Is This Program Right for You?
Nestled at the foot of the French Alps in the southeastern part of France, API Grenoble allows students the unique experience of total French immersion by taking both language courses and civilization courses in French. Students study abroad in Grenoble at one of the oldest universities in Europe- the Centre Universitaire d’Études Françaises (CUEF) at Université Stendhal – Grenoble III, established in 1339.
The setting of this alpine city is what truly makes it unique. For a panoramic view of the city and surrounding mountains, take a ride on the téléphérique, or cable car, to the Fort de la Bastille. From there, explore the hiking trails and the Grottes (caves) that were used as a defense many centuries ago. With a student population of 60,000, Grenoble is an ideal place to learn French. The slower pace of the city and the friendliness of the inhabitants make it easy to practice the language with locals. The city has several museums, numerous parks and plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities (skiing, hiking, biking).
Language and Culture Program
For students with 5 semesters of college level French, students can enroll in the Language and Culture program through API and take an intensive French language course as well as content courses in French on subjects such as Business, Culture, and History. Students with a demonstrated proficiency of B2 on the European Framework are also eligible to prepare for DELF and DALF exams. DELF (Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française) and DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) are official qualifications awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify the competency of candidates from outside France in the French language. All students are placed in their language courses upon arrival in Grenoble after taking a placement exam.
For students with any level of background in French (even beginners!), students who enroll in the Intensive French track at API Grenoble take a full semester of French language courses. Each month of enrollment ends with a placement test where students normally move up a level (or more!) in the European framework and can make up to 3 semesters worth of progress on their French language acquisition. All students are placed in their language courses upon arrival in Grenoble after taking a placement exam.
In order to apply credit to the degree at AU, students are required to secure course equivalencies.
For students who enroll at API Grenoble, housing is arranged in homestays. Students are provided their own room along with two meals (breakfast and dinner) per day and laundry service. Host families serve as a unique introduction into 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.This is a unique and valuable component of the experience of living in Grenoble. Upon arrival to Paris, you will receive a personal orientation from API to orient you to life in Grenoble and life with a home stay family. Students will provide information to determine their expectations of the home stay. The home stay will provide breakfast and dinner every day of the week. All homestays are within a 25-35 minute commute to the university where classes are held. API Grenoble staff will provide public transportation cards to students.
Activities and Excursions
In addition to the various hiking trails, skiing options and neighborhoods in Grenoble to explore, several excursions throughout France are organized for students during their semester at API Grenoble. In the past students have traveled to Annecy, Burgundy, Lyon and the French Riviera. Additionally, API organizes many events in Grenoble for students including cheese tastings, cinema nights, museum visits and opportunities for community service events.
Students studying in Grenoble also have access to clubs and sports organizations housed at Stendhal university. Activities organized by these clubs can focus on hiking, skiing, climbing, swimming, music, dance, ice skating and even a French Book Club designed specifically for students studying French as a foreign language!
Students who wish to attend API Grenoble over the summer have the following options:
- Intensive Month (Summer I)
This intensive language program is designed for students at all levels who wish to study abroad in Grenoble. All students take a comprehensive French language course that focuses on writing, oral expression and pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. Class sizes are no larger than sixteen students. Students receive 5 credit hours per intensive month session. Students spend three hours a day in class and one hour a day in the language lab. This equates to twenty hours a week, as classes are taught Monday through Friday. There are typically a maximum of sixteen people in each class.
All intensive month students are responsible for arriving in Grenoble on the program start date, where they are met by the API?resident director. Overnight excursions are not included for intensive month students, though they may be added for an extra fee.
- Intensive Language Studies (Summer I and II)
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 5 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. Excursions are included and available for each Summer session both in France and International.