France: Summer Business in Grenoble with GEM

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

Study in France for 3 weeks (most time spent in Grenoble, but also Paris) through the Grenoble School of Management International Summer School. Grenoble is a beautiful city located in southeast France and has plenty of museums, outdoor activities, and local restaurants to experience. The city is located in the heart of the French Alps, which offers a plethora of outdoor activities, such as hiking, skiing, and snowboarding. Grenoble is known for its arts scene as well as numerous festivals taking place throughout the year. Past participants have also traveled throughout France and Europe in their free time. 

Grenoble School of Management (GEM) has been partnered with GVSU for more than 20 years. GEM offers opportunities for students to spend a semester, 3-week summer, or full year studying a wide range of business courses. Students will earn up to 6 US credits and will have an incredible opportunity to collaborate with students who will serve as the next generation of business professionals around the world. This 3-week program will challenge students on an international level while being immersed in French culture. 

Host University Website

GVSU's partner universities are largely independent programs; prospective participants should carefully consider if this form of study abroad suits their needs before registering. These partnerships allow students to experience a more independent international study abroad, but also require students to have a high level of flexibility and the ability to navigate much of the program independently. Those who prefer additional support may wish to consider other study abroad options such as external study abroad providers and our faculty-led options. 

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GPA Requirement
2.5 Undergraduate
3.0 Graduate
No Language

Program Dates and Application Deadline

Spring/Summer 2023

Program Dates: May 22, 2023 - June 9, 2023
Application Deadline: February 9, 2023 (Closed)

Semester Option



Undergraduate International Summer School

The summer program offers 2 courses: (1)  Small and Family Business  and (2) International Marketing

The GEM undergraduate summer school offers two course options for students:

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 


Housing is included in the GEM program fee. Students will stay in a hotel residence in Grenoble that is located within a 15 minute walk from the school. Each studio is double occupancy. Students may request single occupancy for an additional charge. The studio is equipped with a private bathroom and a kitchenette. A continental breakfast is included.

Cost and Scholarships


Cost Breakdown

NOTE: "Other Expenses" listed in the cost breakdown are general cost estimates. Due to COVID-19, costs may increase for basic goods and housing. These estimates are provided as a guide to help students in their planning, but they are subject to change.

Health insurance CHUBB ($160) is mandatory and its estimated based on 120 days ($1.33/ day). Actual cost may vary and will be based on your exact travel dates. Policy details

Scholarship Opportunities

Eligibility Criteria

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since students are not paying GVSU tuition, this program may not be eligible for the 1098T Education Tax Credit since tuition is being paid to a foreign institution. Your GVSU 1098T will show the amount of your tuition in Box 1 and an equal amount in the Scholarship/Grants in Box 5.  They will offset each other.  You will need to contact the IRS to find out if tuition paid to a foreign institution may qualify for the Education Tax Credit. For more information on the Education Tax Credit go to 


Students must have completed at least 2 years of study at the undergraduate level, and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may be required for participation in this program.

Additional Information

Host University Website


Cultural activities such as a French cuisine cooking class will be available to students.

Campus Info / Campus Life

Summer Program Information Sheet

Summer Program Course Syllabi

Google Map

Already Applied

CDC Report

CDC Report (France)

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

Students will apply to GEM through the online application system located at:


Resources for Emergency Situations

Health and Safety Resources

Reporting an Incident

PIC Emergency Procedures

Contact Information

Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall
[email protected]

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