Here's what you get when you study abroad with CEA in French Alps: Grenoble:
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.
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.
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 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.
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."
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.
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.—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.
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.
Fabulous On-site Advisor
I really enjoyed my program. I really liked Grenoble and the people I met here. Our on-site advisor was fabulous and really made me feel at home.