Spend a semester or academic year in the picturesque city of Grenoble, France, with AIFS! Study a variety of academic program options at the Université Grenoble Alpes, located on the outskirts of Grenoble. Surrounded by three mountain ranges, the scenic campus was recently voted one of the most attractive campuses by Times Higher Ed. Exciting excursions include a visit to an Alpine resort during the Spring semester and the Vercors mountain region during the Fall.
The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.Review Our Policies
Up to 17 semester credits depending on program and course selection
Wide variety of courses available; taught in English and French
Homestay with a local family. Additional housing options are available
Breakfast and dinner every day in the homestay
Travel to Provence and Paris
A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience
to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program
24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network
Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways
Airport transfers to and from campus
Vercors (2 days) fall only
Alpine weekend (2 days) spring only
Meet Katie, a junior from Iowa State University who is studying French, Software Engineering, and International Studies. Katie took over the AIFS Study Abroad Instagram story recently to answer questions and highlight what a typical day in her life looks like as a college student in Grenoble, France for spring semester.
A rewarding way to learn French, gain a unique and personal insight into French culture and integrate into the local community.
Live independently near campus in a shared residence with French and international students.
Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Grenoble.
All students are provided with a travel pass for use on Grenoble’s excellent bus and tram system.
Grenoble lies at the crossroads between the valleys and the mountains which comprise the Dauphiné region. The “Capital of the Alps”, dominated by majestic mountains such as Chartreuse, Belledonne and Vercors, provides the ideal location for those who enjoy the outdoors.
From Roman times to the 1968 Winter Olympics and on to today, Grenoble has attracted visitors from all over the world.
With its 200,000 inhabitants, Grenoble is small enough to feel like a town, but large enough to offer all the amenities of a busy city (cultural festivals, theaters, museums).
Bonjour! After obtaining my degree in England I joined AIFS in the London office in 1989. I moved to France in 1990 and have been the Resident Director here in Grenoble since the fall of 1994. I’m here to provide support, encouragement and a friendly face to you during your stay in Grenoble. I know a great deal about the culture, language and lifestyle of France and am looking forward to sharing it with you! I choose the families with whom AIFS students stay with great care.
When I am not working, I love swimming, participating in local activities, walking my dog and enjoying French cuisine. I am also a bit of a traveler myself; I spent a year as a volunteer and teacher in Zambia, Africa.
You’ll find Grenoble to be a wonderful city and I’m here to help you out with any questions you may have.
The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.
In addition to excursions a cultural calendar of weekly activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of French life. Typical activities, tours and visits include:
You may be asked to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.
Wine appreciation and cooking courses are available for an extra fee. A minimum enrollment of 10 is required.
Grenoble is the French capital of winter sports and has hosted the Winter Olympics. Downhill skiing and snowboarding are available less than an hour from the center of town. Students who have never skied before may take lessons at a reasonable cost. Ski equipment (boots, poles, boards and skis) can be rented easily and inexpensively.
AIFS can help you to arrange local volunteer opportunities such as assisting students with English conversation practice in an elementary school or high school and working with local charities.
AIFS can also provide students who may be planning a career in education after studying abroad with information about the TAPIF (Teaching Assistant Program in France) scheme which is organized by the French government.
For more information contact the AIFS Program Advisor.
Sightseeing visits to Arles, Les Baux-de-Provence, Avignon, the Palace of the Popes and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, two breakfasts, and one group dinner.
Guided sightseeing and snow shoeing (shoe rental included). Visit to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Briançon. Entrance to the hot springs. Includes round-trip transportation, breakfast, a picnic lunch, a local dinner, and accommodations at Monêtier-les-Bains, a resort and thermal spa.
Visit the Grottes de Choranche, Pont en Royans and a local farm. Hike local mountains. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, breakfast on Sunday, dinner on Saturday and a picnic on Sunday.
Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.
Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)
Social identity & access
One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.Learn more