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Students who wish to study abroad in Grenoble on API’s French Language and Culture Studies summer program will take approximately ten hours per week of language and ten hours per week of elective culture classes. Students may earn a maximum of 90 contact hours (6 semester credits) per summer term.
All students may choose two courses from the list of options. Options are subject to minimum enrollment. 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.
If students elect to take two summer sessions, they should be aware that the first session will be focused exclusively on intensive language study, while the second will focus on language and culture.
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 - 5-6 semester credits
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!
Students are required to take a French language course (at the intermediate level) for 3-4 semester credits.
Students then choose two of the following elective courses. Courses are taught at each level. Each elective course lasts for two weeks, meaning that students will take one elective in the first section of the summer session and a different elective within the second section of the summer session. Students should have more than 2 elective courses pre-approved by their home university in case of scheduling conflicts.
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.
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: 3
This class focuses on increasing French proficiency through studying oral and written techniques.
Language of Instruction: French
Recommended US semester credits: 1.33
In this course, students will discuss French current events.
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.
Le cours alternera les apports méthodologiques (structuration des textes, techniques d’autocorrection) et grammaticaux (construction de la phrase complexe) avec des propositions d’activités variées pendant lesquelles les élèves travailleront seuls ou en groupes. Il sera demandé aux étudiants de prendre des notes sur le contenu du cours, de mettre en pratique ce contenu dans des exercices individuels ou collectifs, de s’inspirer des textes proposés ou de puiser dans leur imagination pour écrire dans le cadre des ateliers. Les étudiants seront amenés à reprendre leurs textes et à les partager avec le groupe.
L’objectif de cet atelier est de contribuer à ce que la langue devienne, pour les étudiants qui y participent, moins étrangère, à ce qu’elle prenne « corps » en eux, à ce que la langue ne soit pas que parlée, mais aussi vécue dans tout leur être… Si les étudiants donnent le meilleur d’eux-mêmes, ils peuvent acquérir une plus grande aisance à l’oral, une meilleure prononciation et une compréhension plus vive.
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.
Summer GEM students will be housed in a student residence (they do not have the host family option).