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Exchange Program: Grenoble Ecole de Management

Grenoble, France

Located in the heart of the business district and next to Grenoble’s World Trade Centre, Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) is a major player in European and international affairs. The School will provide you with an enriching learning experience in multicultural groups and in a business environment of multinational companies.

The School

Grenoble is a private institution founded in 1984 by the Grenoble Chamber of Commerce and Industry. EM Grenoble brings in over 300 exchange students per year. EM Grenoble is only a business school and offers programs from the undergraduate to the Doctoral level. The school is housed in a large, modern, corporate-style building that also houses the library and technology centers, and a new addition was just completed in summer 2007. The school is in the heart of the city adjacent to the main train station and many cafes and pubs.

The City

Grenoble is a dynamic city of 500,000 inhabitants in southeastern France. Grenoble is one of France’s foremost international cities. Nestled in the French Alps, it was the host of the 1968 Winter Olympics. With more than 40,000 students, 8,000 researchers, and companies such as Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, Rhône-Poulenc, and Schneider Electric, Grenoble is a booming city where technology and education play a major role. Although it is a rather large city in population, it has a very small town feel about it. You can reach Paris in just three hours by high-speed train and Italy in just two hours. Geneva is less than two hours away. Outdoor activities abound, especially skiing in the winter and early spring months. There are museums, theaters, and numerous shopping centers and cafes. Students are all over the city and the nightlife is active. Students fly into Lyon and take a shuttle bus or train to the school.

Term Dates

Fall: September – December
Spring: early January – early May

Courses Available

Courses offered to exchange students in the “Master of Management” program, the “Certificate in Advanced Global Management”, and the “Certificate in Global Technology Entrepreneurship”. Students can only take courses from one program and cannot mix and match across programs.


French and English are spoken at the school. The area is a mixture of many languages due to its location in a resort region of Europe and bordering so close to Italy. Courses from the MIB program are all in English; option of taking French language courses for all levels.

Grade Conversion

French GradeECTS GradeDescriptionUF AssignmentGrad Business
0-9FXFailD, EU
14-15BVery GoodA-S

French Grading Scale is from 0 to 20.

Credit Conversion

Refer to ECTS credit conversions.

Minimum Credit Requirements

30 ECTS credits (equivalent to 18 U.S. credits) per semester.

Estimated Costs

$1100-$1200 per month, depending on housing.




Students find apartments in the area, typically after they arrive. It is possible to get student residence housing (not associated with the school), but students from the Graduate School of Management do not get priority.

Travel Opportunities

Grenoble has an ideal geographical location. Located at the crossroad between Northern and Southern Europe, there are many transportation networks that open up a multitude of travel opportunities. Italy, Switzerland, Monaco, the Cote d’Azur, and Spain are all easily reached by a short train ride. In addition, the Alpine region around Grenoble features hiking trails, top-ranking ski resorts, gorges, caves, and panoramas.