, this is the best way to go. APA offers a true immersion experience that other programs don't. Additionally, the cultural program gave us tickets each week for a show, whether it be dance, opera, or a "cirque... - George Washington University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself, French culture/people, and Europe in general. It was definitely a worthwhile experience that I would recommend to any undergraduate student. - Bryn Mawr College View Entire Review
I improved my french language skills and also cultural sensitivity. Not only living in Paris but attending cultural events exposed me to other ways of thinking and the French culture in ways I hadn't before. - Fordham University View Entire Review
Yes yes yes! Learning to live in a different country teaches you a lot about yourself. I wouldn't be where I am today without APA- (seriously, I have to speak French all the time in my current job) - George Washington University View Entire Review
Although I had traveled before, this was the first time I really understood what it meant to be in a foreign country, speaking another language all day, every day, and learning to be humble for that. Because of APA, I feel confident in my language abilities, and I was able to take what I learned there to write not one, but two t... - Bennington College View Entire Review
Past Review Bon
My French improved so much. I had a lot of firsts in Paris, buying tickets on my own, travelling by myself, etc. I've grown/matured and become more independent. No challenge is too big after what I've been through this semester... - George Washington University View Entire Review
My French got exponentially better and I really learned a lot about French culture. It was definitely worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned French! The reason I went to Paris in the first place was to improve my French language skills, and I can confidently say that I achieved that goal. Though my time abroad was extremely challenging, I learned more than I ever have in the span of 5 months. Abroad is really what you make of it, and I worked very hard to m... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Not scared to speak French anymore; French improved; made a lot of friends; travelled a lot, did some solo traveling as well which were amazing It's definitely worthwhile - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I was worth it, but really hard. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Live through with an new foreign experience - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained such a deeper understanding of not only French culture, but European culture. Going abroad was such an amazing experience that has cemented my love of travel. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
My language skills improved, obviously, which was the whole reason I went to France in the first place. I felt so much more confident when speaking French by the end of the program, and my experience was worthwhile for that reason alone. - Bryn Mawr College View Entire Review
I learned more about myself, the way of life in Paris, the focus on art and intellectualism, and how to be a smart traveler. - George Washington University View Entire Review
Through APA I made lifelong friends, learned how to speak French fluently, and was able to get to know the city of Paris inside and out. It was very worthwhile! - George Washington University View Entire Review
Past Review Apa Paris!
One hundred percent worthwhile. - Bucknell University View Entire Review
Overall, yes, it was worthwhile. I learned a lot about myself and how I deal with problem solving on the fly, from interesting travel experiences to how to get home when a metro line is down. - DePauw University View Entire Review
It was so worthwhile! I learned so much about the language, the people, the culture, and myself on this program. - George Washington University View Entire Review
Yes, it was worthwhile. You learn what it means to be an 'other' and learn a lot just by interacting with your new surroundings. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I became a more confident traveler and student, and became more self-sufficient as a person in general. It was absolutely worthwhile, and a truly life-changing experience. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned to be more independent. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review A Taste Of Paris
Too much to list here. Yes! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Academic Programs Abroad (APA): Paris - Paris Program
the friends i made at my climbing gym and what i learned there/from them was great. i'm glad i studied abroad - Brandeis University View Entire Review

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Available for study abroad/gap year/leave of absence:

Improve your French, take unique courses in nearly any field of study, and learn lifelong skills coveted by employers. APA's Paris program is an approachable direct-enroll hybrid that provides course flexibility, no matter if you have taken three or four semesters of French or if you grew up a native speaker.

Based on your language level, which will be evaluated during the pre-departure period, build your schedule by choosing four courses, in any field of study. Sit in on up to ten courses during on-site orientation thanks to a unique course shopping week, then only register for those you wish to follow for the semester . 

B1-level speakers will build their schedules from the following:


  • Intensive French Language (mandatory)

  • Courses at our 11 University of Paris and higher education partner institutions (taught in French or English)

  • APA in-house electives:


    • France Today (both semesters)

    • 19th Century French Painting & Sculpture (fall semester)

    • 20th Century French Painting & Sculpture (spring semester)



B2-level and up speakers will build their schedules from the following:

  • Courses at our 11 University of Paris and higher education partner institutions (taught in French)

  • APA in-house electives: 


    • Laïcité and Diversity in Contemporary France


    • From Neoclassicsm to Symbolism (1800 - 1900) (fall semester; includes weekend study tour to London) 

    • From Fauvism to the Contemporary Period (1900 - 1970) (spring semester; includes weekend study tour to Barcelona)


  • Replace a class with an independent study/research. 

Receive weekly one-on-one language help with one of our professors and teaching assistants. Ongoing, personal academic support is also organized by our APA Paris team.

Experience French culture with weekly events and tickets to the performing arts, exclusive day and weekend excursions, and more. Students live with carefully selected French hosts or student residences to facilitate a truly immersive experience and many opportunities are available to be involved in the community through volunteering, sports, music, and more.

Consider extending your stay with a two month, full-time professional internship during the summer. Placements are made in all fields.

To start your application, visit our website: apaparis.com/apply

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Gap Year
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • French
Language Requirement(s):
  • French
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Philosophy
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • Music
  • Economics
  • Film, Video, Photographic Arts
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Anthropology
  • French Studies
  • Business
  • Comparative Literature
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • International Business
  • Drama, Theater, Theatre Arts
  • Mathematics, Statistics
  • History
  • French Language, Literature
  • Global Studies
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Psychology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • International Relations
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
  • Political Science and Government
  • Visual and Performing Arts
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Year Founded:
1986
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Academic Programs Abroad (APA) Scholarships

Become the voice abroad for APA with regular blog and social media postings. Semester awards begin at $500 and summer awards begin at $300. Eligible for bonuses at the end of term for outstanding work.

$300 - 500.00

Deadlines:
Fall Semester/Academic Year: March 1 Summer: April 1 Spring Semester: October 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Previous scholarship recipients have had a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater, previous experience running social media accounts for a business or organization, shown a keen interest in engaging in French and Francophone culture, and have had a serious desire to take part in a full-immersion program.

Become your cohort’s photographic or videographic historian for your term abroad. Your photos and/or videos may be featured on the APA website or in future promotional materials!

$300 - 500.00

Deadlines:
Fall Semester/Academic Year: March 1 Summer: April 1 Spring: October 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Previous visual media scholarship recipients have had a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater, experience in photography and/or videography, shown a keen interest in engaging in French and Francophone culture, and a serious desire to take part in a full-immersion program.

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