Pedagogical Information

Exchange students must complete a learning agreement before they begin their mobility.

As an exchange student at ICP, you must therefore pre-select courses based on information gathered on the internet. However, it is very probable that you will change your learning agreement when you arrive in Paris, as timetables change from one year to another, and class schedules can overlap.

If this is the case, you can change your agreement. You can seek help from the international contact of your home faculty.

Careful: the courses offered between September and January can be different than those offered between February and June.

IMPORTANT: your learning agreement must be validated and approved by your home university.

Choice of Courses

As an exchange student at ICP, you can choose courses from one of 6 faculties.

Unlike French students, you are not required to attend all of the courses offered by a specific program that academic year, or all of the courses from the same "Unité d'Enseignement" or UE (course unit).
On the Diplômes page, you can access the websites for the various faculties and their departments.

Grading System

To pass an exam, you must receive a minimum grade of 10/20. You will receive your transcript via email in the 2 months following the end of the examination period.

ECTS credits

To facilitate student mobility and the recognition of studies, the ICP applies the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).

For exchange students: To find out the number of ECTS credits for each course, please refer to the table below:

Number of course hours Number of ECTS Credits
12 to 17 hours 2
18 to 20 hours 3
21 to 23 hours 4
24 to 35 hours 5
36 hours and more 6

Required Level of French

The Catholic University of Paris is a French-speaking university. The language of instruction is therefore French for most courses.
A B2 level of French is the minimum required for non-native speakers to attend a Bachelor's degree programme at our university. A C1 level is required to master's and PhD students.

IMPORTANT : If you want to effectively develop your French language skills, you can sign up for a French as a Foreign Language course at the ILCF - Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises. Located on the ICP campus, the ILCF offers instruction certified "Qualité FLE," with qualified instructors, as well as personalized support adapted to each student.

As a foreign exchange student at the ICP, you will enjoy 20 hours of French as a Foreign Language instruction offered by the ILCF. This course, if successfully completed, entitles you to 4 ECTS credits.

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