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 through Friday for 4 hours per day for up to 240 contact hours per semester and a recommended 15 credits.

An additional program, the Diplôme Superieur d’Aptitude àl’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.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 15 2.5 GPA; previous French study not required

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 Université Grenoble Alpes. A supplemental fee will be required for this option. Please contact the AIFS Admissions Officer for details.

Students on the French Language and Culture program may also choose to give English language workshops for French undergraduate students. In coordination with a University English language professor, students will provide 15 to 20 hours of language assistance during the semester and be required to give a presentation on their activities. This workshop is recommended for 1 credit. It is in addition to the CUEF French electives and does not replace them. A transcript will be issued by the INPG/Université Grenoble Alpes. Students must have pre-approval from their home school.

Session/Term Credits
Fall or Spring Semester 3

Université Grenoble Alpes

The University of Grenoble 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. In January 2016, the University changed its name to Université Grenoble Alpes and continues to develop and increase its reputation for research, innovation and diversity (academic and student intake). 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 learning French at the Université Grenoble Alpes are enrolled in the Centre Universitaire d’Études Françaises.