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Study Abroad in Grenoble, French Alps: Courses

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Courses at the CUEF
French Language and Culture Program

Recommended credits are shown in parentheses. Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the Université Grenoble Alpes (CUEF) and Grenoble Business School. Both institutions issue ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. Visit for further details on ECTS.

All students take a French language course. The appropriate level of French is determined by a placement test taken after arrival in Grenoble. Both the French language courses and electives taught in French are open to all students at the CUEF.


For this program, the CUEF offers 3 levels of language in accordance with the Council of Europe (CEFR) definitions:

French 201/B1 (8)
Travaux Pratiques: Intermédiaire/Intermediate French Language

For students with at least one year of recent college French. Vocabulary, grammar, composition, phonetics and techniques of written expression. Meets 10 hours per week.

French 301/B2-C1 (4)
Travaux Pratiques: Avancé/Advanced French Language

This cours pratique supérieur meets 6 hours weekly. Emphasis is on perfecting techniques already learned and acquiring more sophisticated written and spoken style. Phonetics work included.

French 401/C1 (4)
Travaux Pratiques: Universitaire/University Level/Advanced French Language

For advanced French majors who have completed at least three years of college French language. Advanced French majors placing into French C1 are required to write a research paper (approximately 10 pages) with a cultural or social theme.

Advanced French majors placing into French C1 are required to write a research paper (approximately 10 pages) with a cultural or social theme.

Elective Courses Taught In French At The CUEF

Your choice of electives taught in French is determined by your level of French. Students may not take French electives other than those recommended for their language level. Students wishing to receive an official university diploma for the semester in addition to the standard university transcript must take an additional French Language elective plus three French General Electives.


French 210 (2)
Vocabulaire et Langue Française/French Vocabulary Enrichment

This course is designed to expand and enrich students’ understanding of the French language through the study of vocabulary: origins of words, metaphors, synonyms and homonyms. Class meets 2 hours per week and complements French 201.

French 310/410 (2)
Vocabulaire et Langue Française/French Vocabulary Enrichment

Expands and enriches students’ understanding of the French language through the study of vocabulary: origins of words, metaphors, synonyms and homonyms. Class meets 2 hours per week and complements French 301/401 and 304/404. It is offered at the same time as French 303/403.

French 303/403 (2)
Initiation à la Linguistique/Introduction to Linguistics

The objective of this course is to introduce students to methods, both European and American, to the study of the structure of language with reference to Chomsky, de Saussure and others. Through concrete examples and practical exercises the course questions how we traditionally study grammar. Takes place at the same time as French 310/410.

French 304/404 (2)
Techniques d’Expression Orale et Ecrite/Written and Oral Expression
Techniques of written expression teach the skills needed to write a comprehensive essay in French, while techniques of oral expression allow students to improve their presentation skills in French. Organization of work, vocabulary, style and mastery of tenses. Complements French 301. Prepares students for the DELF & DALF exams. Meets 2 hours a week. Separate grades are given for oral and written work on transcript.


Students who place into 400 level French (C1) in addition to 2 CUEF general electives, may choose to take a class with French students. Please check with AIFS Admissions Officer for possible course options.

Econ/Poli Sci 201-202 (2)
Vie Politique de la France Contemporaine/Political Life in Modern France

After surveying the evolution of the French Republic, concentration is on issues pertinent to a sound understanding of contemporary French society. Subjects include institutions of the Fifth Republic, May 1968, the Socialist years and the economy (regional development, state aid and employment).

French 205-206 (2)
Littérature Française et Francophone/French and Francophone Literature

Students read and discuss two or more novels per semester, in addition to studying examples of French poetry, drama and short stories. Students are introduced, via extracts, to the work of writers in other French-speaking countries.

French 215-216 (2)
Culture et Société Françaises/French Culture and Society

Educational experience, the media, culinary habits, beliefs and superstitions, immigration and its social ramifications, leisure, women’s issues, professional training and differences between Paris and the provinces are discussed.

French 217-218 (2)
Civilisation et Mythology/Civilization and Mythologies

This course is designed to deepen students’ knowledge of the fundamental elements which have contributed to creating French society today, including the development of language, beliefs and attitudes through Greek, Roman and Egyptian myths, religious influences, inventions (ie cinema) and famous people (Jean Moulin, philosophers, etc).

French/Theater 315-316 (2) (exceptionally offered for both 200 and 300 level students)
Atelier de Contes, de Théâtre et de Poésie/Storytelling, Theater and Poetry Workshop

Using poetry, theater and story-telling, students are encouraged to develop and improve their French speaking ability. Each semester, students direct and act in a French play. Evaluation is based on participation, including the final production in front of a live university audience, a journal and a research paper on the play.

French 305-306/405-406 (2)
Littérature Contemporaine/Contemporary French Literature

Covers major developments in contemporary French literature (two novels plus extracts from major writers are read per semester). Poetry and drama are also discussed.

Econ 301-302/Poli Sci 301-302/401-402 (2)
Le Monde des Affaires et Environnement Economique/French Economic and Business Environment
Draws on current events, economic data, case studies and the press to show how French companies operate in an evolving global market. Subjects covered include political influence (local, national and international), working practices and conditions, legal requirements, the power of private enterprise etc.

Fine Arts 303-304/403-404 (2) fall only
Histoire du Cinéma Français/History of French Cinema
Introduction to French cinema by concentrating on a chosen theme, director, actor or period.

Fine Arts 311-312 /411-412 (2) spring only
Histoire de l’Art Français/History of Art in France
Movements and individual artists tracing the development of painting, French architecture and sculpture during the 19th and 20th centuries.

History 311/411 (2) fall only
Histoire de la France Contemporaine/French History from 1789-1914
Major social, political and economic developments in France from the French Revolution to the outbreak of World War I.

History 312/412 (2) spring only
Histoire de la France Contemporaine/French History from 1914
Major historical events from 1914. Analysis of political, economic, social forces and institutions and their development in France since World War I. 


A minimum of 10 students is required for a course to run.

History 305 (3)
Franco-American Relations
This course traces the history of the close intellectual and political relationship between France and the U.S. from American Independence to the present.

Political Science 325 (3) fall only
The European Union
Topics are: the historical context of union, the organization and functioning of existing institutions, the policy-making process regarding key areas of commercial and economic cooperation. Questions about the type of unity Europeans want and possibility for further enlargement.

Political Science 330 (3) spring only
International Institutions
Dynamics of leading international organizations focusing on the United Nations, OPEC, the International Atomic Energy Agency, international human rights and the European communities. Critical analysis of principal problems of public international institutions, reform movements and future directions of international institutions.

Sociology 360 (3)
Multiculturalism and Modern France
Concentrates on the multiculturalism of modern France, studying the historical background and contemporary reality of the various components of French society today. Grenoble will be taken as an illustration of how different nationalities arrived in France at different times, and how a city has evolved with these changes.


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