France: Language & Culture in 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.
The program provides the serious student with a full schedule of high quality language and culture classes taught by faculty at CUEF (Centre Universitaire D'Études Françaises) based at the Université de Grenoble 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 semester in France will start with a 4 day orientation in Paris.
While participants will earn direct OHIO credit for their classes, Program Director Prof. Duvert will travel with the group for two weeks at the beginning of the program. 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.
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.
To learn more, check out the blog run by students on the 2014 program here.
Semester dates for 2017- This program will run again in Spring 2019
January 15- May 20th, 2017*
*Please note: this program ends AFTER the end of spring semester at Ohio University
Eligibility and Selection Process
This program is open to all students who have completed a minimum of three semesters of university level French. Minimum overall 2.5 GPA required, plus minimum 2.75 GPA in French.
All applicants must also meet individually with the Program Director to demonstrate their linguistic skills.
All applicants must be in possession of a valid passport by October 1, 2016. If you do not yet have a passport or need to renew it, you must act now. You will need a valid passport on October 1, 2016 to apply for your visa for France. 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 judicial offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad. Click here to read the entire judicial policy.
Applicants must be matriculated OHIO students. Non-OHIO applicants must have successfully completed high school or its equivalent.
This program deadline is September 19, 2016 to be considered for Spring 2017.
Once you accept your nomination to the program you will be required to create an online account with API and complete certain paperwork. The API visa coordinator will provide guidance on the application process for the visa required for study in France.
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 these classes in Grenoble, and depending on their level of ability, students will earn 12 – 15 OHIO credits. Courses in which credit can be earned include:
FR 2120: Intermediate French II
FR 3110: Advanced Composition & Conversation I
FR 3120: Advanced Composition & Conversation II
FR 3215: French for Business
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 4334: French Through Film
FR 4439: Modern French Usage
FR 4506: 20th/21st Century French Literature
FR 4511: Francophone Literature & Culture
FR 4512: Francophone Literature & Culture
FR 4900: Special Topics
ML 2910: Field Experiences in France
If 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 Fall Semester. (This course will be added to your schedule by instructor permission after you have accepted your nomination to the program).
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. US citizens will need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. 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.
More information on visa can be found here.
Information for NON-US citizens can be found here .
For more information, contact:
Department of Modern Languages
Gordy Hall 335
Office of Global Opportunities
“Being immersed in the culture was just a really great thing, being able to get the true experience of living in France while also the ease of, 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.