France: IFALPES, Annecy
The Institute Franc¸ais des Alpes (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 "Qualite´ FLE" accreditation from the French Ministry of Education. IFALPES is located in the French Alps. The diverse student body is comprised of international students from all over the world. IFALPES offers intensive French language programs at all levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. All courses are taught in French using the Direct Method style of language instruction and are specifically designed for those interested in learning or becoming more proficient in French. Teaching methods are based on active participation by students, and the scope of the program includes understanding, speaking, reading, writing, and cross-cultural studies. Annecy sits at the foot of the alpine massifs on the purest lake in Europe and has breath-taking scenery.
Known as the "Venice of the Alps" with its canals, historic downtown, lakes, national parks, castles, and famous hotels and restaurants, the town of Annecy is an exciting place for students to live.
The College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS), a partnership of colleges and universities—two and four year, large and small, public and private, domestic and foreign—encompasses the broad spectrum of international higher education. CCIS members sponsor a variety of programs, notably study abroad programs and professional development seminars for faculty and administrators, which are designed to enhance international/intercultural perspectives within the academic community.