France: Grenoble School of Management -Business (Semester/Year)

This program is ideal for students majoring in business-related fields.

The Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) has a student body of around 6,900 students of which around 2,500 are international students. Course options include: international business, general business studies, economics, marketing, management, French language, finance, international communication, public relations and more. This exchange program welcomes both undergraduate and graduate students for a semester, year, or short summer programs. Due to the high number of international students, participants can expect to have classes with French students, and other international students. This program will help to expand your networks to those who will become future leaders in business and industry around the world.

Participants of this program will be fully immersed in a highly regarded French Business School. This program does require students to accept a high level of independence, self reliance, and flexibility to manage the vast array of administrative necessities. While there are basic support services available through this program, participants should not expect to receive the same level and types of support they are accustomed to at GVSU

This program opens Courses are offered in English, and in French. The program also offers a unique Trilingual Program (English, Spanish, and French) for undergraduate students proficient in all three languages.

Notice: Internships are not offered through this program.

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GPA Requirement
3.0 Undergraduate
3.0 Graduate
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Program Dates and Application Deadline

Academic Year 2020 (Fall 2020 - Winter 2021)

Estimated Program Dates: September 2020 - April 2021
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020 (Closed)

Fall 2020

Estimated Program Dates: September 2020 - December 2020
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020 (Closed)

Winter 2021

Estimated Program Dates: January 2021 - April 2021
Application Deadline: September 10, 2020

Academic Year 2021 (Fall 2021-Winter 2022)

Program Dates: September 10, 2021 - April 30, 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

Fall 2021

Estimated Program Dates: September 2021 - December 2021
Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

Summer Option



GVSU undergraduate and graduate students may apply for any of the GEM exchange programs. Additionally, students in their 4th year may be eligible to apply for Masters Year 1 programs. GEM has strict program pre-requisites that applicants must meet in order to receive approval for participation. Interested students should contact Becca Hambleton at:


Grenoble International Summer School 

Certificate in Business Studies (CBS) - Fall or Winter semesters

Certificate in International Business (CIB) - Fall semester

Bachelor in International Business - Year 2 (academic year)

Bechelor in International Business - Year 3 (requires you to have completed 90 credits of business coursework at GVSU -  academic year)

Certificate in Global Management 

Graduate Certificate in Global Management  (for graduate students only)

Master in Management   (for graduate students only)

For a list of ALL available courses and course descriptions, visit:

Course Options 

Note: Students should meet with a Seidman Advisor  to review how courses taken at GEM will fulfill degree-requirements here at GVSU.

Pre-approved Courses: Other GVSU students have studied abroad at this partner institution. The button below will take you to a list of GVSU equivalencies they have received. PLEASE  NOTE: This list indicates courses that have been previously approved. This is NOT a list of all available courses on this program.

Pre-Approved Courses 

Students registering for courses that have NOT been pre-approved will need to follow the course approval instructions: Course Approval Process 

For information on fulfilling general education courses abroad, visit: General Education 

Please note: Students are not allowed to mix courses offered by different programs. If you apply for Bachelor 2nd Year, you will only be allowed to take courses offered under that specific program.



The Grenoble School of Business provides assistance to students in finding off-campus housing. Students are responsible, however, for securing their own arrangements. Students find accommodation in nearby flats within a short distance from the institution. GEM staff will provide information to students on how to secure a housing placement. They offer a Welcome Desk for all incoming international students. Staff at the Welcome Desk are trained to assist students with a variety of needs during their first few weeks, including assistance with finding housing. Click here for more information. GEM does have a list of students who are seeking roommates which is maintained by the Welcome Desk for students who seek housing upon arrival.

Local apartments will have kitchen access for students to prepare meals. Additionally, Grenoble offers numerous cafes and restaurants for one to enjoy French cuisine!

Past participants have recommended that students secure housing prior to arrival due to limitations on nearby housing placements. After submitting an inquiry, students are likely to receive many contacts with housing offers via email.

Cost and Scholarships


Cost Breakdown


Seidman College of Business Study Abroad Scholarship: Seidman College of Business offers a study abroad scholarship for SCB majors who wish to participate in a qualified study abroad or international internship program.  Awards are based on program costs and financial need.  Applications are available online at

International Exchange Grant ($1,500): Students are automatically considered when they apply to the program. Decisions will be made following the deadline for application.  Questions? Contact or 616-331-3898

Additional Scholarships

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Undergraduates must have a junior standing with completion of core business courses. Graduate students must be enrolled in an M.B.A program. Prior study of French language recommended, but not required. 3.0 GPA required.

Additional Information

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When studying abroad, it is important to learn about the culture of your host country.

For information on music, food, language, news & more, view Cultural Information

Campus Info / Campus Life

GEM is made up of 3 schools:

ESC Grenoble offers courses in French.

GGSB (Grenoble Graduate School of Business) offers options for international students

GEM (Graduate School of Management) is primarily focused on master's level programs.

Past participants have indicated that it is easy to meet local students at GGSB if you make the effort. Most of the courses will have primarily international students, but a few students may be degree-seeking. A large percentage of the faculty are visiting faculty from all over the world which creates a very dynamic learning environment. Grenoble is just a short distance from restaurants and cafes. Additionally, students have easy access to other nearby cities or skiing in the alps! Previous participants have commented on how incredible the networking possibilities are through this program. GGSB brings together future business leaders from all over the world. Many of the participants become leaders in industry and serve as excellent professional contacts for the future.

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Visa Requirements

Students studying in France for more than 90 days are required to obtain a student visa. The process for securing a student visa is lengthy and requires students to first obtain approval through Campus France. Students should begin the Campus France application a minimum of 8 weeks prior to departure, however earlier application is highly recommended. Students must have acceptance from the host university before finalizing their Campus France application. Students will be required to travel to the VFS French Visa Processing Center for a visa appointment. The nearest processing center is in Chicago but students are welcome to schedule appointments at any of the VFS processing centers throughout the United States. Please review our student visa guide for France for important details regarding the application process.

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US State Department Information

US State Department Country Information (France)

Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)

US Embassy in France - Location

US Department of State - Students Abroad



Application Timeline

2019-2020 Fact Sheet

GEM Information Package for International Students 

Note: An updated guide is available in PIC. Contact for a copy.


Reporting an Incident

PIC Emergency Procedures

Contact Information

Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall

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