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This intensive language program is available for students at all levels who wish to study abroad in Grenoble. All students complete a comprehensive French language course that focuses on writing, oral expression and pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. Students spend three hours a day in class and one hour a day in the language lab. This equates to twenty hours a week, as classes are taught Monday through Friday. There are typically a maximum of sixteen people in each class. Attendance is required for all classes, impacting both the number of contact hours/credits received and the final grades. Level of French study is based on a placement exam administered upon arrival.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Excursions (overnight, day, international)

Resident Director

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Monthly Transit Pass

Tutoring

Housing (including meals and laundry with some options)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

Reflection Sessions

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to high school graduates
  • Open to beginning, intermediate, advanced and superior level French speakers
  • Completed API application
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript, most recent grade report, or high school diploma
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Jan 28, 2021 - Apr 17, 2021 $13,000 Oct 15, 2020 Nov 1, 2020
Spring Jan 28, 2021 - May 28, 2021 $14,400 Oct 15, 2020 Nov 1, 2020

*Please note the application deadline has been extended for the Spring session. Additional fees may apply.

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Grenoble programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Grottes de Choranche

    In the heart of the Vercors region lies the Grotte de Choranche, a small part of the Grotte de Couffin. The cave is located at the bottom of the falaises de Presles (Presles cliffs). This limestone cliff with its 300m vertical drop is famous among climbers and offers more than 300 routes. On the way, there are waterfalls with the typical deposits of tufa or travertine, a result of limestone-rich water reaching the surface. The first chamber -largest- is 60m in diameter and up to 18m high. The most impressive -among many formations- is a huge pillar in the Galerie du Siphon. The thousands of stalactites, called soda straws are the great sights of this cave. The waters of the underground lakes and rivers flood the crystal whiteness of the rock formations with emerald green reflection.

  • Snowshoeing in Chartreuse

    The day will start in the morning in a small village called Saint-Hugues-en-Chartreuse. The village is know for it’s chapel and the Musée d’Art Sacré de St. Hugues. There will be a short tour of the museum and then off for the hike!

    Students will hike on snowshoes, guided by professionals, through the Chartreuse forests. During the hike, the guides will point out animal prints, specific plants of the region and give an overview of the region and its geography. It’s not necessary to be a strong athlete, everybody is welcomed! There will be two groups, one group for students who prefer to keep it slow and cool, and a second group for those who desire to hike for longer. If time and the weather permit, the day will be topped off with some sledding and/or students can enjoy a hot drink in the nearby cafés.

  • Annecy

    Surrounded by the beauty of the Alps and the Lac d’Annecy, the scenic town of Annecy is known as the “little Venice” of the French Alps. In fact, many say that the best way to see the city is via the canals on a relaxing boat tour. Because of strict environmental regulations introduced in the 1960s, Lac d’Annecy is known as “Europe’s cleanest lake.”

  • Lyon

    France’s second largest city, Lyon is located on the Rhone and Soâne Rivers with many sites to see, including the Gallo-Roman Museum, two excavated Roman theaters, and the 18th century Basilique Notre-Dame de Fouvière. In the Parc de la Tête d’Or, one will find botanical gardens, a small zoo, lakes for sailing, running trails, and many areas for relaxing.

  • Burgundy (Beaune & Dijon)

    Burgundy is one of France’s most famous wine-producing regions. Students on this excursion will have the chance to visit the renowned city and ancient capital of the region – Dijon – known overseas for its famous mustard, as well as Beaune. Beaune is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the district, also known the world over for its wine auctions.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 14-21 semester credits (varies by term)

This intensive language program is available for students at all levels who wish to study abroad in Grenoble. All students complete a comprehensive French language course that focuses on writing, oral expression and pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. Students spend three hours a day in class and one hour a day in the language lab. This equates to twenty hours a week, as classes are taught Monday through Friday. There is typically a maximum of sixteen people in each class. Attendance is required for all classes, impacting both the number of contact hours/credits received and the final grades. Level of French study is based on a placement exam administered upon arrival.

  • The Fall and Spring (Non-Extended Program) terms are a combination of three intensive month sessions and offer 14-16 semester credits (220-240 contact hours).
  • The Spring Extended Program term is a combination of four intensive month sessions and offers 21 semester credits (320 contact hours).

Students’ levels will be evaluated at the end of each monthly session and most will move up in level over the course of the semester. Students are graded based on continuous assessment methods rather than final exams.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students will receive their transcript from the Centre Universitaire d’Études Françaises de l’Université Grenoble Alpes upon completion of their program.

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    Anna Exertier

    Anna Exertier will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.

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    Marie de Rocca Serra

    Marie de Rocca Serra will be your Resident Director in Grenoble and a resource for you while you are in France!

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    Rebecca Cott

    Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - [email protected]

COURSE OFFERINGS

CREDIT INFORMATION

Most API partner universities in France operate on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.

A French Experience: Grenoble Teaching Internship

Students at any level of French language are able to participate in the teaching internship in which students will work as a teaching assistant in a local school. Students can obtain 3 credits for an additional fee or for experience only at no additional charge. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who wish to receive credit will need to do additional assignments along with the teaching hours, and they will pay an additional fee of $450.

Language of Instruction: English   

French Language

Parsons Paris offers three levels of intensive French language instruction. All API students have the option to enroll in one of these 3-credit French courses each semester. A placement exam will be taken on campus during orientation.

Language of Instruction: French   

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Highlights
  • All classes taught in French
    • Great language-learning option!

    API students studying abroad in Grenoble have two different housing options – students may choose to live with a host family or in a student residence. Participants who will be under age 18 for any portion of their session abroad are required to live in supervised housing with a host family and must adhere to a curfew set by API while still a minor.

    Students who choose to live with families will have their own room and be provided with two meals (breakfast and dinner) per day and laundry service. Host families serve as a unique introduction to French culture and may be made up of a married couple with children, retirement-age couples, or a divorced or widowed woman with or without children. Most families do not live in the city center, rather they may be located throughout the city and in the surrounding suburbs. Families who live outside the city typically have larger homes with sizeable yards.

    Students in Grenoble may also choose to live in a student residence. Students live with other international, American, and French students. Students have a single room, with either a kitchenette in their room or access to a shared kitchen. Bathroom facilities are shared per floor, although some rooms may have bathroom amenities. Laundry facilities are available, and there are common areas throughout the building as well. A meal stipend to cover weekday lunches is provided; all other meals are the responsibility of the student.

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