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French Alps: Grenoble Academic Institution

Stendhal University - Grenoble 3
Stendhal University - Grenoble 3 is recognized by the French Ministry of National Education as a degree granting institution.
Available Programs
French Language & Culture
Intensive French Language
Stendhal University - Grenoble 3

Stendhal University - Grenoble 3

Stendhal University - Grenoble 3, is part of the University of Grenoble system, which was founded in 1339. The University of Grenoble is one of Europe's oldest educational institutions, dating from the fourteenth century. Famous alumni include Former President of Germany, Richard Weizacker, Princess of Japan, Masako Owada and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Today, Grenoble is an outstanding university center, with a long tradition of excellence in the arts and sciences. The university is housed on a modern, spacious campus approximately ten minutes by bus or tramway from the center of town. The campus has well-equipped facilities, up-to-date audiovisual equipment, new language labs and outstanding athletic centers.

Stendhal University - Grenoble 3 is well known as having one of the best French-language teaching centers in the country. Courses for CEA students are offered by the Centre Universitaire d'Etudes Françaises (CUEF), founded in 1896 as the University's Center for Foreign Languages. Today, the center hosts over 3,000 students from more than 100 countries who wish to learn or to improve their French. It offers instruction in French at all levels, from beginner to advanced, preparing intermediate students for the Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Francaise (DELF), and advanced students for the Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française (DALF), as well as diplomas of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and its own university diplomas and certificates.

The university offers a variety of services to CEA students including a student ID card, computer lab with internet access, language lab with assistant, student health center, student travel office, laundry facilities, swimming pool, bike rentals, and university sponsored excursions.

Classroom Information

  • Language and elective courses are taught by French faculty at the Centre Universitaire d'Etudes Françaises (CUEF)
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance of classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Class size range between 10 to 16 students allowing more personalized attention.
  • Classes are specifically offered to be taken with other international students of equivalent language level and not with French students (students with superior or advanced French language skills have the option to matriculate and take classes with other French students).
  • French style of teaching is different from those found in the US or Canada. Students should be prepared to adapt to the different classroom structure and coursework expectation for your school.


The French grading system is based on a scale of 20, as opposed to 100 in the US system. It would be inaccurate to merely multiply a French grade by a factor of five to find its U.S. equivalent. Grades in France are awarded on a scale of 1-20, but the tradition is such that grades higher than 16 are seldom awarded. The passing grade for a single subject is usually 10/20 although grades of 8 and 9 can indicate satisfactory performance. Grading in France is particularly severe and can vary from one institution to another and from one course to another.

The Franco-American Commission for Educational Exchange recommends the following comparison of grades:

French Number Grade
US Letter Equivalent

Finally, French diplomas often include one of the following five “mentions” which we have translated into English:

Très Bien Outstanding A
Bien Very Good A to B+
Assez Bien Good B to B-
Passable Passing Passing
Ajourné Failing D to F


  • Interpretation of the French scale in terms of American grading standards was taken from the website of World Education Services, WES (
  • The Franco-American Commission for Educational Exchange supports the interpretation of the French scale provided by WES.
  • For more information regarding the French educational system refer to:
    • Assefa, A. Mariam. France: A Study of the Education System of France and a Guide to the Academic Placement of Students in Educational Institutions in the United States. Washington, D.C.: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, 1988.