French Language & Culture Institute

Immerse yourself

Imagine studying the French language not only in a university classroom, but in the corner cafe where you order coffee, the clubs where you dance with friends, the very streets you walk to school.

AUP’s carefully crafted French programs offer rigorous instruction in the French language—reviewing grammar and vocabulary, improving pronunciation—while allowing a firsthand introduction to French culture both in and outside the classroom.

Culture

Culture

Study French life, language, and culture in Paris, the best language lab in the world, for credit or audit in either June or July.

Immersion

Immersion

French Immersion courses take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m Monday through Friday to prepare you for your globally connected future.

Experience

Experience

All classes are taught by experienced, native French teachers from the AUP faculty and include dynamic, innovative teaching methods using audio, video, and real-life situations. 

To ensure that participants are placed in the appropriate level, all students in French language must take an online French placement test and register into the corresponding generic course.

Once students have taken a placement test they will be placed in one of the following courses:

FR 1000I French Immersion: Elementary I

This introductory language and culture course allows students to acquire the basic elements of spoken and written French. Students will learn how to express themselves in everyday life situations. In class, work will be supplemented by multimedia activities and real-life situations in the city of Paris. Learning objectives for this Elementary A1 level course are:

  • learn to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases
  • introduce yourself and others
  • ask and answer questions about yourself and have simple conversations such as where you live, people you know, and things you possess
  • learn to interact with others at a beginner level

>> See in Course Catalog

FR 1005 French Immersion: Elementary II

This advanced elementary French language and culture course allows students to review the basic elements of spoken and written French that they have learned in Elementary French Language and Culture I before moving to more complex structures and competencies. They learn how to express themselves in everyday life situations. In class, work will be supplemented by multimedia activities and real-life situations in the city of Paris. Learning objectives for this Elementary A2 level course are:

  • understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of everyday life (e.g. very basic personal & family information, shopping, local geography, employment)
  • communicate simple and routine tasks
  • describe your background, immediate environment, and basic needs

>> See in Course Catalog

FR 2005 French Immersion: Intermediate I

Beginning with a review of basic French Grammatical Structures, this course moves on to cover more complex forms such as the pluperfect, the conditional and the subjunctive. Students will be able to talk about the past, make hypotheses and express their opinions and emotions. Special attention is paid to increasing students’ ability to understand spoken French and to converse on a number of topics pertaining to different times and places. Learning objectives for this Intermediate B1 level course are:

  • study familiar situations encountered in work, school, and leisure
  • learn to formulate sentences about personal interests, express ideas and opinions, and interact with other French speakers
  • ability to handle situations likely to arise when living in France

>> See in Course Catalog

FR 2010 French Immersion: Intermediate II

This high intermediate course allows students to reinforce and expand their ability to express themselves, defend an opinion, and debate with others. Special attention is paid to increasing students’ ability to form complex sentences and express attitudes, wishes, necessity, doubt, emotions, to link ideas and to speculate. Learning objectives for this Intermediate B1 level course are:

  • study familiar situations encountered in work, school and leisure
  • learn to formulate sentences about personal interests, express ideas and opinions, and interact with other French speakers
  • ability to handle situations likely to arise when living in France

>> See in Course Catalog

Each 3-week session includes:
  • Daily coffee and croissant breaks offering opportunities for casual conversation 
  • Bi-weekly walking tours around Paris, offering students the opportunity to practice their French and discover new neighborhoods (e.g. Belleville, Saint Denis, La Defense)
  • 1 dégustation de bienvenue (first week) – Welcome wine-tasting.
  • 1 dinner with one of your professors (second week)
 
Want to know more?
  • Follow @aupfi2019 for a taste of the types of class activities and visits that our French Immersion students experienced in Summer 2019
  • Read students’ writing in Immersion, the official journal of AUP French Immersion
  • Consider adding on a cultural excursion to see more of what France has to offer.