apply nowIntensive Language Studies
HOST INSTITUTION: Université Grenoble Alpes (CUEF)
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: No previous study of French required. Open to all levels of French speakers.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Local host families and dorms. Host families provide two meals per day and laundry service. Students in dorms have access to kitchen and receive a meal stipend to cover weekday lunches. All Grenoble housing includes internet access. A monthly transit pass is included. 

This intensive language program is available for students at all levels of French who wish to study abroad in Grenoble. All students complete a comprehensive French language course that focuses on writing, oral expression, and pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. Students spend three hours a day in class and one hour a day in the language lab. There are typically a maximum of sixteen people in each class. Attendance is required for all classes, impacting both the number of contact hours/credits received and the final grades. Levels of French study is based on a placement exam administered upon arrival.


  • The Fall and Spring (Non-extended Program) terms are a combination of three intensive month sessions.
  • The Spring Extended Program term is a combination of four intensive month sessions

Students' levels will be evaluated at the end of each month session and most will move up in level over the course of the semester.


Transcripts: API students receive an official transcript from the Université Grenoble Alpes (CUEF) upon completion of their program. 

DATES & PRICES: Spring 2018: January 29, 2018 - April 28, 2018 $12,480
  Spring (Extended) 2018: January 29, 2018 - June 2, 2018 $14,580
  Fall 2018: September 24, 2018 - December 22, 2018 $11,880


Students taking a gap year in France will quickly find that the setting of this alpine city is what truly makes it unique. For a panoramic view of the city and surrounding mountains, take a ride on the téléphérique, or cable car, to the Fort de la Bastille. From there, explore the hiking trails and the grottes (caves) that were used as a defense many centuries ago. With a student population of 60,000, Grenoble is an ideal place to learn French. The slower pace of the city and the friendliness of the inhabitants make it easy to practice the language with locals. The city has several museums, numerous parks and plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities (skiing, hiking, biking). For the avid traveler, Grenoble is an excellent starting point for exploration, situated only three hours from Paris by high speed train and very close to Switzerland and Italy.

France Paris Notre Dame
France Paris Gold Horse Statue
France Paris Metro Station
France Paris Eiffel Tower Purple Sky
France Paris Eiffel Tower With Blue Sky
France Paris Eiffel Tower Looking Up
France Paris Louvre Pyramid
France Paris Metro Sign
France Paris Statue On Opera
France Paris Musee D Orsay Clock