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France: Language & Culture in Grenoble

France Grenoble



The Department of Modern Languages has partnered with API to offer this exciting opportunity for total immersion in the language and culture of France. Located in southeastern France at the foot of the French Alps, Grenoble is a city of some 165,000 inhabitants and a history dating back almost 2000 years. In 1968 the city hosted the 10th Olympic Winter Games. 

The program provides the serious student with a full schedule of high quality classes taught by faculty at CUEF (Centre Universitaire D'Études Françaises) based at the Université de Grenoble-Alpes III. Students will be able to link their academic work with daily life experiences, including interaction with their host family, dealing with practical aspects of French life such as transportation, banking, and shopping, cultural activities in the city of Grenoble, and excursions further afield.  Your program in France will start with a 4 day orientation in Paris.

Participants will earn direct OHIO credit for their classes. All in-country services will be provided by Academic Programs International (API). This includes airport reception, the 4 day Paris orientation, homestays, cultural and academic activities, and an on-site director available 24/7.

Program Length

Summer 2020

Option 1- May 26 - June 27, 2020  OR  June 30- August 1, 2020

Option 2- May 26- August 1, 2020

Eligibility and Selection Process


This program is open to all students who have completed a minimum of either 2 semesters of university level French (Option 1: Intensive Language, 4 weeks) or 3 semesters (Option 2: students completed Fr 2110 successfully. They are eligible for an 8 week program that combines Intensive Language courses and Language and Culture courses. This 8-week program fulfills the Study Abroad requirement for French majors). Minimum overall 2.5 GPA, plus minimum 2.75 GPA in French required for both options.

All applicants must also meet individually with the Program Director to demonstrate their linguistic skills (submission of graded written work and oral interview).

All applicants  must  be in possession of a valid passport by March 1, 2020. If you do not yet have a passport or need to renew it, you must act now.  Applicants who fail to meet this requirement will be dropped from the program.

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

Applicants must be matriculated OHIO students. Non-OHIO applicants must have successfully completed high school or its equivalent.

Application deadline



Please note that many scholarship deadlines fall before the program deadline. Admission to this program is by a rolling admission procedure, with applications reviewed by the program director as they are received. For motivated students: early application is recommended.

Priority Deadline: December 14, 2019

Final Deadline: January 17,  2020


Once accepted your nomination to the program you will be required to create an online account with API and complete certain paperwork.

Living Arrangements


All participants will live with host families in Grenoble, with one student per family. Students will have their own room and be provided with breakfast and dinner each day. All host family homes are equipped with wi-fi, and are located close to bus and tram routes for easy access to the university.


Courses and credits

Students will take a placement test on arrival in Grenoble to determine the classes they will attend during the program.

Upon successful completion of their classes in Grenoble, and depending on their level of ability, students will earn 6-9 OHIO Credits (Option 1) or 12- 15 OHIO credits (Option 2). Courses in which credit can be earned include:

Fr 2110: Intermediate French I (Option 1)

FR 2120: Intermediate French II (Option 1)

FR 3110: Advanced Composition & Conversation I

FR 3120: Advanced Composition & Conversation II

FR 3348: French Civilization & Culture I

FR 3349: French Civilization & Culture II

FR 3540: Intro to Reading French Literature

FR 3550: Intro to Prose

FR 4439: Modern French Usage

FR 4506: 20th/21st Century French Literature

FR 4900: Special Topics

ML 2950: Field Experiences in France (required for both options)


Once accepted, all students must be enrolled in and successfully complete the 1 – 2 credit ML 2492 Preparation for France course during the second half of Spring Semester. (This course will be added to your schedule by instructor permission after you have accepted your nomination to the program- Be sure you have made appropriate plans to take these credits during that term).



Undergraduate Summer 2019 Option 1- one month
Undergraduate Summer 2019 Option 2- two months


Undergraduate Summer 2020 Option 1- one month (TBD)
Undergraduate Summer 2020 Option 2- two months (TBD)



Find out about  scholarships  for this program.

Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

Additional Information on France

To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the  CIA World Factbook .

Health and safety 

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination.

Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination.

Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Requesting accommodation for disabilities

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the  Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program

Entry and exit requirements 

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States.  If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html.

Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found here.   Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program.  Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Information for NON-US citizens can be found  here .  

For more information, contact:

Dominique Duvert
Faculty Director
Department of Modern Languages 
Gordy Hall 335

Cherita King
Office of Global Opportunities
WIEC 023

“Being immersed in the culture was just a really great thing, I just have so much more confidence in my language ability and my ability to communicate with people in French. Grenoble was just a gorgeous place, it’s nestled in a valley between three different mountain ranges, so it was just a really beautiful place and I really liked it a lot.”  

- Natalie Miller on her study abroad experience in Grenoble.







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