Explore Chambéry, in the heart of the French Alps, with its historical buildings, museums, and opportunities for skiing and water sports. ISEP participants can choose from 2 options:
Option 1: ISEP-Direct Language and culture program:
Offered semester, full year, and summer! This option allows students to take French language & culture courses alongside other international students. The program is tailored to fit the student's language level.
Chambery, France (pop. 100,000)
Language of instruction: French
Student Enrollment: 12,000
Direct Language & Culture Program (ISEFE)
The two Savoyard departments, dominated by the French Alps, are bordered on the north by Switzerland and on the east by Italy. Savoie is about three hours from Paris and the Mediterranean coast. Tourists enjoy the area for its Alpine and cross-country skiing and water sports. Chambéry was the capital of the former Duchy of Savoie. Like Annecy 50 kms away, it has preserved the charm of an old city. The Le Bourget campus is 10 kilometers from Chambéry.
ISEP-Exchange: Academic year or semester
ISEP-Direct: Academic year, semester or summer
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.
Summer program available.
Option 1: ISEP-Direct Semester Program in French language and culture
Academic year: mid-September to late May
Semester 1: mid-September to mid/late January
Semester 2: January to late May.
Option 1: ISEP-Direct- Semester or Full-Year French Language and Culture Program
Students wishing to take full-time French language and culture courses must participate in ISEP-Direct. Institut Savoisien d'Études Françaises (ISEFE) at the Université de Savoie ISEFE is a university institute specializes in teaching French as a foreign language to students from non-Francophone countries. French language and culture courses are provided for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. Courses aim to expand students" knowledge of French culture while honing their reading, speaking, and listening skills. Students are placed in appropriate language levels according to a placement exam taken before arrival. Students can also enroll in up to two additional courses per week organized by the International Relations Office that are specifically designed for international students. Topics include tourism, hospitality, management, and marketing. Courses will be delivered in basic French or English. In addition to these courses, one or two special seminars on aspects of French culture will be offered.
Typical program includes (15 hours/week for 12 weeks, roughly equivalent to 12 US credits; credits dependent upon home university's calculation).
For course information, please click on the links below. Course information is provided for each language level. Students will test into their appropriate level on arrival.
Housing and Meals
Students are housed either shared apartments (private bedroom), or individual study bedroom with en-suite facilities. Meals are not included.
ISEP students receive a special orientation upon arrival that includes academic and administrative information and details about the various excursions and activities that take place during the semester. The International Office provides assistance and guidance regarding registration, academic affairs, organization of classes, exams and grading systems, and all administrative procedures. The "Student Welcoming Committee" assigns a local student as a contact person, responsible for providing a campus tour, an introduction to sports and other activities on campus, integration with the cultural and social activities in the city, and contacts with the local student body.
Université de Savoie is a medium-sized university (12,000 students) with three campuses. Good facilities are offered (library, computing, sports, accommodation) along with special attention paid to assistance for induction, French language, "brush-up" sessions, help with administrative procedures, and organized visits of the region.
programs allow students to participate in reciprocal exchanges with students at ISEP member institutions worldwide, while paying their home university tuition. Students attending US universities that are ISEP-Exchange members are eligible to apply for these programs at other international ISEP-Exchange member universities. Chances of placement vary by location.
programs allow students to enroll directly in a host institution abroad, instead of exchanging places with another student. Chances of placement are typically excellent for qualified applicants and some sites offer special academic programs and excursions. Students attending US universities that are either ISEP-Exchange members or ISEP-Direct members can participate in ISEP-Direct programs abroad.
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