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Featuring CCIS Programs


Annecy, France (Europe)

Quick Facts

Fall 2020

Dates:  August 31  December 11
Application Deadline: May 1
Costs:  $5,759 CCIS Member | $6,159 Non-Member

Spring 2021

Spring Sesson I

Dates: January 4  - April 16
Application Deadline:  November 1

Costs:  $5,759 CCIS Member | $6,159 Non-Member

Spring Sesson II 2021

 February 1 - May 14 
Application Deadline: November 15

Costs:  $5,769 CCIS Member | $6,159 Non-Member

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Click here for IFALPES, France Summer Programs

NOTE - 2022 dates and costs will be silmar to those above and are TBA.

* Please note there is a required $500 non-refundable housing deposit. The deposit will be applied to your program fee.

Please note that if you see dates or costs for a prior term above, that future terms will have similar dates and costs.  We will update info as soon as it becomes available.

Program Overview

IFALPES, the Institut Français des Alpes specializes in teaching the French language. 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.


Annecy is located 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.


Enjoy this beuatiful video of Annecy!



Contact Program Sponsor and Advisor

College of Staten Island, CUNY
Russell Davis
Senior Study Abroad Advisor

Questions? Contact me
Tel:(718) 982-2100

This program is sponsored and administered by the College of Staten Island CUNY.

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.

Course Offerings

Intensive French

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) The scope of the program includes understanding, speaking, reading, writing and cross-cultural studies.

Students are in class 15-30 hours per week and earn 15 credits over the course of the program. The program emphasizes grammar, oral comprehension, oral expressions, reading, writing with all focusing on French culture and civilization.

The goal of the Institute is to encourage the use of spoken French by students outside of classes.

For course syllabi, click here. For IFALPES Grading system click here.


Credits: 15 credits

Instructor's Language: French


Student Life & Housing

Student Life

Students can take part in a monthly activity program offered all year-long. Activities include mountain hikes, visits to local places of interest, boating on the lake, picnics at the beach, ski excursions, cheese tasting, and trips to local nearby towns. Some activities incur a modest fee. IFALPES students are encouraged to mix with students attending the local university.


Students may be housed in French homestay with breakfast and evening meals included. Most students choose this arrangement, though homestays with only "bed and breakfast" are available as well as the opportunity to live in shared apartments with other students.

Students complete a housing questionnaire to indicate their needs and choices and, 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.


Host family with breakfast: $2,550

Host family with breakfast and dinner: $3,523

Shared Apartment: $630/month; Private bedroom in a flat with 2 - 4 other bedrooms. All the communal areas are shared: bathroom, washrooms, kitchen, and lounge.

Student Residence: $505/month; Dormitory with private room; shared bathroom, lounge and kitchen on each floor.   

( NOTE - Housing costs above are from Fall 2020-Spring 2021.  2022 housing costs will be similar and are TBA )


Duration & Costs


Fall:       August 31 - December 11, 2020
Spring:  January 4 - April 16, 2021  |  February 1 - May 14, 2021


Fall:       $5,759 CCIS Member | $6,159 Non-Member *
Spring:  $5,759 CCIS Member | $6,159 Non-Member *

NOTE - 2022 dates and costs will be similar to those above and are TBA.

* NOTE: Non-City University of New York (CUNY) and CUNY Non-New York State Resident students should contact program to confirm Program Costs above.  These program costs may not apply.

Costs Included: Administrative fees, Tuition, Insurance, Orientation, Non-refundable Housing Deposit

Costs Not Included: Airfare, Housing, Meals, Personal Expenses, Visa, Passport


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.

Please note that if you see dates or costs for a prior term above, that future terms will have similar dates and costs.  We will update info as soon as it becomes available.


Eligibility & Deadlines

Eligibility Requirements

- Minimum class standing - students must have completed at least one semester (minimum 12 semester credit hours) of college-level coursework at the time of application.
- 2.5 GPA or higher
- Students must be at least 18 years of age

Applications to Include

- Official transcripts
- One letter of recommendation from a teacher who knows the applicant from a classroom setting
- Statement of purpose

Application Deadlines

Fall: March 15
Spring: October 15 (Session I)  |  October 15 (Session II)

Visa Requirements

A visa will be required to study in France during the fall and spring terms. We recommend that students apply in enough time to obtain the visa. Detailed instructions are provided after acceptance to the program.

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 your material is submitted on time!


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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."

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