Founded in 1875, the Catholic University of Paris enrolls over 7000 students and has six faculties. Located in the Latin Quarter in the center of Paris, the ICP is an international community which offers excellent courses in History, Geography, French Literature, English Literature, Art History, Theology and Philosophy. A limited number of courses are also available in political science, economics and social sciences.
The Boston College in Paris program consists of approximately 30 students across six schools. Academic and cultural support are provided by the BC resident director and the exchange coordinator at the university abroad.
Activities and cultural events are held for all students on the BC in Paris program. Students at the ICP take classes directly at their host university along with one Art History course taught by the BC resident director.
BC Resident Director - BC in Paris
21, Rue d'Assas
752170 PARIS Cedex 06
Academics & Support
Students enroll in classes upon arrival in Paris. Students are required to take all courses in French.
Students will take a full course load of 15 credits/30ECTS including the required Art History course (3 credits/6ECTS) and Intensive French Language course (1 credit/2ECTS). The remaining four to five courses will be taken directly at ICP (12 credits/22 ECTS).
Students enroll in courses upon arrival in Paris, although course guides will be available prior to arrival, and students should have first, second and third choice courses ready at the start of the semester.
Courses are available in History, Geography, French Literature, English Literature, Art History, Theology and Philosophy. If a student is interested in taking Literature courses, it is strongly suggested he/she have taken FRE3305 and/or FRE3306 before they leave. A limited number of courses are also available in political science, economics and social sciences in the Faculte de Sciences Sociales et Economiques (FASSE), however these courses count for a small number of credits, often 2 or 3 ECTS requiring students to take many more classes than is typical and making it difficult to get major credit at BC, so we do not recommend taking courses in this department.
More details on the program are available on the ICP website
Students may attend ICP for the full academic year or Spring semester.
- Spring Term: Starts in early January and ends in late May.
Students are required to live with a French host family during their first semester in Paris. Students studying in Paris for the full academic year may choose to live in an apartment during their second semester, if students choose this option they will be responsible for finding an apartment.
Housing is arranged by a housing agency in Paris. The housing agency reviews students’ housing questionnaires and notifies students of their host family placements approximately one month prior to departure for Paris. Each host family lives close to public transportation. It is very common for students to walk 10-15 minutes from their homestay to the closest Metro stop and then take the Metro 30-40 minutes to the host university.
A one month security deposit is required immediately after students submit the housing questionnaire and full payment will be due prior to the start of the semester, all housing payments are made directly to the housing agency not to Boston College. Cost estimates are available here. Cost varies depending on the number of dinners students have each week with their host family. Students are provided breakfast every morning and may choose to have from1-5 dinners per week with their family. Students purchase their own lunch each day.
In addition, tenant Insurance is required under French law, students will make this payment directly to the housing agency, the cost is approximately 110 Euros.
The French government requires foreign students to enroll in social security regardless of any health insurance they already have. This regulation means that while studying in France, BC students are required to maintain their domestic insurance, the GeoBlue insurance purchased through BC and to enroll in French social security. This coverage is required as each individual insurance covers different things. For example, French social security only covers you while you are in France, which means that if you travel outside of France you would not be covered. GeoBlue covers you worldwide for existing conditions as well as repatriation, two things most domestic insurance does not cover. The cost to enroll in French Social Security is 200-220 Euros.
In addition to university-sponsored events, clubs, and sports, of which there are several, BC students may participate in some activities organized by the BC resident director. Activities may include museum visits, dance, theater, opera and weekend excursions to the countryside. The BC resident director will inform you of your option upon arrival.