API (Academic Programs International): Grenoble - Université des Alpes

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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 Gro... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.6
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I felt more comfortable communicating with locals in French. It was definitely worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned so much about French culture and French people. I was surrounded by people who loved to learn the same language as I do and they were just as excited as I was to dive into our studies and life in Grenoble. The people in my program made the trip worthwhile. - Trinity University View Entire Review
On top of the obvious language knowledge, I was able to gain more self confidence in my ability to function outside of my standard environment. Being able to travel on my own was especially gratifying and exciting. Now I am 100% certain that I could travel around France and properly communicate with the locals. - Texas A&M University - College Station View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with API (Academic Programs International): Grenoble - University Stendhal, Grenoble III
I learned to make sure that you do everything you can to make the most of your experience. Don't be scared and stay home, go out and explore, do things that you would normally be too shy to do. - Trinity University View Entire Review
You learn more about yourself, your priorities, and what it means to be an American. I learned to step out of the bubble that was my life by being in a different country, surrounded by people that I had never met and with whom I had very little in common. It was 100% worthwhile. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
I learned how to work with others to improve my language skills. It was extremely worthwhile! - Western Washington University View Entire Review
Yes! It was a great experience - Bryant University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with API (Academic Programs International): Grenoble - University Stendhal, Grenoble III
Study abroad has already had an immense impact on my life. It's created an immense desire to travel the world and learn about other cultures. The experience has also helped me land two internships and has changed my career goals to do something more internationally based. - Stonehill College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with API (Academic Programs International): Grenoble - University Stendhal, Grenoble III
Yes yes yes! I cannot stress enough how wonderful my experience with API was. I have no regrets about the program. It was the perfect vehicle for me to experience life abroad, learn about a host country, and learn about myself in turn. Studying abroad completely changed my life and who I am. The lessons I learned in Grenoble sti... - University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh View Entire Review
My study abroad experience changed my view on a lot of things. It changed my perspective on life, what I want from my life and what I want to do with my life. I met people who I will never forget and had an opportunity most people never have; to live in a different country. - Salisbury University View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was everything I could have hoped for and more. Because of my incredible experience I hope to live abroad again someday. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
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Completely worthwhile, I would do it again in an heartbeat! - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
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It has definitely made me want to prioritize traveling and explore the world even more. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
It is very hard to describe the exactly what I gained from this experience. I can now speak enough French to talk with my family (many whom speak French). But more importantly, I have gained a whole new sense of self-confidence. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Of course it was worth while, but I can't generalize the entire experience. - Berea College View Entire Review
January 10, 2014 French Adventures
I learned how to be independent and get things done on my own. How to be confident travelling alone. How to make friends quickly. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
I learned to relax, slow down, and live everyday to the fullest. Before going to France I was stressed and too focused on reaching my goals. While I still have these goals I've taken a step back and am perusing in a different, less stressful way. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with API (Academic Programs International): Grenoble - University Stendhal, Grenoble III
I learned French, more about the French culture and life style, and what it means to be French. It was very worthwhile, I am actually returning to France in the Spring with a different program only because the new program offers an internship aspect to it. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Most definitely! - University of Texas - San Antonio View Entire Review
I gained a better understanding of myself from study abroad. I gained confidence in my language abilities, but more importantly I understood that I could do anything. I didn't need to be pigeon-holed into one group of friends. I discovered I truly love traveling, I love to walk everywhere, and I appreciate a good bread. Study ab... - Salisbury University View Entire Review
Yes! The language skills I gained from my time in Grenoble have set me on a trajectory towards a positive and opportune future. I have already graduated from college and in the year between returning from my study abroad, I spent a summer on an independent research project trip in Uganda (time abroad in France gained skills for ... - Northeastern University View Entire Review
YES. The experience has changed my view on the French people and given me an insight as to who I am and what I can handle. - Longwood University View Entire Review
yes. i say yes to alot more experiences now, i definitely want to live abroad now and just do something that makes me happy, cubicles suck no matter where you are the in the world so do something original - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
This experience truly changed my perspective on the world, and therefore my life, as cliche as that sounds. I don't really know how to describe the manner in which it did so, or how I've changed in all the minute ways, because after hearing people talk about it but then experiencing it for myself, I really believe it is somethin... - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Past Review
Hell yes! - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review

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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.

  • Programs in Grenoble Includes:


  • Language & Culture Studies: This program is designed to help students who want to study abroad in Grenoble improve their written and spoken French (via grammar, vocabulary and language activities), as well as increase the students’ knowledge of various areas of French culture and civilization including: literature, history, cinema, arts, politics and economics, and business. API has included the European Framework language level designations on our website to help students estimate which level they might place into and to be aware of the levels that can appear on their transcript. Note: 4 years of high school French generally equals 1 semester of college level French. This program requires 3 semesters of college-level French or the equivalent. Depending on a student's language level, this program offers 18-20 US credits per semester. Students also have the unique opportunity to participate in a for-credit teaching internship. Students would be placed as an assistant in a middle school or pre-school, working with the local teacher and tutoring in the classroom. Students may choose this internship with or without credit but, if taken with credit, this course carries an additional fee. This opportunity is open to students at any level of French!


  • Intensive Language Studies: This intensive language program is available for students at all levels 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. This equates to twenty hours a week, as classes are taught Monday through Friday. 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. Level of French study is based on a placement exam administered upon arrival by the CUEF - Université des Alpes. Semester dependent, this program offers 14-21 US credits. Students also have the unique opportunity to participate in a for-credit teaching internship. Students would be placed as an assistant in a middle school or pre-school, working with the local teacher and tutoring in the classroom. Students may choose this internship with or without credit but, if taken with credit, this course carries an additional fee. This opportunity is open to students at any level of French!


  • Intensive Month Programs: This intensive language program is designed for students at all levels who wish to study abroad in Grenoble. All students take a comprehensive French language course that focuses on writing, oral expression and pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. Class sizes are no larger than sixteen students. Students receive a maximum of 5.33 credit hours per intensive month session. Students spend three hours a day in class and one hour a day in the language lab. This equates to twenty hours a week, as classes are taught Monday through Friday. 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. Level of French study is based on a placement exam administered upon arrival by the CUEF - Université des Alpes.


  • Intensive Language Studies - Summer: This intensive language program is designed for students at all levels who wish to study abroad in Grenoble. All students take a comprehensive course that covers writing, oral expression and pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. Classes are no larger than 16 students. Students receive a maximum of 6 credit hours per intensive summer session. There are three hours of class work and one hour of lab each day for a total of twenty hours of class per week. Level of study is based on a placement exam administered upon arrival by the CUEF - Université des Alpes. Attendance is required for all classes and has a major impact on the final grades and the number of contact hours and credits received.


  • Language & Culture Studies - Summer: Students who wish to study abroad in Grenoble on API’s French Language and Culture Studies summer program will take approximately ten hours per week of language and ten hours per week of elective culture classes. This program requires a minimum two semesters of previous French language study. Students may earn a maximum of 90 contact hours (6 semester credits) per summer term. All students may choose two courses from the list of options. Options are subject to minimum enrollment. Level of study is based on a placement exam administered upon arrival by the CUEF - Université des Alpes. Attendance is required for all classes and has a major impact on the final grades and the number of contact hours and credits received.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Internship
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • French
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • French
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • International Relations
  • French Language, Literature
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Year Founded:
1997
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API / Academic Programs International Scholarships

The API regional scholarships (Asia/Middle East, Europe, Latin America) provide awards that range from $250 to $800 per session. All API students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are encouraged to apply. The scholarship is both need and merit-based. We will review your academic record, essays and financial need as stated in your own words. This scholarship is offered to quarter/semester, academic year, and summer students.

$250-$800

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
3.0+ GPA, Letter of recommendation, two essays,

API is pleased to support students who are the first in their families to attend a college or university. The First Generation Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 per session and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, and summer students.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements: Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher Be a first-generation college student (i.e., parents and grandparents did not attend a college or university). Show financial need. Letter of recommendation, two essays,

This scholarship is offered to API participants who attend a community or technical college in the U.S., and awards range from $250 to $750 per session.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Letter of recommendation, two essays,

The API STEM scholarship is offered for API participants who are studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The API STEM Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, and summer students.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements: Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. Major in an area classified as a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics). Special consideration will be given to students who are taking courses related to their major while abroad. Show financial need. Letter of recommendation Two essays

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Students participating in an API program who have been awarded a Gilman scholarship will be eligible to receive up to $1,000 in matching contributions from API for a study abroad program, or up to $500 in matching contributions from API for an intern abroad program. To receive this award, Gilman winners should indicate their scholarship details on their financial aid information after acceptance to an API study abroad program.

Up to $1,000

Deadlines:
See Gilman deadlines in link below.

Guidelines/Requirements:
See Gilman requirements in link below.

API is proud to provide a diversity scholarship in order to support students from a variety of backgrounds. The API Diversity Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, or summer students. In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must be one or more of the following: a U.S. military veteran, a non-traditional student (30 years old or older), a student with a disability, a minority student, and/or a LGBTQ student.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must be one or more of the following: a U.S. military veteran, a non-traditional student (30 years old or older), a student with a disability, a minority student, and/or a LGBTQ student. Letter of recommendation Two essays

It is not an easy task to juggle the demands of college athletics with academic responsibilities while pursuing other interests on campus. API supports both current and college-bound student-athletes participating on our programs. We welcome student-athletes across all divisions of the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA to apply.

$250- $750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Only for student-athletes across all divisions of the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA. Students applying must also have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and submit a letter of recommendation and two essays.

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