Salève Adventist University
About the School
Salève Adventist University (Campus Adventiste du Salève) is about five miles from Geneva across the Swiss-French border. The campus itself is part way up Le Salève, the top of which is about 4,000 feet high. This mountain with its restaurants and breathtaking view of the Rhone valley or Mount Blanc attracts many from nearby Geneva. From the campus, the city of Geneva and the Léman make a picturesque view.Classroom and residence hall facilities are all modern in design and in a good state of repair. Generally two students to a room is the norm in residence halls. Each dorm room has a telephone for intercampus and external calls. Shower and restroom facilities are located on each floor of the residence hall.In any school year about 40% of the students are enrolled in college level courses in theology and French language and culture. Another 40% of the students are enrolled in courses in the Lycee which has course work equivalent to secondary and junior college level in North America. The remaining 20% of the students attend the elementary school. Approximately three hundred to three hundred and fifty students attend classes. About 45% of them are college-aged by North American standards. A number of them are married theology students. College and secondary school classes are taught in separate buildings, but both college and secondary students live in residence hall facilities and eat together in the cafeteria. Some elementary school children also eat lunch in the cafeteria.
A small bookstore on campus provides students with necessary books and stationery and it has a section of organic and gluten-free products. Village grocery stores and bakeries are about a one-mile walk down the hill from the school. Shops in town and in Geneva provide wide selection of goods.
The weekly service for bed linens has a one-week turn around time. Personal clothing may be done by hand or by using free washers and dryers in residence halls.
Classroom and residence hall facilities are all modern in design and in a good state of repair. Generally, two students to a room is the norm in residence halls. Each dorm room has a telephone for intercampus and external calls. Shower and restroom facilities are located on each floor of the residence hall.
An extensive intramural sports program and several youth-oriented spiritual activities operate all school year. Active students can organize and actively participate in numerous spiritual and social activities. Students can go with the staff in personal cars or school vans to concerts or theaters in Geneva or Annemasse at low-cost entrance fees.
Students who know the time (day and hour) of their arrival can e-mail the information to the school two weeks in advance. A Notice of Arrival Form is available online and it should be completed at least one week in advance if transportation from the airport is needed. A school official with ILFE (Institut de Langue Française) with your name on a sign will be waiting at the airport lobby (right after the customs area). Students should wait where they are until the school van arrives to pick the up. In either case there is no charge for transportation on your first arrival or for your final departure.
Remember, the time difference is six (6) hours later than the Eastern Time Zone in North America. During the days of arrival, an operator is on duty up to midnight to answer calls. In the regular school time the phone is switched to an answering machine after 10 p.m. Emergency numbers are given. No message can be left. It is strongly recommended not to arrive after midnight.
The telephone service is excellent. Students may call out or receive incoming calls directly in their rooms. A computer-regulated prepaid service is connected with the telephone system. Prepaid accounts must be obtained in advance at the cashier’s office.
FREN 397: INTERNSHIP -1qh – 7.5 hours per week (75 hours total per quarter)
International Relations – Diplomatic careers – UN and International Agencies (Geneva, Switzerland)
Graphic Design & Multimedia
ATMA – Radio and Television
Health (La Ligniere – Clinic in Switzerland)
Health – Retirement Home (Collonges, in town)
Cooking and Pastry – Pastry Shop (Collonges, in town)
Some of you are interested in internships with the UN in Geneva, Switzerland while attending the ACA program at Collonges. We have two sets of information for you about those internships. Those who are interested must apply before leaving for Collonges because there are MANY interns applying and in September, most slots will be filled out already. So, you can apply any time from now on. Please, use the links in the messages sent to us by Collonges. Go to www.unog.ch and under Resources & Services, click on Internships and you will find the instructions and links to follow. In one of the cases they are saying that interns must work all day long. That will not be possible as you will have to attend classes, but if you are VERY interested just apply. We have information from the UN that work hours can be negotiated. Please follow the instructions on those links. The College at Collonges will provide transportation for you to participate in the internship if you are accepted. Please DO NOT apply if you are not serious about wanting to be an intern. It involves lots of hard work. It may create a bad reputation for those who are very decided in going that route.
ACA students attending Campus adventiste du Salève will be enrolled in the Institut de Langue Française (Institute of French Language) – I.fle. As a part of the registration procedure, ACA students will be given a French Language Proficiency Placement Examination before registration in the Summer and Autumn terms that will determine placement in the most appropriate French courses.
The IFLE Bulletin, with more detailed academic organization, will be handed out to students at registration time. All IFLE courses and all final external examinations are designed to match the Common European Frame of Reference for languages (CEFR), set by the Council of Europe. See this link.
T.E.F. For all Division and Levels Independently from the placement test, all the students are required to sit, at no extra charge, for the TEF (Test d’Evaluation du Francais) which is standardized evaluation of the student proficiency in French. A session is organized at the beginning and at the end of each Academic year at specified dates. The TEF is supervised by the Chamber of Industry and Business of Paris and has international recognition.I.fle is an examination centre for the TEF (see this link). The latest TEF results are handed out to each student at the closing ceremony.
All students must participate in the outings designated as cultural tours. These tours are an integral part of the instructional program. Record will be taken. Specific assignments and instruction will be given to those who choose these tours as elective for credits.
Certificates & Diplomas
The Institute prepares the students for DELF (Diplome d’Etudes en Langue Francaise) and DALF (Diplome Approfondi de Langue Francaise) which are official qualifications awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify the competency of candidates from outside France in the French language.
There are two levels of DALF: Level C1 & C2. The latest is considered as the level of a French speaking university student. I.fle prepares students to the level C1. Only advanced students with very high proficiency can seat for level C2.
Students with the DALF C1 wishing to enter a French university are exempt from linguistic entry examinations.
Fees for the DELF-DALF diploma will be paid by the school.
The Institute will make it possible for those who desire to pass the TCF for international bodies, a French language test awarded by the French Ministry of Education.
Students who take the following elective classes during the school year:
- First quarter: FREN 376 French Civilization
- Second quarter: FREN/PLSC 374 European Institutions
- Third quarter: FREN/PLSC 375 International Organizations
…will have a diploma in French language with a mention in international bodies, intergovernmental organizations delivererd by the IFLS.
A long-term student visa is required for US or Canadian citizens if staying more than 90 days in France. A visa is required for non-US, non-Canadian citizens, or Green Card holders even for a shorter stay. You must have a passport that is valid at least six months longer than your stay abroad. The ACA office will provide more detailed information and important documents in the acceptance package. Please read all the visa information carefully. Also, check the French consulate’s website for any changes in requirements. However, please contact the ACA office before taking any action.
For a long-term student visa, also called a ‘D’ visa (more than 90 days), you must first register at www.usa.campusfrance.org. Canadian citizens DO NOT need this step.
Please take the following documents with you to France:
- International bank card (a debit card/ATM card)
- “Attestation OFFI,” which the consulate will give you along with the visa
- Non-US Citizens: Please ask the consulate for the following document: CESEDA L 313-7 1. The French code for this document is NORIMIDO 70 0005 C. (Pick this up along with your visa and take it with you to Collonges.)
Cultural Trips & Tours
Scheduled outings may include the following:
- Alsace - Strasbourg, Colmar, Mulhouse
- Beaune, Chambord, Chartres (on the way to Paris)
- Chamonix-Mont Blanc, Lake Geneva tour
- Genève - UN & Red Cross
- Genève, Annecy, Lyon
- Lausanne and the Olympic Museum
- Paris, Versailles, Fontainebleau
- Ski trip, Gruyères (Cheese and chocolate factories)
- South of France - Baux de Provence, Cassy, glass & perfume factories
- South of France - Cannes, Nice, Monaco
Program Dates & Prices
See a summary of Dates & Prices for all programs