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Students from Marquette normally attend the Institut de Langue et de Culture Française (ILCF), housed within the larger Catholic University of Paris. The ILCF is located in the heart of Paris and has been teaching French and Foreign Language to over 3,000 students annually for more than 60 years. ILCF is primarily a language and culture oriented institution, with courses focused on French language, French culture, and life in Europe.
ILCF is known for its excellent teachers and small class sizes; the perfect environment to enhance your French language skills.In addition to regular classes, ILCF also offers a variety of activities during the semester. Among these are conversation clubs, numerous cultural excursions, a sailing club, and a theatre club.


An orientation is held at Marquette prior to your departure and ILCF provides additional orientation programming in Paris upon your arrival.
The ILCF is a language and culture institute, with curriculum focused on French studies. The academic offerings are appropriate for French majors and minors, although the Institut does offer an English-taught semester course track focused on French and European culture + one French language class.
Most students attending ILCF are interested in increasing their French language skills. Students take a full roster of speaking, listening, and writing courses at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Placement tests will be done at the beginning of the program to place students in the appropriate level.
French Courses:

Each MU student builds a tailor-made schedule and the level by the French language placement test taken upon arrival. The following outlines the types of classes students can choose from:

General French Language courses.
There are nine (9) levels of French language courses offered. See: ILCF French Language Course Descriptions (.pdf) [click]
Speciality courses: reinforcement in oral French, reinforcement in written French, phonetics, synthesis and argumenting.
Business French: includes preparartion for the Paris Chamber of commerce and industry diplomas.
Culture and Civilization courses: offer different topics (history, literature, art history, French Society etc.). These courses are lectured in French, but at varying levels of difficulty. The above link will take you to a course list though you can click on the PDF document in the top-right corner to get course descriptions. You can identify each course's difficulty level relative to corresponding CEFR.
Evening courses: This schedule was adapted for workers, and are offered two evenings per week, 7 to 9 pm. Normally offerings are general French langauge and Business French courses.

English-track Courses (exact offerings vary by semester):

European Union Today
Fashion in France (18th to 21st Century)
Great Authors in French Cinema
Politics, Economy and Society in France
Architecture in a Changing World: Paris 1789-1914
International Relations

Culture and Civilization Courses (French-taught at various levels. Courses are subject to change)

18th Century Literature: L'Encyclopédie
Art in France from Enlightenment to the Realist Scandal
Art in France from Impressionism to the Avant-Garde
Art in France from the Renaissance to the Reign of Louis XIV
A Study of the European Union Cinema: The French Touch
Current Socio-economic Issues in France
Discovering French Culture
Discovering Paris (from yesterday to today)
France: How Does it Work?
French Painting from Neo-classicism to Fauvism
French Songs and Films French Style and Fashion
French Tourism and Gastronomy
Images of French Society on the Television
Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
International Relations
Introduction to French Literature
Overview of French Cinema
Overview of French Literature and Ideas: 19th to 20th Century Paris and its Story
Paris Cinema
Religion and Society in France
The French and their Fashion
The Great Figures of 20th Century Art
The History of France: from the Revolution to the First World War

NOTE regarding the semester course scheduling:

Spring semester: Students choose either French or English-taught courses, or a combination of the two. Students often enroll in a intensive French language in January and/or February followed by the semester-long courses.
Fall semester: Students normally enroll the September one-month intensive French language followed by the English or French- course-track. 

Grades do not transfer to Marquette University for this program. Only credits will transfer, provided that a grade equivalent of “C” or higher is earned.cademics lorem ipsum

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University students in Paris typically live in apartments or with host families. Students attending ILCF have the option to live with a French family in a homestay - which can be arranged through the ILCF website. Marquette highly encourages this option for students hoping to maximize their French language acquisition.  If students choose the homestay option, they will apply and pay for the homestay via the ILCF website. You will have the ability to select from a wide range of meal options, which are provided by the host family.

Students who do not wish to live with a host family, can work with Comforts of Home to identify an apartment in the Paris area.


UG Semester Tuition (17/18 rates) *    $19,665.00
GeoBlue International Health Insurance *   $190.00 
Room and Board   $5,000.00 
Books   $250.00 
Airfare   $1,100.00 
Other   $3,500.00 
Total: $29,705.00

UG Semester Tuition (17/18 rates) *    $19,665.00
GeoBlue International Health Insurance *   $190.00 
Room and Board   $5,500.00 
Books   $150.00 
Airfare   $1,200.00 
Other   $3,500.00 
Total: $30,205.00


Paris dramatically wears its history on its sleeve, and today it is still centered around the Ile de la Cité, where Celtic tribes lived over 2,000 years ago Celtic tribes. Despite its large size and population, the city is easily walkable and the excellent Métro system giving access to nearly every corner.

The varied populations within Paris define the city’s atmosphere just as much as its landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. The older French establishment resides comfortably in the smart 16th arrondissement (district), while more recent immigrants live in areas such as the burgeoning Belleville and the Goutte d’Or. Up and coming areas of the city include Bercy, where new flats, bars and restaurants are drawing a youthful and moneyed crowd east.

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