AIFS: Paris - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne
- Hosted at: Paris - Sorbonne University / University of Paris IV
- Location(s): Paris, France
- Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Gap Year
Spend a semester, January term, Summer session or academic year with AIFS in the incomparable city of Paris, France, studying at the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne (CCFS), part of the University of Paris. Courses are taught in Engl... read more
Making mistakes is the key to really learning! And yes, it was definitely worth it. Anumeha S - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I gained a new perspective on life, and how truly different we all are. I got to see cultural sights that were older than the discovery of the America's, and live in a city so lively beautiful that sometimes I had to pinch myself. If you speak French and/or you're a budding francophile like myself, this trip is for you. A student - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I learned not only the French language and culture but also, through the cooperation of the Louvre, I learned much more about human civilization throughout the course of time. Thomas C - University of Hartford View Entire Review
I learned that I can survive a lot of situations, and how to deal with people with different personalities. I also learned a lot about Art and Culture, language, and themes that are common to all people Rachael P - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I learned a ton of French and met some wonderful people that I can't wait to see again. It was great to not just see, but really experience a different culture, and I was lucky enough to travel to other nearby countries which only increased the experience. A student - Pace University View Entire Review
Gained insight into the french way of living. It was worthwhile to experience that. A student - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I would do it all over again if I could Susie L - University of Southern Maine View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself, it was definitely worthwhile. Mallory H - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Yes. Kristie Q - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
The reason I gave the program 4 stars and not 5 is only because I was disappointed with how much the other students in my program didn't care about school. Besides that, it was the best experience of my life so far, hands down. I plan to return in 2 years to study again at the Sorbonne in order to obtain a graduate degree. I lea... Raychaelle S - University of Tampa View Entire Review
Mary W - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Absolutely. I learned so much about myself and really gained a lot of confidence. I also noticed how much American's stick out over there, and learned that you start to blend in rather quickly. We started to notice it too, when family from home would visit, a couple of us watched them and thought 'Man, is that what we looked l... Noelle Z - Saint Anselm College View Entire Review
I just loved being in Paris. The location of my hotel was great, I was informed where to go and what to do. If I went with the program leaders, events would be free. I did most of my learning on my own, though Sasha S - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I learned how to grow from mistakes, how to pack a suitcase, and how to make the most of every day. I also grew a lot as a French speaker. It was extremely worthwhile and I believe that everyone should take this opportunity if they can. It will change your life. Savannah B - Howard University View Entire Review
It was incredible. I learned so much about myself and the world that I thought I had already known. Allison W - St. Mary's College of Maryland View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile. Amazing people. Amazing city. Amazing time! lrn.joy - University of Maryland - College Park View Entire Review
Made a ton of friends, improved my french a LOT, cultural experience. absolutely worth it. siobhan.jones.ut - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I realized I have more to learn more to see. I learned how to live not just go about my daily routine. I learned that you can't be afraid to make mistakes and don't dwell on the past. Life goes on and everyday is a new day! Stephanie T - University of Hartford View Entire Review
I learned how to truly relax and enjoy life. Through my trumpet lessons I learned a philosophy of life that was all about constantly internally inspecting myself. I learned how to learn, how to fail, how to cook, take care of myself, how to communicate without a common language, about God, and ultimately what it means to be co... Lucas J - University of Hartford View Entire Review
My study abroad experience gave me the perspective I was lacking at home. I feel it has profoundly changed the direction of my life and made me realize things I might've never even thought about at home. danielle s - SUNY Purchase View Entire Review
I am more independent and confident--if I can figure out how to navigate and survive in a city where I hardly speak the language, I can sure as hell do anything I need to do here in America. It motivated me to learn French as well as I can, and it made me realize that there really are foreign people in the world--Americans tend ... Elise F - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Yes! It made me more independent and made me rethink my academic and professional future. Lindsey S - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
absolutely, I live in France full time now so it gave me the confidence and skills I needed to fully immerse. Michael G - Illinois State University View Entire Review
It was fun and memorable, but it did get frustrating at times. I loved it and I hated it. But the friendships I took away from my semester abroad made the experience definitely worth it. Gordon T - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
This was a most amazing experience and I highly recommend it to anyone who even thinks its a good idea. Its the best idea! It completely changed my life. Svetlana S - Carnegie Mellon University View Entire Review
Spend a semester, January term, Summer session or academic year with AIFS in the incomparable city of Paris, France, studying at the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne (CCFS), part of the University of Paris. Courses are taught in English or French, with no previous French language study required. Please visit website for program-specific details and eligibility requirements.
Homestay accommodation is included in the program fee. Depending on the term selected, additional options such as an apartment or student residence may be available for an additional fee. A meal plan is included with all housing except the apartment option which includes snack vouchers. See website for more detail.
You’ll enjoy cultural and social activities such as guided city walks, visits to the many museums and cultural sites of Paris, French cooking classes, opera and ballet performances, and day trips to Monet’s Garden in Giverny and the famous Château de Versailles. Excursions vary by program and term but typically include great options like a 2-day trip to Normandy and Brittany, a 2-day trip to the Loire Valley and more.
Students studying abroad in the fall or spring are offered an optional early start program, Intensive French Language, in Cannes. Students earn 2-credits while acclimating to France in this sunny Mediterranean city, and all levels of French are available from beginner through superior. Once in Paris, all students have an orientation workshop. AIFS students also have the ability to take art courses through the Académie de Port Royal and music courses through the Schola Cantorum. Volunteer opportunities are also available.
Paris is one of the world’s great capitals of culture. Known throughout the world for its museums and historical monuments, the city itself is laid back and easy to get around. The top restaurants and the greatest names in fashion sit next to vintage stores and take-away crêpes stalls. As our Resident Director always says, “Paris... it’s your campus!”
AIFS is a premier provider of study abroad programs. Comprehensive fees cover tuition and housing with $800,000 in scholarship and grant funding available each year. A meal plan, tours and excursions, insurance and 24-hour emergency service are also included. Since 1964, over 1.5 million students have traveled abroad with AIFS.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
- Academic Year
- January Term
- Short Term
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- European Studies
- French Studies
- Foreign Languages and Literatures
- French Language, Literature
- Liberal Arts, General Studies
- Cultural Studies
- Social Sciences
- Political Science and Government
- Fine Arts, Studio Arts
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Each year, AIFS awards more than $800,000 in scholarships, grants and financial support to deserving students & institutions. Funds are available for both summer and semester programs. Additional scholarships and grants are available to students at many schools across the country.
More than $800,00 in scholarships and grants are awarded each year
AIFS is a leading provider of study abroad programs, with a wide range of unique opportunities in Asia, Australia, Europe, South Africa and the Americas. Most AIFS campuses offer courses in English or in foreign languages from beginner to advanced levels, so you can have the study abroad experience that best suits you. The program fee is all-inclusive, making it simple for you to live, study abroad, and experience all that the world has to offer. Each year, more than $800,000 in scholarships and grants is awarded to deserving students & institutions. Funds are available for both summer and semester programs.
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