Study Abroad in Grenoble, France

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Study Abroad in Grenoble: Academics

Université Grenoble Alpes

The Université Grenoble Alpes was founded in 1339 and during the academic year welcomes more than 60,000 students. Université Grenoble Alpes is dedicated to maintaining, developing and increasing its reputation for research, innovation and diversity (academic and student intake). The université occupies a splendid campus on the outskirts of Grenoble at Saint-Martin-d’Hères. Grenoble is regularly voted the most student-friendly city in France.

Foreign students learning French at Université Grenoble Alpes are enrolled in the Centre Universitaire d’Études Françaises (CUEF).

Students may use the campus swimming pool, tennis courts and climbing wall for an additional fee.

Academic Overview & Policies

All students take a French language course for 5 credits. The aim of this intensive course, at all levels, is to develop both written and oral expression and comprehension by working on grammar and vocabulary while simultaneously learning about French life and culture. Professors provide a wide range of authentic and varied language activities based on newspapers, advertisements, texts from well-known authors, local and national media and films.

Classes meet 5 days a week for 4 hours a day (3 classroom hours and one hour of language laboratory) for a total of 20 hours per week. Classes are small (maximum 16) to encourage active student participation. An on-line placement test is sent directly from the CUEF to all students prior to arrival in Grenoble in order to determine the appropriate language level. Levels are confirmed after arrival in Grenoble. Students are advised to gain pre-approval for several different levels of French in order to ensure that they receive credit for the level they test into.

Attendance is required. In accordance with Université Grenoble Alpes regulations, students absent from classes without prior authorization may not be eligible to take exams or may be awarded lower or failing grades. Total hours attended in language classes are recorded on the université transcript in addition to continual assessment grades awarded during the program.

Grades The system used at all levels of education in France is based on a scale of 20. Exceptional students usually earn between 14 and 16, which is equivalent to a U.S. B+ or A, while grades of 17 and above are rare. A grade of 12 or 13 is good, and equivalent to a B; an average of 10 represents work that merits promotion or the conferral of a diploma and is a U.S. C grade. Grading is usually more competitive than in the U.S. No AIFS student is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail options are not available.

Student support The Resident Director provides advice on academic, cultural and local life. She also serves as a liaison between students, the university and host families.

Transcripts are issued by the Université Grenoble Alpes. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student’s home university on completion of the program.

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