Temple Summer in France

French Language at the Sorbonne

Spend an unforgettable summer in Paris studying French at the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne (CCFS), one of the world’s great language institutes. Temple University’s program allows you to further your study of French language and culture with intensive in-class language instruction tailored to your language level while exploring life in the great city of Paris. Temple partners with IES Abroad in Paris to enhance on-site support. This program is planned to resume in 2025, and will not be offered in 2024. 

Program Overview

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Academic Program

As a program participant, you will enroll in a 4-credit French course (Cours Pratique de Langue Française), based on your level.

Language of Instruction


Course Offerings

  • focus on French language and, at the upper levels, literary analysis
  • are offered at various levels (beginning through advanced)
  • include review of grammar, phonetics laboratory, dictation and method of explication de textes
  • are taught by a native-speaking French professor
  • meet Monday through Friday

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Course Load

4 credits

Course Placement

A language placement test prior to departure will determine the appropriate course for you to take.

Upon Completion

Following completion of the program, the course on your Temple University academic record/transcript will read Cours Pratique de Langue Française with the appropriate course level and number indicated.

    Additional Course Options

    • Besides the courses listed on our website, other advanced course options in literature, art, history, culture and related subjects may be available for students with a superior knowledge of French who are participating in the program. If you are interested in this option, please consult with the faculty program director. These courses have additional fees, which would be paid directly to the Sorbonne.
    • When available: optional, non-credit bearing lectures are offered throughout the program.

    The program is based in Paris, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. The possibilities — intellectual, cultural and gastronomical — are endless. The immersive and inspiring setting allows for the perfect opportunity to improve your French language skills.

    Explore Paris!

    Paris is indeed one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

    • Enjoy the cafés of the Latin Quarter and Montparnasse.
    • Explore the small streets of Montmartre.
    • Stroll down the Champs Elysées.
    • Take in a classical theater performance or the latest film.
    • Listen to Baroque music in Gothic churches.
    • Visit the Musée d’Orsay or the Picasso Museum.
    • Discover the modern sites at the Bastille, the Louvre and La Villette.
    Program Dates

    Five-weeks: late June to early August

    This program is on pause in 2024. Check back for information about 2025!

    Accepted students will receive confirmed program dates and flight booking guidelines from Education Abroad before making travel plans.  

    Program participants are required to be present for the entire length of the program, from the official arrival date through the program end date.

    As the program includes day-long excursions most weekends, students typically plan any independent travel outside of Paris after the program concludes.


    Housing type: Shared apartments

    IES Abroad, our on-site partner, organizes all housing placements. You will live in shared apartments in various neighborhoods throughout Paris that are within a 45-minute commute on public transportation from the IES Abroad Center, and typically the same distance from the classroom space at the Sorbonne, which is located in the Latin Quarter neighborhood in Paris. No meals are included with this housing option, but kitchen facilities are available, and apartments have Wifi. You will receive an information packet during orientation, which includes a detailed student handbook and local area information so you will know where you can find grocery stores and other amenities in your neighborhood.

    Activities & Excursions

    Conférences de Civilisation Française (when available)

    • As a supplement to your French language instruction, the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne (CCFS) occasionally offers Conférences de Civilisation Française, a series of free and optional, non-credit bearing lectures given by specialists on various aspects of contemporary France, including literature, art and aesthetics, and economic problems.
    • Approximately nine hours of lectures are offered per week, when available.
    • This option is not always offered; participants will learn on-site if conferences are offered during their summer program.

    Program excursions

    Typically, 3- or 4 day-long excursions are scheduled during the program (typically on Saturdays), to sites which may include: 

    • Giverny, including entrance to Monet house and gardens 
    • Reims, with a guided tour of Reims Cathedral
    • Fontainbleau, including entrance to Fontainbleau Castle with guided tour
    • Versailles
    Faculty & On-site Support


    A Temple faculty member serves as the program director overseeing the academic program and will serve as your point of contact for academic matters. Native-speaking French professors at the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne (CCFS) teach all French courses.

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    On-site Support Staff

    In addition to your program director, you will have access 24/7 on-site support from the IES Abroad Paris French Studies Center. 

    The IES Abroad Paris French Studies Center is located on a bustling market street near the Cimetière du Montparnasse. A thriving business district, the area is filled with restaurants, food shops, boutiques, and cafés. The IES Abroad Center includes classrooms, a student foyer, library, garden and computer lab.

    Program Costs


    Temple students pay their usual per-credit rate by school/college and residency.

    Non-Temple students pay the non-matriculated student rate based on residency. For the 2023-24 academic year, PA residents are charged $749 per credit and non-PA residents are charged $1,349 per credit.

    All students pay:

    • University Services Fee
    • Program Fee, estimated at $3500, which includes the cost of housing, orientation, and some activities

    For complete details about billable costs and estimate for non-billable expenses, such as airfare, meals, and personal expenses, view the program cost sheet.

    Detailed program costs will be published when the program resumes


    Education Abroad offers competitive, need-based scholarships for this program. Learn more about scholarships and financial aid.

    Health & Safety

    Staying healthy and safe abroad requires good planning and strong support. Review our health and safety page for important steps to preparing for study abroad, and details about international travel medical insurance and assistance provided by Temple.  

    • Faculty Advisor and Program Director: Mr. Akim Gabriel; Department of French, German, Italian and Slavic; Temple University (553 Anderson Hall); 215-204-1924;
    • Education Abroad: 215-204-0720;

    Eligibility Requirements

    Temple programs are open to qualified students matriculated at any U.S. or Canadian college or university.

    You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements.

    Are enrolled fulltime and will have completed 2 semesters before studying abroad
    • You are enrolled as a full-time matriculated student at the time of application as well as during the semester prior to studying abroad.
    • You will have completed at least two (2) semesters of college-level study by the program start.
    Are in good academic standing and meet minimum GPA requirement for the program

    You meet minimum cumulative GPA requirement, on a 4.0 scale from all colleges/universities attended. The requirement varies by program:

    • Temple Semester Programs: 2.75 (Internships: 3.0)
    • Temple Summer Programs: 2.5
    • Exchange Programs: 2.75
    • External Programs: 2.5

    You remain in good academic standing from the time of application until the start of your term abroad; students on academic warning are not eligible to participate.

    Have a valid passport

    You will need a passport, valid well beyond the length of your program, by the application deadline.

    View deadlines and validity requirements for your host country.


    Are in good disciplinary standing

    You are in good disciplinary standing at the time of application and remain so through the start of your term abroad. Students who have been found responsible for a code of conduct violation and will not be in good disciplinary standing (including disciplinary probation) may submit a petition for review.

    Meet the minimum age requirement

    You are at least 18 years old at the time of application.

    For Temple in France, there are no additional eligibility requirements

    Application Requirements

    The standard application requirements pertain to all students applying to Temple programs.

      For Temple in France, there are no additional application requirements.

      Admissions Timeline

      • Admissions is rolling (early applications encouraged).
      • Once you submit your application, you should expect a decision within two (2) weeks.

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