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 orientation in Paris upon your arrival. You will receive more info prior to departure.
The ILCF is a language and culture institute, with curriculum focused on French studies. The summer academic offerings are appropriate for French majors and minors most students attending ILCF are interested in increasing their French language proficiency. Placement tests will be done at the beginning of the program to place students in the appropriate level of courses. Instructors will help place students in courses and organize their schedules upon arrival.
Students will take general French Language courses. Beginner to advanced courses offered - there are nine (9) levels of French language courses offered at the ILCF. Students will take a French proficiency exam upon arrival to determine your course level. Review the Program and Courses
page on the ILCF website for more information.
The program also offers a variety of cultural excursions
during the summer, many of which are free. This gives students the opportunity to experience French culture, practice their language, and meet other students from around the world. Activities include: guided tours, concerts, museums, tastings, and more!
Students attending ILCF typically live with a French family in a homestay - which can be arranged through the ILCF website upon registration. Marquette highly encourages this option for students in order to maximize their French language acquisition. Students will apply and pay for the homestay via the ILCF website. You will have the ability to select from a range of meal options, which are provided by the host family.
Students can contact ICP's accommodation office
for more information on ILCF's summer housing options.
Please review the summer budget sheet above for more detailed cost and budget information.
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. Despite its large size and population, the city is easily walkable and the excellent Métro system gives 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.