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Study Abroad | Grenoble

France | Grenoble École de Management | Spring 2023
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Overview

Spend a semester or academic year in Grenoble, France, with AIFS! Known as the “Capital of the Alps,” the city is framed by majestic mountains. Choose from a range of course options at Grenoble École de Management, one of Europe’s best business schools and part of the 1% of schools worldwide with the prestigious triple crown of business accreditations: AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.

What’s Included

The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Tuition

    Up to 15 semester credits depending on program and course selection

  • Courses

    Wide variety of courses available; taught in English and French

  • Housing

    Homestay with a local family. Additional housing options are available

  • Meals

    Breakfast and dinner every day in the homestay

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience

  • On-Site Resident Director

    to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance

  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network

  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • AIFS Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from campus

  • Housing

    Student residence

  • Excursions

    Vercors (2 days) fall only

    Alpine weekend (2 days) spring only

Program Details: Study Abroad | Grenoble International Business Studies

Dates

January 5, 2023April 28, 2023

Term

Spring

Application Deadlines

September 15, 2022

Inclusive Fees

$19,495

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Eligibility

Open to Junior, Senior College Students

Minimum of 3.0 GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Please contact your advisor or log into your portal for more information.

Areas of Interest

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Finance
  • Foreign Language
  • French Language
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Political Science
  • Sustainability
  • Technology
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Academics

AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

Founded in 1984, Grenoble École de Management is consistently rated as one of Europe’s best business schools. It offers a wide variety of courses within its carefully structured degree programs including accounting, communication, marketing, economics and management. The school has received the triple crown of accreditations which distinguish the world’s leading business schools: AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS. Only 1% of schools worldwide have this triple accreditation. 

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Finance
  • Foreign Language
  • French Language
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Political Science
  • Sustainability
  • Technology
  • Visual and Performing Arts

This program is designed for students who wish to further their business studies and take courses which focus on core business areas. All courses are taught in English. However, students are required to take a French language course in order to enhance their multidisciplinary skillset on entering the global workplace. 

French language is available at five levels from Beginner through Advanced and carries a recommended 2.5 credits. In addition to the French course, students take 6 or 7 core business courses worth approximately 12.5 credits combined in disciplines including economics, finance, management, marketing and technology for a total of approximately 15 semester credits. Classes meet Monday through Friday. 

Spring and Fall semester course offerings differ making this a good choice of program for students wishing to stay in Grenoble for a full year and take the full spectrum of available courses. 

The program is open to college juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students with a GPA of 2.75 or higher will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students must have a minimum of 30 U.S. credits (they can be in progress) of which 15 credits must be in business-related subjects. 

Students who successfully complete the program coursework will receive a Certificate in Business Studies (CBS) from Grenoble École de Management. 

This program is designed for students who wish to further their understanding of business within a global context by taking courses focusing specifically on international business themes. All courses are taught in English. However, students are required to take a French language course in order to strengthen their multidisciplinary skillset on entering the global workplace. 

French is available at five levels from Beginner through Advanced for a recommended 2.5 credits. 

In addition to the French course Fall semester students take 6 or 7 business courses worth approximately 12.5 credits combined in disciplines including Business, Management and Marketing for a combined total of approximately 15 semester credits. Classes meet Monday through Friday. 

In addition to the French course Spring semester students choose a specific track of courses which focus on a particular area of the business world. Students must take ALL the business courses available (worth approximately 12.5 credits combined) within their chosen track, including a Capstone seminar, for a total of approximately 15 semester credits. Spring semester courses have prerequisites. Classes meet Monday through Friday. 

Available Spring semester study tracks include: Global Management, Business Finance, Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Advertising and Fashion and Design Specialization. 

The program is open to college juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students with a GPA of 2.75 or higher will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students must have a minimum of 60 US credits (they can be in progress) of which 30 credits must be in business-related subjects. 

Students who successfully complete the program coursework will receive a Certificate in International Business (CIB) from Grenoble École de Management. 

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Living Abroad

Homestay Family

A rewarding way to learn French, gain a unique and personal insight into French culture and integrate into the local community.

  • Daily breakfast and dinner included
  • Single room with a shared bathroom
  • Access to laundry facilities

Student Residence ($250 supplement)

Live independently near campus in a residence with French and other international students.

  • Shared double room
  • Shared kitchen and bathroom facilities
  • Single room available for a supplement of $1,100

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Grenoble.

Geography

Grenoble lies at the crossroads between the valleys and the mountains which comprise the Dauphiné region. The “Capital of the Alps”, dominated by majestic mountains such as Chartreuse, Belledonne and Vercors, provides the ideal location for those who enjoy the outdoors. 

Tourism

From Roman times to the 1968 Winter Olympics and on to today, Grenoble has attracted visitors from all over the world. 

Attractions

With its 200,000 inhabitants, Grenoble is small enough to feel like a town, but large enough to offer all the amenities of a busy city (cultural festivals, theaters, museums).

AIFS in Grenoble Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

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Miranda Rea

Bonjour! After obtaining my degree in England I joined AIFS in the London office in 1989. I moved to France in 1990 and have been the Resident Director here in Grenoble since the fall of 1994. I’m here to provide support, encouragement and a friendly face to you during your stay in Grenoble. I know a great deal about the culture, language and lifestyle of France and am looking forward to sharing it with you! I choose the families with whom AIFS students stay with great care.

When I am not working, I love swimming, participating in local activities, walking my dog and enjoying French cuisine. I am also a bit of a traveler myself; I spent a year as a volunteer and teacher in Zambia, Africa.

You’ll find Grenoble to be a wonderful city and I’m here to help you out with any questions you may have.

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

In addition to excursions a cultural calendar of weekly activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of French life. Typical activities, tours and visits include:

  • Welcome dinner
  • Walking tours of Grenoble
  • Bastille Grenoble by cable car
  • Visits to local museums including the Musée de Grenoble, the Musée Archéologique Saint Laurent and the Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation
  • Cooking class
  • Chartreuse monastery
  • Conversation exchange with French students
  • Hiking in the mountains
  • Château de Vizille (birthplace of the French Revolution)
  • Day excursions to Lyon and Annecy
  • Farewell dinner

You may be asked to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.

Grenoble is the French capital of winter sports and has hosted the Winter Olympics. Downhill skiing and snowboarding are available less than an hour from the center of town. Students who have never skied before may take lessons at a reasonable cost. Ski equipment (boots, poles, boards and skis) can be rented easily and inexpensively.

Wine appreciation and cooking courses are also available for an extra fee.

AIFS can help you to arrange local volunteer opportunities such as assisting students with English conversation practice in an elementary school or high school and working with local charities. 

AIFS can also provide students who may be planning a career in education after studying abroad with information about the TAPIF (Teaching Assistant Program in France) scheme which is organized by the French government. 

For more information contact the AIFS Program Advisor. 

Excursions

This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside Grenoble and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of France. Previous excursions have included:

A mountain in Vercors, France.

Vercors Discovery (Fall Only)

Visit the Grottes de Choranche, Pont en Royans and a local farm. Hike local mountains. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, breakfast on Sunday, dinner on Saturday and a picnic on Sunday.  

  • France
  • 2 Days
  • $345
A lake nestled between mountains in Briançon.

Alpine Weekend (Spring Only)

Guided sightseeing and snow shoeing (shoe rental included). Visit to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Briançon. Entrance to the hot springs. Includes round-trip transportation, breakfast, a picnic lunch, a local dinner, and accommodations at Monêtier-les-Bains, a resort and thermal spa.

  • French Alps
  • 2 Days
  • $575
Barcelona,Spain
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Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    September 15, 2022
  • Deposit Deadline
    October 14, 2022
  • Scholarship Deadline
    October 1, 2022
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    January 4, 2023
  • Program Begins
    January 5, 2023
  • Program Ends
    April 28, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    April 29, 2023
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.

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Ready to Study Abroad in Grenoble?

For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: studyabroad@aifs.com