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Why Grenoble as a Customized Faculty-Led Location

by Susanna Shigo

This week on the blog we are highlighting the beautiful city of Grenoble, France! Below are some top reasons why Grenoble would be the perfect location for your customized faculty-led program.

Grenoble is for students:

With over 65,000 university students and several prestigious universities, Grenoble is an ideal place to study abroad. The city is regularly voted most popular university town in France with so much to do for students– free museums, free events or ticket discounts, special offers for meals, movies, theater.  

Reasonable Program Fees:

Customized, faculty-led programs are tailor made according to your curriculum and budget. Program components are flexible and meant to meet your learning outcomes. In Grenoble, students can live in homestays with local families who provide breakfast and dinner daily. A transportation pass for the extensive public transportation system can be included in the program fee. 

Classroom Facilities:

Classrooms are available on campus include modern A/V technology and Wi-Fi. The AIFS office and staff provide support services for students and faculty including orientation, program management, emergency and incident response 24/7 for the duration of the program. 

Local Connections:

There are so many ways that students can immerse themselves into the life and culture of Grenoble. Homestays, cultural activities, student language exchanges, strong international culture and a diverse population, Grenoble is a very welcoming city.  

Outdoor Activities Abound:

With its privileged location at the foot of the Alpes, Grenoble is perfect for hiking, cycling, skiing, climbing, rowing, to name a few. There is something to do every season of the year. 

Improve your students’ employability:

Study abroad is an impressive part of any resume and their study abroad experience will give your students relevant life skills to speak to in job interviews. In fact, in the 2018 AIFS Student Outcomes Survey, 67% of students reported being asked to speak about their study abroad experience in a post-program job interview. Study abroad demonstrates problem solving, creativity and flexibility- all qualities desired in today’s competitive job market.  

Provide a completely new experience for your students:

Essentially all aspects of students’ daily lives will be different from what they know. From using public transportation to a language barrier to completely new customs and foods, a program in France will challenge your students. The lifestyle and culture will help students open their eyes to new ways of doing most everything as well as force them to “think out of the box” and adapt.

French Cuisine:

Local specialties include walnuts, blue cheese, Chartreuse liqueur, gratin Dauphinois, Tartiflette. Visits can include local craft breweries, a snail farm, walnut farm, and a local farm for the production of goat cheese.

Public Transportation:

Students will learn to navigate the public transportation system of buses and trams and use it daily to get to class, when on academic field trips, and for exploring on their own. 

Location, Location, Location:

Ideally situated in Southeastern France, Grenoble is set at the foothills of the Alps. The city is three hours by high-speed train to Paris, 2 hours by bus to Geneva and 2.5 hours by bus to Avignon & Provence, Chamonix, Lyon. Possible day trips can include Geneva, Chamonix, Lyon, Annecy, Chartreuse monastery, Pont-en-Royans with the suspended houses and overnight excursions to Avignon, Nîmes, Pont-du-Gard, Marseille to name a few. 

For more information on AIFS Customized, Faculty-Led programs, visit our website www.aifscustomized.com or email us at customizedfacultyled@aifs.com 
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