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This intensive language program is designed for students at all levels who wish to study abroad in Grenoble. All students take a comprehensive course that covers writing, oral expression and pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. Classes are no larger than 16 students. Students receive a maximum of 6 credit hours per intensive summer session. There are three hours of class work and one hour of lab each day for a total of twenty hours of class per week.
Level of study is based on a placement exam administered upon arrival by the CUEF. Attendance is required for all classes and has a major impact on the final grades and the number of contact hours and credits received.
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.
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.
One of the most intriguing cities in the world, Paris is brimming with amazing museums, architecture, fashion, and beauty. Innumerable monuments built to reflect the glory of France and its rulers stand testament to the city’s rich history.
Marseille is an ancient city that never ceases to arouse passions. This colorful Mediterranean port has been founded by the Greeks. Today it is a thriving cosmopolitan city.
With its rich history, diverse culture, authentic character, immense pride and warm people, Marseille will have you lowering your anchor to stay a while.
Stroll around the quiet old streets of Le Panier district, where the city first grew up; walk along the Promenade and Corniche to remind yourself that Marseille also has seaside and beaches.
Chartreuse is a beautiful region of mountains and forests and is known for the Monastery “de la Grande Chartreuse,” where a particular liqueur was invented and has been made by monks since 1605. A beautiful area to escape to, Chartreuse offers a relaxing day’s trip from Grenoble and the opportunity to wander the incredible countryside of this region of France.
Geneva is perhaps one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Geneva is home to approximately 190 international organizations, including the United Nations and the World Health Organization. Dominated by Mont Blanc and boasting acres of natural parks, Geneva is one of the least polluted European cities.
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.”
TOTAL CREDITS - 5 semester credits per session (up to 10 total)
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.
A1.1; A1.2; A2.1; A2.2; B1.1; B1.2; B2.1; B2.2; C1The language courses at the CUEF allow students to maximize their French proficiency through studying grammar, vocabulary and phonetics. Students take 15 hours of language class per week and 5 hours in the language lab per week.
Language of Instruction: French
Recommended US semester credits: 3
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.
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 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.