Founded in 1948 as a French language institute connected with the Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP), the ILCF has a student body of over 2,500 international students taking courses in French language, phonetics, grammar, conversation and civilization. ILCF is a language school for all ages and nationalities, there are no French students at ILCF. The ILCF is located in the historical heart of Paris on the ICP campus in the Latin Quarter with a faculty of 50 professors, all of whom specialize in French as a foreign language
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.
BC Resident Director - BC in Paris
21, rue d'Assas
Academics & Support
Students take courses in French language, phonetics, grammar and conversation as well as French civilization courses offered n English or French as a Foreign Language (FLE). Students should expect to take courses Monday-Friday.
Students will be in classes with other international students- NOT French students. There is no minimum language requirement. However, students are required to stay in a host family where English will not be spoken. Activities at ICP are available to ILCF students including student associations, clubs, sports and service projects. There are tandem partners available for ‘speak-dating’ opportunities to practice French.
BC students at ILCF are required to take a two-week intensive French course at L'Ecole Etoile
(a short walk from ILCF) prior to the start of the semester. A placement test taken prior to arrival will determine the appropriate level for each student. During this seminar students should expect nightly homework, a requirement to speak only French while at school and mandatory attendance Monday-Friday for 3 hours per day. This French seminar is graded.
During the semester all students take “Art History from mid-19th century to mid-20th century”, the BC Art History course taught by BC resident director, Ophélie Landrin, offered at ICP on Wednesdays 2-5pm (English Track) This course is pre-approved for the Fine Arts Core and offered in English.
An online placement test taken prior to arrival in Paris will determine language level and available courses at ILCF. Students register for a minimum 15 hours of coursework per week at ILCF, in addition to the B.C. Art History course. In addition to French language courses, which will vary from 6-12 hours per week depending on the student’s language level, students enroll in French Civilization Classes, which are taught in French or in English. The courses in French are designed for non-native speakers, Français Langue Etrangère (FLE). Students, except those at the complete beginner level, are required to take a minimum of 1 FLE class per semester and BC recommends that students take 2 FLE classes per semester for better French language improvement. More information on French civilization courses is available here
- Fall Term: Starts in early September and ends in mid-December.
- Spring Term: Starts in late 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, BC students will participate in activities organized by the BC resident director. Activities may include museum visits, dance, theater or opera performances and weekend excursions to the country side. The BC resident director will inform you of planned events upon your arrival in Paris. We highly recommend that you do not make weekend travel plans prior to arriving in Paris and receiving the calendar of events.