Learn French in Paris Catholic University - ILCF Paris

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Looking for a French programme in Paris?
Founded in 1948, the ILCF welcomes 3,000 foreign students every year aged 18 and upwards, from all over the world. Students come for one month to one year, individually or in a group, to learn French language and become acquainted with French culture and civilization in a university atmosphere.

The ILCF Paris is a Department of the Catholic University of Paris (ICP) - a place of intellectual and research tradition in the historical heart of Paris, near the students' Latin Quarter, the existentialists' Saint-Germain-des-Prés (Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir) and the painters' Montparnasse (Picasso, Modigliani, Chagall).

A team of 50 qualified and experienced French language teachers, all specialists of FLE (French as a Foreign Language) follow up students in a personalized way.

The Catholic University of Paris is an academic campus housing faculties and higher education schools of professional training in 3 areas: Literature, Languages and Social Sciences; Science and Engineering; Theology and Religious Sciences.

Registrations are open all year round:

* July 4 - August 1 - August 29 - September 26 - January 3 - January 30 - February 20 - May 2 - June 4, - July 2 - July 30.


Why choose the ILCF-French Language School?

Location. Experience. Reputation.
Located in the heart of Paris, the ILCF team has been teaching French as a Foreign Language for more than 60 years. Inspired by the positive feedback of their compatriots, every year around 3000 students the world over choose The French Language and Culture Institute of the Catholic University of Paris.

Come and see for yourself what thousands have already discovered!

You'll discover that ILCF is more than a simple French Language School. As part of the historical and highly-regarded Catholic University of Paris we can offer the personal attention of a small language school with the extra services and benefits of a large, reputable university - a rare combination in Paris.

You get:
* Fully qualified and experienced teachers
Top-notch teaching staff: Our staff of 50 highly-qualified French teachers include several published textbook authors. In addition to your teacher, our academic advisor is there to help you create the right program for you.

* Much more than grammar - Culture and civilization from the start
ILCF offers so much more than grammar, Starting at level A2 explore the fine arts, literature, cinema, history, philosophy, and French society with a large selection of classes to round out your cultural knowledge.

* French University Atmosphere Immerse Yourself
As part of the Catholic University of Paris, the ILCF offers you unique access to university facilities. (libraries, cafeteria, reading rooms)
Free French conversation groups. Implement your new skills right away with native French speakers in free conversation groups.
Friends and Fun: Enjoy outings organized with your conversation groups or fellow students to explore Paris. Summer movie screenings.

* Optimum conditions for language learning
State-of-the-art multi-media teaching equipment.
Small groups (maximum of15 -18 students per class)
Class size stability, no new students coming or going out of your group.

* Services to help you organize your stay, administrative support
Accommodation and transfer services
Residence Permit Help: If need an approved residence permit for your stay in France (in the case of extended stays) the ILCF eases this process for you with a residence permit office right on campus to answer all questions and help you complete the process.

It's Official!
The ILCF can provide you with certificates recognized in both professional and academic spheres.
* TEF (Test dEvalutation de Francais).
* DFP (Diplom de Francais Professionnel)

The ILCF is an official exam centre of Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP) which issues the DFP. This certificate opens the door to many professional jobs in France with this official confirmation of your level of French.

ILCF Certificate The ILCF provides each student a French as Foreign Language Studies Certificate upon completion of every course. You finish with a clear idea of your skill level.


Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, Throughout the year


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Degrees Available

  • Diploma/Certification

Degree Level

Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

Minimum Education

High School


  • French

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching

  • English
  • French

Subject Areas

  • Art History
  • Art/fine Arts
  • Arts
  • Business
  • Classical Civilization
  • Communications
  • Creative Writing
  • Culture
  • Fashion Design And Merchandising
  • Film
  • Filmmaking
  • Foreign Language
  • French
  • History
  • Languages / Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Media And Cultural Studies
  • Museum Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science/politics
  • Social Sciences
  • Theater
  • Visual Arts

Cost in US$:

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Program Fees Include:

Language Lab
Wifi access
Computer Labs
Student Activities
Visits of Paris

Credit Available


Experience Required


This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Home-stays

Participants Travel

Independently or in Groups

Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups

Scholarships are Available

Application Process Involves

  • In-Person Interview Required
  • Online Application
  • Written Application

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network