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  • Locations: Chambéry, France
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: French Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Housing Option: Dormitory Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: French, International Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Credit Evaluation Required, French Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Michael Volk
Click here for a definition of this term Travel Component: International Travel
Program Description:




This is a bilateral exchange program based on an agreement between The Ohio State University and the Université Savoie Mont Blanc in France. Through this exchange, students have the chance to meet hundreds of other international students (who constitute 12% of the student body) and local French students while taking classes at one of France's leading universities. Savoie is a medium sized university that provides students with easy access to the teaching staff as class sizes are often small and offer the additional support of tutorials. The university also operates a "welcoming program" for incoming international students and offers continuous assistance in achieving full integration into French university life. 


The Université Savoie Mont Blanc is situated on three lovely campuses: one in Annecy, Bourget-du-Lac and Chambéry. Ohio State students will primarily study at the Chambéry campus where the language and literature courses are offered. The university is located in the eastern Alpine region of France and is quite close to Lyon, Geneva, Switzerland and Turin, Italy. While at Savoie, students can enjoy many regular activities on campus (cinema, music, theatre, choral, photography, etc.) or special events, both on and off campus (concerts, debates, lectures, etc.). Students also benefit from special discounted rates for the very rich cultural activities offered in both the Annecy and Chambéry urban areas.


The Université Savoie Mont Blanc has a privileged partnership with the CROUS (Centre Régional des Oeuvres Universitaires et Scolaires) in order to provide bedrooms in universitary residences to a maximum number of students welcomed as part of an exchange program. Although Savoie will make every effort to lodge students in these residence halls, this housing is not guaranteed. In the event that there is no room available in this residence hall, the International Office at the university will assist in finding alternate housing.

Ohio State Program Contact

Elizabeth Angerman
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click on the coordinator link above to request one.



Courses and Credit

Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Specific registration instructions will be provided in the nomination letter. 

Students may peruse the course offerings at USMB. 

Students are strongly encouraged to review the credit transfer process in full and to discuss their overall academic goals with their academic advisor(s) beforehand.



Application Requirement

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have successfully completed French 2101 or above at the time of application, be a French major, and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Complete applications include a letter of recommendation from a recent instructor; the strong preference is for a referee who can comment on the applicant's French language abilities. 

Once the application deadline has passed, eligible applicants may be invited for an interview. Nominated students will need to fill out additional documents for the host institution, by whom the final acceptance decision is made. 


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs

Ohio State students nominated to participate on an exchange will pay their regular tuition and fees to Ohio State. A fee for the required supplemental health insurance will also be included.  In addition, these students are also responsible for arranging and paying for international airfare, room and board, and all other living or personal expenses. Students are advised that payments for room and board will be in the local currency.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.



Information Sessions

  • TBD


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/01/2021
11/01/2021 01/06/2002 05/13/2022
NOTE: These dates are tentative. Applicants are instructed to wait until they have been formally accepted by the partner to move forward with their pre-departure planning.
Fall 2022 03/01/2022
03/15/2022 09/11/2022 12/17/2022
NOTE: These dates are tentative and include student travel. Applicants are instructed to wait until they have been formally accepted by the partner to move forward with their pre-departure planning.
Academic Year 2022-2023 03/01/2022
03/15/2022 09/11/2022 05/20/2023
NOTE: These dates are tentative and include student travel. Applicants are instructed to wait until they have been formally accepted by the partner to move forward with their pre-departure planning.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.