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French Alps: Grenoble Academic Institution

Grenoble Ecole de Management
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).
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International Business
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Grenoble Ecole de Management

Grenoble Ecole de Management

The mission of the Grenoble Ecole de Management is to be a leading European institution for management education, serving the corporate world through educational innovation. It was founded in 1984 and is one of Europe's best management Schools. Through continuous improvement of its academic and professional programs and of its intellectual contributions, Grenoble Ecole de Management seeks to promote leadership in management of technology and expertise in intercultural management for a technology-intensive global economy. The School's drive and flexibility have enabled the school to place among the top business schools in France today. These qualities have also spurred the development of an innovative pedagogy that places at its core the value of individual personalities and teamwork.

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 under and post-graduate 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. It is located in the heart of the business district "Europole" and next to the World Trade Center and is a major player in European and international affairs. All students who successfully complete a program at GGSB will be 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).

Global business calls for global management education and it is with this perspective in mind that all of Grenoble's programs have an international focus. The School's approach consists of attracting high-caliber students from diverse educational, professional and cultural backgrounds and providing them with the skills that are necessary to meet the challenges of this new century. Recruitment for the Grenoble Ecole de Management is on a worldwide basis which provides the students with a unique opportunity to study alongside students from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures.

The Grenoble Ecole de Management makes a variety of services available to CEA students such as access to a library, computer facilities, student associations, a virtual library, video conferencing, high speed internet, and a personal email address.

Classroom Information

  • Courses are taught by Grenoble Ecole de Management faculty, business professionals, and visiting professors from top universities worldwide; most of the faculty is actively engaged in applied and academic research.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments and final exams will be administered.
  • Individualized learning is implemented in all of the School's programs.
  • Attendance of classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Classes are comprised of students from around the world, and English is the language of instruction of all business electives.
  • Language courses are to be taken with students of an equivalent language level.


The French grading system is based on a scale of 20, as opposed to 100 in the US 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 can indicate satisfactory performance. Grading in France is particularly 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
US Letter Equivalent

Finally, French diplomas often include one of the following five “mentions” which we have translated into English:

Très Bien Outstanding A
Bien Very Good A to B+
Assez Bien Good B to B-
Passable Passing Passing
Ajourné Failing D to F


  • Interpretation of the French scale in terms of American grading standards was taken from the website of World Education Services, WES (
  • The Franco-American Commission for Educational Exchange supports the interpretation of the French scale provided by WES.
  • For more information regarding the French educational system refer to:
    • Assefa, A. Mariam. France: A Study of the Education System of France and a Guide to the Academic Placement of Students in Educational Institutions in the United States. Washington, D.C.: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, 1988.