Designed for intermediate French speakers and above, this program will help you improve your French proficiency while deepening your understanding of French culture. Language courses focus on oral expression, vocabulary development, phonetics, and listening comprehension. You'll also choose elective courses focused on the culture, history, and art of France; elective courses are taught in French to complement and enhance your language learning. Elective course options increase in proportion to your language level, but all are designed to expand your language skills while expanding your knowledge of French culture.
Each semester, you'll enroll in a language course at your level. Intermediate-level students will also choose 1 translation or vocabulary course and 3 elective courses, all taught in French. Advanced-level students will also choose 1 translation or vocabulary elective, 1 written or oral expression course, and 3 elective courses, all taught in French.
Contact hours for language courses vary, but generally range from 90-150 contact hours/6-10 credits per semester. Elective courses meet for 22-30 contact hours/1.5-2 credits per semester. You may earn 14.5-16.5 credits (up to 246 contact hours) per semester, and 29-33 credits (up to 492 contact hours) per academic year.
Classes meet Monday-Friday. Active learning components required by your courses may be scheduled for Fridays.
You’ll take a language placement test after you arrive in Grenoble. Registration will then be finalized on-site, based on the results of your language placement test. If you don’t test at the intermediate level or higher, you'll be moved to the Intensive Language Program (additional fees may apply). It is in your best interest to have multiple alternative courses approved by your home university prior to your departure due to course availabilities. To ensure that you receive credit for the language level you place into, have your home university pre-approve courses at several levels before you leave for France. Please consult with your academic advisor at your home university on credit pre-approval guidelines.
When you study abroad in the French Alps: Grenoble, you can choose CEA housing or arrange your own independent housing. CEA housing assignments are based on availability and confirmation date; we make every effort to match your housing requests, but we can’t guarantee housing preferences.
Life-Long Benefits I made friends I will have for the rest of my life. I learned a lot about not only France, but who I am and what I am capable of. Everybody should have the chance to study abroad because there are so many benefits.
Grand Valley State University,
Spring 2014 ,
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