Rapidly improve your knowledge of the French language and achieve an authentic experience powered by the vast repertoire APA has cultivated for nearly 30 years. Designed for differing language levels, our intermediate program allows students to discover Paris and take classes in French or English in a variety of fields at distinguished universities like the Sorbonne and Université Paris Dauphine.
The intermediate program is offered for a semester or academic year.
Eligibility: 2.75 GPA | Sophomore standing | 2+ semesters of French
Enroll in 1 intensive French language acquisition course and 3 university classes
Choose a homestay or independent living
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Customize your program from a wide array of classes taught in French and a limited selection of English-taught courses. Classes at our affiliate institutions in the University of Paris system are selected for the APA course catalog after carefully reviewing course descriptions, syllabi, faculty qualifications, and evaluations from previous students. Regardless of instruction language, these courses are taught by University of Paris faculty for French students rather than an international student setting for a truly immersive experience.
Exclusive to APA students is a one-week add/drop period to choose courses that correspond best to their needs and interests. Take up to 10 classes during this "shopping" period and choose your favorite three or four at the end of the week to keep!
The French academic calendar runs from September to mid-May and includes a one-week fall break in October, a two-week Christmas break, a one-week winter break in February, and a one-week spring break in April.
Take your pick
Students take 4-5 courses:
- →1 French language intensive course: This course begins before all other classes in order to provide the time and framework necessary for a successful semester in Paris. The first three weeks are front loaded with 50 hours. After, for the remainder of the semester, the class continues two hours each week as one-on-one sessions with a language professor and teaching assistant.
- France Today. This political science course discusses how the country's past politics have shaped today's current events.
- 19th Century French Painting & Sculpture. Class meets twice a week: once in the classroom, once at a museum. (Fall semester only)
- 20th Century French Painting & Sculpture. Class meets twice a week: once in the classroom, once at a museum. (Spring semester only)
-Choose your 3-4 remaining classes from a combination of the following:
→ Major-specific classes or electives at our University of Paris partner institutions. These courses may be taught in French or English.
→ APA's in-house elective courses (classes will be taught in French)
Each course receives 4 credit hours.
At the end of each semester, APA sends to each student’s home institution a:
- Transcript: includes credit hours, French grades, and their American equivalents
- Professor’s evaluation including a detailed report of the grades earned in each course
- Course descriptions and bibliographies
- Student’s academic schedule
Take full advantage of your opportunities in Paris and extend your stay to an academic year. A year-long enrollment is an incomparable asset and will provide you the chance to progress on multiple levels including language, cultural integration, personally, and professionally.
Get to know your APA peers during a three-week orientation period at the beginning of the semester. During this time, you will begin the French language intensive course to prepare you for your courses and daily life in Paris. Workshops will also be conducted to learn about the French way of life and university system, take guided tours of the city and neighborhoods, and visit museums and campuses. You will also finalize your course selection for the upcoming semester.
Throughout your stay, APA provides a variety of dedicated academic and logistical support.
- Methodology workshops
- Course-specific tutoring sessions
- French proofreading sessions to review and edit a paper prior to handing it in
- Airport pickup upon arrival
- Assistance with obtaining a metro pass
- Help with buying a French cell phone, opening a bank account, or finding a doctor
- Personal liability insurance
Shape your study abroad experience in Paris with your housing choice. Stay with a carefully selected home stay and learn the routines of daily life and culture first hand. Alternatively, a French student residence or foyer, offers a different way to connect with your French peers. APA can assist you in finding the right residence for you!
Independent living: A private room or shared suite in a French student residence with partial meal plan
Homestay: With daily breakfast and one dinner per weekREAD MORE
Two times a month, students receive tickets to performances in some of the most prestigious and world-renowned venues in Paris including but not limited to the Opéra, Comédie Française, Théâtre de Chaillot, Philharmonie de Paris, Théâtre de la Ville, and Théâtre des Champs Élysées. Indulge in a cooking workshop and learn a couple of iconic French dishes!
Discover the national museums, including the Louvre, as many times as you would like with the “Louvre Jeunes” card.
Take a cooking workshop to learn how to prepare a classic French meal in a city known for its culinary treats.
In addition, APA takes students on exclusive trips to visit some of the major historical and cultural sites of France. Past trips include:
• Versailles (Fall & Spring)
• Chartres (Fall)
• Giverny (Spring)
• St. Malo & Mont St. Michel (Fall)
• Loire Valley (Spring)
For further immersion and integration into French life, APA offers students the opportunity to:
- Pair up with a French student for the semester who is also interested in cultural exchange
- Join an intramural sports team, dance group, chorus, or other clubs
- Become a volunteer assistant in an elementary or high school, helping the teacher or providing English conversation classes two to four hours per week
- Volunteer in a non-profit organization
Students studying for the academic year or spring semester with APA have the opportunity to extend their stay by participating in an internship with our partner program, Institute for Field Education (IFE).
Students choosing this option complete a two month, full-time professional summer internship following their time with APA in their preferred industry. Since internships take place in a French language work environment, students must be able to demonstrate a sufficient language level.
The Paris Intermediate Program includes the following:
- Tuition fees for full course load
→Partial fees covered for most studio and some performing arts courses.
- Academic support: methodology sessions, proofreading sessions, course-specific tutoring, mid-semester review, cours complémentaires
- Airport pick-up
- 3-week orientation
- one-on-one course advising and registration
- 1-week course shopping period
- City and neighborhood tours
- 2 monthly tickets to the performing arts
- 2 day trips
- 1 weekend excursion
- Cooking workshop
- Museum pass for unlimited visits
- Volunteer and extracurricular opportunities
- French university conversation buddy
Your choice of:
- Homestay (with daily breakfast and 1 meal/week)
- Independent living: APA-arranged foyer (French student residence)
- Pre-departure support and student visa assistance
- Civil liability insurance
- On-site logistical support
- Option 1: Homestay with 1 meal/week: $21250
- Option 2: Independent living (housing fees paid separately): $15400
- $500 deposit upon acceptance
- Semester students: Remaining balance paid in full by July 1 (fall) or November 30 (spring)
- Academic year students: 50% of balance by July 1. Remaining balance paid in full by August 15
- Flight to and from Paris
- Student visa
- Medical insurance
- Meals outside of board
- Personal expenses and purchases such as personal travel, souvenirs, and entertainment