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.
June Courses (June 1 - 26):
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. You will take a pre-test upon arrival to determine your course level.
See here: ILCF French Language Course Descriptions (.pdf). July Courses (July 1 - 29):
General French language course. Same French language course descriptions as above.
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
GeoBlue International Health Insurance * $38.00
Host Program Tuition $950.00
Room and Board $1,250.00
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. 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.