ILCF portraits

  • Kwamé: From NYC to Paris
    March 4, 2024
    Kwamé Sorrell is originally from New York City, and a student at CUNY Queens College. He is also an ILCF alumni. Read more about his experience learning French at ILCF.
  • Diego: Executive Director of the Irish National Opera & Student at ILCF
    July 7, 2020
    Diego Fasciati is the Executive Director of the Irish National Opera. He is originally from Switzerland, but has lived in Dublin, Ireland since 2001. Read more about his experience learning French at ILCF.
  • Azizah: from Indonesia to Paris!
    July 2, 2020
    Azizah Syiami Mutik is an ILCF student from Indonesia. Read more about her experience moving to France and learning French.
  • Becoming Parisian at ILCF
    January 23, 2020
    Yunxuan Chen is from China and currently a rising sophomore at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, USA.
  • Feeling at Home in Paris
    November 27, 2019
    Kaylie Williams, is currently a student at Florida State University (FSU), in Tallahassee, Florida. She was a student at ILCF during Summer 2019. Read more about her experience below.
  • Charli James, France 24 Journalist & Alumna of ILCF
    October 28, 2019
    Charli James is a journalist for the French news channel, France 24. She also runs the blog "Am I French Yet?". She was a student at ILCF in 2017, read more about her experience:
  • Morgan, ILCF Alumna and Expert on the History of Paris!
    May 3, 2019
    Morgan is a former ILCF student from the U.S., who still lives in Paris. She shares her experience as an ILCF student with us below.
  • Yumi: From Tokyo to Paris
    April 5, 2019
    Yumi TSUKAMOTO is a student at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. She is currently studying at ICP as an exchange student for a year. Read more about her unique experience.
  • Annie: From Washington D.C. to Paris!
    February 20, 2019
    Annie Ospeck is studying International Relations and Art History at the American University in Washington, DC. She is currently studying French at ICP for a semester, read about her experience.
  • Brendan: Learn a New Language at Any Age!
    January 29, 2019
    At 67, I must be one of ILCF’s oldest students. I previously worked as a producer with both the BBC and the Irish broadcasting service RTÉ, before becoming Arts Editor of the English Catholic weekly The Tablet. Now here I am in Paris surrounded by students a third of my age.
  • Gisela, former ILCF student
    July 26, 2017
    Gisela, 55, is an architect from Venezuela. She studied at ILCF when she was 27 and just registered her daughter Mariana for the semester.
  • Camila, student at ILCF and lawyer
    July 26, 2017
    Camila, 28, is from Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city after Bogota. As a lawyer specialized in business law, she has worked for Colombia’s leading bank, BanColombia.
  • Carla Destro, student at ILCF and sports journalist
    July 26, 2017
    Carla Destro, 28, hails from Sao Paulo in Brazil. She has always loved French and sports.
  • "I miss the jasmine of Damascus."
    July 26, 2017
    Hailing from Damascus in Syria, where he worked as a lawyer, Michel arrived in France over a year ago. Specialized in business law, Michel chose this profession with the goal of helping others. Due to the present conflict, he decided to flee Syria to find refuge in Europe.
  • Irène, ILCF instructor with a passion for singing
    July 26, 2017
    A dual national holding French and American citizenship, Irène has been teaching French as a Foreign Language (FLE) at ILCF since 2004. She currently teaches French language classes and courses on French History in Film. She also teaches university-prep “general knowledge” classes.
  • “Language is life !”
    July 26, 2017
    Originally from Aleppo in Syria, Youssef arrived in France in the autumn of 2014. An ENT specialist for 38 years, he decided to leave their “lovely city” with his wife, a French teacher in Aleppo, and their two youngest children to join their eldest son in Paris.
  • Waneque, a student at ILCF truly fascinated by France
    July 26, 2017
    Waneque is a 31-year-old American from Bloomfield Hills in Michigan. Since the age of 19, she has worked as a financial analyst at a bank, specialized in real estate.
  • Koki Kai, student taking university-prep courses at ILCF
    July 26, 2017
    Koki Kai is 21 and a native of Hiroshima in Japan. Koki first came to France 5 years ago, studying French in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. After obtaining his baccalauréat degree back in Japan, Koki decided to return to France, but this time opting for Paris, where he arrived in 2014.
  • Pauline, student at ILCF and fan of multiculturalism
    July 26, 2017
    18 years old and from Tuxtla in southern Mexico, Pauline is Franco-Mexican thanks to her French mother.
  • Ade Malino, student at ILCF in love with the French language
    July 26, 2017
    Ade Malino, student at ILCF in love with the French language Ade, 25, hails from Bandung, 2 hours from Jakarta, in Indonesia. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Tourism Management.
  • Lynn, student at ILCF and aspiring artist date
    July 26, 2017
    Lynn, 32, was born in Namwon in South Korea. After studying international relations in Seoul, she worked for the Korean Ministry of Culture in Gwangju.
  • Fadi Lion Nissan, student at ILCF pursuing a PhD in theology
    July 26, 2017
    Fadi was born 36 years ago in Baghdad, Iraq. A priest for the past 11 years, he arrived in Paris last September to dedicate himself to the Notre-Dame de Chaldée parish in the 18th arrondissement.
  • Yuki, former French learner at ILCF and today a Parisian
    July 26, 2017
    Yuki is a former ILCF student who first arrived in Paris 6 years ago as a beginning French learner. She studied at ILCF until she obtained her B1 French competency in 2008. Today, she lives in Paris. She stopped by to relate to us her journey à la française.