What You Get

Expect a lot of perks when you study abroad with CEA. From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!

Here's what you get when you study abroad with CEA in French Alps: Grenoble:

  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising
  • Visa & Immigration Advising
  • Financial Advising
  • Tuition and Registration
  • Airport Pick-up
  • On-site Orientation
  • City Tour
  • On-site Staff Support
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • Generali Global Assistance Travel Support
  • Welcome & Farewell Events
  • Centrally Located Housing
  • Transportation Pass
  • Wellness Activities
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Language Exchanges
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Excursions
  • Student Clubs & Organizations
  • Host Institution Services & Amenities
  • Official Transcript(s)

Housing Options

Our carefully chosen housing options enhance your experience abroad by allowing you to live like a local. While we do attempt to match your preferences with our housing options, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed. Housing and roommate assignments are first-come, first-serve based on availability; apply early to help us organize your housing arrangements.

Apartment

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All CEA students studying in the French Alps have the option of living in apartments while abroad. Generally located in the town center, these apartments cater to the independent, do-it-yourself type students who want to experience the French Alps just as the locals do. Cook tasty French meals with your roommates in your kitchen, explore the personality of the neighborhood that surrounds you and make your new apartment a home.

TYPICAL COMMUTE

  • CEA Office in the French Alps: 15-20 minutes
  • Université Grenoble - Alpes: 15-20 minutes
  • Grenoble Ecole de Management: 15-20 minutes

MEALS INCLUDED

N/A

ROOMMATES

  • 2 students per room
  • 3-4 students per apartment

Unit Amenities

  • Shared full kitchen
  • Shared-co-ed bathroom
  • Partial bed linens included
  • Internet access
  • Telephone access
  • Washer only
  • Central heating or space heaters
  • Fans available
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Homestay

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Engage in the French Alps' vibrant culture firsthand when you live in a homestay with a French family. For the culture-seeking type whose study abroad goals include improving French language skills and cultural understanding, homestays provide the opportunity to dive headfirst into the daily lives of Grenoble locals. (Additional Fees apply)

TYPICAL COMMUTE

  • CEA Office in the French Alps: 20-30 minutes
  • Université Grenoble - Alpes: 20-30 minutes
  • Grenoble Ecole de Management: 20-30 minutes

MEALS INCLUDED

  • 2 meals per day – Breakfast & Dinner (M-F)

ROOMMATES

  • 1 student per room
  • 1-2 students per Homestay

Unit Amenities

  • Limited Kitchen
  • Shared-co-ed bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Towels Included
  • Internet Access
  • Telephone access available
  • Washer and Dryer
  • Central Heating or space heaters available
  • Fans available

ADDITIONAL FEES

  • Semester: $800-$1,500
  • Summer: $400-$1,000
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Residence Halls

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If you crave a taste of university life abroad, live in a French Alps Residence Hall. Situated near several local markets and the city’s main tram lines, Residence Halls embrace the bustling city center and typically house French, international and North American students. If you enjoy living in a student community and hope to make friends from all over the world, this housing option is a great fit for you. (Additional Fees apply)

TYPICAL COMMUTE

  • CEA Office in the French Alps: 15-20 minutes
  • Université Grenoble - Alpes: 15-20 minutes
  • Grenoble Ecole de Management: 15-35 minutes

MEALS INCLUDED

  • 60€ monthly stipend

ROOMMATES

  • 1-2 students per room

Unit Amenities

  • Shared Kitchenette
  • Shared- single sex bathroom
  • Partial bed linens included
  • Internet Access
  • Telephone access available
  • Pay-per-wash
  • Central Heating

ADDITIONAL FEES

  • Semester: $200-$900
  • Standard option for Summer programs
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Independent Living

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While CEA highly recommends that you choose one of our French Alps housing options provided, you also have the option to arrange independent housing. If your ideal housing scenario includes living in a particular neighborhood, having specific amenities or living with a specific person as your roommate, then independent housing could be just the ticket for you.

Use the online housing application form to request permission for this option no later than the application closure date. If your request is approved, you will receive a rebate for your housing payment, however CEA will not provide you with any assistance setting up independent housing. Keep in mind, rebates are not granted to students who move out of their CEA housing or choose to pursue independent living arrangements after the application closure date.

TYPICAL COMMUTE

N/A

MEALS INCLUDED

N/A

ROOMMATES

N/A
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Excursions

Don’t miss the chance to venture outside your host city and explore the surrounding area. Excursions are offered for all semester, year, and summer programs. You’ll receive a calendar of CEA excursions for your program during orientation.

Geneva

This excursion takes you across the border to the heart of European diplomacy, beginning with a guided tour of the United Nations. Shop for Swiss chocolates and tour a local flea market before visiting the world-famous Jet d’Eau, or water jet, on Lac Leman. Traversing the lake by water taxi, you’ll have the opportunity to experience this well-known landmark up close. End the excursion with a visit to Geneva’s old town and the Art and History Museum, specializing in Swiss and international art and history exhibitions.

Vienne

Vienne may be small in size, but it’s rich in history. Between Grenoble and Lyon, Vienne is home to the Temple of Augustus, part of a Roman forum built around 20 BC. Explore one of France’s largest outdoor markets and picnic in a nearby park before visiting the Saint Roman–en-Gal archeological site and museum, once an upper-class neighborhood during the Gallo-Roman period. The visit includes a tour of the ruins, from artifacts to the remains of buildings themselves. You’ll be amazed by the unearthed townhouses, public baths, markets, and warehouses along paved Roman streets. The museum also houses an unusually well-preserved display of Gallo-Roman mosaics.

Avignon

This excursion begins with a stroll through the streets of Avignon, followed by an audio tour of the 14th century Palais des Papes. Afterwards, you’re free to explore the Marche’ de Noel (Christmas market) and local shops of this renowned walled city, followed by a typical Provencal meal. You’ll also visit the market at Les Halles, known for its exterior "living wall," a vertical garden designed by botanist Patrick Blanc. Here, we’ll meet for a group picnic on the Rocher des Doms, an elevated rocky outcrop overlooking the Rhone River. Finally, we’ll visit the 12th century Pont d’Avignon, the inspiration for the famous song "Sur Le Pont d’ Avignon."

Exploring Provence

The ancient city of Arles— the current capital of photography in France—is known for its Romanesque architecture and resident Vincent Van Gogh. Visit the local market, tour Arles with a guide, and spend the night in a 16th century hotel facing the Roman amphitheater and arena. A morning trip to the Mediterranean coast takes you to Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, where the annual Pelerinage d'Octobre or October pilgrimage celebrates the arrival of the town’s patron saints. The colorful procession dates back to the 12th century, where locals dressed in period costume re-enact the arrival of Les Saintes Maries. Observe this tradition while following the procession to the sea. You’ll have time to explore the village before testing your horseback riding skills along the marshy, windswept coastline.

Aix-en-Provence

Begin your exploration of Aix-en-Provence with a stroll along the famous Cours Mirabeau before wandering through Aix’s bustling Provençal market area. A guided visit of Paul Cézanne’s studio brings you into the workplace of this great painter and renowned Aix citizen. The next day, you’ll visit the Maison Saint Victoire to view an exhibition depicting Aix’s long history, from prehistoric times to the present. Then we’ll head over to Mont Saint Victoire for a leisurely hike and relaxed picnic in the beautiful mountains so often portrayed in Cézanne’s paintings.

Cultural Engagement

Take advantage of the unique flavors of the French Alps. CEA offers a variety of local cultural activities to match your interests. Whether you enjoy music concerts, clubs, sports, cooking classes, language exchanges or something entirely different, our resident staff can help you get involved in the local culture.

F.A.C.E.

F.A.C.E.—Food, Art, Conversation, and Expression—is a weekly gathering where you can learn about and share local cuisine (including the secrets of Grenoble's signature dish, gratin dauphinois), work on individual or group art projects, and express yourself through music and conversation. This team-building opportunity allows you to take a few hours a week to disconnect from your digital world and truly make an effort to reestablish face-to-face interaction with peers and occasional guest speakers. You're encouraged to share your feelings, ideas, experiences, and passions while interacting in an intimate and personal environment.

American Corner

Qualified students have the opportunity to intern at the American Corner. This a unique opportunity to promote American culture and university education to French nationals, while personally meeting the American Consul from Lyon and Grenoble’s elected officials.

University-Sponsored French/International Exchange & Cultural Events

This program connects you with French LEA (Langue étrangères appliquées or Applied Foreign Languages) and LCE (Langue et civilisation étrangère or Foreign Civilization and Language) students through email. You’ll also enjoy organized international meals, dances, and weekend mountain hikes. Supplemental fees may apply.

Wine and Cheese Introduction

This popular event introduces you to a few (among hundreds!) possible combinations of French cheeses and wines. For example, learn which wine best goes with the local “bleu de Vercors” or which cheese goes well with Champagne.

Other Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Immerse in local culture and language while making a difference in your host community by volunteering! You'll improve your language skills, meet new people, help those less fortunate, and promote goodwill between people of different nationalities and cultures. Volunteer opportunities are offered through a variety of local organizations and associations, such as:

  • The American Corner: Work with the French public to promote American culture and university education.
  • Tourist Office: Help with translations or work with the public.
  • Centre d’ Art Bastille: Help translate documents into English at this small contemporary art center.
  • Les Restos du Coeur: Aid the homeless by providing meals and clothing.
  • Secours Catholique: Work on projects to help the under-privileged throughout the city and region; volunteers may also offer administrative assistance or help with English lessons.
  • Amnesty International: Work with this global human rights organization.


GEM Student Associations

Grenoble Ecole de Management’s many student associations offer a range of ways to get involved, such as:

  • Altigliss, which organizes an annual Student “World Cup” ski and snowboard event in the Alps.
  • Aloha, which helps students orient to life at GEM and organizes parties and trips.
  • I.C.O., which promotes nautical sports such as swimming, boat racing, rowing, rafting, and canyoning (rock climbing in waterfalls).
  • Millési’Mets, which promotes gastronomy and oenology (wine knowledge)
  • Bureau des Sports, the student gateway to a variety of sports including tennis, soccer, rugby, volleyball, hand-ball, basketball, fitness, hiking, golf, ping pong, and badminton.

CUEF Cultural Activities

Université Grenoble - Alpes’ Centre Universitaire d’Études Françaises (CUEF) offers cultural activities such as:

  • Ateliers de Conversations: This monthly conversation workshop provides opportunities for you to meet French students and practice your language skills
  • Special theme evenings such as wine tasting, salsa dancing, concerts, and ski outings encourage mingling with French students. These events are free or very inexpensive, and vary from month to month.

Career and Re-entry Workshop

Explore the skills and knowledge you’ve gained and learn how to articulate your growth in your future job searches. In this interactive workshop, you’ll reflect and process your study abroad experience, connect study abroad with your career goals, and obtain practical advice to help you transition back to the U.S.

Mobile Journalist Program

Want to build your digital portfolio and earn $500 while you study abroad? Join the Mobile Journalist (MOJO) program! You’ll blog, photograph, and video your experience abroad, then share them on social media.

Alumni Ambassador Program

Your study abroad adventure doesn’t have to end when your program is over. Keep sharing your study abroad love on your home campus…become an Alumni Ambassador! This internship allows you to help other students on their study abroad journeys while gaining work experience and growing your professional network.

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