e3 French Alps

City: Grenoble Country:France


The University of Alberta's e3 is a unique study and work abroad program that allows students the flexibility to choose from three experiences in one location. e3 French Alps is flexible, fusing academics with real-life work experience, providing a comprehensive experience unparalleled by other abroad programs.

e3 French Alps combines:

  • French language study
  • Internship placement (work or research)
  • Academic coursework

"Yes, I would absolutely recommend this program to other students. This is a great opportunity to understand other cultures and to be better informed about global issues. The modules in the program are helpful in terms of language learning, assisting with language barriers, and giving us the experience of working in our fields abroad through the internship" e3 French Alps 2017 participant

When Can I Go?

Terms Offered: Summer

Dates & Duration:

  • Module I (French language): May 30 - June 24, 2022 and/or July 4 - 29, 2022
  • Module II (Internship): May - July 2022*
  • Module III (Academic Course): May 9 - 27, 2022

*Internship dates may change based on host organization

Deadline to Apply:

  • e3 Internship: December 6, 2021
  • Course work only- language or academic course: March 1, 2022

Eligibility Requirements

e3 is open to ALL post-secondary students from all disciplines!

See more detailed Eligibility.

Note: Module II (Internship) cannot be taken on its own. Module II must be combined with Module I (French Language Studies) and/or Module III (Academic Courses).

Program Information

Language of Instruction: English, French

Module I: French Language Studies (FREN 111; 112; 211; 212; 297; 298)

Students can choose to take 3* or 6* credits from the following French Courses FREN 111; FREN 112; FREN 211; FREN 212; FREN 297; FREN 298. Students can take any *3 course or take *6 in both terms.  

Dates for the courses: May 30 - June 24, 2022 and July 4 - 29, 2022

*FREN 297/298 = FRAN 216 or 226 for Campus St. Jean students. CSJ students must speak with their academic advisors about how these courses fit with their program.

All students taking French language courses under e3 French Alps will be required to take two language placement tests to assess and determine their level of study at UAlberta and the corresponding level in France. To ensure success in the requested course abroad, it is strongly recommended that students present at least a B- in the previous level.

"I enjoyed the French language learning experience at CUEF. The class sizes were small (5-15 students) and the professors were able to focus on each of us individually. Once a week we had field trips where we learnt about the culture and history of the city." e3 French Alps 2017 Participant

Module II: Internship

Students who select this module will participate in a 6- to 8-week internship in June and July. Internships immerse students in varied companies and organizations in France and throughout Europe. Professional-track internships allow students to apply academic concepts to a real-life setting, and provide organizations and companies with fresh perspectives from talented students with global competencies.

Internships in a variety of fields, relevant to the location-specific theme, will be offered to appeal to students from a wide diversity of academic disciplines. The exact date of the internship placements will be agreed upon between the student and the internship host. Students must take Module I and/or Module II to be eligible to participate in Module III (i.e., the internship cannot be taken on its own).

A local coordinator based in Grenoble will meet with students and assist them in securing internship placements.

Module III: Academic Course

Unlocking Fairy Tales in France
EDSE 401/501; INT D 325 (*3) | Dr. Alexandra Fidyk
May 9 - 27, 2022

Unlocking Fairy Tales in France. Albert Einstein said, “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read more fairy tales!” What place might fairy tales have in the twenty-first century? What insights might this modern literary form offer? How might fairy tales aid psychological development, in both socializing and subverting ways? Charles Perrault (1628-1703), French author and member of the Academié Française laid the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale. His works derived from earlier folk tales, collective constructs, often carried across cultures and times. His best-known tales include Little Red Riding Hood (Le Petit Chaperon Rouge), Cinderella (Cendrillon), Puss in Boots (Le Chat Botté), Sleeping Beauty (La Belle au bois Dormant), and Bluebeard (Barbe Bleue). While the tales continue to be adapted to opera, ballet, film, and theatre, they hold rich psychological material for understanding our internal dramas told as interpersonal conflicts and conquests.

In this class, we will consider various fairy tales, including those by Perrault, attending to childhood, mid-life, and elder tales. As a workshop style, using depth psychological theory, we will consider select tales as personal, cultural, and archetypal stories about constellations of our own inner figures, that is, intrapsychic dramas that have been unconsciously internalized from outer world events, narratives, and interactions. Only by becoming conscious of our inner figures and recognizing them as psychological structures are we able to address them. Said otherwise, only when we actively engage in remembering our pasts might we re-collect parts that we have left behind. In this way, we are able to break the unconscious hold of a repetitious story, preventing us from living more fully and consciously. A poetic and symbolic approach will be taken wherein imagination, feeling, body-centred, relational and arts-integrated methods will be used. This approach will be complemented by exploring Grenoble itself with its interweaving layers of history and memory, cultural and artistic spaces.

This course will be relevant to the following areas of study: Literature/Literary Genre; Counselling/Psychology/Social Work: Education; Gender/Youth Studies; Trauma Studies; Storytelling & Research methods 

"I enjoyed the cultural immersion from the e3 French Alps program. I appreciated the challenges and small victories when I succeeded at conversing with others in French. Not only that, the friends and acquaintances I met broadened my global perspectives through our conversations" e3 French Alps 2017 participant

Fees & Costs

e3 French Alps consists of 3 modules, which can be taken in different combinations. e3 charges a program-specific tuition fee for each 3-credit course/internship. The amount students will pay depends on which track students choose to participate in. In addition to the program fees, students will be responsible for all other costs such as accommodation, food, insurance, books, flights/transportation, non-instructional fees, as well as other personal expenses. Students can explore the different tracks available and estimated total program costs via the links below:

e3 French Alps Program Fees


Students may request UAI to book accommodation for them during Module I (French language) and Module III (Academic Course). Accommodation may also be available, at the student's request, for Module II (Internship) if the internship is based in Grenoble. Students are welcome to find their own accommodation instead of booking through UAI.

All e3 participants will be placed in fully furnished apartments. NOTE: You must request accommodation to be booked through UAI if you would like to stay with our e3 French Alps housing provider.

Program Contact

University of Alberta International, Education Abroad

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Funding Opportunities 

Students receive on average between $1,200-$1,800 in funding.

Over 70% of students who apply get funding.

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