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French Alps: Grenoble, France

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Home to the winter Olympics, cutting-edge nuclear physics research, and 60,000+ students from France and around the world, Grenoble in the French Alps offers a picturesque setting in which to immerse into local culture. Miles of Alpine trails, mountain lakes, and more than a dozen ski resorts within an hour’s drive make this culturally diverse college town a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Studying abroad in the French Alps puts a wonderland of natural beauty within reach; explore the hiking trails and Olympic ski slopes that surround Grenoble, or try your hand at indoor climbing, kayaking, or paragliding in the area's national parks. But the city is also a center in the fields of physics, computer science, and nanotechnology, as well as a hub for business studies and language learning. Take French classes at Université Grenoble - Alpes, study business at Grenoble Ecole de Management (ranked amongst the world's top 50 business schools), and gain hands-on experience through volunteering and career workshops. Wherever your academic, career, and personal interests lie, you'll find the right study abroad program in the French Alps.

Programs to love in French Alps: Grenoble

Programs to love in French Alps: Grenoble

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French Language & Culture

French Language & Culture

Université Grenoble - Alpes

Designed for intermediate French speakers and above, you’ll choose from a range of electives that deepen your understanding of French culture while complementing your language learning.

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  • Starting at $4,995
Intensive French Language

Intensive French Language

Université Grenoble - Alpes

Hone your French in an intensive program designed for students at all language levels. Join other international students from around the world as you improve your written and oral French language skills.

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  • Starting at $4,995
International Business

International Business

Grenoble Ecole de Management

Build your international business acumen at the renowned Grenoble Ecole de Management. You’ll be exposed to a unique global business environment and given opportunities for hands-on experience to boost your career opportunities.

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  • SU
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  • Starting at $7,995
Business Studies

Business Studies

Grenoble Ecole de Management

Courses in a range of business disciplines are taught in English. You’ll work alongside students from a wide range of nationalities and academic backgrounds, providing both valuable business education and a unique cross-cultural experience.

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  • Starting at $17,995
What's included in your Program'

What's included in your Program

From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!
  • 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
  • International Emergency Service 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)

Geneva

Exploring Provence

Aix-en-Provence

Annecy

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.

Annecy

Get the chance to walk around the beautiful lake of Annecy, the purest lake of Europe and maybe take a swim! This small, picturesque town is worth the journey! You’ll be able to discover the old town and its boutiques, cafés, local restaurants and markets. Take beautiful photos on the Pont des Amours and from the castle of Annecy tower. At the end of the day, enjoy a hot chocolate while admiring the sunset on the lake.

  

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.

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 bi-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 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.

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.

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:

  • Collège Pierre Dubois: Interact with French middle school students and talk about your culture. It’s a great opportunity to meet people, discover a new culture, and involve yourself in French activities!

  • 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.

Tea & Talk
The resident staff is happy to welcome you to have tea and talk with you, either to practice your French or just to share a moment together!

Tutoring
Work on your French homework with the resident staff, and take time to review lessons or to improve your French skills!

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.

Mobile Journalist Program

Want to build your digital portfolio 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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French Alps: Grenoble Housing

Available:

Semester
Summer

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. (Single apartments are subject to availability and additional fees apply).

Typical Commute

  • CEA Office in the French Alps: 10 minutes by bus/tram; 5 minutes walking
  • Université Grenoble - Alpes: 15-20 minutes by bus; 15 minutes by tram
  • Grenoble Ecole de Management: 15-20 minutes by bus; 10 minutes by tram

Meals Included

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Roommates

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

Unit Amenities

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

 

Additional Fees

  • Single Apartment:
    Summer: $200 - $550
    Semester: $1,000 - $1,500
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Available:

Semester
Summer

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 by tram
  • Université Grenoble - Alpes: 20-30 minutes by tram
  • Grenoble Ecole de Management: 20-30 minutes by tram

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
  • Internet Access
  • Telephone access available
  • Washer and Dryer
  • Central Heating or space heaters available
  • Fans available

Additional Fees

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

Semester
Summer

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 by bus
  • Université Grenoble - Alpes: 15-20 minutes by bus
  • Grenoble Ecole de Management: 15-35 minutes by bus

Meals Included

  • 60€ monthly stipend

Roommates

  • 1 student 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: $300-$1,000
  • Standard option for Summer programs
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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.

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Institutions

Université Grenoble - Alpes
Université Grenoble - Alpes

Université Grenoble - Alpes (previously known as Stendhal University - Grenoble 3), is part of the University of Grenoble system, founded in 1339 and one of Europe's oldest educational institutions. Famous alumni include Former President of Germany Richard Weizacker, Princess of Japan Masako Owada, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Today, Université Grenoble - Alpes remains 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 tram from the center of town. The campus has well-equipped facilities, up-to-date audiovisual equipment, new language labs, and outstanding athletic centers.

Université Grenoble - Alpes is well-known for its outstanding French-language teaching center. You’ll take language courses through the Centre Universitaire d'Etudes Françaises (CUEF), founded in 1896. The center hosts over 3,000 students from more than 100 countries who wish to learn or improve their French. CUEF offers instruction in French at all levels, from beginner to advanced, prepares 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 other university diplomas and certificates.

Accreditation

Université Grenoble - Alpes is recognized by the French Ministry of National Education as a degree-granting institution.

Grading

The French grading system is based on a scale of 20, as opposed to 100 in the U.S. 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 may indicate satisfactory performance. Grading in France is 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

U.S. Letter Equivalent

14-20

A

12-13.9

B+

11-11.9

B

10.5-10.9

B-

10.1-10.4

C+

10

C

9-9.9

C-

8-8.9

D

0-7.9

F

French diplomas may include one of the following five “mentions”:

Très Bien

Outstanding

A

Bien

Very Good

A to B+

Assez Bien

Good

B to B-

Passable

Passing

Passing

Ajourné

Failing

D to F

Classroom and 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 ranges from 10 to 16 students, allowing for personalized attention.
  • You’ll take classes with other international students of equivalent language level; students with superior or advanced French language skills have the option to take classes with French students.
  • The French teaching style differs from that in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations.

Amenities
  • Student Offices
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • Student Center
  • Study Room
  • Counseling Services
  • Student Health Center
  • University Library
  • Computer Lab
  • Printing Facilities
  • Student ID
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Academic Advising
  • Language Learning Services
  • Language Exchange with Local Students
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Student Sports Teams
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Dining Facilities
  • Free Campus Shuttle
  • Banks & Post Office
  • Copy & Mail Center
  • On-campus ATM
  • Bookstore
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Museum & Art Galleries
Grenoble Ecole de Management
Grenoble Ecole de Management

Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) is a leading European institution for management and business education and holds the rare distinction of triple accreditation through EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA. GEM was founded in 1984 and, through continuous improvement of its academic and professional programs and of its intellectual contributions, promotes leadership in management of technology and expertise in intercultural management for a technology-intensive global economy. GEM’s innovative pedagogy places the value of individual personalities and teamwork at its core

The Grenoble Ecole de Management is comprised of 3 schools: Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Grenoble, Ecole de Management des Systemes d'Information, and Grenoble Graduate School of Business (GGSB). GGSB is the international division of Grenoble Ecole de Management and delivers English language educational programs. Its mission is to develop future managers by providing them with the international skills necessary to be immediately operational in a global, multicultural environment. Students who successfully complete a program at GGSB are issued a transcript by the Grenoble Ecole de Management, which is accredited by EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), and AMBA (Association for MBA programs).

GEM’s programs have an international focus; the school attracts high-caliber students from diverse educational, professional, and cultural backgrounds and providing them with skills to meet the challenges of this new century. You’ll appreciate the opportunity to study alongside students from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures.

Accreditation

Grenoble Ecole de Management is accredited by EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and AMBA (Association for MBA programs).

Grading

The French grading system is based on a scale of 20, as opposed to 100 in the U.S. 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 may indicate satisfactory performance. Grading in France is 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

U.S. Letter Equivalent

14-20

A

12-13.9

B+

11-11.9

B

10.5-10.9

B-

10.1-10.4

C+

10

C

9-9.9

C-

8-8.9

D

0-7.9

F

Finally, French diplomas often include one of the following five “mentions”:

Très Bien

Outstanding

A

Bien

Very Good

A to B+

Assez Bien

Good

B to B-

Passable

Passing

Passing

Ajourné

Failing

D to F

 

Classroom and Information

  • Courses are taught by Grenoble Ecole de Management faculty, business professionals, and visiting professors from top universities worldwide; most faculty members are actively engaged in applied and academic research.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered.
  • All GEM programs implements individualized learning.
  • Attendance of classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • You’ll attend class with students from around the world.
  • All business electives are taught in English.
  • Language courses are available at various language levels.

Amenities
  • Student Offices
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • Student Center
  • Student Lounge
  • Study Room
  • Counseling Services
  • Student Health Services
  • University Library
  • Computer Lab
  • Printing Facilities
  • Student ID
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Academic Advising
  • Language Learning Services
  • Language Exchange with Local Students
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Student Sports Teams
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Dining Facilities
  • Free Campus Shuttle
  • Banks & Post Office
  • On-campus ATM
  • Museum & Art Galleries
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