Summer French Intensive & Recreation Program (FIR)

The Université Savoie Mont Blanc offers a six-week immersion experience (120 hours of instruction) in the town of Chambéry, a gateway city to the French Alps, with its pedestrian-friendly squares, historical town center, colorful cafe terraces and breath-taking views of the mountains. Through intensive, specialized classroom learning and leisure activities, you will make great progress in French, gain firsthand cultural experiences and explore the delights of the Savoie region.

Students will take courses at ACCENTS, part of the Université Savoie Mont-Blanc specialized in teaching French as a foreign language to students from non-Francophone countries. It is a medium-sized university (12,000 students) with three campuses and great facilities.

Trips and visits included in the program fee generally cover a welcome tour of Chambéry and Savoie, an excursion to Chamonix (Mont Blanc and its glaciers), and a farewell dinner cruise on nearby Lake Le Bourget.

Additionally, courses are organized so that students can participate in a number of complementary excursions organized by ACCENTS to regional places of interest including Chamonix. Recreational Activities are organized most afternoons, either for free or a small fee, and may include hiking, museums, mountain biking, swimming at the nearby lakes and sports.

Course Description

A typical program includes 20 hours per week of small-group instruction, at 6 different levels from beginner to advanced, and three workshops on aspects of local life (120 total hours of instruction, including lab; usually 5 – 6 US credits, depending on the home university’s transfer policy). Most afternoons include a comprehensive range of organized sport or leisure activities. 

Summer Syllabi

Website for Course Availability

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(in French)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies Recommended!

    French Studies

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures Recommended!

    French Language and Literature

  • Language and Culture Recommended!

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation

Special Application Instructions

Please consider the following requirements when filling out the online application:

  • Participant Profile: REQUIRED Host Request List:
  • Placement: SELECT "Summer"
  • Site: SELECT "ISEP Direct"
  • Country: SELECT "France"
  • Institution: SELECT "Université de Savoie"
  • Program Type: SELECT "Regular University Courses"
  • Course Request List: For Course Name, enter "Savoie Summer Program" and click the disc icon.
  • Language Proficiency: Are you planning to study at a host program where the primary language of instruction is different than your native language? SELECT "No."
  • Personal Statement: REQUIRED
  • Academic References: NOT REQUIRED
  • Transcript: REQUIRED 

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

French language and culture courses are provided by specialist teachers for beginning, intermediate and advanced students. No prior French language experience is necessary. Students are placed in appropriate language levels according to a placement exam taken before arrival. Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

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