- Classes taught in French
- Housing: local host families and dorms
- Meals: Students living with host families will have their own room and be provided with two meals (breakfast and dinner) per day.
- Students living in a student residence are provided with weekday lunch vouchers; all other meals are the responsibility of the student.
- For students with a minimum of four semesters of college French or the equivalent.
- Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors
- Completed API application
- One letter of recommendation
- One official transcript
- University Contact Information Form
- Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
- Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa
Dates & Fees
TOTAL CONTACT HOURS AVAILABLE PER SEMESTER
INTERMEDIATE 270 – up to 18 semester credit hours
ADVANCED 240 – up to 16 semester credit hours
SUPERIOR 255 – up to 17 semester credit hours
This program is designed to help students who want to study abroad in Grenoble improve their written and spoken French (via grammar, vocabulary and language activities), as well as increase the students’ knowledge of various areas of French culture and civilization including: literature, history, cinema, arts, politics and economics, and business. API has included the European Framework language level designations below to help students estimate which level they might place into and to be aware of the levels that can appear on their transcript. Note: 4 years of high school French generally equals 1 semester of college level French. The CUEF levels correspond to those of the European Framework.
INTERMEDIATE – LOW ADVANCED STUDENTS
EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK LEVEL B1.0-B1.6 = 4 TO 5 SEMESTERS OF COLLEGE LEVEL FRENCH
Intermediate levels students can earn up to 18 U.S. credit hours per semester. Students spend approximately ten hours per week in their language course, two hours per week in the Translation course or the Vocabulary Improvement course, and six hours per week in “elective option” culture classes. Students may choose four “elective option” courses.
ADVANCED – HIGH ADVANCED STUDENTS
EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK LEVEL B1.7-B2.9 = 5 TO 6 SEMESTERS OF COLLEGE LEVEL FRENCH
Advanced level students can earn up to 16 U.S. credit hours per semester. Students spend approximately six hours per week in their French language course, two hours per week in the Translation course, two hours per week in the Techniques of Written Expression course and six hours per week in “elective option” culture classes. Students may choose four “elective option” courses.
EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK LEVEL C1 = NEAR FLUENCY IN FRENCH LANGUAGE
Superior level students can earn a maximum of 17 U.S. credits per semester. Students spend approximately six hours per week in their French language course and up to three hours per week in “elective option” culture classes (students may choose two from the list). Students may then select up to 8 hours of courses from the Travaux Dirigés at UFR (Unity of Formation and Research) in the subjects of literature, language or language studies. UFR courses are university classes with French students and require students to complete a research paper.
API students will receive their transcript from the Centre Universitaire d’Études Françaises (CUEF) at Université Stendhal – Grenoble III.
- @api Online System
- Orientation Materials and Resources
- Mobile Phone
- Peer Mentors
- Social Networking
- Airport Reception
- API Centers, Resident Directors
- On-Site Orientation
- Housing (including meals and laundry with some options)
- Transit Pass
- Language & Culture Tools
- Medical & Life Insurance
- Excursions (overnight, day, international)
- Social & Cultural Activities
- Welcome and Farewell Group Meals
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Re-Entry Materials & Support
- Post-Program Evaluation
- Alumni Network & Professional Development Opportunities
Vija Mendelson is the Grenoble Program Manager and will work with you through your departure to France.
Anna Exertier (pictured below) and Marie de Rocca Serra are the Grenoble Resident Directors, and will work with you during your stay in France.