Program Details: Grenoble School of Management

Is this program for me?

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 and self reliance to manage the vast array of administrative necessities.

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.

GEM Homepage

GEM Exchange Student Website



Grenoble, located in southeast France, 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 36,000 students, 8,000 researchers, and numerous international companies, Grenoble is a booming city where technology and education play a vital role. The surrounding French Alps provide leisure activities year-round. The city is just three hours from Paris by high-speed train, two and a half hours from Turin, Italy, and one and a half hours from Geneva, Switzerland.

Cultural Information

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




2017-2018 Estimated Semester Budget

2017 Summer Budget: Fees for the full program: € 4200

Fees include: Tuition, Accommodation with breakfast in Grenoble and Paris, Online access to our E-learning platform prior to and during the program, Access to GEM facilities, Welcome and Farewell dinners, Social and Cultural activities and train travel during the program from Grenoble to Paris.

How will I pay for this?

Financial Aid FAQ's

The cost of any study abroad program depends to a large extent on the participant's personal spending habits and lifestyle.

A PIC Partnership Grant is available ($1000 each) 4 available per year for this program.

Any student studying abroad for a semester is automatically considered for the Study Abroad Semester Grand, click here for the grant guidelines. 


Visa Information

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 an online system called PASTEL that is coordinated through CampusFrance. Students should begin the PASTEL application a minimum of 8 weeks prior to departure, however earlier application is recommended. Students must have acceptance from the host university before finalizing their PASTEL application. Students will be required to travel to the French Consulate in Chicago (or the Consulate with jurisdiction over your state of permanent residence) to apply for the visa. Details on the application requirements can be found at: Students can also reference our student visa guide for more detailed information.



Housing and Meals

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.


If you have not yet reviewed the Academic Guide for Partnerships, please review the information before continuing your research on what courses are available at GEM.

Program Offerings:

GVSU undergraduate students may apply for any of the GEM undergraduate 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. While GEM offers a number of programs in English, GVSU students are limited to the programs listed as "Exchange Programs."

Note: GEM uses the ECTS credit system. Generally speaking, 2 ECTS credits = 1 US credit. Students should meet with Claire Rose in Seidman Advising Center to review how courses taken at GEM will fulfill degree-requirements here at GVSU.


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.

Certificate in Global Management

Bachelor 2nd Year

Bachelor 3rd Year

Graduate Certificate in Global Management (4th year UG students only may apply for this option. Interested students should contact Becca Hambleton at:

Graduate Certificate in Global Technology Entrepreneurship (4th year UG students only may apply for this option. Interested students should contact Becca Hambleton at

Undergraduate Summer School  (located in Grenoble and Paris)


Graduate Certificate in Global Management

Graduate Certificate in Global Technology Entrepreneurship

List of GEM courses that have been pre-approved by GVSU faculty:

If you are interested in taking a course at GEM that appears on the "Existing Course Equivalencies" list, you do not need to secure course approval for that course. The courses listed have already been approved by the relevant academic department.

Existing Course Equivalencies

Note: This is not  a complete list of courses offered at this partner Institution


GEM Application Process

Step 1 - Students must apply and be accepted into the GVSU OASIS application system.

Step 2 - The Padnos International Center will provide all applicants with application instructions after the OASIS priority deadline.

Step 3 - Students must complete all required application materials for GEM.

Step 4 - Students receive admission into the program and are provided with additional pre-arrival instructions.




Campus Information

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.






Travel Information

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Summer Program

MBA Summer Program Option in English: Certificate in Innovation, Design Thinking and Intrapreneurship  

This program is designed in 3 independent modules. Participants can apply for 1, 2 or all 3. Students who complete all 3 modules will receive the certificate. Each course is a 21 hour course with a company visit or a professional guest speaker. Students can earn a total of 6 US credits over the 3 week period. Each session is equivalent to 2 US credits.

June 4-8, 2018 Innovation Management 

June 11-15, 2018 Design Thinking

June 18-22, 2018 Intrapreneurship

Program fee: 1850 Euro for 1 week, 2700 Euro for 2 weeks, 3500 Euro for 3 weeks.

Program fee includes: business courses, company visit/guest speaker and networking events.
Fee does not include: housing, insurance, airfare, or meals.

GEM Executive Education Brochure


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