Study Abroad

French-in-France Program (Grenoble, France)

Winter & Spring Quarters (January-June)
Deadline to Apply: June 8

Find out what is going on with our students who are studying in Grenoble!

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Grenoble, the city where "every street ends in a mountain," is the historical capital of the old province of the Dauphiné and the economic cultural hub of the French Alps. With its dynamic culture and alpine setting, Grenoble offers students a wide variety of experiences and activities.

Academic Program

Complete your 200 and 300 level French studies in Grenoble, France! The French-in-France program allows you to earn your French minor and work towards your French Major through joint enrollment at Seattle University and at the University Center for French Studies at the University of Grenoble (CUEF).

Although the University of Grenoble is not owned, operated, or controlled by Seattle University, the Modern Languages Department at Seattle University cooperates jointly with the University of Grenoble to promote our mutual interests in educational programs and learning opportunities focused on languages and international studies.

Fall Quarter on SU Campus:

All French-in-France participants will enroll Fall Quarter in FREN 215 French Language IV and/or FREN 291 Advanced French Language. These intensive French language courses will continue to build on the students' language skills while providing both a cultural and practical orientation in preparation for studying and living in France Winter and Spring quarters. This Fall quarter intensive language program is mandatory for all participants in the French-in-France program. Students will pay SU tuition.

Winter Quarter in Grenoble:

Students will register for either FREN 296 Advanced French or FREN 315 French Culture and Civilization (5 credits) taught by Seattle University faculty and for the French Language and Culture Studies Program (FLCS) at the CUEF. The FLCS program has both a language and a cultural component. The language component involves intensive French courses at intermediate and advanced levels. The cultural courses may be selected from the following areas: French Civilization and Culture, Political and Economic Life in Contemporary France, History of Contemporary France, French and Francophone Literatures, History of French Cinema, and History of French Art. Students will pay SU Tuition.

Spring Quarter in Grenoble:

Students will continue in the FLCS Program at the CUEF and will enroll in FREN 393 Morocco (5 credits) taught by Seattle University Faculty. The Seattle University faculty member will also lead the Spring Quarter study tour to Morocco that is an integral part of FREN 393 and the capstone event for the French-in-France program. Students will pay regular SU tuition. At the conclusion of the program, all students will have earned a Minor in French and may complete the French Major by taking additional 400 level courses upon returning to Seattle University. FREN 315 French Culture and Civilization meets the Seattle University Core Interdisciplinary Course Requirement. The French-in-France program also satisfies the Study Abroad requirement for both Modern Languages and International Studies.

Program Dates

The French-in-France program will follow the academic calendars of both Seattle University and the University of Grenoble. Specific dates will be announced during orientation.

Application Process

Students need to complete the online application form through the Education Abroad Office. Students must have completed the equivalent of one year of university level French with an overall minimum 3.0 GPA and a minimum 3.0 GPA in all their French courses. The names of the students will then be forwarded to the CUEF which is responsible for accepting the students to the FLCS part of the program and for providing letters of acceptance.

Travel Arrangements

Participants will be required to make their own travel arrangements and are expected to arrive in Grenoble by early January. Specific dates will be announced during orientation.

Room and Board

Home stays will be arranged by Academic Programs International. The home stay will include room, breakfast, and evening meals. Besides meals taken with the host family, students may eat at university restaurants or in inexpensive restaurants in downtown Grenoble.

Program Costs

Academic Program Costs: Participants will pay a program fee in addition to regular Seattle University tuition. Seattle University tuition will cover the costs both for the courses taught by Seattle University and for the courses offered at the CUEF. Seattle University tuition will also cover the costs for the on-site coordinator and the Winter Quarter excursions in Grenoble. The overall cost of the program is approximately the same as tuition, room and board at SU + airfare and personal expenses. See the Education Abroad Office for a more detailed budget.

Student Visa and Medical Insurance

Students must obtain a student visa prior to departure for Grenoble. Each participant is required to have an adequate medical and accident insurance policy for international travel. This insurance is also mandatory for the student visa. Details will be given at the orientation sessions.

Please submit the following materials directly to the Modern Languages & Cultures Department as soon as possible:

  • A recent photograph of yourself
  • A brief paragraph stating your reasons for applying to the FIF program
  • A letter of recommendation from your core advisor. Your most recent transcripts
  • Complete this FIF Form
IN ADDITION: All French in France applicants must also apply through Education Abroad and complete the required electronic form. This is separate, yet mandatory step (FIF is an SU-sponsored program).
In the beginning of March, each applicant will be contacted and asked to meet with Maria Leon and Victor Reinking, the two co-directors of the program for a 30 minute interview.
All applications must be currently enrolled in or have applies for admission to Seattle University as regular students. Should you have any questions regarding a financial package for this program, such as scholarship, grants, and loans, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (206) 296-2000.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Modern Languages & Culture Department, Xavier 100, (206) 296-5380.

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