International Programs
Current IP Bulletins/Catalogs
Aix-en-Provence (.pdf)
Paris (.pdf)

France: Academic Programs

Host Institutions
  • Aix-en-Provence: Service Universitaire Francais Langue Etrangere (SUFLE) - Université de Provence
  • Paris: MICEFA - Universities of Paris.
The Program in Aix-en-Provence

IP Students attend the Service Universitaire Francais Langue Etrangere (SUFLE), the part of the Université de Provence organized for foreign students. Classes are offered at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. A CSU faculty member and local staff oversee the IP office in Aix and will assist you with academic advising, housing, banking and other such matters.

The Preparatory Language Program

From late August through most of September, students participate in the intensive language program organized by SUFLE. Classes are designed to help students adjust quickly to living and studying in France.

Fall and Spring Semesters

Students take courses arranged by the SUFLE and concentrate their studies in French. Depending on the results of the language placement exam, students also have a variety of electives to choose from in subjects such as literature, art, music, translation, cinema, history and politics. Coursework information is available in the IP Bulletin.

IP students do not usually take classes in the regular university departments, although those with sufficient French language skills may do so. Typically, these wil be students who have previously studied in France. For graduate-level credit, students must enroll in regular university department courses. Some of the fields available include economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology.

The Program in Paris

IP Students participate in the exchange administered by the Mission Interuniversitaire de Coordination des echanges franco-americains (MICEFA), the academic exchange organization which works with several branches of the University of Paris. MICEFA provides IP students with orientation and assists students with day-to-day matters. The CSU IP resident director lives in Aix-en-Provence and only makes periodic trips to Paris to provide academic advising and other assistance, requiring students in Paris to be self-reliant.

The program in Paris is designed for students whose preparation in French is sufficient to permit them to enroll in a course of study primarily within the regular departments of the University of Paris. In addition, most IP students enroll in French support courses designed for non-native French speakers.

The Preparatory Language Program

In Paris, students attend a four-week intensive French language program organized by MICEFA to prepare for university classes. During this period, MICEFA will also help students with practical matters such as housing, banking, and academic-year study plans. Field trips and visits to local sites in Paris are also arranged.

Fall and Spring Semesters

Students take courses in their majors or minors in accordance with the advice of the MICEFA staff and the CSU resident director. Placement in a cooperating branch of the University of Paris will be dictated by courses of study available and by student preparation. A wide variety of subjects is available. In addition, students take at least one French language support course offered by MICEFA or at the Nanterre or St. Denis branches of the University. Coursework information for the program in Paris is available in the IP Bulletin.