Study Abroad in Grenoble, French Alps, France

Study Abroad in Grenoble: Living Abroad

Choose from the following housing options:

Housing and Meals

Homestay Family

Standard housing option

  • Daily breakfast and dinner included
  • Single room
  • Shared bathroom
  • Access to laundry facilities

Student Residence ($750 supplement)

  • Double room
  • Shared kitchen and bathroom facilities
  • Meal allowance worth $1,000

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Grenoble

Housing Options

Homestay Family

The homestay experience can be the most rewarding part of your time abroad. It is the best way to learn French, gain a unique and personal insight into French culture and integrate into the local community. Many students keep in touch with their families after they return to the U.S. All families are carefully chosen and have to meet high standards in order to be a part of the homestay program. All homestay students are given their own key so they can come and go as they choose.

Meals Breakfast and dinner are provided daily by the family and lunch can be purchased inexpensively at the cafeterias on the University campus.

Student Residence

Students who wish to live more independently can opt to stay in a student residence for a supplemental fee of $750. You will share a room with another student and have access to a shared bathroom and kitchen.

Meals are not included but you can prepare your own meals in the residence’s shared kitchen and will receive a meal allowance worth $1,000 to subsidize the cost of purchasing meals and groceries. Students can choose to opt out of the meal allowance and pay a reduced program fee of $13,745.

Transportation Pass

All students are provided with a travel pass for use on Grenoble’s bus and tram system.

Cultural Activities

In addition to excursions a cultural calendar of weekly activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of French life. Typical activities, tours and visits include:

  • welcome dinner
  • walking tours of Grenoble
  • Bastille Grenoble by cable car
  • visits to local museums including the Musée de Grenoble, the Musée Archéologique Saint Laurent and the Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation
  • cooking class
  • Chartreuse monastery
  • conversation exchange with French students
  • hiking in the mountains
  • Château de Vizille (birthplace of the French Revolution)
  • day excursions to Lyon and Annecy
  • farewell dinner

You may be asked to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.

Skiing in the Alps Grenoble is the French capital of winter sports and has hosted the Winter Olympics. Downhill skiing and snowboarding are available just 45 minutes from the center of town. Students who have never skied before may take lessons at a reasonable cost. Ski equipment (boots, poles, boards and skis) may be rented easily and inexpensively.

Wine appreciation and cooking courses are also available for an extra fee.

Volunteer Opportunities

AIFS can help you to arrange local volunteer opportunities such as assisting students with English conversation practice in an elementary school or high school and working with local charities.

The American Corner is an organization which is sponsored jointly by the U.S. Embassy and a host country organization. The fundamental function of the American Corner is to make information about the U.S. available to people in foreign countries through multimedia, conferences, reading rooms and contact with U.S. citizens. Volunteer opportunities are available here for AIFS students.

AIFS can also provide students who may be planning a career in education after studying abroad with information about the TAPIF (Teaching Assistant Program in France) scheme which is organized by the French government.

AIFS in Grenoble Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

AIFS Resident Director

Miranda Rea

AIFS Grenoble Office

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, participating in local activities 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&endash;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.