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This program is designed to help students who want to study abroad in Grenoble improve their written and spoken French (via grammar, vocabulary and language activities), as well as increase the students’ knowledge of various areas of French culture and civilization including: literature, history, cinema, arts, politics and economics, and business. API has included the European Framework language level designations below to help students estimate which level they might place into and to be aware of the levels that can appear on their transcript. The CUEF levels correspond to those of the European Framework.

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 Global Leadership Academy

View all opportunities and amenities

Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to students with a minimum of two semesters of college French or the equivalent.
  • Completed API application
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • University Approval Form
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 14-18 semester credits (varies per level)

This program is designed to help students who want to study abroad in Grenoble improve their written and spoken French (via grammar, vocabulary and language activities), as well as increase the students’ knowledge of various areas of French culture and civilization including: literature, history, cinema, arts, politics and economics, and business. API has included the European Framework language level designations below to help students estimate which level they might place into and to be aware of the levels that can appear on their transcript. The CUEF levels correspond to those of the European Framework.

ADVANCED – HIGH ADVANCED STUDENTS

EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK LEVEL B1.7-B2.9 = 4 TO 5 SEMESTERS OF COLLEGE LEVEL FRENCH

Advanced level students can earn up to 18 U.S. credit hours per semester. Students spend approximately six hours per week in their French language course, two hours per week of Techniques of Written and Oral Expression and two hours per week in the Introduction to Linguistics course or Vocabulary Improvement course and 6-10 hours per week in “elective option” culture classes. Students may choose three or four “elective option” courses.

SUPERIOR STUDENTS

EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK LEVEL C1 = AT LEAST 5 SEMESTERS OF FRENCH LANGUAGE

Superior level students can earn a maximum of 18 U.S. credits per semester. Students spend approximately six hours per week in their French language courses, two hours per week of Techniques of Written Expression and up to 6-10 hours per week in “elective option” culture classes (students may choose three from the list). Students will also have to write and defend a thesis paper at the end of the semester. Students have the option to audit a French class with French students (contact your Program Manager for a list of options).

TRANSCRIPTS

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

Staff & Coordinators

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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 - rebecca.cott@apiabroad.com

COURSE OFFERINGS

A FRENCH EXPERIENCE: GRENOBLE TEACHING INTERNSHIP

Students at any level of French language ability are able to participate in the teaching internship for an additional 3 credits. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may do this on a volunteer basis, not for academic credit, or they may work with a teacher at the CUEF to get academic credit for the internship. 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.

FRENCH LANGUAGE COURSES (REQUIRED)

Intermediate level students take 10-12 hours per week of language instruction, and advanced and superior level students take 8 hours per week of language instruction, comprised of French grammar and vocabulary.

ELECTIVE OPTION COURSES

Intermediate students select 3-5 elective option courses; Advanced and superior students choose 3-5 elective option courses. Please note that some courses have level restrictions. Students are taught according to their level.

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.

Intermediate/Low Advanced French Grammar

This course assumes a basic knowledge of grammar, including verb tenses and vocabulary. Classroom work focuses on new vocabulary, written and oral expression, developing more sophisticated sentence structures, problems in writing and improving the ability to structure ideas and communicate fluently in a foreign language.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 10  

Intermediate/Low Advanced Translation

Translation focuses on translations from French to English and vice-versa, paying special attention to common grammatical mistakes in meaning and translation. Students are assessed on grammar, text comprehension and accuracy. Intermediate/Low Advanced students must choose this course or the vocabulary course.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

Intermediate/Low Advanced French Vocabulary

Vocabulary Improvement is a seminar designed to build on students’ vocabulary, both in terms of quantity and quality/usage.Intermediate/Low Advanced students must choose this course or the translation course.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

Advanced French Grammar

This course assumes a strong knowledge of grammar, including verb tenses, vocabulary and sentence structure. Classroom work concentrates on written and oral expression, developing more sophisticated sentence structures, looking at problems in writing, and improving the ability to structure ideas and communicate fluently in a foreign language. For the advanced student, the language course serves to polish working knowledge and expression in the language.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

Advanced Introduction to Linguistics

This class will help students discover a new method from the 20th Century to understand the structure of a language through an overall concept of the French language.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

Advanced French Vocabulary

French Vocabulary helps students perfect their speaking and writing ability by learning French vocabulary. This course is taught at a higher and more academically sophisticated level than the intermediate course.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

Superior French Grammar

This course assumes a strong knowledge of grammar, including verb tenses, vocabulary and sentence structure. Classroom work concentrates on written and oral expression; developing more sophisticated sentence structures; looking at problems in writing; and improving the ability to structure ideas and communicate fluently in a foreign language. For the superior student, the language course serves to polish the working knowledge and expression in the language.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Superior  

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

Monde des affaires et environnement économique (The French Business World & Economic Environment)

This course looks at the political and economic systems in France today and its position in Europe. The goal is to bring students to an understanding of the key facets of French society. Students look at France as it deals with problems, the characteristics of French political and economic systems, and the evolution of these entities. Topics to be covered include contemporary issues in France, the role of France in Europe and the world today, and the model of the French government and the value of that system.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: 2  

View Syllabus   

Histoire du cinéma français (History of French Cinema)

In this course, students view and analyze French films from the 1930s to the present.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

Histoire de l’art français (History of French Art)

This course focuses on different artistic developments in Grenoble and greater France. Students study the major contributors to French art and visit local examples of the art and architecture.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

Histoire de la France contemporaine (History of Contemporary France)

This course looks at the history of France – politically, economically, and socially – and its interaction with the modern world system prior to the revolution of 1789. The goal of the course is to better familiarize students with the historic culture and different periods and changes that France has experienced from the 1780s through the present. Material is approached through both topical and chronological order, paying particular attention to major events.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

Oral Expression: Tales, theater and poetry

This popular course is offered for 2 hours each week. At the end of the semester, students will put on a play.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

La vie politique de la France contemporaine (Politics and Economics of Contemporary France)

This course covers the economic and political history of Grenoble and of France as a whole. Students study the system and structure of the French government, and they also learn about France’s membership in the European Union.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

Littérature française et francophone (French and Francophone Literature)

In this course, students read and discuss literature and poetry from the primary periods in French literary history. Students study the most dominant movements and trends, including the surrealist movement, the trend toward philosophical writing and the emergence of the modern novel in France. Authors studied include Guillaume Apollinaire and Albert Camus.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

Culture et société (French Culture and Society)

This course presents a wide variety of information about France, the Rhône-Alps region, and Grenoble. Topics include an introduction to the most important aspects of French geography, history, politics, art history and popular culture. This is an excellent option for the student wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the country and culture.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

Littérature française du XXe siècle (French Literature of the 20th Century)

Discover the evolution of literature in the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will study important French authors and explore their main works to better understand the cultural and artistic contexts of the time. This course will touch upon big literary movements such as surrealism, existentialism, and nouveau roman.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

A French Experience: Grenoble Teaching Internship

Students at any level of French language ability are able to participate in the teaching internship for an additional 3 credits. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may do this on a volunteer basis not for academic credit, or they may work with a teacher at the CUEF to get academic credit for the internship. 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.

Students teach English two to three hours a week in a collège (junior high school). This is a unique experience for API students in Grenoble to get to know French life from the inside, not only through the teenagers in the classes students teach, but also from the teachers that students assist.Classes are generally conversational courses for French pupils. Students are asked to keep a journal where all course plans and weekly evaluations are registered (one page per class, per course taught). Students also have to write a final internship report (in French) analyzing the French teaching system and their perception of French society through their own teaching experience. Upon successful completion, students earn 3 semester credits. A teacher at the CUEF will help the students to write his/her report and will grade the internship.

Language of Instruction: English French   

Teaching Track - CUEF

TEACHER TRACK

(247 Contact Hours; up to 16 semester credits)

Students with a superior* knowledge of French may opt to take part in a special program at the CUEF designed for individuals interested in teaching French in their future career. Students will take a set menu of course modules (list below) and participate in a teaching internship that involves class observation, course analysis, lesson planning, and student teaching, earning a Diplôme Supérieur d’Aptitude à l’enseignement du Français Langue Etrangère (DSA) at the close of the semester.

*Students will generally need to have taken the equivalent of 6-8 college French courses to have the necessary skills to succeed in this program. Students wishing to take part in this program must place into the B2/C1 level upon arrival in France. Students who place below the B2/C1 level will not be eligible for this special track and will take part instead in the main Language and Culture program courses.

TEACHER TRACK REQUIRED COURSE MODULES

  • Evaluation and Certifications
  • French Phonetics and Phonetic Correction
  • General French and Specialty French Teaching Methodology
  • Introduction to Acting
  • Language and Grammar
  • Literature Pedagogy
  • Multimedia and “FLE” Teaching
  • Techniques of Oral and Written Expression
  • Vocabulary

TEACHER TRACK ELECTIVE COURSE MODULES

(students choose 3-4, dependent on level of French proficiency)

  • Contemporary French History
  • French Cultures and Literatures
  • French XXth Century Literature
  • History of French Cinema
  • Introduction to Art History

Intermediate/Low Advanced French Grammar

This course assumes a basic knowledge of grammar, including verb tenses and vocabulary. Classroom work focuses on new vocabulary, written and oral expression, developing more sophisticated sentence structures, problems in writing and improving the ability to structure ideas and communicate fluently in a foreign language.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 10  

Intermediate/Low Advanced French Vocabulary

Vocabulary Improvement is a seminar designed to build on students’ vocabulary, both in terms of quantity and quality/usage.Intermediate/Low Advanced students must choose this course or the translation course.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

Advanced French Grammar

This course assumes a strong knowledge of grammar, including verb tenses, vocabulary and sentence structure. Classroom work concentrates on written and oral expression, developing more sophisticated sentence structures, looking at problems in writing, and improving the ability to structure ideas and communicate fluently in a foreign language. For the advanced student, the language course serves to polish working knowledge and expression in the language.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

Advanced Introduction to Linguistics

This class will help students discover a new method from the 20th Century to understand the structure of a language through an overall concept of the French language.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

Advanced French Vocabulary

French Vocabulary helps students perfect their speaking and writing ability by learning French vocabulary. This course is taught at a higher and more academically sophisticated level than the intermediate course.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

Superior French Grammar

This course assumes a strong knowledge of grammar, including verb tenses, vocabulary and sentence structure. Classroom work concentrates on written and oral expression; developing more sophisticated sentence structures; looking at problems in writing; and improving the ability to structure ideas and communicate fluently in a foreign language. For the superior student, the language course serves to polish the working knowledge and expression in the language.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Superior  

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

Monde des affaires et environnement économique (The French Business World & Economic Environment)

This course looks at the political and economic systems in France today and its position in Europe. The goal is to bring students to an understanding of the key facets of French society. Students look at France as it deals with problems, the characteristics of French political and economic systems, and the evolution of these entities. Topics to be covered include contemporary issues in France, the role of France in Europe and the world today, and the model of the French government and the value of that system.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: 2  

View Syllabus   

Histoire de l’art français (History of French Art)

This course focuses on different artistic developments in Grenoble and greater France. Students study the major contributors to French art and visit local examples of the art and architecture.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

Histoire de la France contemporaine (History of Contemporary France)

This course looks at the history of France – politically, economically, and socially – and its interaction with the modern world system prior to the revolution of 1789. The goal of the course is to better familiarize students with the historic culture and different periods and changes that France has experienced from the 1780s through the present. Material is approached through both topical and chronological order, paying particular attention to major events.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

Oral Expression: Tales, theater and poetry

This popular course is offered for 2 hours each week. At the end of the semester, students will put on a play.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

La vie politique de la France contemporaine (Politics and Economics of Contemporary France)

This course covers the economic and political history of Grenoble and of France as a whole. Students study the system and structure of the French government, and they also learn about France’s membership in the European Union.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

Littérature française et francophone (French and Francophone Literature)

In this course, students read and discuss literature and poetry from the primary periods in French literary history. Students study the most dominant movements and trends, including the surrealist movement, the trend toward philosophical writing and the emergence of the modern novel in France. Authors studied include Guillaume Apollinaire and Albert Camus.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

Culture et société (French Culture and Society)

This course presents a wide variety of information about France, the Rhône-Alps region, and Grenoble. Topics include an introduction to the most important aspects of French geography, history, politics, art history and popular culture. This is an excellent option for the student wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the country and culture.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

Littérature française du XXe siècle (French Literature of the 20th Century)

Discover the evolution of literature in the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will study important French authors and explore their main works to better understand the cultural and artistic contexts of the time. This course will touch upon big literary movements such as surrealism, existentialism, and nouveau roman.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

A French Experience: Grenoble Teaching Internship

Students at any level of French language ability are able to participate in the teaching internship for an additional 3 credits. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may do this on a volunteer basis not for academic credit, or they may work with a teacher at the CUEF to get academic credit for the internship. 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.

Students teach English two to three hours a week in a collège (junior high school). This is a unique experience for API students in Grenoble to get to know French life from the inside, not only through the teenagers in the classes students teach, but also from the teachers that students assist.Classes are generally conversational courses for French pupils. Students are asked to keep a journal where all course plans and weekly evaluations are registered (one page per class, per course taught). Students also have to write a final internship report (in French) analyzing the French teaching system and their perception of French society through their own teaching experience. Upon successful completion, students earn 3 semester credits. A teacher at the CUEF will help the students to write his/her report and will grade the internship.

Language of Instruction: English French   

Civilisation et Mythologies 2 (Civilization and Mythologies)

The objective of the Civilization and Mythology is to deepen the student's understanding of the world's culture by examining the world is explained through mythologies and past civilizations.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate/Low-Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

Atillier Théatre (Theater Workshop)

This course is intended for motivated students who have a background in drama/theater.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

Intermediate/Low Advanced French Grammar

This course assumes a basic knowledge of grammar, including verb tenses and vocabulary. Classroom work focuses on new vocabulary, written and oral expression, developing more sophisticated sentence structures, problems in writing and improving the ability to structure ideas and communicate fluently in a foreign language.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 10  

Intermediate/Low Advanced French Vocabulary

Vocabulary Improvement is a seminar designed to build on students’ vocabulary, both in terms of quantity and quality/usage.Intermediate/Low Advanced students must choose this course or the translation course.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

Advanced French Grammar

This course assumes a strong knowledge of grammar, including verb tenses, vocabulary and sentence structure. Classroom work concentrates on written and oral expression, developing more sophisticated sentence structures, looking at problems in writing, and improving the ability to structure ideas and communicate fluently in a foreign language. For the advanced student, the language course serves to polish working knowledge and expression in the language.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

Advanced Introduction to Linguistics

This class will help students discover a new method from the 20th Century to understand the structure of a language through an overall concept of the French language.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

Advanced French Vocabulary

French Vocabulary helps students perfect their speaking and writing ability by learning French vocabulary. This course is taught at a higher and more academically sophisticated level than the intermediate course.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

Superior French Grammar

This course assumes a strong knowledge of grammar, including verb tenses, vocabulary and sentence structure. Classroom work concentrates on written and oral expression; developing more sophisticated sentence structures; looking at problems in writing; and improving the ability to structure ideas and communicate fluently in a foreign language. For the superior student, the language course serves to polish the working knowledge and expression in the language.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Superior  

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

Monde des affaires et environnement économique (The French Business World & Economic Environment)

This course looks at the political and economic systems in France today and its position in Europe. The goal is to bring students to an understanding of the key facets of French society. Students look at France as it deals with problems, the characteristics of French political and economic systems, and the evolution of these entities. Topics to be covered include contemporary issues in France, the role of France in Europe and the world today, and the model of the French government and the value of that system.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: 2  

View Syllabus   

Histoire du cinéma français (History of French Cinema)

In this course, students view and analyze French films from the 1930s to the present.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

Histoire de l’art français (History of French Art)

This course focuses on different artistic developments in Grenoble and greater France. Students study the major contributors to French art and visit local examples of the art and architecture.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

Histoire de la France contemporaine (History of Contemporary France)

This course looks at the history of France – politically, economically, and socially – and its interaction with the modern world system prior to the revolution of 1789. The goal of the course is to better familiarize students with the historic culture and different periods and changes that France has experienced from the 1780s through the present. Material is approached through both topical and chronological order, paying particular attention to major events.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

Oral Expression: Tales, theater and poetry

This popular course is offered for 2 hours each week. At the end of the semester, students will put on a play.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

La vie politique de la France contemporaine (Politics and Economics of Contemporary France)

This course covers the economic and political history of Grenoble and of France as a whole. Students study the system and structure of the French government, and they also learn about France’s membership in the European Union.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

Littérature française et francophone (French and Francophone Literature)

In this course, students read and discuss literature and poetry from the primary periods in French literary history. Students study the most dominant movements and trends, including the surrealist movement, the trend toward philosophical writing and the emergence of the modern novel in France. Authors studied include Guillaume Apollinaire and Albert Camus.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

Culture et société (French Culture and Society)

This course presents a wide variety of information about France, the Rhône-Alps region, and Grenoble. Topics include an introduction to the most important aspects of French geography, history, politics, art history and popular culture. This is an excellent option for the student wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the country and culture.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

Littérature française du XXe siècle (French Literature of the 20th Century)

Discover the evolution of literature in the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will study important French authors and explore their main works to better understand the cultural and artistic contexts of the time. This course will touch upon big literary movements such as surrealism, existentialism, and nouveau roman.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

A French Experience: Grenoble Teaching Internship

Students at any level of French language ability are able to participate in the teaching internship for an additional 3 credits. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may do this on a volunteer basis not for academic credit, or they may work with a teacher at the CUEF to get academic credit for the internship. 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.

Students teach English two to three hours a week in a collège (junior high school). This is a unique experience for API students in Grenoble to get to know French life from the inside, not only through the teenagers in the classes students teach, but also from the teachers that students assist.Classes are generally conversational courses for French pupils. Students are asked to keep a journal where all course plans and weekly evaluations are registered (one page per class, per course taught). Students also have to write a final internship report (in French) analyzing the French teaching system and their perception of French society through their own teaching experience. Upon successful completion, students earn 3 semester credits. A teacher at the CUEF will help the students to write his/her report and will grade the internship.

Language of Instruction: English French   

Civilisation et Mythologies 2 (Civilization and Mythologies)

The objective of the Civilization and Mythology is to deepen the student's understanding of the world's culture by examining the world is explained through mythologies and past civilizations.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate/Low-Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

View Syllabus   

Atillier Théatre (Theater Workshop)

This course is intended for motivated students who have a background in drama/theater.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

Teaching Track - CUEF

TEACHER TRACK

(247 Contact Hours; up to 16 semester credits)

Students with a superior* knowledge of French may opt to take part in a special program at the CUEF designed for individuals interested in teaching French in their future career. Students will take a set menu of course modules (list below) and participate in a teaching internship that involves class observation, course analysis, lesson planning, and student teaching, earning a Diplôme Supérieur d’Aptitude à l’enseignement du Français Langue Etrangère (DSA) at the close of the semester.

*Students will generally need to have taken the equivalent of 6-8 college French courses to have the necessary skills to succeed in this program. Students wishing to take part in this program must place into the B2/C1 level upon arrival in France. Students who place below the B2/C1 level will not be eligible for this special track and will take part instead in the main Language and Culture program courses.

TEACHER TRACK REQUIRED COURSE MODULES

  • Evaluation and Certifications
  • French Phonetics and Phonetic Correction
  • General French and Specialty French Teaching Methodology
  • Introduction to Acting
  • Language and Grammar
  • Literature Pedagogy
  • Multimedia and “FLE” Teaching
  • Techniques of Oral and Written Expression
  • Vocabulary

TEACHER TRACK ELECTIVE COURSE MODULES

(students choose 3-4, dependent on level of French proficiency)

  • Contemporary French History
  • French Cultures and Literatures
  • French XXth Century Literature
  • History of French Cinema
  • Introduction to Art History

Intermediate/Low Advanced French Grammar

This course assumes a basic knowledge of grammar, including verb tenses and vocabulary. Classroom work focuses on new vocabulary, written and oral expression, developing more sophisticated sentence structures, problems in writing and improving the ability to structure ideas and communicate fluently in a foreign language.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 10  

Intermediate/Low Advanced Translation

Translation focuses on translations from French to English and vice-versa, paying special attention to common grammatical mistakes in meaning and translation. Students are assessed on grammar, text comprehension and accuracy. Intermediate/Low Advanced students must choose this course or the vocabulary course.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

Intermediate/Low Advanced French Vocabulary

Vocabulary Improvement is a seminar designed to build on students’ vocabulary, both in terms of quantity and quality/usage.Intermediate/Low Advanced students must choose this course or the translation course.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

Advanced French Grammar

This course assumes a strong knowledge of grammar, including verb tenses, vocabulary and sentence structure. Classroom work concentrates on written and oral expression, developing more sophisticated sentence structures, looking at problems in writing, and improving the ability to structure ideas and communicate fluently in a foreign language. For the advanced student, the language course serves to polish working knowledge and expression in the language.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

Advanced Introduction to Linguistics

This class will help students discover a new method from the 20th Century to understand the structure of a language through an overall concept of the French language.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

Advanced French Vocabulary

French Vocabulary helps students perfect their speaking and writing ability by learning French vocabulary. This course is taught at a higher and more academically sophisticated level than the intermediate course.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

Superior French Grammar

This course assumes a strong knowledge of grammar, including verb tenses, vocabulary and sentence structure. Classroom work concentrates on written and oral expression; developing more sophisticated sentence structures; looking at problems in writing; and improving the ability to structure ideas and communicate fluently in a foreign language. For the superior student, the language course serves to polish the working knowledge and expression in the language.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Superior  

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

Monde des affaires et environnement économique (The French Business World & Economic Environment)

This course looks at the political and economic systems in France today and its position in Europe. The goal is to bring students to an understanding of the key facets of French society. Students look at France as it deals with problems, the characteristics of French political and economic systems, and the evolution of these entities. Topics to be covered include contemporary issues in France, the role of France in Europe and the world today, and the model of the French government and the value of that system.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: 2  

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Histoire du cinéma français (History of French Cinema)

In this course, students view and analyze French films from the 1930s to the present.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

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Histoire de la France contemporaine (History of Contemporary France)

This course looks at the history of France – politically, economically, and socially – and its interaction with the modern world system prior to the revolution of 1789. The goal of the course is to better familiarize students with the historic culture and different periods and changes that France has experienced from the 1780s through the present. Material is approached through both topical and chronological order, paying particular attention to major events.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

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Oral Expression: Tales, theater and poetry

This popular course is offered for 2 hours each week. At the end of the semester, students will put on a play.

Language of Instruction: French   

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

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La vie politique de la France contemporaine (Politics and Economics of Contemporary France)

This course covers the economic and political history of Grenoble and of France as a whole. Students study the system and structure of the French government, and they also learn about France’s membership in the European Union.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

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Littérature française et francophone (French and Francophone Literature)

In this course, students read and discuss literature and poetry from the primary periods in French literary history. Students study the most dominant movements and trends, including the surrealist movement, the trend toward philosophical writing and the emergence of the modern novel in France. Authors studied include Guillaume Apollinaire and Albert Camus.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

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Culture et société (French Culture and Society)

This course presents a wide variety of information about France, the Rhône-Alps region, and Grenoble. Topics include an introduction to the most important aspects of French geography, history, politics, art history and popular culture. This is an excellent option for the student wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the country and culture.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

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Littérature française du XXe siècle (French Literature of the 20th Century)

Discover the evolution of literature in the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will study important French authors and explore their main works to better understand the cultural and artistic contexts of the time. This course will touch upon big literary movements such as surrealism, existentialism, and nouveau roman.

Language of Instruction: French    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

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A French Experience: Grenoble Teaching Internship

Students at any level of French language ability are able to participate in the teaching internship for an additional 3 credits. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may do this on a volunteer basis not for academic credit, or they may work with a teacher at the CUEF to get academic credit for the internship. 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.

Students teach English two to three hours a week in a collège (junior high school). This is a unique experience for API students in Grenoble to get to know French life from the inside, not only through the teenagers in the classes students teach, but also from the teachers that students assist.Classes are generally conversational courses for French pupils. Students are asked to keep a journal where all course plans and weekly evaluations are registered (one page per class, per course taught). Students also have to write a final internship report (in French) analyzing the French teaching system and their perception of French society through their own teaching experience. Upon successful completion, students earn 3 semester credits. A teacher at the CUEF will help the students to write his/her report and will grade the internship.

Language of Instruction: English French   

Teaching Track - CUEF

TEACHER TRACK

(247 Contact Hours; up to 16 semester credits)

Students with a superior* knowledge of French may opt to take part in a special program at the CUEF designed for individuals interested in teaching French in their future career. Students will take a set menu of course modules (list below) and participate in a teaching internship that involves class observation, course analysis, lesson planning, and student teaching, earning a Diplôme Supérieur d’Aptitude à l’enseignement du Français Langue Etrangère (DSA) at the close of the semester.

*Students will generally need to have taken the equivalent of 6-8 college French courses to have the necessary skills to succeed in this program. Students wishing to take part in this program must place into the B2/C1 level upon arrival in France. Students who place below the B2/C1 level will not be eligible for this special track and will take part instead in the main Language and Culture program courses.

TEACHER TRACK REQUIRED COURSE MODULES

  • Evaluation and Certifications
  • French Phonetics and Phonetic Correction
  • General French and Specialty French Teaching Methodology
  • Introduction to Acting
  • Language and Grammar
  • Literature Pedagogy
  • Multimedia and “FLE” Teaching
  • Techniques of Oral and Written Expression
  • Vocabulary

TEACHER TRACK ELECTIVE COURSE MODULES

(students choose 3-4, dependent on level of French proficiency)

  • Contemporary French History
  • French Cultures and Literatures
  • French XXth Century Literature
  • History of French Cinema
  • Introduction to Art History

Civilization and Mythology

B1 levels only - Fall and Spring semesters

This class will help you to deepen your general culture and to better understand the French culture. A myth is an attempt to explain the world - it can be a way to represent one’s origins an an indefinite past, while trying to understand one’s own present.

Highlights
  • Classes taught in French
  • Most popular API Grenoble program!

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.

  • French Riveiera - Cote D'Azur

    This southern region of France is cornered between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea and attracts people from all walks of life to relax at its beaches, explore its cliff side villages, or sample the entertainment and liveliness of its towns and cities.

  • Geneva and Annecy - Overnight International Excursion

    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.”

  • 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.

  • Paris

    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.

  • Burgundy

    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.
  • Loire Valley

    Visiting the Loire Valley palaces is like visiting 16th century Renaissance France when fortified medieval fortresses were transformed into delicate castles inspired by Italian architecture. Such is the case of le Château d’Amboise where Leonardo da Vinci was buried.

    The Château de Chenonceau is an exceptional site not only because of its original design, the richness of its collections, its furniture and its decorations, but also because of its destiny, since it was loved, administrated and protected by women.

    Depending on the program, the students may also enjoy an ultimate experience: a traditional boat ride on the Loire river. Also, depending on the program, the students can experience the splendor of Chambord’s castle and its exceptional architectural creation that draws its inspiration from the French tradition as much as from the new ideas of the Italian Renaissance.

  • Paris

    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.

  • 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.

  • Aix-En-Provence/Avignon

    Avignon is one of the most fascinating towns in southern France and known for its music festival, splendid houses and museums with rich works of art, mosaics and Romanesque and Gothic Sculptures. Students will visit the famous Pope’s Palace that was home to seven Popes from 1305 to 1378 before the papacy moved back to the Vatican. Near the palace is the famous half bridge Pont St. Bénezet, in which a popular children’s song was written describing folk dancing on the bridge.

  • Loire Valley

    Visiting the Loire Valley palaces is like visiting 16th century Renaissance France when fortified medieval fortresses were transformed into delicate castles inspired by Italian architecture. Such is the case of le Château d’Amboise where Leonardo da Vinci was buried.

    The Château de Chenonceau is an exceptional site not only because of its original design, the richness of its collections, its furniture and its decorations, but also because of its destiny, since it was loved, administrated and protected by women.

    Depending on the program, the students may also enjoy an ultimate experience: a traditional boat ride on the Loire river. Also, depending on the program, the students can experience the splendor of Chambord’s castle and its exceptional architectural creation that draws its inspiration from the French tradition as much as from the new ideas of the Italian Renaissance.

  • French Riveiera - Cote D'Azur

    This southern region of France is cornered between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea and attracts people from all walks of life to relax at its beaches, explore its cliff side villages, or sample the entertainment and liveliness of its towns and cities.

  • Geneva and Annecy - Overnight International Excursion

    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.”

  • 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.

  • Paris

    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.

  • 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.

  • Aix-En-Provence/Avignon

    Avignon is one of the most fascinating towns in southern France and known for its music festival, splendid houses and museums with rich works of art, mosaics and Romanesque and Gothic Sculptures. Students will visit the famous Pope’s Palace that was home to seven Popes from 1305 to 1378 before the papacy moved back to the Vatican. Near the palace is the famous half bridge Pont St. Bénezet, in which a popular children’s song was written describing folk dancing on the bridge.

  • Burgundy

    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.
  • Loire Valley

    Visiting the Loire Valley palaces is like visiting 16th century Renaissance France when fortified medieval fortresses were transformed into delicate castles inspired by Italian architecture. Such is the case of le Château d’Amboise where Leonardo da Vinci was buried.

    The Château de Chenonceau is an exceptional site not only because of its original design, the richness of its collections, its furniture and its decorations, but also because of its destiny, since it was loved, administrated and protected by women.

    Depending on the program, the students may also enjoy an ultimate experience: a traditional boat ride on the Loire river. Also, depending on the program, the students can experience the splendor of Chambord’s castle and its exceptional architectural creation that draws its inspiration from the French tradition as much as from the new ideas of the Italian Renaissance.

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 on their floor. 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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Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall Sep 1, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019 $12,480 Jun 10, 2019 Jul 1, 2019
Academic Year Sep 1, 2019 - May 16, 2020 $23,580 Jun 10, 2019 Jul 1, 2019
Spring Jan 12, 2020 - May 16, 2020 $12,480 Oct 15, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Spring Jan 13, 2019 - May 18, 2019 $12,480 Oct 15, 2018 Nov 1, 2018