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Université Grenoble - Alpes

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Accreditation

Université Grenoble - Alpes is recognized by the French Ministry of National Education as a degree-granting institution.

Université Grenoble - Alpes (previously known as Stendhal University - Grenoble 3), is part of the University of Grenoble system, founded in 1339 and one of Europe's oldest educational institutions. Famous alumni include Former President of Germany Richard Weizacker, Princess of Japan Masako Owada, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Today, Université Grenoble - Alpes remains an outstanding university center with a long tradition of excellence in the arts and sciences. The university is housed on a modern, spacious campus approximately ten minutes by bus or tram from the center of town. The campus has well-equipped facilities, up-to-date audiovisual equipment, new language labs, and outstanding athletic centers.

Université Grenoble - Alpes is well-known for its outstanding French-language teaching center. You’ll take language courses through the Centre Universitaire d'Etudes Françaises (CUEF), founded in 1896. The center hosts over 3,000 students from more than 100 countries who wish to learn or improve their French. CUEF offers instruction in French at all levels, from beginner to advanced, prepares intermediate students for the Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Francaise (DELF), and advanced students for the Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française (DALF), as well as diplomas of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and other university diplomas and certificates.

Classroom and Information

  • Language and elective courses are taught by French faculty at the Centre Universitaire d'Etudes Françaises (CUEF)
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance of classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Class size ranges from 10 to 16 students, allowing for personalized attention.
  • You’ll take classes with other international students of equivalent language level; students with superior or advanced French language skills have the option to take classes with French students.
  • The French teaching style differs from that in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations.

Grading

The French grading system is based on a scale of 20, as opposed to 100 in the U.S. system. It would be inaccurate to merely multiply a French grade by a factor of five to find its U.S. equivalent. Grades in France are awarded on a scale of 1-20, but the tradition is such that grades higher than 16 are seldom awarded. The passing grade for a single subject is usually 10/20, although grades of 8 and 9 may indicate satisfactory performance. Grading in France is severe and can vary from one institution to another, and from one course to another.

The Franco-American Commission for Educational Exchange recommends the following comparison of grades:

French Number Grade

U.S. Letter Equivalent

14-20

A

12-13.9

B+

11-11.9

B

10.5-10.9

B-

10.1-10.4

C+

10

C

9-9.9

C-

8-8.9

D

0-7.9

F

French diplomas may include one of the following five “mentions”:

Très Bien

Outstanding

A

Bien

Very Good

A to B+

Assez Bien

Good

B to B-

Passable

Passing

Passing

Ajourné

Failing

D to F

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Grenoble Ecole de Management

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Grenoble Ecole de Management is accredited by EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and AMBA (Association for MBA programs).

Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) is a leading European institution for management and business education and holds the rare distinction of triple accreditation through EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA. GEM was founded in 1984 and, through continuous improvement of its academic and professional programs and of its intellectual contributions, promotes leadership in management of technology and expertise in intercultural management for a technology-intensive global economy. GEM’s innovative pedagogy places the value of individual personalities and teamwork at its core

The Grenoble Ecole de Management is comprised of 3 schools: Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Grenoble, Ecole de Management des Systemes d'Information, and Grenoble Graduate School of Business (GGSB). GGSB is the international division of Grenoble Ecole de Management and delivers English language educational programs. Its mission is to develop future managers by providing them with the international skills necessary to be immediately operational in a global, multicultural environment. Students who successfully complete a program at GGSB are issued a transcript by the Grenoble Ecole de Management, which is accredited by EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), and AMBA (Association for MBA programs).

GEM’s programs have an international focus; the school attracts high-caliber students from diverse educational, professional, and cultural backgrounds and providing them with skills to meet the challenges of this new century. You’ll appreciate the opportunity to study alongside students from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures.

Classroom and Information

  • Courses are taught by Grenoble Ecole de Management faculty, business professionals, and visiting professors from top universities worldwide; most faculty members are actively engaged in applied and academic research.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered.
  • All GEM programs implements individualized learning.
  • Attendance of classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • You’ll attend class with students from around the world.
  • All business electives are taught in English.
  • Language courses are available at various language levels.

Grading

The French grading system is based on a scale of 20, as opposed to 100 in the U.S. system. It would be inaccurate to merely multiply a French grade by a factor of five to find its U.S. equivalent. Grades in France are awarded on a scale of 1-20, but the tradition is such that grades higher than 16 are seldom awarded. The passing grade for a single subject is usually 10/20, although grades of 8 and 9 may indicate satisfactory performance. Grading in France is severe and can vary from one institution to another, and from one course to another.

The Franco-American Commission for Educational Exchange recommends the following comparison of grades:

French Number Grade

U.S. Letter Equivalent

14-20

A

12-13.9

B+

11-11.9

B

10.5-10.9

B-

10.1-10.4

C+

10

C

9-9.9

C-

8-8.9

D

0-7.9

F

Finally, French diplomas often include one of the following five “mentions”:

Très Bien

Outstanding

A

Bien

Very Good

A to B+

Assez Bien

Good

B to B-

Passable

Passing

Passing

Ajourné

Failing

D to F

 

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