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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.
*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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
API students will receive their transcript from the Centre Universitaire d’Études Françaises de l’Université Grenoble Alpes upon completion of their program.
Anna Exertier will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.
Marie de Rocca Serra will be your Resident Director in Grenoble and a resource for you while you are in France!
Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
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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.
Language of Instruction: English
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
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.