Study Abroad in Grenoble, France

Living Abroad

AIFS in Grenoble Resident Director, Summer Program

AIFS Resident Director

Miranda Rea

Phone: (33) 9 71 51 00 94

Bonjour! After obtaining my degree in England I joined AIFS in the London office in 1989. I moved to France in 1990 and have been the Resident Director here in Grenoble since the fall of 1994. I'm here to provide support, encouragement and a friendly face to you during your stay in Grenoble. I know a great deal about the culture, language and lifestyle of France and am looking forward to sharing it with you! I choose the families with whom AIFS students stay with great care.

When I am not working, I love swimming, ice-skating and enjoying French cuisine. I am also a bit of a traveler myself, I spent a year as a volunteer and teacher in Zambia, Africa.

You'll find Grenoble to be a wonderful city and I'm here to help you out with any questions you may have. The office is in the center of town - feel free to stop in at any time.

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

Housing and Meals


You will live in a homestay with a French family or, for a supplement, in a student residence.

  • Homestay What better way to discover French culture first-hand and improve your language skills than to be part of a French household? The program fee includes housing with a French family, carefully screened and selected by our experienced Resident Director. Local families are supportive and encouraging and students are treated as a member of the family, eating breakfast and dinner with them daily. You will have your own bedroom and study area in the host’s house or apartment. Typically, only one AIFS student is placed in a home. Internet access is provided in all homestays.
  • Student Residence For a supplement of $395 you can live in a residence close to the center of the city with direct public transport links to campus. Students typically share a room with another AIFS student. Bathroom and kitchen facilities are shared and there is a communal dining and lounge area.

Internet access is included. Single rooms are available for a supplemental fee. Please contact the AIFS Admissions Officer for details.


  • You will receive breakfast and dinner with your host family in your homestay. If you choose the student residence option, you will receive a meal allowance to subsidize the cost of purchasing meals and groceries.

Cultural Activities

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of French culture, a wealth of cultural activities and excursions are included in your program fee. The climate in Grenoble is usually ideal in June for outdoor activities. The Resident Director organizes a variety of activities which may include:

  • Walking tours of Grenoble
  • Discovering Bastille Grenoble by cable car
  • Visits to local museums such as:
    • Musée de Grenoble
    • Musée Archéologique Saint Laurent
    • Musée Dauphinois
    • Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation
  • Cuisine class
  • Wine and cheese tasting class
  • Visit to Chartreuse museum
  • Hiking in the local mountains
  • Group picnics/visits to local markets
  • French movie
  • Trip to Château de Vizille (birthplace of the French Revolution)
  • Day excursions to local places of interest such as:
    • Annecy or Geneva, Switzerland
    • Lyon
    • Chamonix
  • Farewell dinner

Please note that students may need to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.