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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 excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Grenoble programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.
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.
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.” Experience the city's local market and beautiful beaches.
Explore the hidden art of Chauvet Cave. 36,000 years ago, men and women created a number of unique and deeply moving art works on the limestone walls of the Chauvet Cave. Left undisturbed for tens of thousands of years, this immense natural cathedral was discovered in 1994.
This excursion will allow students to visit a true roman theater, roman ruins, as well as a big city market. Finish the day off at a farm where you make a digestive drink — the “Poire Williams”.
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!
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. semester 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.