•    Spend seven weeks (six weeks of classes and one week vacation) at the base of the French Alps in Chambéry, known for its  pedestrian-friendly squares, historical town center, colorful cafe terraces and breath-taking views of the mountains.

•    Take intensive French coursework at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced level 

•    Get out and enjoy all the Alps offer! From hiking, mountain biking, and swimming the program includes outdoor activities with other international students. 

•    Excursions organized and supervised by a dedicated "animateur" (activity leader) are included in the program, with a range of sporting, leisure and cultural experiences available to participants. The specific schedule of 2022 Excursions will be announced in the coming months.


Excursions & Cultural Experiences 

Trips and visits included in the program fee cover a welcome tour of Chambéry and Savoie and other excursions in the local area. 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. The program is divided into two three-week sessions, which provides students with several days in the middle of the program to explore the region independently.  

Housing & Meals 

ISEP students live in a university residence hall. Meals are not included. Students will have access to grocery stores, cooking facilities, and a multitude of dining options with affordable meal choices.

Explore the French Alps 

Chambéry is located about three hours from both Paris and from the Mediterranean coast of France.  The area is known for its quality of life, magnificent natural surroundings, history, and heritage. Chambéry was the capital of the former Duchy of Savoie and combines the charm of an old city with the vibrancy of a modern economy. Students can take full advantage of its historical buildings, museums, pedestrians squares and streets with colorful café terraces, and world-famous opportunities for outdoor activites in the French Alps! 

Course Description

Advance in your French language-learning, gain firsthand cultural experience, and explore the delights of the Savoie region. The 90 total hours of instruction included in the program is generally considered equivalent to 6 U.S. credits.

This 7-week program (6 weeks of classes and 1 week vacation) includes 15 hours per week of small-group instruction at three different levels from beginner to advanced, and three workshops on aspects of local life. 

Summer Syllabi:

Beginner  Intermediate  Advanced
A1 Level B1 Level C1 Level
A2 Level B2 Level  


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Université Savoie Mont Blanc

Université Savoie Mont Blanc is a medium-sized university with three campuses. Explore Chambéry, a gateway city to the French Alps, with its historical buildings, museums, pedestrian squares and streets with...

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*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 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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