Paris Summer (AIFS)
Spend a summer studying and living in the City of Light. You can study during the summer at the Catholic University of Paris, Institut de Langue et Culture Francaises (ILCF), taking French language courses and optional courses in English.
The Paris program is coordinated by the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), an organization that has been running study abroad and other international programs since 1964. While in Paris, students will have the chance to study French Language intensively in the heart of the city while learning about the vibrant culture of France.
No previous knowledge of French is required to participate in the program. You are required to take a 4 credit French language course at your language level. Depending on your interest, you can also take optional 2-credit and non-credit courses.
Required Courses (4 credits):
Optional Courses (0-2 credits):
- French Language (Beginning - Advanced)
- French Cuisine
- Political Science
- Wine Apreciation
In Paris you will be a paying guest in a Parisian home where you will have a double or single room in your host’s apartment. You will have a key and can come and go as you wish. There is privacy for study, yet a certain amount of contact with the Parisian hosts. You are likely to be housed with a single woman or professional couple. Students are seldom housed with families with young children. Breakfasts are included in the program charges for the homestay, as well as a subsidy for daily dinners.
In many homes, you will only have the use of the bedroom, bathroom and limited use of the kitchen. Parisian hosts do not usually allow free use of the enitre apartment. It is important to understand the differences between American hospitality to foreign students and renting a room from a host in Paris. Most Europeans provide hosing to foreign students for commercial reasons. Students should not assume they will be included in the daily life of their Parsian hosts.
If a homestay is not available, you will stay in the FIAP international residence in a double room with another AIFS student. Rooms are equipped with a bathroom, closet, desk, chair and direct telephone line. The rooms are cleaned on a daily basis and towels and sheets are provided and changed by the FIAP on a regular basis. Breakfasts and dinners are included in the program charges.
The FIAP is located in the heart of the 14th district of Paris, close to main monuments and tourist districts such as Montparnasse and the Latin Quarter. The residence is situated in a quiet neighborhood and has a large reception lobby and an interior garden and terrace where you can relax in the summer sun. There is a metro station in close proximity which allows easy access to the rest of Paris. It takes a maximum of 30 minutes to get to the AIFS office or classroom from the FIAP by bus or by metro.
For the current program charge amount, please contact the Study Abroad office. The program charge includes Lewis tuition, housing for a homestay, breakfasts, on-site orientation, program-sponsored excursions, medical insurance, and a mandatory $300 Lewis Study Abroad fee. There is also an optional program charge which includes Lewis tuition, housing for a homestay, breakfasts, on-site orientation, program-sponsored excursions, medical insurance, and a mandatory $300 Lewis Study Abroad fee, as well as airfare and a three day stay in London before the start of the program.
The program charge does not include airfare, passport and visa fees, additional meals, supplies, and personal expenses.
Program charges are based on costs of the prior year, as well as projections for the current and coming years. Inflation and fluctuating exchange rates make it difficult to state a fixed cost. Lewis University, therefore, reserves the right to adjust program fees and the right to cancel or alter programs and courses.
No previous knowledge of French is required to participate in the program.
To be eligible, you must be a Lewis student with at least a 3.0 GPA who has Sophomore, Junior, or first semester Senior standing or will have that standing when you participate.
Please click on the Application Process link in the left column to learn more about the application process and what other materials are required. If you are ready to apply, then click on the Apply Now button.