The Grenoble French Studies Program offers intensive language study and university coursework at the Université Grenoble Alps, an institution that dates from the fourteenth century. For the Summer French Studies Program, students enroll in one of two tracks based on their level of language proficiency and specific academic interest.

  • For Track I – Minimum of two semesters of college-level French, or the equivalent.
  • For Track II – Minimum of five semesters of college-level French, or the equivalent.
  • Admissions requirements for all programs
Students enroll in two courses as indicated below in the track descriptions. Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

Track I: Intermediate Language & Civilization

Students enroll in one course on French civilization and culture and one French language course. The courses are not taught simultaneously; the French language course is taught in the first half of the program. Students then move on to their civilization and culture course in the latter half. All courses are conducted in French.

Students must enroll in the following course:

  • CAS LF 261 French Civilization (4 credits)
    • Prerequisite: CAS LF 112, second-semester college French, or the equivalent.
    • Seminar exploring French culture and civilization. Course readings are drawn from the French and European press as well as a French history text. Readings focus on French cultural and social trends, as well as France’s differences and particularities with regard to the rest of Europe. Visits to historical and cultural sites in and around Grenoble.
    • Syllabus

Students also enroll in one of the following language courses:

  • CAS LF 211 Third-Semester French (4 credits)
    • Prerequisite: CAS LF 112, second-semester college French, or the equivalent.
  • CAS LF 212 Fourth-Semester French (4)
    • Prerequisite: CAS LF 211, third-semester college French, or the equivalent.
    • Continuation of CAS LF 211. Grammar review, conversation, and composition. Selections from contemporary literature with discussions in class.
  • CAS LF 303 Composition & Conversation I (4)
    • Prerequisite: CAS LF 212, fourth-semester college French, or the equivalent.
    • Development of spoken and written French. Includes grammar review, writing, pronunciation, comprehension, conversation, and vocabulary building.

Track II: Advanced Language & Culture

Students enroll in one course on French civilization and culture and one French language course. The courses are not taught simultaneously; the French language course is taught in the first half of the program. Students then move on to their civilization and culture course in the latter half. All courses are conducted in French.

Students must enroll in the following course:

  • CAS FR 342 French Culture (4 credits)
    • Prerequisite: CAS LF 303, fifth-semester college French, or the equivalent.
    • Focuses on French identity and its relationship to French literature. Selected readings drawn from seventeenth to twentieth century literary texts. Visits to historical and cultural sites in and around Grenoble.

Students also enroll in one of the following language courses:

  • CAS LF 304 Composition & Conversation II (4 credits)
    • Prerequisite: CAS LF 303, fifth-semester college French, or the equivalent.
    • Continuation of CAS LF 303. Includes grammar review, writing, pronunciation, comprehension, conversation, and vocabulary building.
  • CAS LF 306 Advanced Oral Expression (4)
    • Prerequisite: CAS LF 303, fifth-semester college French, or the equivalent.
    • Problems of articulation and intonation; special attention given to corrective phonetics. Readings of poetic and dramatic texts with emphasis on diction.
Local Homestay

  • Individual bedrooms in local family home. May be housed with another program student, but in separate rooms. Each room has a bed, a desk, and some storage space. Linens are provided and washed regularly.
  • Kitchen access is not guaranteed. Students will have the ability to reheat food.
  • Board included, 2 meals/week with family; students prepare their own breakfast at home; stipend for the rest.
  • Students can eat at the University of Grenoble’s cafeteria.
  • Host families provide laundry, internet.
  • Gyms available at the university and in town, but may be expensive. Many people exercise outdoors. Many students study at home, as university libraries have more restricted hours than in the US.
  • Summer Term: Late May to mid-July
  • Summer Term: March 1