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ISEP Direct - Université de Savoie
Chambery, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Full Year,
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Program Sponsor: ISEP 
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
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Language of Instruction: French
Program Description:
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Université de Savoie

Program Snapshot

Explore Chambéry, in the heart of the French Alps, with its historical buildings, museums, and opportunities for skiing and water sports. ISEP participants can choose from 2 options:
Option 1: ISEP-Exchange Academic immersion. Take regular university courses taught in French alongside local students. Top fields include business, engineering, the humanities, and tourism.
Option 2: ISEP-Direct Language and culture program. Focus on French courses at all language levels plus take options in English.

Fast Facts

Chambery, France (pop. 100,000)
Student Enrollment: 12,000
Language of instruction: French
Course Information
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The two Savoyard departments, dominated by the French Alps, are bordered on the north by Switzerland and on the east by Italy. Savoie is about three hours from Paris and the Mediterranean coast. Tourists enjoy the area for its Alpine and cross-country skiing and water sports. Chambéry was the capital of the former Duchy of Savoie. Like Annecy 50 kms away, it has preserved the charm of an old city. The Le Bourget campus is 10 kilometers from Chambéry.

Program Type

ISEP-Exchange: Academic year or semester
ISEP-Direct: Academic year, semester or summer

ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.
Summer program available.

Program Dates

Option 1: ISEP-Exchange: Regular University Courses
Academic year: mid-September to late May
Semester 1: mid-September to mid/late January
Semester 2: January to late May.

Option 2: ISEP-Direct Semester Program in French language and culture
Semester 1: Early September (early October for beginners) to December
Semester 2: Early January to Late April


Option 1: ISEP-Exchange- Regular University Courses

Chambéry campus-Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Law, Economics, Languages and Applied Management (international business, transport, tourism & leisure, hospitality).

Le Bourget campus-Applied and basic science, and technology, environmental, some engineering (biology, chemistry, construction & environmental engineering, geology, mathematics, materials science, physics).

Annecy campus - General Management studies and further engineering and technology departments (business, administration, electronic engineering & robotics, mechanical engineering).

Option 2: ISEP-Direct- Semester or Full-Year French Language and Culture Program
Students wishing to take full-time French language and culture courses must participate in ISEP-Direct. Institut Savoisien d'Études Françaises (ISEFE) at the Université de Savoie ISEFE is a university institute specializes in teaching French as a foreign language to students from non-Francophone countries. French language and culture courses are provided for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. Courses aim to expand students" knowledge of French culture while honing their reading, speaking, and listening skills. Students are placed in appropriate language levels according to a placement exam taken before arrival. Students can also enroll in up to two additional courses per week organized by the International Relations Office that are specifically designed for international students. Topics include tourism, hospitality, management, and marketing. Courses will be delivered in basic French or English. In addition to these courses, one or two special seminars on aspects of French culture will be offered.

Typical program includes (15 hours/week for 12 weeks, roughly equivalent to 12 US credits; credits dependent upon home university's calculation).

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in single-occupancy bedrooms in shared apartments. Each apartment has two or three individual bedrooms and a shared bathroom and kitchen. A meal plan at the restaurant-universitaire, supplemented by a stipend, is provided. No married student housing can be arranged unless both husband and wife are ISEP students.

ISEP-Direct Semester Program: Students are housed in homestays with an independent room, bath, and kitchenette. Meals are not included.


ISEP Students receive a special orientation upon arrival. Students arriving for first semester enjoy excursions to the surrounding region and towns, and social events with the University and local authorities. For second semester arrivals, a 3-day weekend of trips to surrounding ski mountain resorts is organized. The International Office provides assistance and guidance regarding registration, academic affairs, organization of classes, exams and grading systems, and all administrative procedures. The "Student Welcoming Committee" assigns a local student as a contact person, responsible for providing a campus tour, introduction to sports and other activities on campus, integration with the cultural and social activities in the city, contacts with the local student body.


Université de Savoie is a medium-sized university (12,000 students) with three campuses. Good facilities are offered (library, computing, sports, accommodation) along with special attention paid to assistance for induction, French language, "brush-up" sessions, help with administrative procedures, and organized visits of the region.

ISEP-Exchange programs allow students to participate in reciprocal exchanges with students at ISEP member institutions worldwide, while paying their home university tuition. Students attending US universities that are ISEP-Exchange members are eligible to apply for these programs at other international ISEP-Exchange member universities. Chances of placement vary by location.

ISEP-Direct programs allow students to enroll directly in a host institution abroad, instead of exchanging places with another student. Chances of placement are typically excellent for qualified applicants and some sites offer special academic programs and excursions. Students attending US universities that are either ISEP-Exchange members or ISEP-Direct members can participate in ISEP-Direct programs abroad.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Full Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.