Study Abroad in Grenoble, France - Intensive French

Intensive French in Grenoble: Academics

Academic Programs

Courses include: Intensive French language

Program Options

This program is designed for students who wish to begin, improve or perfect their knowledge of the French language. Five levels of French are available from beginner through superior.

The aim of the intensive French language course is to develop both written and oral expression, and comprehension by working on grammar and vocabulary while also learning about aspects of French life and culture. Professors provide a wide range of authentic and varied language activities based on newspapers, advertisements, texts from well-known authors and local and national media and films.

Your language level is determined by a placement test after arrival in Grenoble. Classes meet Monday to Friday for 4 hours per day for up to 240 contact hours per semester and a recommended 15 or 16 credits.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 16 2.5 GPA; previous French study not required

An additional program, the Diplôme Superieur d’Aptitude à l’enseignement du Français Langue Étrangère (Diploma of Ability to Teach French as Foreign Language) is designed for advanced level French or above students who are considering a career as a French teacher. For further details of this program, contact the AIFS Admissions Officer. This is available in the spring only.

No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/fail options are not available.

Students on the French Language and Culture Program or the Intensive French Language Program can choose to take a service learning component in addition to the standard program courses. Students will design and run English language workshops for French high school students. They will work with CUEF professors to prepare the workshops and activities, prepare a research paper and give a presentation at the end of the course, as well as spending time in the French high school working with local students. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to fully engage with the local community. This course is in addition to the electives and does not replace them and is for a recommended 3 semester credits. The course requires a minimum of 10 students to run.

A transcript will be issued by the CUEF. A supplement fee of $495 will be required for this option. Please contact the AIFS Admissions Officer for details.

Session/Term Credits
Fall or Spring Semester 3

University Grenoble Alpes

The University Grenoble Alpes was founded in 1339 and now welcomes more than 60,000 students. Grenoble is one of the most soughtafter universities in France and has an international reputation for excellence. The University 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 at the University are enrolled in the Centre Universitaire d’Études Françaises (CUEF).