Study Abroad in Grenoble, France - Intensive French

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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. Workshops and site visits may also be included.

Your language level is determined by a placement test taken on-line prior to arrival in Grenoble. Levels are confirmed 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 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.

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 a CUEF professor to prepare the workshops and activities, write a research paper and give a presentation at the end of the course, as well as spending time in a 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.

A transcript will be issued by the CUEF Université Grenoble Alpes. There is a supplemental fee 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

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

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 sought-after universities in France and has an international reputation for excellence. Université Grenoble Alpes is dedicated to maintaining, developing and increasing its reputation for research, innovation and diversity (academic and student intake). The university occupies a splendid campus on the outskirts of Grenoble (voted 8th most attractive campus by Times Higher Ed) 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.

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