Study Abroad - Paris Courses

IAU Paris is open to students from beginner and intermediate French through Advanced language levels. Students at the beginner or intermediate levels study at La Sorbonne: Cours de Langue et Civilisation. Students at advanced language levels study at L'Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP). Along with regular coursework, students participate in cultural activites that enrich their understanding of French language and culture as a part of their regular program.


Course selection
Students select their courses once in Paris with the help of the onsite coordinator. Course syllabi are often available at the start of the semester, though syllabi from previous semesters are available beforehand. Students should expect to enroll in one French language course and an additional 3-4 elective courses.

La Sorbonne: Cours de Langue et Civilisation Françaises

Students primarily interested in beginning or perfecting their study of the French language may attend the Cours de Civilisation, intensive, up to 25-hour-per-week immersion and other courses extending from early October to the end of January in the fall, and from early February to the end of May in the spring. Courses are offered in French language, phonetics, history and culture. Courses are taught in French at a level accessible to beginner and intermediate students.

L'Institut Catholique de Paris

The following are some of the courses in Theology, Philosophy, Teaching, Literature, Economics, and the Social Sciences that have been offered in the past by the Institut Catholique to advanced French students:

Faculty of Theology and Religious Sciences
Introduction to the New Testament
Ethnological Approach to African Religions
Introduction to Islam
Islam in France
Introduction to Buddhism
Introduction to Hinduism
Chinese Traditions
Symbols, Myths, and Rites in Religion
Atheism in Contemporary Thought
Initiation to Classic Judaism
Jewish People and the Church

Faculty of Philosophy
Existentialism
General Philosophy
Initiation to the Practice of Philosophy
Introduction to Greek Philosophy
The Philosophy of Knowledge
Initiation to Psychoanalysis
Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
Moral and Political Philosophy

Institute of Higher Education
Introduction to European Education Systems
Religious Cultures, Wisdom, Modernity, and Education

Faculty of Social Sciences and Economics
General Sociology
Political Economics and Analysis
Political Science
International Relations
Islam and the Political Problems of the Middle East

Faculty of Arts
Study of Literary Sets
Comprehensive Study of Two Works – Course
Comprehensive Study of Two Works – TD