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Program Details

This 9 or 11-week hybrid program taught in English combines hands-on experience with intensive professional training. Learn practical tools used in the business and associative worlds to improve collaboration, unleash creativity and overcome challenges, and implement them on the spot working on a real-life project initiated by one of our partners.


September 28 - October 9

Prepare online for your immersive experience in France by taking courses in survival French for students with no background in French or very little (15 hours total).

October 14 - 17

On-site teambuilding orientation. Get to know your peers, discover Paris, and receive practical guidelines and tips about living and working in France.

October 19 - 21

Kick-off. 3-day introductory workshop to Design Thinking and 1-day introductory workshop to cross-cultural communication. Discover the project brief and team you will be working with.

October 22 - December 17

8 weeks to work on the project following the Design Thinking methodology and milestones. Each week will include:

  • 1/2 day of Design Thinking workshop focusing on the week’s milestone
  • 1/2 course and workshop on cross-cultural communication
  • 1/2 day training by professional consultants to learn practical tools such as project management 101, digital prototyping, making, sliding, storytelling, etc.
  • 1.5 hours of French (Survival French or French for business) per week depending on your level and 1 hour per week of personalized language support with a Teaching Assistant
  • 3-4 days of teamwork on the project
  • Individualized coaching for each team

In addition, the program includes visits and encounters to apprehend first-hand topics such as innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility in the French context.

  • At the end of the program, each team presents a deliverable solution to the challenge they have been working on in front of a jury composed of experts and sponsors from our corporate partners.

December 19 - 20

Celebrate the completion of this intense experience by participating in an event with your peers and the APA team.

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