About the Program

Language Requirement:

  • Semester and summer programs are open to all language levels.  All semester students with beginning level French are required to take a language course.

Minimum GPA: 2.5


Academic Overview

For semester programs, students will take one Veritas program course and 3 or 4 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 course 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.