• From castles, to vineyards, to beaches, to lavender fields, France is a great country for experiencing stunning scenery and peaceful villages. 

• Benefit from life in the French Alps while deepening your understanding of French language and mountain culture in this language and culture intensive program!  

• Take in all the region has to offer by participating in the many planned activities and excursions that are available free of charge or at a very low cost through the international student office. 

• Enjoy the beauty of Chambéry with its historical buildings, museums, pedestrian squares, and streets with colorful café terraces. The area is known for its quality of life, magnificent natural surroundings, history, and heritage.


Enjoy life in a region surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Alps and crystal-clear lakes. This is a fantastic location for outdoor adventurers!  


Live in a university residence hall with a roommate who could be your new best friend. Housing includes a private room and a shared bathroom and kitchen. 


Experience mouth-watering French cuisine by digging into cheese fondue, which the region is known for, or a French pastry to satisfy your sweet tooth. Grocery stores are located close by, and local food markets are abundant for all of your cooking needs. Dig into a picnic lunch in one of the many on-campus green spaces or relax at a quaint cafe serving French delicacies. We recommend budgeting around 300 euros per month for food.


Whether you want to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, or stroll through picturesque mountain villages, all the opportunities are right on your doorstep. To help you do so, the university organizes excursions each weekend for free or for a very budget-friendly price. During the semester, you will enjoy a welcome week at La Feclaz mountain resort and three weeks of vacation so that you will have the chance to travel abroad or continue to explore the region. 


The campus is ideally situated approximately three hours from both Paris and from the Mediterranean coast of France. Lyon, Geneva, and Turin are also nearby larger cities that students can visit with ease. The Savoie region is also centrally located in Europe, so exploring more than just France is very simple. 


This program qualifies for the ISEP French and German Language Annette Kade Fund Scholarship. The scholarship awards $500 - $1,500 USD to students who are from a U.S. institution and studying French or German language in Austria, France, Germany, Reunion Island, or Switzerland. Learn more here.

What We Love About Savoie 

The location is superb! There’s nothing better than enjoying a chocolate tarte and an espresso while seated at a café with a view of the Alps. It feels like stepping into a painting or being on the set of a romantic film. 

See ISEP Direct budget and estimated expenses 

Program Website

Course Description

Benefit from life in the French Alps while deepening your understanding of French language and mountain culture! This is a relatively structured program providing 200 hours of French classes for non-native speakers of French. Check out the chart below for example of some of the more popular classes students have taken in the past. 

Credits Earned 

Students who complete the program in good standing can expect to take 200 hours of French language and culture classes which ISEP recommends is the equivalent of 13-15 U.S. Credit Hours.  

If you use financial aid, please speak with a qualified financial aid advisor to understand your academic obligations and the requirements for using financial aid. 

Students can view the course/program syllabi by clicking the links below: 

Level A1

Level A2 

Level B1 

Level B1+ 

Level B2 

Level B2+ 

Level C1 

To gain a full understanding of how Language & Culture programs work at ISEP, please review the ISEP Country Handbook for France here

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Quiamony Gaskins 703-504-9963 | Thank you for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I’ll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


(in French)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures Recommended!

    French Language and Literature

  • Language and Culture

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: <A1 - Novice Mid-Low
  • LPR Reading Score: <A1 - Novice Mid-Low
  • LPR Listening Score: <A1 - Novice Mid-Low
  • LPR Speaking Score: <A1 - Novice Mid-Low
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

Students are required to submit an internal application following their placement which is required of the host institution. Instructions will be sent by the ISEP Host Coordinator by email. 

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible. 

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

Special Needs Support

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

Other Academic Conditions

Students will take a USMB placement exam once placed. They will then enroll in courses at the appropriate language level based on the results of this placement test (see course descriptions above).

To gain a full understanding of how Language & Culture programs work at ISEP, please review the ISEP Country Handbook for France here

When completing their ISEP Course List following placement onto this program, students should just enter "Language and Culture Program," as final course selection will depend on their French level at the start of the program.

Semester dates typically run as follows:


Arrival and orientation: Last week of August

Courses start: First week of September

Exams: Second week of December


Arrival and orientation: First week of January

Courses start: Second week of January

Exams: Third week of April

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