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 take a placement test during Orientation. It is best to indicate on the application form however, the level that you think corresponds to your capabilities.

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

FR 1000 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 
  • 6 afternoon walking tours around Paris (e.g: les Passages de Paris, Montmartre, Les Ateliers d’Artiste du 14ème)
  • 1 dégustation de bienvenue (first week) – Welcome wine-tasting.
  • 1 dinner with one of your professors (second week)

Cultural Excursions:

  • AUP’s Cultural Programs Office runs weekend trips and activities throughout summer at cost price.
  • Recommended French Immersion weekend excursions include: Cannes in session I, Bordeaux-Saint Emilion in session II.
  • AUP also runs two bilingual cultural programs.  French Immersion students will be able to choose the French option (all visits in French): Champagne (session I), Loire Valley (session II).

In short, the entire experience is a complete immersion in French life, language, and culture, and all of this in Paris, the best language lab in the world. Take French for credit or audit in either June or July. French Immersion courses take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

Key dates for Immersion I (2018)
Date Event
4 June Housing check-in
5 June Orientation (mandatory)
15 June Last day to withdraw from course
26 June End of Classes
27 June Housing Check out
 
Key dates for Immersion II (2018)
Date Event
29 June Housing check-in
30 June Orientation (mandatory)
2 July Classes begin
10 July Last Day to withdraw
20 July Classes end
21 July Housing Check out