Semester in France

Basic information

  • Location: Grenoble, France | Map
  • Dates: Fall 2015 (offered in odd-numbered years)
  • Class requirement: Sophomore
  • GPA requirement: 2.50+
  • Prerequisite courses:
  • Cost: To be announced

Everywhere you look, you'll see mountains: the Chartreuse range sits to the north and to the west towers the Vercors range; the Belledonne range fills in the view to the east. The Drac and Isère rivers intersect in the picturesque town of Grenoble, in a valley carved out by a glacier. Here, you will thrive as you deepen your understanding of the French language and culture.

The semester in France program partners with the Centre Universitaire d'Etudes Francaises at the Université de Grenoble III, where you will take courses in French language and culture. You'll also live with a local family and learn about the French way of life firsthand.

To watch student-made video about the semester in Grenoble, use the password "France"

"Vous Pensez, I Think" from Lucas da Silva on Vimeo.

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Grenoble, France

This university town is known for its great museums, fine dining and active nightlife. It is also a booming center for scientific research and high-tech industry.

Things to do

While in Grenoble you can:

  • Ride the cable car up to the Bastille, and enjoy a gorgeous view of Grenoble for €5.45 round trip
  • Take public transit to one of the many mountain hiking trails or ski resorts during the winter
  • Go roller skating at the Parc Paul Mistral, a large park at the center of town
  • Enjoy a wide range of traditional and avant-garde films, theater productions and concerts the city offers year-round

The program also includes excursions to regional destinations like Villard-de-Lans and the Chartreuse Mountainsand and extended trips to Paris/Versailles, Lyon and Taize.

Population
Approx. 158,000, with more than 500,000 in the metropolitan area.
Climate
Temperatures in Grenoble typically range from just below freezing in the winter to about 85°F (30°C) in the summer.

Academics

The France semester program is hosted at the Centre Universitaire d'Études Françaises. Students will earn 15 credit hours through CUEF and Calvin courses. Over the duration of this program, you will take two courses from the program director:

  • STFR 330: Contemporary France
  • STFR 363: Francophone Literature and Culture in North Africa

In addition, you will also take courses at CUEF on topics such as language, stylistics, translation, literature and culture. When you successfully complete these courses, you will receive credit for:

  • STFR 315: Advanced Language Study in France
  • STFR 316: Advanced Language Study in France II
  • STFR 381: Special Topics

Contact Otto Selles for additional information concerning courses at the CUEF, and learn more about direct-enroll transfer credits in academic services.

Overall classroom “seat-time” will be greater than a regular semester at Calvin (potentially between 18.5 and 20.5 hours). Homework assignments for CUEF courses, however, are typically less demanding.

Grading

The grades from the courses given by the program director will be factored into your GPA. Grades from courses taken at the CUEF will be listed on your transcript but will not factor into your GPA.

Course Fulfillments

STFR 330 fulfills the Cross-Cultural Engagement core requirement as well as some requirements for French majors and minors. STFR 363 fulfills the Global & Historical Studies core requirement.

Accommodations

As part of this intensive language program, you will do a home stay in a French household in Grenoble.

Eligibility

You must be of sophomore status and have 2.5 GPA or higher to study in France. You must also be studying French at an advanced level in order to be considered. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors if there are too many applicants to the program.

Cost

The final program cost is expected to be within $2,000-$6,000 of Calvin tuition and room and board on campus. More specific cost information will be sent with your acceptance letter. The final program cost is based on many factors and is not known exactly until the number of students in the group has been identified. The financial information page covers the details that go into the cost of the program and rough estimates for each. The cost for the France semester will include:

  • Tuition
  • Flights
  • Local transit
  • Room and board
  • Program-related excursions
  • Visa fees

Additional expenses not included in the program fee: books, medical insurance (required), passport, and personal spending money.

Application

This year's application deadline has passed. Check back next year to apply.

Questions / contact

Vicki De Vries

Associate Professor
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