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Language of Instruction: English, French Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Housing Option: Apartment, Local host family, Other Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Architecture, Art, Business, Communication, Comparative Studies, Education and Human Ecology, Film Studies, French, History, History of Art, Humanities, International Studies, Philosophy
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Third Party Provider
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Credit Evaluation Required, French Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Louise Yahiaoui
Click here for a definition of this term International Component: In-person
Program Description:

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In cooperation with International Studies Abroad (ISA), The Ohio State University presents a unique opportunity for students to earn official Ohio State credit while being enrolled at the Institut Catholique de Paris. The program is designed for intermediate level students who would like to focus on French language, culture and civilization courses with other non-native French speakers. The choice of courses available to students depends on their French level. All courses are taught by local French professors. ISA employs a permanent resident director in Paris and maintains an office with a library, meeting space and computer lab. The ISA resident director organizes a variety of local and overnight excursions and helps you enroll at the university. Some field trips are included in your program fee and other optional trips are available for an additional cost.


Paris is a cosmopolitan city of deep and vibrant contrasts. With over 2,000 years of history and its status as a world capital, Paris is a city with much to offer and discover. Whether you want to see its museums and monuments, or take advantage of its diversity from visiting quartiers where other languages such as Arabic or Vietnamese mix with French, students will certainly learn a great deal and grow as they adapt to this megalopolis.


Participants will stay with ISA-approved host families, who will provide you with a single room, board and laundry service once a week. The ISA resident director carefully selects each family and places students so as to accommodate specific needs and provide a comfortable living situation.

Ohio State Program Contact

Louise Yahiaoui
To request an appointment please go here

Courses and Credits 

Note: Only Spring 2A, Fall 2A, and Academic Year ISA sessions have been approved for Ohio State credit. ISA summer programs or other sessions have not been approved for credit.

Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
  • Be approved. Student may either select courses from the pre-approved course list or seek course approval via the credit evaluation process non-French courses, only; students are strongly encouraged to do this prior to submitting their applications.
  • Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
  • Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
PLEASE NOTE: Course approval, either via the pre-approved course list or completion of the credit evaluation process, does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students must consult their program provider regarding course availability and talk with their Ohio State academic advisor to ensure that approved course options are appropriate given their degree requirements. All students should have multiple back-up courses approved. Canceling participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy

Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797.  Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.

Students will earn graded Ohio State French credit for the semester program course(s). The exact amount of credit earned will depend on the amount of instruction hours taken and which courses appear on the ISA transcript. The total hours earned will be applied towards the French courses succeeding the last French Ohio State course taken prior to the program.

The Department of French and Italian does not require students to complete a credit evaluation form before program departure. Students should however be sure to meet with their academic advisor(s) to discuss their overall academic goals through participation in Education Abroad. Credit Evaluation will take place after a program has completed and transcripts have been received from the host institution. Students must retain all academic materials (work sheets, coursework etc.) from their program for possible assessment on their return to the US.
Post program credit approval for the Department of French will be assessed by Julie


Students must have successfully completed French 1102, have a 2.75 cumulative GPA and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.

Application instructions
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications: 
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
2. ISA application. 

IMPORTANTBoth applications must be submitted by the Ohio State application deadline.  


Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to

Program Costs

Students will pay the ISA program fee (minus a $200 discount given to OSU students) and GeoBlue International insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2021. The program fee includes an in-country tuition, lodging with a host family, most meals, on-site orientation and some excursions. 

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.

Information Sessions 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020: 1-4PM
  • An ISA representative will be on campus to hold drop-in advising hours.  Sign in at the front desk in Room 140 Enarson Classroom Building.


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country specific safety information) 
Centers for Disease Control: (pre-travel health guidance) 

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2021-2022 03/15/2021
03/22/2021 09/19/2021 05/28/2022
Fall 2021 03/15/2021
03/22/2021 09/19/2021 12/17/2021
Spring 2022 10/01/2021 10/11/2021 TBA TBA

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