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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.
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.
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.
The day will start in the morning in a small village called Saint-Hugues-en-Chartreuse. The village is know for it’s chapel and the Musée d’Art Sacré de St. Hugues. There will be a short tour of the museum and then off for the hike!
Students will hike on snowshoes, guided by professionals, through the Chartreuse forests. During the hike, the guides will point out animal prints, specific plants of the region and give an overview of the region and its geography. It’s not necessary to be a strong athlete, everybody is welcomed! There will be two groups, one group for students who prefer to keep it slow and cool, and a second group for those who desire to hike for longer. If time and the weather permit, the day will be topped off with some sledding and/or students can enjoy a hot drink in the nearby cafés.
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.
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 - 14-18 semester credits (varies per level)
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.
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).
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!
Email - [email protected]
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.
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.
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
French Vocabulary helps students perfect their speaking and writing ability by learning French vocabulary.
Recommended US semester credits: 2
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
Recommended US semester credits: 6
French Linguistics helps students perfect their speaking and writing ability. This course is taught at a higher and more academically sophisticated level.
Recommended US semester credits: 2
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
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.
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.
This popular course is offered for 2 hours each week. At the end of the semester, students will put on a play.
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.
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.
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: English
(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
TEACHER TRACK ELECTIVE COURSE MODULES
(students choose 3-4, dependent on level of French proficiency)
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.
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.