Catholic University of Paris - Paris, France

The French Language and Cultural Institute (ILCF) at the Catholic University of Paris was founded in 1948 and hosts nearly two thousand international students each year who travel to Paris to improve their French and familiarize themselves with the country’s culture and civilization.

The Institute is located in a beautiful and historic downtown Parisian neighborhood, close to Saint-Sulpice, Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Luxembourg Park and Montparnasse. Fully-credited courses for American students are offered in a wide array of disciplines including fine arts, communications, literature, history, philosophy and geography, to name a few. There are more than 40 highly qualified professors using the most modern teaching methods and technology.

ILCF is also a partner of the Universities of Paris V (Sorbonne) and Paris VII and the Louvre Museum.


The ILCF is accredited by the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research, Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF), European Credits (ECTS), L’Office National de Garantie, EduFrance, Socrates/Erasmus, MICEFA, CSN, CREPUQ, Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Louvre Museum.

Teaching Model

The teaching model at the ILCF has a heavy emphasis on language instruction. Content courses on a wide array of topics at all French language levels are available to students.

Programs Hosted

France study abroad programs

Host City Description

Paris is justifiably famous for being a vibrant, beautiful and cosmopolitan city with world-class museums, art, culture, businesses, nightlife and restaurants. Paris also benefits from an impressive metro system that makes it very feasible for students to explore all of central Paris. The 5th arrondissement, where the Sorbonne is located, is in the Latin Quarter which has a large and active student population and is located in the heart of the city.

Overall, Paris is very much an urban environment that will appeal most to those looking for a big-city, fast-paced experience.