Grenoble is known as the French "silicon valley." Its location in the Rhone-Alpes region combines natural beauty with technological and modern innovation. After Paris, Grenoble is the second-largest research center in France and the region has housed a large number of internationally recognized high-tech companies. Of the 450,000 inhabitants, 25% of the population is under 20 years old. Grenoble is a young, cosmopolitan and dynamic town which offers an exceptional quality of life to its inhabitants, many of whom are students.
Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM)
Grenoble Ecole de Management is an Ecole Superieure de Commerce, a group of schools considered to be the pinnacle of French higher education. The school was founded in 1984 by the Chamber of Commerce in response to the need to train managers to work in high-tech companies and in an international environment. GEM belongs to the less than 1% of business schools in the world holding the 3 major international accreditations: AACSB, Equis and Association of MBAs. Grenoble Ecole de Management has more than 6000 students from over 115 countries.
The campus is located in the center of downtown Grenoble. The main campus building is state of the art and provides easy access to everything the city has to offer.
At Grenoble, students will enroll in a required course in French language. Students will be placed in French language based on their prior studies and language level. In addition, students will follow a set of predefined classes, as a group of core courses crossing several disciplines.
Business courses at GEM are taught in either French or English, so students can choose options in either language.
The GEM pedagogy focuses on small cohorts split into smaller groups. There is a great deal of professor/student interaction. The emphasis at GEM is on class participation vs. traditional lectures, and case studies are often used to understand material. Group work takes place in multicultural teams, capitalizing on the diverse population of the school.
View the set of predefined core courses for Fall and Spring semester here:
Grenoble-Bentley undergraduate course guide.xls
Accommodations and Meals
Though there is no on-campus housing at GEM, there are several options for accommodations in Grenoble. The ALOHA organization assists students with finding housing arrangements. The team of dedicated, experienced individuals helps match students with their desired housing arrangement, even going as far as contacting building owners on behalf of students if French communication is required. ALOHA also provides a logistical orientation of the city on arrival in Grenoble.
Students can live in public residence halls or apartment buildings, mostly with other students but also with some local residents. The option to request a flat with French students is a popular way to integrate into the local culture. Many residences are near the campus and restaurants are nearby. Students walk 5-20 minutes to class, depending on the location of the residence selected. Accommodations in student residences are usually in single dormitory-style rooms with a bathroom shared with the neighboring room. Rooms are typically equipped with a hot plate, small fridge, and sink.
Students generally eat in the university restaurants where meals are available at lunch for very reasonable prices. Students can eat in the snack bars or local cafés in the evening.
Students will need to apply for a student visa via Campus France in order to study in France for more than 3 months.
Students will need to purchase French Insurance (Sécurité Sociale) within their first month of stay in France.
- Costs 213 Euros (approximately $240)