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Design Your Own Program

For institutions and faculty members who are looking to build their own custom or faculty-led program in an APA site location but don’t have the time or resources to channel into the planning, let APA assist using our Design Your Own Program (DYP) track. Using a combined 60+ years of programming and management expertise, APA crafts tailored, unique programs to each institution and faculty member’s requirements and desires.

From two-week summer art history faculty-led courses to semester-long institution-branded French immersion programs, APA listens to your needs to maximize enrollment numbers and keep your budget intact.

Our 4-step method to DYP breaks down the seeming insurmountable planning tasks in an approachable and straightforward manner:

Take Your Pick

Choose

Build the foundation of your program by selecting the following:

  • Length of stay: Summer, short-term, or semester
  • Language of instruction: French or English
  • Field of study: All majors. Choose to collaborate with another department at your institution to create an interdisciplinary program.
  • Coursework: Pre-approved French university courses, APA in-house classes, or design your own.
  • Type of Housing: Hotels, French student residence halls, or homestays.

Enhance

Pick from pre-selected options or let APA design a cultural package that will supplement topics that are studied in courses.

  • Walking Tours: Complement classroom instruction with a city filled with over 2,000 years of history.
  • Excursions: Previous trips have included Versailles, Burgundy, Normandy, and the Loire Valley.
  • Cultural Events: Soak up all of the rich culture Paris has to offer by reserving tickets to plays, symphonies, operas, or consider an experiential activity like learning how to cook a classic French meal.

Connect

Connect with your group of students, the university body, or the community as a whole with a variety of activities.

  • Curated meals: Welcome and farewell dinners, breakfasts with the director, Thanksgiving dinner, and more
  • Conversation groups with French peers
  • Extracurricular opportunities: sports, clubs, music, etc.
  • Service learning: Community volunteering, teaching assistantships, and mentoring

Manage

With decades of experience in the Parisian educational system and study abroad industry, the APA Paris staff bundles a comprehensive array of program management tasks into your package including:

  • French university enrollment if necessary
  • Transcript processing
  • Travel and study tour logistics
  • Batch processing for student visas if necessary
  • Marketing materials to promote the program at your home institution
  • Accounting duties handled by a Certified Public Accountant
  • Dedicated on-site support for faculty contact
  • Ability to collaborate with multiple universities to create a consortium
  • Reserved program office and classrooms if desired
  • Hiring and management of independent program director if desired
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Unlike other universities in France, which tend to be very limited in choices for classes, APA Paris provides academic flexibility along with full immersion into French universities.

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