About the Program

Paris with a population 2.15 million and metro population of over 12 million, is draped in history, tradition, culture, and glamour—not to mention academia. A center of learning with a plethora of French schools, Paris is an ideal destination for foreign exchange and study abroad students. The Seine River, which bisects the city into its north (Right Bank or "Rive Droite") and south (Left Bank or "Rive Gauche") areas, has long been a source of the city's economic, political, and artistic notoriety. The two banks of the Seine each have distinct personalities- the spacious boulevards and formal buildings of the Right Bank and the cultural and intellectual reputation of the Left Bank- which contribute to the diversity of this magnificent city.

Students participating in the Veritas in Paris, France program will attend the Institut Catholique de Paris (The Catho). The Institut Catholique de Paris is recognized by MESR (Le ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche). This translates to The Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

In between classes, students frequently visit the local ISA/ Veritas office to check e-mail, receive tutoring, find out about upcoming local events and ISA/ Veritas group excursions, or simply to chat with the staff and fellow students, and practice French. ISA and Veritas alumni consistently highlight the ISA/ Veritas staff and organization as being one of the best assets to the program, contributing to an unforgettable study abroad experience.


Minimum GPA: 2.5

Language Requirement: NONE (open to all levels)

Program Highlights

  • Courses in English
  • Courses with Locals
  • Intensive Language Terms
  • Gap Programs (post high school study for credit)

Academic Overview

For semester programs, students will take one Veritas program course and three or four other courses from the Catholic University of Paris (The Catho).  French langauge course is required for beginning language students.

For summer programs, students will take Veritas Mission Practicum and another courses taught at The Catho.


Minimum Admissions Prerequisites

This program offers courses at all French language levels. Students may focus on French language as well as culture and civilization topics including art, theater, literature, communications, history, and culture. The majority of courses are taught in French, with select culture and civilization courses taught in English. Classmates are international and American students, and courses are taught by host university faculty. The majority of students taking courses in English will be North American.


Students who have not completed one semester/quarter of college-level French or the equivalent must choose French language as one of their courses. All students must take a two part French language placement exam, one portion before departure for the program and the other upon arrival in Paris. The exam will indicate each student's language proficiency level, and will determine the courses in which the student is eligible to enroll.


Please use the following only as a guideline to determine what each student's language level may be. Each semester/quarter is of COLLEGE-LEVEL French or the equivalent of:


True Beginning (Débutant) 0 Semesters/0-2 Quarters
Beginning (Elémentaire 1) 0-2 Semesters/0-3 Quarters
High Beginning (Elémentaire 2) 1-2 Semesters/2-3 Quarters
Low Intermediate (Elémentaire 3) 2-3 Semesters/3-5 Quarters
Intermediate (Intermédiaire 1) 3-5 Semesters/5-8 Quarters
High Intermediate (Intermédiaire 2) 3-6 Semesters/5-9 Quarters
Advanced (Intermédiaire 3) 4-7 Semesters/6-11 Quarters
High Advanced (Avancé 1) 5-8 Semesters/8-12 Quarters
Superior (Avancé 2) 6+ Semesters/9+ Quarters


Please note that a student's French language level in France is based on the standards of the French university.

*Students may add the Intensive Language Program as a preface to this program. Please see the French Intensive Language Program for details.


Academic Credit

Credits earned may vary according to the policies of the student's home institution. For visa regulations, and according to Veritas Christian Study Abroad policy, students must maintain full-time enrollment status for the duration of the program, as determined by their home institution. Students may be required to obtain a student visa and should inquire with the corresponding consulate.