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LAS: French Illinois Program in Paris, France (IPP)
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Calendar Year(SP/FA),
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
Dormitory, Host Family, Other
Non-Illinois Student Options:
All non-Illinois students
Illinois Sponsor:
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Foreign Institution:
L'Institut Catholique
Program Description:




The Illinois Program

In Paris



The Illinois Program in Paris, established in 1971, is sponsored and supervised by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and offers students an academic year or a one semester of study in French language, literature and civilization. Courses of instruction are given primarily by L'Institut Catholique (La Catho). The recommended duration of the Illinois Program in Paris is nine months (September - June). However, the Program does offer a one-semester (Spring Semester option). Participation is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors, and to non-French majors as well as to French majors. The program has a Permanent Residential Director and an administrative center in Paris.


Academic Programs: Students are placed in groups according to their proficiency level from a placement written test before going abroad and an oral test upon your arrival. There will be an orientation upon arrival in France that will include a grammar review before classes start.


Institut Catholique (All levels):
This is a French language school that bears the Catholic name for its location in historic Paris and not for any religious base to its program. The school helps students with setting up conversation exchange with French people and it arranges group meetings for students of the same level to practice their French at the school. The classes are small, with no more then 25 for big seminars and less than 12 for language sections. L'Institut Catholique also gives the students the opportunity to work on a school publications, another extracurricular activity that encourages you to practice your French. Advanced students will also be able to take some courses with French students at Paris IV (La Sorbonne) or at the La Catho.


Excursions: In addition to regular academic work, the program includes excursions, such as a trip to the Loire Valley and Mont Saint-Michel.

Housing: Two types of housing are available: (1) Dormitory lodging; (2) home stay with a French family, inside or outside of the city-center.


(1) Dormitory Lodging: Various dorms (called foyers) are used which are scattered throughout the city to place students in a French-speaking environment. Usually rooms are single. but a few double rooms are often available as well as some triples. Dorms are estimated at the highest price but after a student is assigned a dorm, price can be adjusted if lower. Year-long students should indicate if they would prefer a single room or a double room. Prices and services vary with what is available and between various dorms. Most dorm rooms are small and simply furnished compared to US standards.

  • Meals: Each student is introduced to the government-subsidized student restaurants during orientation.

(2) Home Stay: Students interested in staying with a family should understand that sometimes he/she will take their meals with the family and sometimes only has kitchen privileges. Sometimes the student is integrated into the family and sometimes the family simply rents a room. Prices vary with the host families, with the lowest being appoximately 550 euros a month, and the highest being approximately 760 euros a month. Prices are estimated at the highest price and then when the student is placed, price is adjusted.

Supervision: Students enrolled in the Illinois Program in Paris will be under the supervision of the program director, who is employed by the University of Illinois. The director will teach a course in his/her field during the spring semester. This course is mandatory for all students.

Credit: A maximum of 36 semester hours may be earned abroad. Credit is established by the Department of French, and transcripts are furnished by the University of Illinois.

French credit completed through IPP may count as departmental residential advanced hours if evaluated as upper division course work. Such credit may be applied toward a minor, major, or double major in French, or may count as supporting coursework in other fields. Courses taken in this program are considered academic residence courses; however, students still have to fill a physical residency on the Illinois campus to obtain a University of Illinois degree. Those students who may have transferred to Illinois in their junior year to complete their undergraduate degree, should check with your student advising office for the residency policies that apply to them.

Eligibility: Students applying to the program should have an all-university grade point average of at least 2.5 (in a 4.0 system), and French Majors should have an average of 3.0 in French courses. Prior to participation in the program French majors should have completed French 205, 207, 211 or 212 or equivalent.

Students majoring in other fields should have completed one year of French (at least French 102). If you have not fulfilled the above requirements but have basic French proficiency (4 semesters of French), you will still be considered since the Institut Catholique offers courses at all levels.

Student must have completed two semesters of college prior to studying abroad.

Costs: The cost of participation in the program varies with the housing option chosen. Program payments cover orientation, tuition in Paris, initial transportation, field trips, insurance, and housing unless independent. Click the link above under budget to see more details.


You will be responsible for items such as laundry, entertainment, visas, textbooks, and any vacation travel plus food. Telephone bills are the responsibility of the students.

Application Information: All materials (including those documents on-line) must be submitted by the deadline.  Deadlines may be extended. Contact one of the individuals listed below to see if you may be allowed to apply late.


All applications include, at the minimum: an official transcript, 2 letters of recommendation (on-line recommended) at least one of which is from a French professor or TA, two 500-word (maximum) essays (one in English and one in French) and on-line questionnaires. Please click "apply now" to begin your application.

Application Information
All materials must be submitted to the Study Abroad Office by the Study Abroad Office deadlines. 
Application Process


Apply online


 Please click Apply Now above to apply.

  • All applications include, at the minimum:
  • Official transcript
  • 2 passport-sized photos
  • 2 letters of recommendation (at least one from a French professor or French teaching assistant)
  • 2 personal essays (one in French; one in English)
  • On-line questionnaires


For more information, contact:
Daniel Maroun, PhD
Director of Undergraduate Studies
2004 Foreign Language Building



Department of French & Italian
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2090 Foreign Language Building
707 S. Mathews
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-2020


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If you wish to apply after the deadline, please contact Dan Maroun.


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Calendar Year(SP/FA) 2018 09/15/2017
09/15/2017 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2018 09/27/2017
10/04/2017 02/11/2018 06/09/2018
Fall Semester 2018 02/15/2018
02/15/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/15/2018
02/15/2018 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2019 09/15/2018 09/16/2018 TBA TBA
Calendar Year(SP/FA) 2019 09/15/2018 09/16/2018 TBA TBA

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