Online Summer Program: Grenoble, France

Overview

Choose from two separate 3-week sessions this summer with our online program at Université Grenoble Alpes CUEF. Study French with university faculty from the comfort of your own home! This program also includes French conversation practice with one of our Resident Directors

What’s Included

  • Up to 6 credits from Université Grenoble Alpes CUEF
  • Take courses in a variety of subjects and disciplines from all 13 programs
  • A $500 scholarship/grant towards a traditional 2021 AIFS Study Abroad program
  • Courses in a variety of subjects and disciplines
  • Live conversation practice with AIFS staff in France
  • City Spotlights of Paris, Rome, Berlin, London and Prague
  • AIFS Around the World cultural events including cooking classes, scavenger hunts and more
  • Career-focused workshops
  • Virtual hangouts with participants from around the country

Credits Available
Up to 3 credits per session.
Depending on course selection and successful completion of the course in Session 1 it may be possible to advance to another level for Session 2 for a total of 6 credits.

Courses

You may choose courses from a variety of subjects and disciplines below and from all 13 Online Study Programs.

Notes: The CUEF are also offering live online cultural seminars with a local guide to support the language program such as:

  • A Tour of the sights of Grenoble
  • Conversation workshop discussing cultural differences between your country and France
  • Discover the town of the Cote d’Azur - Cannes, Monaco and Nice

FREN 101 (3) Elementary French I (A1)
For students with little or no previous French language experience. Focus is on functional uses of the language both written and oral: introducing oneself, asking for simple information, time and day, describing people, places and daily activities. Grammar covers present tense, introduction to past tenses (passé composé/imparfait), simple future, pronouns, negatives, articles (definite/indefinite), simple comparisons, question forms, situation in time (seasons/dates), numbers, adjectives and agreements.

FREN 102 (3) Elementary French II (A2)
For students with some previous French language experience. Focus is on functional uses of the language both written and oral through grammar, vocabulary and cultural themes. Areas covered are giving and receiving information (past, present and future), expressing likes and dislikes, describing people, places and daily activities. Grammar continues from A1 and includes: passé composé, imparfait, future, reported speech, introduction to the subjunctive and pronouns (relative/direct/indirect).

FREN 201 (3) Intermediate French (B1)
For students with at least 2 semesters of recent French. The course concentrates on communication skills (oral and written): expressing ideas, opinions and feelings, describing people and places, debating and asking questions. Students are expected to be able to understand the main points of a discussion, film, lecture or radio/television program and to pick out the important arguments in a newspaper/magazine article. Grammar areas covered include: present, past, future and conditional tense, present subjunctive, gerund, passive, pronouns and prepositions.

FREN 301 (3) Advanced French (B2)
Students with 4 semesters or more of recent college French will usually place at this level. Students will learn to understand and express themselves in a variety of situations, not necessarily familiar to them, that require them to exchange information and provide personal opinions using complex linguistic structures. Grammar areas include: uses of the subjunctive, imperfect, preterit, conditional and imperative in specific situations (arguments, degrees of possibility, cause, consequence, etc), direct and indirect pronouns and use of negatives.

FREN 401 (3) Superior French (C1)
Students with extremely good French (6 semesters or more of recent college French) will usually place at this level. Students will learn to interact naturally and with spontaneity and should be able to express the subtleties of their feelings and thoughts both in spoken and written French. Students work at moving with fluency between different tenses, making convincing and structured arguments supported by concrete examples and learn to nuance their use of language to suit a given situation. The grammar covered is designed to refine and develop communication skills and consolidate knowledge already learned.

Career Focused Workshops

Readying Your Resume, Cover Letters, and LinkedIn
Preparing your professional documents and online presence is an essential piece of your career search. This session will cover best practices for connecting the dots from your experiences on-campus and abroad to the job description as well as address common hurdles in composing cover letters. Participants will be invited to schedule a 1:1 review of their resume and LinkedIn profile with Angela Manginelli, AIFS Vice President, Director of Alumni & Inclusion Initiatives following the group session. 

How to Ace the Interview
Interviews can be stressful, so it’s important to be prepared to put your best self forward in the process. This session will review what employers are looking for in new hires, interviewing etiquette, tips for structuring responses to common interview questions, and provide information on how to craft your personal elevator pitch. Attendees will have an opportunity to practice mock interviews with their peers during the session and will receive resources to continue preparing following the session. 

Navigating the Transition from College Student to Career Professional
Unlike college, your career does not come with a syllabi and that transition can be challenging. This session will help students know how to successfully make the switch to post-graduate professional, including tips on working in a multicultural and multigenerational workforce. We will address how to consider multiple job offers, budgeting for life after college, and knowing how to advocate for yourself throughout your career.

Career Guidance for Working in Education Abroad
Interested in working in education abroad but don’t know how to get started? Join our panel of AIFS alumni and staff who will share their expertise on what it’s like to work in the field and tips for leveraging your cross-cultural experiences into a career. This session will include information on working in various roles at a university and an international education organization as an Admissions Officer, Field Staff member, Vice President, Director of Alumni & Inclusion Initiatives and many more. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask panelists questions and set up 1:1 informational interviews following the group session.

AIFS Around the World

Italian Excellence
Do you know that Italy is the country with the greatest number of Unesco Heritage sites?
Do you know that Italy the 4th world’s largest producer of jewelry?
Do you know that Italy has 140 wheat crop varieties, while the US has 6?
Do you know that the Italian automotive sector numbers 3200 companies with some of the best brands in the world?
Do you know that Italy is the undisputed world leader in the production of superyachts?
Learn about this and much more, while participating in interactive webinars.

Virtual Italian Buddy
If you are interested in learning Italian, do not just sit and study. Interact with an Italian student who can help you with your homework and tell you a lot about local amenities while regularly chatting with you.

Sweet Ideas from Italy
Learn how to prepare a Tiramisu or a Sorbetto, or maybe discover how to make the typical Florentine Cantuccini cookies. The secrets and recipes that we would like to share with our American friends are so many!

French Conversation Practice
Have you signed up for any of our French online classes in Grenoble?  If so we would like to offer you the chance to book a conversation session with one of our fabulous Resident Directors based in France.  Miranda in Grenoble, Sandrine in Cannes and Danica in Paris are all eager to meet you and to assist you with your language learning.  Online classes are great for language but a one on one session with one of our team live from France should help you reach the next level.  Sign up today to book an appointment.

Spanish Cook-Off!!
You may think Spanish food is the same all over the country, but you would be wrong. AIFS has programs in six different locations in Spain - Salamanca, Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, Seville and Valencia – and each region has its own cuisine that they are rightly proud of.  Sit in with our wonderful Resident Directors as they discuss the merits of their regional dishes, it may get quite animated, and then tune in for some actual cooking demonstrations. Learn how to make an authentic tortilla from Gaye Michaels in Salamanca and pan con tomate from Inma in Barcelona, as well as more insights into life in each location. 

Italian Wine Tradition
Wine is a big tradition Italians have always been proud of. Meet Marco, AIFS Rome staff, to get introduced to the world of Italian wines. Classes are meant to introduce inexpert users to a correct and functional approach to the very complex culture of wine consumption. By tasting a different wine variety in each single class, topics such as wine tasting and food pairing methods, wines and grapes geography, table manners and drinking etiquette, and wine seen as cultural trait d’union between cuisine and local Italian traditions will be covered. 

A Taste of Italian Cuisine
While home, how many of us have spent (at least!) some hours in the kitchen trying to duplicate some tasty special recipes? Join Luigi and Riccardo, our talented Roman chefs, to discover the secrets of Italian cuisine. Get the recipes, be ready with the ingredients required and have fun! You will learn how to cook two traditional Italian recipes while you practice from home. Buon appetite!

Parliamo Italiano?
Would you like to practice your Italian skills with a native? Book a conversation session with one of our fabulous Italian staff: meet Rosanna, Chicca and Marco in Rome for a fast and fun way to improve your language skills!

Prague: Interactive Cultural Quiz and Scavenger Hunt
Follow the clues and answer questions on the many cultural and historical sites in Prague. Our staff will introduce you to some fascinating historical figures, buildings and sites – the stories behind them and experiences you can enjoy in Prague. Play against fellow students and win a prize while learning about one of Central Europe’s most iconic cities.

London: History and Diversity
Home to over 9 million people, with over 300 different languages spoken per day, London is one of the most diverse cultural capitals of the world, renowned for its creative industries including fashion (London Fashion week alone generates over £100m of orders), art, theatre and media. It boasts of over 200 museums and galleries, including the world-renowned British Museum (home to the Rosetta stone) and the Tate Modern Art Gallery, along with the main residence of Her Majesty the Queen, Buckingham Palace, and picturesque parks such as Hyde Park, St James’s Park and Richmond Park. Yet, despite all this, tradition is not the driving force behind London’s creativity – rather it is the diversity of its people that fuels and shapes London’s formidable cultural landscape.  London professor Nicole D’Adamo Moody will introduce you to London’s rich cultural past and present.

A Study Abroad Journey: AIFS Student to AIFS Coordinator
Meet Gina and Trung, Coordinators on our Florence, Italy program.  But before that they were both AIFS students on our Florence program.  Learn about what drew them to Florence, how the program influenced their academic choices and the path that led them to later come back to AIFS as part of our team.  Who better to guide our students than staff who were previously in their shoes. 

Practicing Advocacy in Daily Life
It used to be that advocacy work just involved protest signs, sit-ins and rallies. But we’re now living in a time where your voice can be just as powerful from home. From registering fellow students to vote to learning about how you can support local, national and international policies that matter to you, Advocacy 101 is the place to get a basic understanding of the legislative process and how best to move forward and be heard in the digital age. This non-partisan session will explore opportunities to take action for international education and global engagement, and you’ll learn how to work with and educate your elected officials and their offices.

Coronavirus Around the Globe - Lockdown Lowdown
How is the pandemic affecting people in different countries?  You can see reports on the news but the only way to really know what is going on is to talk to the people living there.  Some of our wonderful Resident Directors have come together to discuss how things are where they live, how it has impacted their lives, but also to discuss the positive things they have seen and heard during this crisis.  Please join Edu in Seville, Deniz in Budapest, Nele in Berlin and Miranda in Grenoble as they discuss the situation.  

City Spotlights

Paris Virtual Tour
Discover areas of Paris with our local staff member Jane.  Jane is our Assistant Resident Director and her specialty is arranging all of the cultural activities for our students and accompanying them on the excursions to they get the most out of them.  Join her as she explores some of Paris’ classic districts and she shares her knowledge as only a local can.

Berlin Virtual Tour
Nele is our Resident Director in Berlin, and when she is not assisting our Berlin students with all elements of the program she is also a registered tour guide. Join Nele as she takes us on a tour of her favorite sites in Berlin.

Prague Virtual Tour
Join our Prague staff as they guide you around the beautiful city of Prague, the tour will include sites such as Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, the Old Town and a particular focus on the Jewish history with a tour of the Jewish Quarter. Join Renata, Jenny and Zdenek, our wonderful Prague staff, as they lead you on a tour of this beautiful city.

From Rome with (Remote) Love
Meet Christiaan and Lavinia, our professional and super friendly certified tour guides, as they virtually walk you through the wonderful streets of our beautiful Rome. Two appointments for two highlights of the Eternal City: Bernini vs. Borromini, or how the magic role of water, and the new impact of contemporary street art on the walls. Roman art has something for everyone!

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