Summer Language Programs

The Ontario/Rhône-Alpes Student Exchange Program offers Ontario students from our member universities to participate in a Summer Language Program at l'Université Jean Monnet in Saint-Étienne (CILEC) or at l'Université Grenoble Alpes (CUEF).

The Summer Language Program is a four-week program in which students from around the world study French and learn about the French culture. It offers a unique, excellent and highly enjoyable learning experience in the classroom, with its extracurricular program as well as excursions to places of interest in the region.

There is no French-language prerequisite for successful participation in the Summer Language Program. Classes are offered at various levels, including beginners’ level. Placement is determined by a written online test and an oral interview.

Students from Ontario universities may apply who intend either:

  • to participate in the Summer Language Program as a stand-alone experience and then return to their studies in Ontario in the fall; or
  • to participate in the Summer Language Program in preparation for a longer stay in Rhône-Alpes as a student in the “regular” ORA student exchange. Please note that students who are finishing a longer period of exchange study in Rhône-Alpes or elsewhere are not eligible to apply.

Students who wish to have the credits transferred to their academic record in Ontario should seek advice from their home university’s International Student Exchange Office and/or their academic advisers. Course credits and equivalencies are allocated at the discretion of each student's home university. The CILEC and CUEF will provide a transcript for 12 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System),  which is equivalent to a full year course at an Ontario University.

To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • be registered at that university in the academic year preceding participation in the Summer Language Program; and
  •  be continuing in the same academic program in the academic year following participation.
Information on the SLP at Grenoble (CUEF):
Face-to-face courses: Intensive courses
August 2021 session: 2 - 28 August 2021, i.e. 4 weeks
4 weeks of courses: 80 hours/session
Rate: 672 €/session/student

Distance learning courses :
August 2021 session: 2 - 28 August 2021, 4 weeks
4 weeks of courses: 60 hours/session
Rate: 528€/session/student

Information on accommodation and more details on the CUEF program will be available in January 2021.