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Grenoble: Gateway to the Alps

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Last Updated on October 16, 2013 by

Never heard of Grenoble? That’s okay, most people haven’t. The “gateway to the Alps” is a bit of a hidden gem so if you are looking to go to France but want something outside of Paris it might be the perfect fit. You can do an intensive French program with courses in English in political science, history and sociology. Or you can study business (in English) at the Grenoble School of Management. Amanda studied with AIFS in Grenoble and wrote a student journal to chronicle her time so read all about it! In the meantime, the in between time…

What’s going on in Grenoble right now? We love to get the newsletters from our campuses overseas so read on to see what students are up to:

Visit to Château de Vizille – The cradle of the French Revolution is the best way to describe the château. There was political unrest all over France, but the events leading up to the revolution began in Grenoble and the government sent in troops to avoid further conflict. The château now houses a museum dedicated to the revolution and the families who have lived there -it is one of the most historically significant castles in the Dauphiné region, the traditional homeland of the monarchy.

Theater – A wonderful opportunity to watch a classic of the French stage: Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. The title role will be played by Philip Torreton, a well-known French actor who is a member of the Comédie Française in Paris.

Caves de la Chartreuse – A day trip to visit the famous monastery in the Chartreuse mountains, including a guided tour of the distillery which makes the renowned green Chartreuse liqueur (the color is named after the drink!).

79th Foire des Rameaux – The fair will be back in town in time for spring! Set up on the Esplanade de Grenoble (near the jazz club, la Soupe aux Choux and the entrance to Jardins des Dauphins leading up towards the Bastille) it has all that traditional fairs have: cotton candy, candy apples, rides, the hall of mirrors, etc. Plus there are fireworks on Saturday for the opening and closing ceremonies!


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