France: IFALPES Semester

CCIS Study Abroad in Annecy or Chambéry, France

Program Overview¹

IFALPES, the Institut Français des Alpes specializes in the teaching of French language courses. The methodology is direct and communicative, and the program is intensive -- four hours or more daily. The student body is drawn from countries around the world, not just American students. The academic program is under the supervision of IPAC School of Management.

Annecy is located at the foot of the Alpine massifs and 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. 

¹ For students who have read about this program in our print catalog, IFALPES is no longer accepting students at their Chambéry campus.


Academic Profile

IFALPES in Annecy

IFALPESIFALPES is a leading French language training institute that operates in cooperation with institutes and academic institutions both in France and abroad.  IFALPES has the "Qualité FLE" accreditation from the French Ministry of Education.  The student body is international, not just American students, with students from many nations who are in France to learn French. 

Course Offerings

Intensive French (20hrs/week) program.  Students are in class 20 hours per week and are enrolled for 15-16 credits with class emphasis changing hourly - grammar, oral comprehension, oral expressions, reading, writing with all focusing on French Culture and civilization.

Academic Highlights

The Institute is open all year round. French language courses: beginning, intermediate, advanced are specifically designed for those interested in learning or becoming more proficient in the French language. The teaching methods are based on active participation by students (Communicative Method) and the scope of the program includes understanding, speaking, reading, writing and cross-cultural studies. The academic program is under the supervision of the IPAC School of Management. The goal of the Institute is to encourage the use of spoken French by students outside of classes.


Activities and Opportunities
Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

Students may be housed in French homestay in "demi-pension" (breakfast and evening meals included.)  Most students choose this arrangement, though other homestays with only "B&B" are available as well as the opportunity to live in shared apartments with other foreign students.   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.  The term "family" is used loosely, as the possibilities are many and not limited to "traditional" families.


Students may opt for a French homestay or for student residence/dormitory-type accommodations.

Host family Bed & Breakfast
Host family half board
Shared apartment

Alumni Feedback

"I had the time of my life in the beautiful city of Chambery and found my semester abroad not only to be an academically enriching experience but also an extremely enjoyable time. IFALPES has great teachers and does an excellent job organizing a whole host of exciting excursions from amazing ski trips to weekends in Venice. I came away with a greater understanding of the French language, many strong friendships, and many wonderful memories of all I was able to do while I was there."
- Noel Sterett, Truman State University


IFALPES Semester Program Details


Fall 2016:  September 5 - December 16, 2016

Spring 2016: January 4- April 15, 2016 or

    February 1 - May 13, 2016

Application Deadline(s)

Fall: June 15th

Spring: October 15th

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum GPA 2.5 on 4.0 scale; freshman standing or higher; transcript; two letters of recommendation and statement of purpose.



Academic Levels

All levels of French are offered.


$5,759 (CCIS members)
$6,559 (non-members)

“All prices, dates, courses are subject to change without prior notification.”

Truman requires a $350 deposit, deducted from total amount due, upon acceptance to the program, but does not have an application fee.


Costs Included

Instructional costs, CCIS and sponsor fees, orientation, health insurance, textbooks, $500 deposit (deducted from the first rent payment of the student)

Costs Not Included

Estimated:  Airfare ($1,500), personal and miscellaneous expenses ($2,000), room and board ($520-$850/month), daily commuting expenses, passport and visa

Entry Requirements

A valid passport is required to study abroad as in any country. France requires a visa for students studying during the spring or fall semesters. PLEASE NOTE: Due to new regulations by the French Consulate, all students are required to be physically present at the consulate that holds jurisdiction in their state. Students can no longer send for a visa via mail. Please allow ample time (no less than a month) to apply for your visa starting with the Campus France Application.

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

Related Links

Wikipedia - Annecy


Your Adventure in the French Alpes Begins Here

Submit Application Materials To:

Program Sponsor:

Rosa Virginia Mendez, Study Abroad Advisor

Truman State University
Center for International Education Abroad
Baldwin Hall 118
Kirksville, MO 63501
(660) 785-4076
(660) 785-7473 (Fax)


To apply through Truman State University:


Please send the following materials to or the address listed above by the application deadline.

1. CCIS Online Application & Instructions

2. CCIS Online Student Recommendation (2)

3. Official copy of transcript

4. Color copy of passport


To download the application and recommendation forms, click "save as" then save the form to your desktop or downloads. Once you have completed your form, you must SAVE IT FIRST. DO NOT CLICK "SUBMIT" until you have SAVED your form or the recipient will receive a BLANK form. Once you have saved it, click "submit" and THEN email your completed form as an attachment to  

(Students: DO NOT send the recommendation form to your evaluators as an attachment. Please only send the page URL) 


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All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.