Frequently Asked Questions
What is APA Paris?
Academic Programs Abroad or APA Paris is a study abroad program provider designing immersive, customized programs for American university and college students in Paris, France. Students can choose to spend their fall or spring semester or an entire academic year with us and take classes in any major at our 10 Parisian partner universities. APA Paris also offers a two-month summer internship option.
In addition, APA designs faculty-led programs in Paris for university faculty. These programs can cater to any discipline and courses can be taught in French or English.
Who can study abroad with Academic Programs Abroad?
Our programs are designed for undergraduate and graduate students at American colleges and universities, though our students come from all over the world. To participate in our advanced beginner/intermediate program, Paris, Accessibly Yours, at least two semesters of college French and a 2.75 GPA are the minimum requirements for acceptance. In order to be eligible for our advanced program, students must have taken at least 4 semesters of college French and and hold a 3.0 GPA.
Where will I study?
Academic Programs Abroad directly enrolls students in one or several of our 10 partner French universities and institutes in Paris. Students also have the option of choosing one of our two in-house electives.
Where will I live?
Students can choose to live with a host family, carefully chosen by Academic Programs Abroad, or they can choose to live independently in an apartment, dorm, or student housing. In the latter case, it is the student's responsibility to secure independent housing. APA Paris is more than happy to offer advice and options.
What kind of classes can I take?
APA Paris students take courses for any major--from art history to zoology. Because French universities do not release their course offerings until the beginning of each semester, APA Paris has put together a course catalog made up of previously offered courses for your convenience.
When are the application deadlines?
For full academic year or fall semester enrollment:
March 15 at the latest
For spring enrollment:
October 15 at the latest
Will my credits transfer?
Speak with your study abroad advisor about your university's requirements and policy. Each institution is different--some colleges only transfer credits as pass/fail and others may not transfer the credits at all, as the student is required to take a leave of absence for the semester abroad.
Academic Programs Abroad allows students to take four or five courses per semester. During a special “shopping” or add/drop period, students can sit in on a maximum of 10 classes in order to find the courses that best fits their needs and institutional requirements. APA Paris contacts the student's home study abroad office and/or academic advisor to submit syllabus information and determine if the course will be accepted.
How can I receive a copy of my transcript?
Send an email to the APA Paris Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “Transcript” as the subject line.
As a graduate student, can I study abroad through APA Paris?
Yes! APA Paris welcomes and supports graduate students in their study abroad experience. You will even attend regular individual working sessions with a professor specialized in your area of research to help you structure and develop your thesis.
Is there a summer program?
Unfortunately no. Because our objective is to offer students full immersion into the French university system, we cannot adhere to our mission since these universities are closed during the summer.
Is there a summer internship?
During the summer (from mid-May to mid-July), students who spend a spring semester or year in Paris through Academic Programs Abroad have the opportunity to extend their trip through the summer to work in Paris as an intern. APA Paris has a unique partnership with Internships in Francophone Europe (IFE), to provide American students with internships in a variety of Parisian firms, businesses, NGOs, labs, national departments, and more.
What will happen if I have a problem during my program?
Is there a support network?
Students are encouraged to speak with an APA Paris staff member if there are concerns during their time abroad. An appropriate action plan will be developed and implemented in order to alleviate any issues. Our staff in Paris is there to support you during your stay, but you also have a contact in our US office should you or your parents need it.
Is there anything I won’t or shouldn’t be able to do abroad?
Anything that would be considered illegal in the US should be considered illegal and therefore forbidden while abroad. For example, driving without a license, hitchhiking, etc. Additionally, all participants must be law-abiding in France or wherever they chose to travel to while abroad. There may be country-specific laws and regulations that apply. Students can be sent home for breaking laws or for consistently violating the rules set forth by Academic Programs Abroad.
Does APA Paris provide health insurance?
If not, would my parents’ plan suffice?
As APA Paris does not provide health insurance, you will need to find your own policy for your stay abroad. If your home institution’s study abroad office does not propose an option, our US office can provide you with some. It is important to determine the exact coverage provided, the countries included, the out-of-pocket expenses you will incur, as well as reimbursement periods. You may also wish to determine if a medical repatriation is included in the policy and what sports are covered if you plan on partaking in these activities during your stay abroad. These costs are not included in your program tuition.
Do I need to get any vaccinations before I go?
No, France does not require any specific vaccinations, nor are they necessary for travel in France. However, we do advise you to make sure your standard vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling abroad.
Will my friends and I study at the same locations?
Not necessarily. As APA Paris allows students to tailor their program while abroad, each student can chose classes at one or several of our 10 partner institutions. Therefore, unless you are of the same major with the same academic needs, it is likely that you will be taking classes at different institutions on different campuses.
Do I need a passport to study abroad in Paris? What about a student visa?
Each student will need to apply for a student visa through their respective French consulate prior to going abroad. In order to do so, he/she must have a valid passport that will expire at least six months after the conclusion of the program. More information will be provided after acceptance into APA.