API in Grenoble, France: Language and Culture Studies
Students may study abroad in Grenoble at the Centre Universitaire d’Études Françaises de l’Université Grenoble Alpes (CUEF). The Université Grenoble Alpes was established in 1339 and is one of the oldest in Europe. The university is well known for its programs for foreigners learning French, and has welcomed foreign students from all over the world for over 100 years.
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 below 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. The CUEF levels correspond to those of the European Framework.
INTERMEDIATE – LOW ADVANCED STUDENTS
EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK LEVEL B1.0-B1.6 = 4 TO 5 SEMESTERS OF COLLEGE LEVEL FRENCH
Intermediate levels students can earn up to 18-20 U.S. credit hours per semester. Students spend approximately ten hours per week in their language course, two hours per week in the Translation course or the Vocabulary Improvement course, and six hours per week in “elective option” culture classes. Students may choose four “elective option” courses.
ADVANCED – HIGH ADVANCED STUDENTS
EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK LEVEL B1.7-B2.9 = 5 TO 6 SEMESTERS OF COLLEGE LEVEL FRENCH
Advanced level students can earn up to 18 U.S. credit hours per semester. Students spend approximately six hours per week in their French language course, two hours per week in the Translation course, two hours per week in the Techniques of Written Expression course and six hours per week in “elective option” culture classes. Students may choose four “elective option” courses.
EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK LEVEL C1 = NEAR FLUENCY IN FRENCH LANGUAGE
Superior level students can earn a maximum of 18 U.S. credits per semester. Students spend approximately six hours per week in their French language course and up to three hours per week in “elective option” culture classes (students may choose two from the list). Students may then select up to 8 hours of courses from the Travaux Dirigés at UFR (Unity of Formation and Research) in the subjects of literature, language or language studies. UFR courses are university classes with French students and require students to complete a research paper.