Université de Savoie Summer Program

Intensive Language and Culture

SUMMER SNAPSHOT

The Université de Savoie offers a seven-week immersion experience in the town of Chambéry, a gateway city to the French Alps, with its pedestrian-friendly squares, historical town center, colorful caf 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.

Chambéry, France

Language of Instruction: French

www.univ-savoie.fr/


PROGRAM TYPE

ISEP-Direct Summer for all ISEP member students

COURSES

A typical program includes 20 hours per week of small-group instruction, at 4 different levels from beginner to advanced, and three workshops on aspects of local life (140 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. Sample syllabi can be found here

HOW TO LIST THIS PROGRAM IN THE ISEP APPLICATION

When completing the Host Site Request List, please indicate the host site program name. No Course Request List is required for this site. Your entry may look like this example below:
1. Université de Savoie Summer Program – ISEP Direct

LANGUAGE NOTES

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.

SEMESTER OPTIONS

See the Membership Directory for details.

PROGRAM DATES

end of May - mid July 2015

APPLICATION DEADLINE

early April 2015

PROGRAM FEE

$4,400

HOUSING AND MEALS

Students stay in single rooms in double apartments in a modern residence in downtown Chambry. Meals are not included, but there is a kitchen in each apartment.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

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 the ISEFE to sites such as Geneva, Turin, Lyon, Grenoble, and Paris for a minimal price. Activities are organized most afternoons either for free or a small fee and may include hiking, canoeing, canyoning, bicycle trips through vineyards, museums, mountain biking, swimming at the nearby lakes, and sports.

PROFILE

The ISEFE is a fully-accredited institute at the Universit de Savoie specialized in teaching French as a foreign language to students from non-Francophone countries. The Universit de Savoie is a medium-sized university (12,000 students) with three campuses and great facilities.

LOCATION

Chambéry is located at the edge of the Alps and offers easy access to Geneva and Lyon airports, great travel opportunities to nearby Switzerland and Italy, and fabulous mountain views. It is about three hours from Paris and the Mediterranean coast. More locally Chambry is only a few minutes by bus from Frances largest natural lake and less than an hour from the charms of Alpine villages and the splendors of high mountains. It combines the atmosphere of its colorful historic streets and cafs with the vibrancy of a modern go-ahead economy.











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