Study Abroad in France - Paris
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French Language and Culture Course in Paris, France

Program Name: General French and Conferences
School: Sorbonne University
City: Paris
Term: Fall Semester (September to December)
Duration: Semester (12 Weeks)
Cost: € 2500 / $ 2,722.50 * semester, tuition
Housing See below for the housing options and providers listed on the Sorbonne University website
Language of Instruction: French
Eligibility: Open Enrollment, anybody can participate. Must be at least 18 and have a high school diploma or equivalent

* Euro equivalent in dollars based on current exchange rate

COURSE DESCRIPTION – General French and Conferences, Spring Semester

The General French and Conferences Course at the Sorbonne University consist of 240 hours over 12 weeks. The French course covers the French language, French phonetics, language labs, and lectures on French culture and civilization. Participants attend 20 classes per week.


  •  French Conversation
  •  French Written Expression
  •  French Listening Comprehension
  •  French Grammar
  •  French Culture and Civilization Lectures


Open enrollment, anybody can participate. Must be at least 18 and have a high school diploma or equivalent.


The CCFS has developed unrivalled expertise in teaching French with a civilization component. For almost a century thousands of students from across the globe have begun or continued to study grammar and philosophy, whilst examining the fundamental aspects of French culture. This experience is combined with a constant adaptation to the current demands and formats of language learning. Interactive digital whiteboards are widely used, as are laboratories for the phonetics lessons. Targeted programs and modules provide teaching with a focus on academic skills, business French and exam preparation (TCF, DALF, DELF, DFP, etc.).

The teaching follows a semester academic calendar (with twelve weeks of lessons in autumn/fall and spring). Progress is assessed with an exam making it possible to measure the progress made in the semester in the four skills areas of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: written and oral production and written and oral comprehension. The semester teaching is supplemented by shorter sessions. The summer courses are monthly (one, two and/or three months). A January session provides an opportunity to explore aspects of French language and culture in more detail.


Activities: Cultural workshops and activities are regularly organized: choirs, photography workshops, literary cafés… With our outside partnerships, excursions and activities supplement the language teaching with an introduction to the richness of French culture.

Housing: The Sorbonne University has a webpage listing housing options and housing providers (link is listed below).


Registration is only definitive when full payment has been received (at least a month before the course starts). A registration certificate, which is needed for visa applications in particular, will be provided on receipt of a down payment and presentation of administrative documents (copy of proof of identity, translation of the school-leaving certificate and passport photograph) A €35 registration fee is applicable for each course.


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