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We invite you to spend your summer with API in beautiful Grenoble, France! This program is perfect for anyone looking for an immersive and intensive opportunity to advance their French language skills. The Centre Universitaire d’Études Françaises de l’Université Grenoble Alpes is renowned for its exceptional language instruction and every year attracts students from around the world.

Earn valuable academic credit, enhance your French language skills, experience life in this alpine town known for its vibrant student social scene and stunning scenery, and explore all that France has to offer!

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Excursions

Resident Director

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Monthly Transit Pass

Tutoring

Housing (including meals and laundry with some options)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of French speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • Official transcript
  • Entry requirement: valid passport
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 1 May 30, 2023 - Jul 1, 2023 $5,900 May 1, 2023 No Extension Jun 1, 2023
Summer 1 and 2 Combined May 30, 2023 - Jul 29, 2023 $11,500 May 1, 2023 No Extension Jun 1, 2023
Summer 2 Jun 27, 2023 - Jul 29, 2023 $5,900 May 1, 2023 No Extension Jun 1, 2023

API students participate in excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Grenoble programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Aix les Bains

    Students will visit the historic gothic church as well as a museum filled with rich paintings. Aix les Bains is also known as a city of spa therapies, so this trip will also provide an opportunity for a visit to a spa!

  • Avignon

    See and experience the bright colors and rich aromas of the south of France. Students will also have the opportunity to tour the famous Popes Palace.

  • Lyon

    France’s second largest city, Lyon is located on the Rhone and Soâne Rivers with many sites to see, including the Gallo-Roman Museum, two excavated Roman theaters, and the 19th century Basilique Notre-Dame de Fouvière. In the Parc de la Tête d’Or, one will find botanical gardens, a small zoo, lakes for sailing, running trails, and many areas for relaxing.

  • Vercors

    Vercors is one of the three mountain chains around Grenoble. Students can explore caves, visit historical sites from the famous Résistance movement, participate in food tastings at farms and enjoy beautiful hikes.

  • Aix les Bains

    Students will visit the historic gothic church as well as a museum filled with rich paintings. Aix les Bains is also known as a city of spa therapies, so this trip will also provide an opportunity for a visit to a spa!

  • Annecy

    Surrounded by the beauty of the Alps and the Lac d’Annecy, the scenic town of Annecy is known as the “little Venice” of the French Alps. In fact, many say that the best way to see the city is via the canals on a relaxing boat tour. Because of strict environmental regulations introduced in the 1960s, Lac d’Annecy is known as “Europe’s cleanest lake.” Students will have the opportunity to experience the city's local market and beautiful beaches.

  • Avignon

    See and experience the bright colors and rich aromas of the south of France. Students will also have the opportunity to tour the famous Popes Palace.

  • Chartreuse

    Chartreuse is a beautiful region of mountains and forests and is known for the Monastery “de la Grande Chartreuse,” where a particular liqueur was invented and has been made by monks since 1605. A beautiful area to escape to, Chartreuse offers a relaxing day’s trip from Grenoble and the opportunity to wander the incredible countryside of this region of France.

  • Grotte Chauvet

    Students will have the opportunity to explore the hidden art of Chauvet Cave. 36,000 years ago, a number of unique and deeply moving art works were created on the limestone walls of the Chauvet Cave. Left undisturbed for tens of thousands of years, this immense natural cathedral was discovered in 1994.

  • Lyon

    France’s second largest city, Lyon is located on the Rhone and Soâne Rivers with many sites to see, including the Gallo-Roman Museum, two excavated Roman theaters, and the 19th century Basilique Notre-Dame de Fouvière. In the Parc de la Tête d’Or, one will find botanical gardens, a small zoo, lakes for sailing, running trails, and many areas for relaxing.

  • Vercors

    Vercors is one of the three mountain chains around Grenoble. Students can explore caves, visit historical sites from the famous Résistance movement, participate in food tastings at farms and enjoy beautiful hikes.

  • Vienne

    This excursion will allow students to visit a true Roman theater, Roman ruins, as well as a big city market. The group will finish the day off at a farm and make a digestive drink — the “Poire Williams”.

  • Annecy

    Surrounded by the beauty of the Alps and the Lac d’Annecy, the scenic town of Annecy is known as the “little Venice” of the French Alps. In fact, many say that the best way to see the city is via the canals on a relaxing boat tour. Because of strict environmental regulations introduced in the 1960s, Lac d’Annecy is known as “Europe’s cleanest lake.” Students will have the opportunity to experience the city's local market and beautiful beaches.

  • Chartreuse

    Chartreuse is a beautiful region of mountains and forests and is known for the Monastery “de la Grande Chartreuse,” where a particular liqueur was invented and has been made by monks since 1605. A beautiful area to escape to, Chartreuse offers a relaxing day’s trip from Grenoble and the opportunity to wander the incredible countryside of this region of France.

  • Grotte Chauvet

    Students will have the opportunity to explore the hidden art of Chauvet Cave. 36,000 years ago, a number of unique and deeply moving art works were created on the limestone walls of the Chauvet Cave. Left undisturbed for tens of thousands of years, this immense natural cathedral was discovered in 1994.

  • Vienne

    This excursion will allow students to visit a true Roman theater, Roman ruins, as well as a big city market. The group will finish the day off at a farm and make a digestive drink — the “Poire Williams”.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 5 U.S. semester credits per session (up to 10 total)

This intensive language program is designed for students at all levels who wish to study abroad in Grenoble. All students take a comprehensive course that covers writing, oral expression and pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. Classes are no larger than 16 students. Students receive a maximum of 6 credit hours per intensive summer session. There are three hours of class work and one hour of lab each day for a total of twenty hours of class per week.

Level of study is based on a placement exam administered upon arrival by the CUEF. Attendance is required for all classes and has a major impact on the final grades and the number of contact hours and credits received.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students will receive their transcript from the Centre Universitaire d’Études Françaises de l’Université Grenoble Alpes upon completion of their program.

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    Marie de Rocca Serra

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CREDIT INFORMATION

Most API partner universities in France operate on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. semester credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.

Courses at Université Grenoble Alpes - CUEF (Summer Intensive French Language Studies)

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Courses at Université Grenoble Alpes - CUEF (Summer Intensive French Language Studies)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

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Courses at Université Grenoble Alpes - CUEF (Summer Intensive French Language Studies)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

Highlights
  • Classes taught in French

API students studying abroad in Grenoble have two different housing options – students may choose to live with a host family or in a student residence.

Students who choose to live with families will have their own room and be provided with two meals (breakfast and dinner) per day and laundry service. Host families serve as a unique introduction to French culture and may be made up of a married couple with children, retirement-age couples, or a divorced or widowed woman with or without children. Most families do not live in the city center, rather they may be located throughout the city and in the surrounding suburbs. Families who live outside the city typically have larger homes with sizeable yards.

Students in Grenoble may also choose to live in a student residence. Students live with other international, American, and French students. Students have a single room, with access to a shared kitchen. Bathroom facilities are shared per floor, although some rooms may have bathroom amenities. Laundry facilities are available, and there are common areas throughout the building as well. A meal stipend to cover weekday lunches is provided; all other meals are the responsibility of the student.

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