API in Paris, France: French Language and Liberal Arts (ICP)
Students in this program select a combination of French language and cultural electives, and have the option of taking cultural electives in English. The Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP) follows the European Framework for their language levels, dividing students into the following: A1-1, A1-2, A2-1, A2-2, B1-1, B1-2, B2-1 and B2-2.
BEGINNING LEVEL OPTIONS (A1-1 – A1-2)
Students at the beginning language levels are required to take 12-15 contact hours of French language per week. All students who take 12 contact hours of French language per week may add a cultural elective course. A1.1 level students may choose to take this elective in English (or add additional French language instruction), while A1.2 level students may choose to take their 1 cultural elective in English or French.
INTERMEDIATE AND ABOVE LEVEL OPTIONS (A2-1 AND ABOVE)
Students at all other language levels typically take 9-15 contact hours of French language and culture courses per week. Depending on how many contact hours of French language and culture a student takes, they may be able to take 1 or 2 cultural electives (offered in English). Students at the high-intermediate language level (B1-1) and above also have the option of earning an additional three credits each semester if they complete an elective course taught exclusively for API students. Students generally take this course in place of one of the cultural courses at the ICP. An additional fee may be charged for participation in the API course (whether taken in place of or in addition to a regular elective course).