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Featuring CCIS Programs


Annecy, France (Europe)

Quick Facts

Fall 2018
Dates:  September 2  December 15
Application Deadline:  June 15, 2018
Costs:  $5,759 CCIS Member | $6,159 Non-Member

Spring 2018
Dates:  January – April 
Application Deadline:  October 15, 2017
Costs:  $5,759 CCIS Member | $6,159 Non-Member


Program Overview

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.

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


Contact Program Sponsor and Advisor

Truman State University
Rosa Virginia Mendez
Assistant Director

Questions? Contact me
Tel:(660) 785-4076

This program is sponsored and administered by Truman State University.

Academics & Program

IFALPES in Annecy

IFALPES 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

Intense French: 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.

Credits: 15-16 credits
Instructor's Language: French

Student Life & Housing

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: $2,550
Host family half board: $3,523
Shared apartment: $2,420 

Duration & Costs


Fall 2018: September 2 - December 15, 2018
Spring 2018: January 7 - April 21, 2018


Fall 2018
$5,759 CCIS Members | $6,159 CCIS Non-Members

Spring 2018
$5,759 CCIS Members | $6,159 CCIS Non-Members

Costs Included: Instructional costs, orientation, CISI health insurance, textbooks, $500 deposit (deducted from the first rent payment of the student)

Costs Not Included: Estimated costs include airfare ($1,500), personal and miscellaneous expenses ($2,000), room and board ($520-$850/month), daily commuting expenses, passport and visa

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Contact the program sponsor to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program. 

Please refer to your acceptance materials for information on arrival, orientation, and academic calendar. The refund policy is program specific and non-transferable. Refer to your acceptance materials for the comprehensive refund policy or contact the program sponsor.


Eligibility & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Fall: June 15th
Spring: October 15th

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum GPA: Students must have a 2.5 GPA on 4.0 scale; Minimum Class Standing: Students must have freshman standing or higher
Eligibility Requirements: Students must submit a transcript; two letters of recommendation and statement of purpose. 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.

Note that 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.

Have you talked with your study abroad advisor about your home institution's application process? Your institution's deadline might be earlier than the CCIS program application deadline. Check now to make sure all of your material is submitted on time!

Supplemental Application Material

Your CCIS application has two parts, 1) you will complete an online application form with general information and 2) each program may have supplemental forms that need to be completed and submitted via email. Please download the supplemental application materials to your computer.

Do not fill forms out in your web browser. Submit the completed supplemental application material directly to your study abroad advisor or to the program sponsor. Make sure to check with your study abroad office to learn how they want applications submitted.

Two academic references
Official copy of transcript
Color copy of passport (biographical page)

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Alumni experiences

Adventures abroad

Noel Sterett

"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."