- Grenoble, France
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
Business students can participate in the undergraduate business program at the Grenoble École de Management (GEM). It is one of a select group of institutions worldwide to achieve the triple crown of business accreditation which includes American accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), British accreditation by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and European accreditation by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).
The GEM program has earned a reputation as a prestigious center for international business study in the heart of the French Alps. It is considered one of Financial Times’ Top 50 European business schools, and has been recognized by the international accreditation boards of AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. This program is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors; all participants must have completed a minimum of 30 U.S. semester credits, of which at least 15 credits are business-related. The number of business semester credits required varies per program track (see below for further information). Business classes are taught entirely in English. All students who are not already fluent in French take a French class, giving them the opportunity to learn French and to gain more insight into the French culture. Courses are delivered on a specific track, and students base their course selections from those available through that track. Classes are equivalent to 1.5 or 3 semester credits and class attendance is mandatory.
Semester students will have the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Business Studies (CBS) or a Certificate in International Business (CIB). To be eligible for the Certificate in Business Studies (CBS), students must have completed 30 U.S. university semester credits; 15 of those credits must have been business or business-related coursework. To be eligible for the Certificate in International Business (CIB), students must have completed at least 60 U.S. university semester credits; 30 of those credits must have been business or business-related coursework. Each certificate requires a specific sequence of six to seven business classes combined with one language class. Students earn 15 semester credits. French courses are offered at all levels. Classes are equivalent to 1.5 or 3 semester credits each and class attendance is mandatory.
Academic Year students have the opportunity to earn a Diploma in Business Studies (DBS) a Diploma in International Business (DIB), or a Bachelor’s in International Business (BIB). Students who participate in the DBS program complete eleven courses in general business studies over the course of the academic year and a French language course each semester. Students who select the DIB or BIB program complete 10 courses in International Business studies over the course of the academic year and a French language course each semester.
To enroll in the DIB track, students must have completed at least 60 U.S. university semester credits, and 30 of those credits must have been business or business-related coursework. To enroll in the BIB track, students must have completed at least 60 U.S. university semester credits, and 45 of those credits must have been business or business-related coursework.
Students who complete the BIB program will be awarded a bachelor’s degree from GEM upon successful completion of all required courses—an incredible asset for any student hoping to work abroad in the future!
- Setting Description:
- The setting of this alpine city is what truly makes it unique. For a panoramic view of the city and surrounding mountains, take a ride on the téléphérique, or cable car, to the Fort de la Bastille. From there, explore the hiking trails and the Grottes (caves) that were used as a defense many centuries ago. With a student population of 60,000, Grenoble is an ideal place to learn French. The slower pace of the city and the friendliness of the inhabitants make it easy to practice the language with locals. The city has several museums, numerous parks and plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities (skiing, hiking, biking). For the avid traveler, Grenoble is an excellent starting point for exploration, situated only three hours from Paris by high speed train and very close to Switzerland and Italy.
- Pre-departure, On-site, and Re-entry services included, such as advising and online resources, airport reception, resident directors, housing, tuition, tutoring, medical & life insurance, excursions, social & cultural activities, alumni network, Learning and Engagement Badge Program and more!
Additional Program Information
- *Minimum 2.75 G.P.A. *Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors (students must be juniors in order to take international business courses). *Previous knowledge of French is not required for admission, but it is strongly recommended.
- Scholarships Description:
- API awards approximately $500,000 in study abroad scholarships annually ranging from $250 -$1,000 per student.