Annecy, France
Program Type:
Intensive Language
Degree Level:
1-3 months, 4-6 months, 1 year

Program Overview

Program Description:
The Institute Francais des Alpes Semester in Annecy, France offers French language courses, focusing on oral communication. IFALPES has more than 20 years experience in teaching French as a foreign language. Their teaching methods are adapted to an individualized and rapid progression. The school is a 15 minute walk from the town center. The school shares a building with the French students of the IPAC School of Management. Every month between 170 and 200 students of all ages come from 50 different countries to learn French. This program is ideal for students who are interested in learning or becoming more proficient in the French language.

IFALPES has the "Qualite FLE" acceditation from the French Ministry of Education. The student body is international with students from many nations who are in France to learn French, not just American students. The Annecy center is open all year, and offers its Intensive French Language programs at all levels: beginning, intermediate, and advanced. All courses are taught in French. Teaching methods are based on active participation by students, and the scope of the program includes understanding, speaking, reading, writing, and cross-cultural studies. Students may be housed in a French homestay. Students complete a housing questionnaire to indicate needs and choices as well as, in the case of homestay, the degree of involvement desired with hosts.

Cost includes: Instructional costs, CCIS and sponsor fees, orientation, health insurance, textbooks, $500 deposit (deducted from the first rent payment of the student)
Setting Description:
The Institute Francais des Alpes Semester in France program is located in the French Alps, near Geneva and Lyon, which has a population of about 120,000. Annecy, at the foot of the alpine massifs, sits on the purest lake of Europe and has breathtaking scenery. Known as the "Venice of the Alps." with its canals, Old town, lake, castles, famous hotels and restaurants, Annecy is a bustling city all year round with lots to see and do. Annecy offers students cultural and athletic activities within a very pleasant urban environment. In summertime, there are the national parks and the Lake of Annecy. In winter, the nearby ski resorts attract visitors from around the world.