University of Grenoble Alpes


    University of Grenoble Alpes
    French Language & Culture: 20 hrs / week
    4 Weeks: $1995 / Semester: $3395 USD
    Minimum age 17 yrs


    • Low cost Tuition & Housing
    • Pre-departure resources (info)
    • Student services support staff
    • Cultural activities / field trips
    • Discount airfare booking
    • Easy check-in process
    • Earn academic credit
    • Transcript (certificate)

    The Program

    Study French Language and culture in the historic city of Grenoble.

    20 hrs per week, 4 hrs per day M-F. University placement test given upon arrival.
    Transcript provided upon completion. Taught by university faculty. All levels available.

    * French Language & Culture Course: Semester or Academic Year
    – requires previous French studies (400 hrs) Intermediate Level – Advanced.

    * Intensive French Course: Weekly, Monthly – year around
    – open to all levels – no previous French studies required

    Grenoble is rich in art and culture, and is also a university town of over 50,000 students.

    The Location

    Grenoble is a historic city, and was the site of early uprisings in the French Revolution in 1788. Capital of the Dauphine – a former province – Grenoble is close to Switzerland and the Mediterranean. Numerous opportunities for excursions to remarkable sites in the area. Activities include: hiking, skiing, and snowboarding. There are several museums, concert halls, theaters, and cinemas. Overall, Grenoble is a welcoming and dynamic city for foreign students.


    French Language and Culture: 20 hrs per week, 4 hrs per day M-F.
    – previous French studies required (at least 400 hrs) Intermediate – Advanced.
    – available for Semester, Academic Year, and Summer

    French Courses + General Courses = 20 hrs per week

    General Courses
    Students can choose among following every 2 weeks:
    * Written expression
    * Oral expression
    * Contemporary French Civilisation
    * 19th& 20th Century French Literature
    * Business and Tourism French
    * Translation
    * French for International and European Actors

    Intensive French Course: 20 hrs per week, 4 hrs per day M-F.
    * offered all year (see dates section)
    * open to all levels: beginners to advanced
    * placement test given upon arrival orientation
    * small class size of up to 16 students (max)
    * 3 hrs of class, plus 1 hour language laboratory

    NOTE: All courses are university level courses, taught in French by University instructors.

    Minimum age is 17 yrs, with parental note.

    BEGINNER: 1 & 2

    This course is designed to provide a basic foundation in French vocabulary, grammar, phonetics, reading, conversation and laboratory work. Absolute beginners and elementary level students are suitable for this course. In addition to the Language and Phonetic components, various topics of the French culture are also included.


    • Learn the very basic level of French: introductions, asking questions, express opinions, etc.
    • Learn listening comprehension of simple sentences, expressions, short texts, and dialogues.
    • Learn written and spoken French in common situations of daily life.
    • Learn elementary and brief writing and spoken descriptions of past and current events.
    • Learn about French culture and society (past – present) and improve listening comprehension.

    Phonetics Lab: Objectives

    • Learn French Phonetic system (progression), discrimination of prosodic traits, graphic symmetry.
    • Learn transcribing (review lessons covered in class), repeat phrases, create utterances, read.
    • Evaluate in class (test): repetition, creating, comprehension, discrimination, and reading.

    Grading: In class written tests, listening and oral tests also.

    Teaching Approach: Grammatical emphasis, as well as development of the key competencies.

    Materials: Class handouts, various visual, audio and written materials.
    Sample textbook may be used: Festival 1 – Cahier d’ exercices (workbook & CD).


    This course is designed for students who have has previous French lessons, about 240 hours, and who seek to enhance their French Language abilities. This course helps prepare students for the “Certificate de langue Francaise”. Students learn to understand and better communicate in writing and speaking French in common situations of daily life.


    • Learn simple sentences, common expressions, dialogues, and short texts on familiar subjects.
    • Learn enhanced techniques of written and spoken French in situations of daily life.
    • Learn better writing and spoken descriptions of common subjects and various areas of interest.
    • Learn critical reading skills through “French Literature texts”.
    • Learn additional aspects of French Culture, and improve listening skills.

    Phonetics Lab: Continued working on phonemes (Ax / Ra Progression), and class activities.

    Grading: In class tests: written, oral, and listening. Final exam very important.

    Materials: Class handouts, and various visual, audio, and written materials.
    Sample textbook may be used: Le Nouveau Taxi 3 / Le Nouvel Edito B1, and accompanying CD
    Also, books from the series Le FLE par les textes (Belin) may be used.


    This course is for Advanced level students who have had more than 300 hours of French lessons, and seek to further enhance their French Language abilities. This course helps students perfect their speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension skills. Students improve their abilities to make themselves understood in every day life situations, as well as more complicated contexts.


    • Learn enhanced writing and listening skills regarding complicated sentences and expressions.
    • Learn enhanced communication skills regarding daily life (writing, speaking, reading).
    • Learn enhanced skills in dealing with familiar subjects and personal experiences.
    • Learn enhanced “critical reading” skills thru French Literature texts.
    • Learn more about French Culture and Society.

    Phonetics Lab: Continued progression, class activities, and evaluation.

    Grading: In class tests, written, oral,and listening. Final exam very important.

    Materials: Class handouts, and various visual, audio, and written materials.
    Sample textbooks may include: Le Nouvel Edito B1 / B2, with accompanying CD.
    Also, Le FLE par les textes (Belin) series.

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    Academic Credit

    Students earn 12 – 15 semester credits for each completed semester. 24 – 30 credits for year.
    Monthly sessions can earn 3 – 4 credits. Weekly can earn 1 credit.
    All students receive an official transcript (certificate) upon completion from the University.

    Financial Aid

    Can use financial aid for this program. E-mail your Consortium Agreement to CSA.
    Early registration is advised.


    Grenoble offers numerous opportunities for outdoor sports: hiking, mountaineering, skiing, snowboarding. Many cultural activities available as well. Theme events are organized at the school: BBQ’s, Masked Ball, Special Evening events.

    Excursions are organized, and are optional. Receive schedule upon arrival orientation.
    Day trips, and multi-day excursions to places like: Alsace, Nice (Cote d’Azur), Loire Castles, Venice Carnival (Feb), Annecy, Avignon, Chamonix, Chartreuse, Lyon, Vercors, Marseille.
    * Excursions cost extra…..are optional….and you sign up there.


    Student housing includes rooms on campus (residence), hostel housing, and host families. CSA will request (book) campus housing, and host family housing. Let us know what you prefer.

    There are several student residences on campus – usually single rooms with shared bath and kitchen for about $15 USD per day. Rooms that are larger and have a private bath, cost about $450 USD per month. Housing in student residences can be reserved in advance.

    Host family housing with half-board (2 meals daily) cost about $950 USD per month.
    Host family is arranged there (after your arrival).

    Student hostels are another option. Arranged by each student.

    CSA will include housing website links with confirmation documents.

    Housing cost is paid directly there (upon check-in).

    Dates and Fees


    * French Language: 20 hrs per week
    * All levels accepted, beginner thru advanced
    * Placement test on start date.

    4 weeks July (early) – July (late)
    2019 Dates: July 1st – 26th
    2020 Dates: June 29th – July 24th
    2021 Dates: June 28th – July 23rd
    $1995 USD
    4 weeks August (early) – August (late)
    2019 Dates: July 29th – August 23rd
    2020 Dates: July 27th – August 21st
    2021 Dates: July 26th – August 20th
    $1995 USD


    September (early) – December (late)
    2019 Dates: September 6th – December 20th
    2020 Dates: September 4th – December 18th
    2021 Dates: September 3rd – December 17th
    $3395 USD


    January (mid) – May (mid)
    2020 Dates: January 16th – May 15th
    2021 Dates: January 14th – May 14th
    $3395 USD


    September (early) – May (mid)
    2019 – 2020 Dates: September 6th, 2019 – May 15th, 2020
    2020 – 2021 Dates: September 4th, 2020 – May 14th, 2021
    2021 – 2022 Dates: September 3rd, 2021 – May 13th, 2022
    $6495 USD

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    – Minimum age is 17 yrs – with parental note. Most students are 18 +.
    – Passport required. Visa not required for stays up to 90 days (3 months) for U.S. citizens.
    – Check embassy (Consulate) requirements.
    – Plan to arrive a few days prior … get settled. Placement test is given on start date.
    – No airport pick-up available by university. Private arrangement possible (shuttle / taxi).


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