Ohio University

France: Language and Culture in Grenoble

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Program Feature

Language Immersion

Program Term


Program Type

OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

Language and Area Studies

Application Deadline

February 15 at 11:59am

For more information, contact:

Dominique Duvert 
Program Director 
Department of Modern Languages  
Gordy Hall 335 

Cherita King 
Senior Program Coordinator 
Office of Global Opportunities


River and bridge


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.

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. 

Program Dates 

Option 1 (4 Weeks)

  • May 25 - June 26, 2021
  • June 29 - July 31, 2021

Option 2 (8 weeks)

  • May 25 - July 31, 2021

This program is offered annually and typically opens for application by the beginning of November.

Study Away and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial and academic risk. Please click here to read information related to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic


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). 


The program fee for this program includes: Student homestays (breakfast and dinner 7 days a week), excursions, cultural activities, orientation, airport pick up, on-site and emergency support, academic instruction, welcome and farewell dinner, and international medical health insurance.

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 6-9 (4 weeks) OR 12-15 credits (8 weeks)  credit hours of tuition, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet 2021 - 4 weeks 

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet 2021 - 8 weeks

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 

Funding Opportunities

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

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). 

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.

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

All applicants must be in possession of a valid passport by March 1, 2021. 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. 

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

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. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter or reside in the country. 

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special document to enter the country for the length of this program. 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 this program. 

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s  Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found  here