Study Abroad in French Alps: Grenoble, France

French Alps: Grenoble

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 program in the French Alps.

About the Country


France has long drawn intellectuals, artists, authors, and revolutionaries, serving as a muse that sparks creative thought and action across the centuries. The country’s colorful history lives on in its iconic architecture, prestigious universities, and rich culture. In a country the size of Texas, you’ll find hundreds of renowned galleries and museums to explore, natural beauty ranging from 1,240 miles of beaches to fragrant lavender fields, five major mountain ranges to world-famous culinary traditions. Here, you can hone your French language proficiency, gain skills in an international internship, and earn credit toward your degree…students of all majors and all language levels will find the right program in France.

Justine Mons, Program Director

Justine comes to CEA having worked at a student accommodation in the center of Grenoble. Through this work, with French and foreign students, she discovered her desire and passion for education. More


Local Highlights

La Belle Electrique

The Belle Electrique concert hall and music center is a unique space dedicated to XXI century amplified music.

Café de la Table Ronde

Founded in 1739, this Grenoble landmark is a great place to stop for an espresso while catching up on homework or connecting with friends.

Grenoble Museums

Most Grenoble Museums are free to students, including the Grenoble Museum of Art and the Museum of Archeology located next door to CEA’s office.

Grenoble Restaurants

While there are too many good restaurants to mention them all, burgers are on the rise in France and Grenoble! Check out O’Callaghan’s Burger restaurant or Shakesbeer Bar, located in the historic town center.

Caves at Sassenage

A quick 30-minute ride on public transportation takes you to a winding path of caves and waterfalls in the nearby Vercors Mountains.


For skiing enthusiasts, Skiligne offers round trip transportation and ski lift passes to several resorts for very reasonable rates.


Walk out the CEA office door, turn left, and start walking up the mountain to get to the Bastille. This old fortress overlooking the city is a portal to many hiking trails. Just ask for a guidebook in the CEA office!

Acrobastille Trails

This not-too-expensive activity involves climbing and zip lines and takes a few hours on sometimes scary— but very safe—trails. Very exhilarating!

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Egan Osaki, Spring16 MOJO, French Alps: Grenoble.

Excellent School, Friendly People  
The people were friendly, the activities were plentiful, the school was excellent, and the city was beautiful. I befriended students from every continent. Not to mention the outdoor recreation available here was amazing, I was able to climb, ski, run, dance, and hike.

Emily Milton
Iowa State University,
Fall 2015, French Alps: Grenoble, France
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