Study for a Semester or Year in France!
Université Savoie Mont Blanc is a medium-sized university with three campuses. Explore Chambéry, a gateway city to the French Alps, with its historical buildings, museums, pedestrian squares and streets with colorful café terraces, and world-famous opportunities for skiing and water sports.
The Université de Savoie offers a complete range of ISEP Exchange and Direct possibilities taught in French and English and provides a full and exciting program of complementary cultural excursions and activities!
Chambéry is about three hours from Paris and the Mediterranean coast. Tourists enjoy the area for its quality of life, magnificent natural surroundings, and history and heritage. Chambéry was the capital of the former Duchy of Savoie. Like Annecy 50 kilometers away, it combines the charm of an old city with the vibrancy of a modern economy.
Le Bourget campus is situated in Le Bourget-de-Lac, just a short 15 minute shuttle ride from the center of Chambéry. Students can take the shuttle or ride bikes on the bike path to town. Student residences and dining halls are located right on campus. Students have access to the gorgeous Lac du Bourget (Lake Bourget) just a short walk from the dormitories.
The Annecy-le-Viex campus is situated on the northeastern shore of the gorgeous Lake Annecy. Annecy-le-Viex is located a short 3 km away from the center of Annecy, the largest city of Haute-Savoie. Annecy is known for its charming city streets, proximity to lake and winter sports and its cultural heritage dating back to the 10th century. Students have access to dining facilities and student residence halls directly on campus.
Students are able to apply for the ISEP Exchange or ISEP Direct program. The major different between these two programs is how fees are structure. On the ISEP Exchange program students pay Appalachian tuition and fees plus the ISEP Full Exchange Fee. On the ISEP Direct program students will be billed the ISEP Direct program fee. Non-resident students should check to see if the ISEP Direct cost will be less than Appalachian out of state tuition rates.
ISEP Chance of Placement
- Good to Very Good
- Fall Semester: Early September to Late December or Mid January
- Spring Semester: Early January to Late May
Students on the Savoie program will stay at university arranged housing.
Students participating on the ISEP Exchange program option will pay the ISEP Full Exchange Program Fee to Appalachian and will not pay housing or meal costs to the Finnish university.
Paid to Appalachian State
The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
|ISEP Application Fee
|ISEP Placement Fee
||$1200 - $1800
||$100 - $300
||$1200 - $2000
|Books and Materials
||$200 - $500
|French Health Insurance
||$200 - $400
|Visa (for US Citizens)
|US Based Health Insurance
|2Personal Travel and Spending
||$1000 - $2000
2Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
Savoie offers various programs to visiting students:
Language and Culture (Fall and Spring)
Flexible Course Enrollment (Fall and Spring)
Tourism & Hospitality Management (Spring)
Earth Sciences (Spring)
International Business Management (Fall)
Sales Specialist in the Outdoor Sports Industry (AY and Fall)
International Business Management (Fall)
For more information about course options please visit the Savoie webpage.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the ISEP program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
Students applying to an ISEP program should complete the ISEP application
while also completing the Appalachian application.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page