Founded in 1875, the Catholic University of Paris (Institut Catholique de Paris - ICP) is a private university located in Paris, France near its famous Latin Quarter, Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Montparnasse. It is the successor of the Medieval Liberal Arts Colleges and is renowned for its excellence in core academic fields such as Theology, Philosophy, Humanities, Social sciences, Education, Ethics and Anthropology.


The Core Paris Program will be taught by ACU Faculty with partial completion of the unit at home in Australia. Students will do the first week in LEO before completing the rest of the program in Paris. Assessments, quizzes, papers and exams will be submitted to and graded by ACU academics. During the Paris component of the program, students attend class while at the ICP campus. Students will be required to complete various LEO activities and other prescribed assessments as part of the unit. All students will complete ACU unit UNCC300 Understanding Self and Society: Contemporary Perspectives.

Program highlights and inclusions

  • Accommodation and classes in Paris, France
  • French language classes offered during the program in Paris
  • Group site visits within the community
  • Group sightseeing excursions and time to explore Paris landmarks


June 25

  • Arrive, check into housing between 12:00-5:00pm
  • Welcome by Paris staff
  • Welcome dinner

June 26-30

  • Hop-on hop-off tour of Paris
  • Tutorials
  • Guest lectures
  • French language classes
  • Site visits

July 1-2

  • Weekend:  Free for personal travel or study

July 3-7

  • Tutorials
  • Guest lectures
  • French language classes
  • Site visits
  • Exam
  • Farewell lunch

July 8

  • Depart accommodation before 7:00am

How much will it cost?

In 2017, the program fee will be approximately AUD$2,800.00. The program fee covers:

  • shared accommodation
  • meal plan (breakfast and dinner)
  • airport transfer
  • scheduled group excursion/site visits
  • welcome dinner
  • French language course

The program fee does not include the return airfare to France, ACU HECS/ tuition for UNCC300 or additional travel.

Eligible students may apply for an ACU Vice Chancellor’s Travel Grant worth up to $2,500 to assist in the costs of undertaking study overseas.

In 2017, up to 120 students who meet international core entry requirements are also eligible for a Provost International Core Curriculum Scholarship valued at $1000 to help cover the cost of program participation. Grants are awarded on the basis of merit and are subject to availability.

Students may also elect to apply for an OS-HELP loan, which provides financial assistance for eligible Commonwealth supported students to undertake part of their course of study overseas.

What are the program dates?

Dates in Paris: 25 June – 8 July 2017

  • LEO program opens approximately one month prior to the overseas program dates. Complete Modules 1-3 before you depart for Paris.
  • Arrive at the St. John’s University Paris Campus on Sunday, 25th June before 4pm
  • Paris classes: 26 June – 7 July
  • Check out of your housing on Saturday, 8 July
  • Final assessment due: August 2017 (exact date to be advised closer to the program’s commencement)

Where will I stay?

All students stay in shared accommodation at St. John’s University Paris Campus, conveniently located in the St-Germain neighbourhood in the 6th Arrondissement. The housing can be easily accessed via public transport. Each room consists of a bunk-bed with linen, wardrobe and desk for each student. There is also a sink in each room.  Wi-Fi, a student lounge and common area for cooking is also available.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to participate in the International Core Curriculum program you must have:

  • One year of study completed at ACU (usually 80cp)
  • A cumulative GPA of 4.5 or above
  • Successful completion of UNCC100 Our World: Community and Vulnerability
  • UNCC300 not yet completed


Applications close on 10 March 2017. Apply Now (PDF 150kb)