Language and Culture Through Study Abroad - France
This project offers an opportunity for students who would like to study French intensively and who would like to explore study abroad on a smaller scale. This program is designed for intensive language study at all levels and is sponsored by API.
Students will spend Interim in Grenoble, France. With a student population of 50,000, 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 activity (skiing, hiking, biking). For the avid traveler, Grenoble is an excellent starting point for exploration, being about 3 hours from Paris by train and very close to Switzerland and Italy. In addition, 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, that takes you up to the Fort de la Bastille. From there, explore the hiking trails and the Grottes (caves) that were used as defense many centuries ago. This program is an excellent way to "warm up" for a longer semester abroad or to improve French language skills within a short time period.
Successful completion of French 102 and 3.0 GPA is required; instructor permission only.
Students will enroll in JAN 424 D during Interim. While abroad in Grenoble, all students will take a comprehensive course that covers writing, oral expression and pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. Classes are in groups no larger than sixteen students. Students spend three hours a day in class and one hour a day in the language lab, and classes are taught Monday through Friday. The language courses have three goals: to acquire a sound basis of grammar, vocabulary and idiom; to develop different means of expression and written and oral comprehension; and to learn about French culture. The methods of language teaching are varied and include such activities as the study of authentic documents, including newspapers, comic strips, literary texts and videos. All classes call for the active participation of students. Students are given a placement exam upon arrival to determine their language placement level.
All students must meet eligibility requirements as stated by the program. This project abroad is graded A-F, and students must complete a full application to the program in addition to the Wofford study abroad application. Final acceptance into the program is contingent upon acceptance by API as well as permission from the Wofford coordinator.
Students studying abroad in Grenoble have two different housing options – students may choose to live with a host family or in a student residence. Students who choose to live with families will have their own room and be provided with two meals (breakfast and dinner) per day and laundry service. Host families serve as a unique introduction into French culture, and may be made up of a married couple with children, retirement-age couples, or a divorced or widowed woman with or without children. Most families do not live in the city center, rather they may be located throughout the city and in the surrounding suburbs. Families who live outside the city typically have larger homes with sizeable yards.
Students in Grenoble may also choose to live in a student residence. Students live with other international, American, and French students. Students have a single room, with either a kitchenette in their room or access to a shared kitchen on their floor. Bathroom facilities are shared per floor, although some rooms may have bathroom amenities. Laundry facilities are available, and there are common areas throughout the building as well. A meal stipend to cover weekday lunches is provided; all other meals are the responsibility of the student.
Program fee: $4,060
This cost includes instruction, housing, some meals, airport pick-up, transit pass, activities and excursions, course materials and transcripts, and international insurance.
International airfare: $1,400
Passport: $150 (all students must have a valid passport to participate)
Books and supplies: $30
Security deposit: $250
Personal expenses: $400
Wofford Travel Grants
The Wofford College Travel Grants provide assistance to students who are participating in an Interim Travel/Study program. Financial need and academic merit are the principle considerations in awarding these grants. Please note that an application for a Wofford Travel Grant does not substitute for the Travel/Study project application for Interim.
To be eligible to apply for a Travel Grant, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (except first-year students applying in the fall) and be in good social and academic standing with the College. Awards range from $500 - $1,500. The number of awards granted will depend upon the number of applicants as well as available funds. The award is directly applied to the applicant's program fees. To apply, complete the online Wofford College Travel Grant application
For More Information
Visit the JAN 424: Language & Culture Through Study Abroad website
Visit the API Grenoble, France website