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The GEM program has earned a reputation as a prestigious center for international business study in the heart of the French Alps. It is considered one of Financial Times’ Top 50 European business schools and has been recognized by the international accreditation boards of AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS. This program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors; all participants must have completed a minimum of 30 U.S. semester credits, of which at least 15 credits are business-related.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Excursions

Resident Director

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Monthly Transit Pass

Housing (including meals and laundry with some options)

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors (students must be juniors in order to take international business courses)
  • Previous knowledge of French is not required for admission, but it is strongly recommended.
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • Official transcript
  • 3 short essays (additional information available upon request)
  • Program of study statement
  • Entry Requirements: Valid passport with student visa (more information provided post-acceptance)
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall Sep, 2023 - Dec, 2023 $18,500 May 1, 2023 No Extension Jun 1, 2023
Academic Year Sep, 2023 - Apr, 2024 $36,500 May 1, 2023 No Extension Jun 1, 2023
Spring Jan, 2024 - Apr, 2024 $18,900 Oct 15, 2023 No Extension Nov 15, 2023

*Please note the application deadline has been extended for the Spring session. Additional fees may apply.

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Grenoble programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Annecy

    Surrounded by the beauty of the Alps and the Lac d’Annecy, the scenic town of Annecy is known as the “little Venice” of the French Alps. In fact, many say that the best way to see the city is via the canals on a relaxing boat tour. Because of strict environmental regulations introduced in the 1960s, Lac d’Annecy is known as “Europe’s cleanest lake.” Students will have the opportunity to experience the city's local market and beautiful beaches.

  • Lyon

    France’s second largest city, Lyon is located on the Rhone and Soâne Rivers with many sites to see, including the Gallo-Roman Museum, two excavated Roman theaters, and the 19th century Basilique Notre-Dame de Fouvière. In the Parc de la Tête d’Or, one will find botanical gardens, a small zoo, lakes for sailing, running trails, and many areas for relaxing.

  • Aix-En-Provence/Avignon

    Avignon is one of the most fascinating towns in southern France and known for its music festival, splendid houses and museums with rich works of art, mosaics and Romanesque and Gothic Sculptures. Students will visit the famous Pope’s Palace that was home to seven Popes from 1305 to 1378 before the papacy moved back to the Vatican. Near the palace is the famous half bridge Pont St. Bénezet, in which a popular children’s song was written describing folk dancing on the bridge.

  • Paris

    Known as both the City of Light and the City of Love, Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world for good reason. Paris is brimming with amazing museums, architecture, fashion, cuisine and beauty. Innumerable monuments, built to reflect the glory of France and its rulers, stand testament to the city’s rich history.

  • Loire Valley

    Visiting the Loire Valley palaces is like visiting 16th century Renaissance France when fortified medieval fortresses were transformed into delicate castles inspired by Italian architecture. Such is the case of le Château d’Amboise where Leonardo da Vinci was buried.

    The Château de Chenonceau is an exceptional site not only because of its original design, the richness of its collections, its furniture and its decorations, but also because of its destiny, since it was loved, administrated and protected by women.

    Depending on the program, the students may also enjoy a traditional boat ride on the Loire river or he splendor of Chambord’s castle and its exceptional architectural creation that draws its inspiration from the French tradition as much as from the new ideas of the Italian Renaissance.

  • Lyon

    France’s second largest city, Lyon is located on the Rhone and Soâne Rivers with many sites to see, including the Gallo-Roman Museum, two excavated Roman theaters, and the 19th century Basilique Notre-Dame de Fouvière. In the Parc de la Tête d’Or, one will find botanical gardens, a small zoo, lakes for sailing, running trails, and many areas for relaxing.

  • Annecy

    Surrounded by the beauty of the Alps and the Lac d’Annecy, the scenic town of Annecy is known as the “little Venice” of the French Alps. In fact, many say that the best way to see the city is via the canals on a relaxing boat tour. Because of strict environmental regulations introduced in the 1960s, Lac d’Annecy is known as “Europe’s cleanest lake.” Students will have the opportunity to experience the city's local market and beautiful beaches.

  • Aix-En-Provence/Avignon

    Avignon is one of the most fascinating towns in southern France and known for its music festival, splendid houses and museums with rich works of art, mosaics and Romanesque and Gothic Sculptures. Students will visit the famous Pope’s Palace that was home to seven Popes from 1305 to 1378 before the papacy moved back to the Vatican. Near the palace is the famous half bridge Pont St. Bénezet, in which a popular children’s song was written describing folk dancing on the bridge.

  • Paris

    Known as both the City of Light and the City of Love, Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world for good reason. Paris is brimming with amazing museums, architecture, fashion, cuisine and beauty. Innumerable monuments, built to reflect the glory of France and its rulers, stand testament to the city’s rich history.

  • Loire Valley

    Visiting the Loire Valley palaces is like visiting 16th century Renaissance France when fortified medieval fortresses were transformed into delicate castles inspired by Italian architecture. Such is the case of le Château d’Amboise where Leonardo da Vinci was buried.

    The Château de Chenonceau is an exceptional site not only because of its original design, the richness of its collections, its furniture and its decorations, but also because of its destiny, since it was loved, administrated and protected by women.

    Depending on the program, the students may also enjoy a traditional boat ride on the Loire river or he splendor of Chambord’s castle and its exceptional architectural creation that draws its inspiration from the French tradition as much as from the new ideas of the Italian Renaissance.

  • Burgundy (Beaune & Dijon)

    Burgundy is one of France’s most famous wine-producing regions. Students on this excursion will have the chance to visit the renowned city and ancient capital of the region – Dijon – known overseas for its famous mustard, as well as Beaune. Beaune is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the district, also known the world over for its wine auctions.
  • Grottes de Choranche

    In the heart of the Vercors region lies the Grotte de Choranche, a small part of the Grotte de Couffin. The cave is located at the bottom of the falaises de Presles (Presles cliffs). This limestone cliff with its 300m vertical drop is famous among climbers and offers more than 300 routes. On the way, there are waterfalls with the typical deposits of tufa or travertine, a result of limestone-rich water reaching the surface. The first chamber -largest- is 60m in diameter and up to 18m high. The most impressive -among many formations- is a huge pillar in the Galerie du Siphon. The thousands of stalactites, called soda straws are the great sights of this cave. The waters of the underground lakes and rivers flood the crystal whiteness of the rock formations with emerald green reflection.

  • French Riviera - Cote D'Azur

    This southern region of France is cornered between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea and attracts people from all walks of life to relax at its beaches, explore its cliff side villages, or sample the entertainment and liveliness of its towns and cities.

  • Snowshoeing in Chartreuse

    The day will start in the morning in a small village called Saint-Hugues-en-Chartreuse. The village is know for its chapel and the Musée d’Art Sacré de St. Hugues. There will be a short tour of the museum and then the group will set off for a hike!

    Students will hike on snowshoes, guided by professionals, through the Chartreuse forests. During the hike, the guides will point out animal prints, specific plants of the region and give an overview of the region and its geography. It’s not necessary to be a strong athlete, everybody is welcomed! There will be two groups, one group for students who prefer to keep it slow and easy, and a second group for those who desire to hike for longer. If time and the weather permit, the day will be topped off with some sledding and/or students can enjoy a hot drink in the nearby cafés.

  • Burgundy (Beaune & Dijon)

    Burgundy is one of France’s most famous wine-producing regions. Students on this excursion will have the chance to visit the renowned city and ancient capital of the region – Dijon – known overseas for its famous mustard, as well as Beaune. Beaune is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the district, also known the world over for its wine auctions.
  • Grottes de Choranche

    In the heart of the Vercors region lies the Grotte de Choranche, a small part of the Grotte de Couffin. The cave is located at the bottom of the falaises de Presles (Presles cliffs). This limestone cliff with its 300m vertical drop is famous among climbers and offers more than 300 routes. On the way, there are waterfalls with the typical deposits of tufa or travertine, a result of limestone-rich water reaching the surface. The first chamber -largest- is 60m in diameter and up to 18m high. The most impressive -among many formations- is a huge pillar in the Galerie du Siphon. The thousands of stalactites, called soda straws are the great sights of this cave. The waters of the underground lakes and rivers flood the crystal whiteness of the rock formations with emerald green reflection.

  • French Riviera - Cote D'Azur

    This southern region of France is cornered between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea and attracts people from all walks of life to relax at its beaches, explore its cliff side villages, or sample the entertainment and liveliness of its towns and cities.

  • Snowshoeing in Chartreuse

    The day will start in the morning in a small village called Saint-Hugues-en-Chartreuse. The village is know for its chapel and the Musée d’Art Sacré de St. Hugues. There will be a short tour of the museum and then the group will set off for a hike!

    Students will hike on snowshoes, guided by professionals, through the Chartreuse forests. During the hike, the guides will point out animal prints, specific plants of the region and give an overview of the region and its geography. It’s not necessary to be a strong athlete, everybody is welcomed! There will be two groups, one group for students who prefer to keep it slow and easy, and a second group for those who desire to hike for longer. If time and the weather permit, the day will be topped off with some sledding and/or students can enjoy a hot drink in the nearby cafés.

  • Paris

    Known as both the City of Light and the City of Love, Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world for good reason. Paris is brimming with amazing museums, architecture, fashion, cuisine and beauty. Innumerable monuments, built to reflect the glory of France and its rulers, stand testament to the city’s rich history.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 15 credits per semester

The GEM program has earned a reputation as a prestigious center for international business study in the heart of the French Alps. It is considered one of Financial Times’ Top 50 European business schools and has been recognized by the international accreditation boards of AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS. This program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors; all participants must have completed a minimum of 30 U.S. semester credits, of which at least 15 credits are business-related. The number of business semester credits required varies per program track (see below for further information). Business classes are taught entirely in English.

All students who are not already fluent in French take a French class, giving them the opportunity to learn French and to gain more insight into the French culture. Courses are delivered on a specific track, and students base their course selections from those available through that track. Classes are equivalent to 1.25 or 2.5 semester credits and class attendance is mandatory.

SEMESTER STUDENTS

Semester students will have the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Business Studies (CBS) or a Certificate in International Business (CIB). To be eligible for the Certificate in Business Studies (CBS), students must have completed 30 U.S. university semester credits; 15 of those credits must have been business or business-related coursework. To be eligible for the Certificate in International Business (CIB), students must have completed at least 60 U.S. university semester credits; 30 of those credits must have been business or business-related coursework. Each certificate requires a specific sequence of six to seven business classes combined with one language class. Students earn 15 semester credits. French courses are offered at all levels. Classes are equivalent to 1.25 or 2.5 semester credits each and class attendance is mandatory.

ACADEMIC YEAR STUDENTS

Academic Year students have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s in International Business (BIB). Students who elect to earn their BIB complete 10 courses in International Business studies over the course of the academic year and a French language course each semester. To enroll in the BIB track, students must have completed at least 60 U.S. university semester credits, and 45 of those credits must have been business or business-related coursework. In addition, students should have at least six weeks of experience in an internship.

Students who do not qualify for the BIB track can follow the CBS certificate in the fall and complete a Spring Specialization Certificate OR they may follow the CIB certificate in the fall followed by either the Spring Specialization Certificate or the Spring CBS certificate. Contact your API Program Manager for details.

Students who complete the BIB program will be awarded a bachelor’s degree from GEM upon successful completion of all required courses – an incredible asset for any student hoping to work abroad in the future!

TRANSCRIPTS

API students will receive a transcript from the Grenoble École de Management upon completion of their program.

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COURSE OFFERINGS

All courses are taught in English. French language courses include some instruction in English.

Students should note that there are two tracks, or “Certificates” offered each semester: A Certificate in International Business (CIB) and a Certificate in Business Studies (CBS). The course listings on this page are arranged by semester (term) and certificate (track).

SEMESTER STUDENTS

Semester students will have the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Business Studies (CBS) or a Certificate in International Business (CIB). To enroll in the International Business track and be eligible for the Certificate in Business Studies (CBS), students must have completed 30 U.S. university semester credits; 15 of those credits must have been business or business-related coursework. To enroll in the International Business track and be eligible for the Certificate in International Business (CIB), students must have completed at least 60 U.S. university semester credits; 30 of those credits must have been business or business-related coursework. Each certificate requires a specific sequence of six to seven business classes combined with one language class. Students will earn 15 semester credits. All students who are not fluent in French will take a French class. French courses are offered at all levels. Classes are equivalent to 1.25 or 2.5 semester credits each and class attendance is mandatory.

ACADEMIC YEAR STUDENTS

Academic Year students have the opportunity to earn a Diploma in Business Studies (DBS) a Diploma in International Business (DIB), or a Bachelor’s in International Business (BIB). Students who participate in the DBS program will complete eleven courses in general business studies over the course of the academic year and a French language course each semester. Students who select the DIB or BIB program will complete 10 courses in International Business studies over the course of the academic year and a French language course each semester. To enroll in the DIB track, students must have completed at least 60 U.S. university semester credits, and 30 of those credits must have been business or business-related coursework. To enroll in the BIB track, students must have completed at least 60 U.S. university semester credits, and 45 of those credits must have been business or business-related coursework. In addition, students should have at least six weeks of experience in an internship. Students who complete the BIB program will be awarded a bachelor’s degree from GEM upon successful completion of all required courses—an incredible asset for any student hoping to work abroad in the future!

CREDIT INFORMATION

The Grenoble École de Management (GEM) operates on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). It is generally accepted that in order to convert from ECTS to U.S. credits, one should divide the ECTS total by 2.

Courses at Grenoble École de Management (Semester International Business)

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Courses at Grenoble École de Management (Semester International Business)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

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Courses at Grenoble École de Management (Semester International Business)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

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Highlights
  • Classes are taught in English and French.
  • Orientation in Paris!
  • Triple accreditation: AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS

API students studying abroad in Grenoble have two different housing options – students may choose to live with a host family or in a student residence.

Students who choose to live with families will have their own room and be provided with two meals (breakfast and dinner) per day and laundry service. Host families serve as a unique introduction to French culture and may be made up of a married couple with children, retirement-age couples, or a divorced or widowed woman with or without children. Most families do not live in the city center, rather they may be located throughout the city and in the surrounding suburbs. Families who live outside the city typically have larger homes with sizeable yards.

Students in Grenoble may also choose to live in a student residence. Students live with other international, American, and French students. Students have a single room, with access to a shared kitchen on their floor. Bathroom facilities are shared per floor, although some rooms may have bathroom amenities. Laundry facilities are available, and there are common areas throughout the building as well. A meal stipend to cover weekday lunches is provided; all other meals are the responsibility of the student.

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