Information

for Parents

Frequently Asked Questions

APA has compiled a list of topics of conversation that often come up when discussing study abroad with our students’ parents. If you have further inquiries, you are always welcome to contact us directly.

What is APA?

Academic Programs Abroad (APA) is a study abroad program provider designing immersive, customized programs for students from American universities and colleges in Paris, France and Francophone destinations including Dakar, Senegal and Rabat, Morocco. Students can choose to spend their summer, fall or spring semester, or an entire academic year with us. APA also offers a two-month Parisian summer internship option.

In addition, APA designs faculty-led and custom programs in Paris for university faculty. These programs can cater to any discipline and courses can be taught in French or English.

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Who can apply to an APA program?

Our programs are designed for undergraduate and graduate students at American colleges and universities, though our students come from all over the world. Consult each program for the respective eligibility guidelines.

When are the application deadlines?

For academic year or fall semester:
March 15

For spring semester:
October 15

For summer:
February 15

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Is a passport required to study abroad? What about a student visa?

Paris

A passport is required and each student will need to apply for a French student visa 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.

Dakar

A valid passport is required however, a student visa is not needed for stays under 90 days for American passport holders. If you are an international student, visa requirements may be different. Contact the US APA office if this is the case.

Rabat

A valid passport is required however, a student visa is not needed for stays under 90 days for American passport holders. If you are an international student, visa requirements may be different. Contact the US APA office if this is the case.

Do students need to get vaccinations before departure?

APA advises all students to consult a doctor and to make sure your standard vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling abroad.

Paris

No, France does not require any specific vaccinations, nor are they necessary for travel in France.

Dakar

The CDC recommends that most travelers receive the following vaccinations when traveling to Senegal: Hepatitis A, Malaria, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever. Some travelers may be required to have the Hepatitis B, Meningitis, and Rabies vaccines. Visit and consult with your doctor about 4-6 weeks before the departure date to receive the recommended vaccinations.

Rabat

The CDC recommends that most travelers receive the following vaccinations when traveling to Morocco: Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Some travelers may be required to have the Hepatitis B and Rabies vaccines. Visit and consult with your doctor about 4-6 weeks before the departure date to receive the recommended vaccinations.

Where will students study?

Paris

APA directly enrolls students in one or several of our 10 partner French universities and institutes in Paris. Students also have the option of enrolling in our two in-house electives. Advanced students can replace a course with an independent study or research.

Dakar

Students take classes with other members of the cohort on the Institut Supérieur de Management (ISM) campus. All courses are taught by local faculty.

Multi-Country: France, Morocco, Senegal

In Paris, students will take classes at the APA Paris student center. The Université Mohammad V will serve as the site for classrooms in Rabat, Morocco and in Dakar, Senegal, students will take class at the Institut Supérieur de Management (ISM) campus. Courses are taught by local faculty.

Where will students live?

Paris

Students can choose to live with a host family, carefully chosen by APA, or they can choose to live in an APA-arranged French student residence or find an apartment on their own through student-arranged housing. With student-arranged housing, it is the student’s responsibility to pay housing fees directly to the landlord.

Dakar & Multi-Country: France, Morocco, Senegal

All students are paired with a host family after careful review of a housing questionnaire.

What kind of classes can students take?

Paris

APA 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 has put together a course catalog made up of previously offered courses for your convenience.

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Dakar

Students of any major can join the Dakar program and choose two courses from the five that are offered by APA for the summer term.

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Multi-Country: France, Morocco, Senegal

All majors are welcome. Students will take Introduction to France, Morocco, Senegal: Three Worlds, One Language and choose their remaining three classes from the seven available.

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Will course credits transfer?

Speak with your study abroad advisor about your university’s requirements and policy; most schools will transfer study abroad credit as a letter grade while others may transfer credits as pass/fail. Each institution is different but generally, they will ask to have your courses pre-approved by submitting course syllabi and descriptions.

Paris

APA allows students to take four or five courses per semester. During the shopping (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 contacts the student’s home study abroad office and/or academic advisor to submit syllabus information and determine if the course will be accepted.

Dakar & Multi-Country: France, Morocco, Senegal

Students will pre-select the courses they would like to follow. Syllabi will be made available to students so that this information can be passed along to the home institution’s study abroad office and/or academic advisor for approval.

How can I receive a copy of my transcript?

Send an email to the APA US Office at usa@apaparis.com. Please use “Transcript” as the subject line.

Can graduate students study abroad through APA?

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?

Yes! APA offers a six-week program in West Africa, in Dakar, Senegal. Two-week extensions in intensive Wolof, independent study, or an internship are available.

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Is there a summer internship?

Yes! Students who spend at least one semester with APA during the academic year preceding the summer internship term have the opportunity to work two months full-time as an intern in Paris. Internships are possible in a variety of Parisian firms, businesses, NGOs, labs, national departments, and more.

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What will happen if there is a problem during the program? Is there a support network?

Students are encouraged to speak with an APA 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 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.

Will my current health insurance policy work abroad?

All students are required to have a valid health insurance policy for the duration of his/her term abroad. This could be through a parent’s policy or the home institution. 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 fees.

Does everyone study at the same locations?

Paris

Not necessarily. As APA allows students to tailor their program while abroad, each student can choose 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.

Dakar & Multi-Country: France, Morocco, Senegal

All courses take place on the same campus.