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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My experience abroad was definitely worthwhile. My comprehension in French is much improved, and more importantly, I am a more confident French speaker. I made many amazing friends through APA and traveled to places I'd only dreamed of seeing. Through study abroad, I learned a lot about myself and about the world outside of my ... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
i gained a sense of independence. i also profited from a reevaluation of my life plans after graduation. i would now like to live and work in paris after i finish my four years at brandeis. - Anonymous University View Entire Review
Past Review Great Program
I gained independence and improved my french. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Worth It
I think the biggest takeaway from this program was self confidence. This program was challenging, but after completing it, I feel like returning to English classes will be a breeze! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Too much to sum up here...absolutely worthwile - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was definitely worth it. I learned how to adapt to different situations and how to be spontaneous. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned not only the language and about the culture but about myself and grew much more confident in my own abilities to do things. After living, surviving, and thriving in such a strange place, I now know that I can succeed in my endeavors back home. - Austin College View Entire Review
Language Culture Yes - Fordham University View Entire Review
I learned all about many aspects of French culture--politics, education, gender, food, immigration, general outlook,etc.-- and the differences between America. This experience was incredibly worthwhile I am so so so glad I did it. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained independence. I learned about many social issues that exists in France including immigration, gay rights, and health care. The experience was worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Academic Programs Abroad (APA): Paris - Paris Program
It was incredible and absolutely worthwhile. I greatly improved my proficiency in the language I was there to study, met fun local friends, made a potentially lifelong friendship with another student in the program and traveled to more places than I ever thought possible. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
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I learned independence, a language, and how to deal when things go wrong. Everyone should study abroad. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about being independent and thriving in a city by myself. I would absolutely do it again and encourage others to study abroad. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
. - Austin College View Entire Review
It was definitely a worthwhile experience and I learned a lot about the culture and way of life of the French people and I also learned a lot about myself. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Living in a foreign country, i got to be more independent than I've ever been in my life. I learned to speak a foreign language (a skill which I believe to be invaluable). I also gained 10 pounds but it was absolutely worthwhile. Have you seen their pastries? Most importantly, I learned to seize the day, no matter where you ... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was worthwhile. I can't easily describe everything I gained and learned while abroad. But rest assured it was very worthwhile - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Paris Je T'aime
I learned to take advantage of every opportunity presented to me. You never know where something will lead, so go to that cafe, meet up with that friend, or see that museum exhibit. This experience was definitely worthwhile, and I would recommend it to everyone. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
YES!!! - DePauw 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
  • Anthropology
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Film, Video, Photographic Arts
  • French Studies
  • International Relations
  • Comparative Literature
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Political Science and Government
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • International Business
  • Drama, Theater, Theatre Arts
  • Business
  • Global Studies
  • French Language, Literature
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Mathematics, Statistics
  • History
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
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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