France Grenoble Gondola 104900630

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.

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 intermediate, advanced and superior-level students.
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Entry requirements: valid passport

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 5-6 semester credits

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.

TRANSCRIPTS

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

Courses

COURSE OFFERINGS

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.

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 French Grammar

This course covers aspects of French grammar from the fundamental to the sophisticated, based on language level, including verb tenses, vocabulary, different parts of speech and a variety of writing forms. Students are required to apply what they are learning in grammar exercises both in and out of the classroom. In addition to the language classes, students work on pronunciation, comprehension and vocabulary in a laboratory format.

Written Expression

This course is designed to improve writing skills. Students are expected to produce written papers, essays and other genres of the written word. This course is helpful for students who already have a strong verbal ability in French and want to improve their writing ability.

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Oral Expression

This class is a complement to the grammar class at each level. The aim is to practice the French language through speech. Students are presented with real-life scenarios and are expected to speak, listen and respond in group and individual arrangements. This enables students to apply their “book knowledge” to real-life use. The class is designed to improve the students’ ability to express themselves in French.

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Contemporary French Civilization

This course presents a wide variety of information about France and its people. The class includes an introduction to the most important aspects of French geography, history, politics, art history, and popular culture. This is a very good option for those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the country and culture.

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20th Century Literature

Students read and discuss significant works of literature from the 20th century. The focus is on the period, the author, as well as the actual work and background for each piece.

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Tourism

This course students to the world of tourism. It allows them to practice French in the context of tourism-specific vocabulary, concrete tasks, understanding of applications, problem-solving, etc.

The following topics will be addressed:

  • The world of tourism (players, trades, places )
  • Tourist greetings (reception, transport, tourism programs, hotels, restoration)
  • Promotion of a place, its history, its gastronomy…
  • Responding to requests (giving information, answering complaints, etc… )
View Syllabus

Intermediate French Grammar

This course covers aspects of French grammar from the fundamental to the sophisticated, based on language level, including verb tenses, vocabulary, different parts of speech and a variety of writing forms. Students are required to apply what they are learning in grammar exercises both in and out of the classroom. In addition to the language classes, students work on pronunciation, comprehension and vocabulary in a laboratory format.

Written Expression

This course is designed to improve writing skills. Students are expected to produce written papers, essays and other genres of the written word. This course is helpful for students who already have a strong verbal ability in French and want to improve their writing ability.

View Syllabus

Oral Expression

This class is a complement to the grammar class at each level. The aim is to practice the French language through speech. Students are presented with real-life scenarios and are expected to speak, listen and respond in group and individual arrangements. This enables students to apply their “book knowledge” to real-life use. The class is designed to improve the students’ ability to express themselves in French.

View Syllabus

Contemporary French Civilization

This course presents a wide variety of information about France and its people. The class includes an introduction to the most important aspects of French geography, history, politics, art history, and popular culture. This is a very good option for those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the country and culture.

View Syllabus

20th Century Literature

Students read and discuss significant works of literature from the 20th century. The focus is on the period, the author, as well as the actual work and background for each piece.

View Syllabus

Tourism

This course students to the world of tourism. It allows them to practice French in the context of tourism-specific vocabulary, concrete tasks, understanding of applications, problem-solving, etc.

The following topics will be addressed:

  • The world of tourism (players, trades, places )
  • Tourist greetings (reception, transport, tourism programs, hotels, restoration)
  • Promotion of a place, its history, its gastronomy…
  • Responding to requests (giving information, answering complaints, etc… )
View Syllabus
Highlights
  • Classes taught in French
  • International excursion

Faculty

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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

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.

  • Chartreuse

    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

    The magnificent Mont Blanc towers above the town is Europe’s highest peak at 15,771 feet. This city offers hiking and skiing for the outdoor enthusiast, and breathtaking cable car rides for those interested in soaking up the scenery.

    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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Chartreuse

    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

    The magnificent Mont Blanc towers above the town is Europe’s highest peak at 15,771 feet. This city offers hiking and skiing for the outdoor enthusiast, and breathtaking cable car rides for those interested in soaking up the scenery.

    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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

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.

Summer GEM students will be housed in a student residence (they do not have the host family option).

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Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer Combined May 26, 2019 - Jul 27, 2019 $8,980 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 30, 2019
Summer 2 Jun 25, 2019 - Jul 27, 2019 $4,980 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 30, 2019