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Grenoble Institute of Technology

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What types of courses does the Grenoble Institute of Technology offer for international students?

Grenoble Institute of Technology has specifically designed 14 high-level post-graduate courses taught in English for foreign students.

Another 30 post-graduate courses taught in French may be open to international students whose proficiency in French meets minimum requirements of . Most of the programs are at the Master's level.

There are no Bachelor's program at this time in the international curriculum.

Students wishing to apply to any of the international post-graduate programs in English should make sure that they meet the pre-requisites and should send in their applications early on to be eligible for scholarships and because of the limited number of places available in each program (to ensure good access to equipment and research facilities).

Why choose the Grenoble Institute of Technology to study in an international post-graduate program?

  • For its solid reputation of excellence in academics as seen in its international ranking
  • Because it is part of the Grandes Ecoles or Great Schools of France
  • For its experience in training top achieving engineers and scholars
  • For its excellent career prospects as displayed by alumni placements worldwide
  • For its network of industrial and research ties
And finally:
  • For its welcoming atmosphere and its setting within the French Alps
In summary, a program at Grenoble Institute of Technology means excellence, quality and employability, while not forgetting to have fun.

The Grenoble Institute of Technology is a group of Engineering schools, also known as Grandes Ecoles: What are Grandes Ecoles?

 Grandes Ecoles, literally Great Schools, are France's elite providers of higher education. They sit outside the main framework of French University system, and select students based on national entry exams.

Grandes Ecoles are generally smaller than unniversities, and deliver higher education in a specific area, such as engineering, business, or political sciences.

For Engineering Grandes Ecoles schools, most students spend the first two years after their Baccalaureate in a preparatory school where they intensively study fundamentals such as Math and Physics. They then sit the National Competive Exam and are admitted in different Engineering schools based on their rankings at that exam.

After admission into the Grande Ecole, Engineering students will do a one year common track program and then two years of specialized engineering track programs. At the end of these three years (2+1), students will be awarded the title of Engineer of their respective schools. Hence, to obtain an Engineering degree, students have gone through a two year preparatory cycle followed by a three year Engineering cycle for a total of five years.

What are the differences between all the postgraduate programs?

At the Grenoble Institute of Technology different post-graduate degrees co-exist. This is due in part to the history of this Engineering school institute.
Traditionally in France, Engineering diplomas were awarded to students through a two-phase program, a preparatory cycle of two years followed by an Engineering cycle of three years.

In recent years, in keeping up with the globalization patterns observed in the world, a push towards equivalences has meant that more and more European schools have adopted the European BMD system of degrees (3 yr Bachelors B1-B3, 2 yr Masters M1-M2 and 3 yr Doctorates D1-D3).
Hence, the French Higher Education Ministry has decided that for Engineering Schools such as the Grandes Ecoles where the Engineering diploma was granted after five full years of study, an equivalent title of Master could be delivered.

Most of the international postgraduate programs of the Grenoble Institute of Technology are at the Masters level and are completed in two years (M1 + M2). At the end of this period, students will be awarded, depending on the program, either a Master's degree or an Engineering degree. To be admitted, students must hold at least a Bachelor of Science or the equivalent thereof.

Some programs are only for one year which corresponds to the second year of a Master's degree (M2). These programs are intended for students who wish to continue after their Master's degree and go on with a Doctorate. These one year programs are specifically oriented towards research. To be admitted in one of these short term Master's, students must have validated at least one year of a Master's program, or have a 4-yr Bachelor of Engineering or the equivalent thereof. For some international students, this may be an opportunity to do a short term specialization with access to top research facilities.

Finally, there exists a last category of International programs also known as the post Masters Programs done in one year. As the name indicates, this program is done after obtaining a Masters level, hence after a minimum of 5 years of study. For students residing in countries where the Doctorate level combines an academic program with a research thesis, this may be an opportunity to validate some academic credit.

In keeping with the spirit of the European Masters, Grenoble Institute of Technology has opened up programs in all of these categories. Of these, twelve are taught in English and are more readily accessible to highly motivated and English speaking students.

In summary,

French Academic Scheme

Why do some programs have higher fees than others?

It should be recognized that France has a policy to subsidize public education whenever possible. This is why some quality programs (international or national) may have extremely low tuition fees as compared to other countries. This however, means that the funding effort is covered by the French government and its industrial partners and the French population as a whole.

In recent years, with the opening of numerous new programs and the decreasing trend of public funding of educational programs, schools and universities have had to find other ways of funding their programs without losing the quality of their services. This is why some international programs have had to introduce higher fees to cover the cost of their offer. In particular, students are given access to costly research facilities and industrial equipment.

To compensate for these increasing fees, some scholarships may be possible. Students are encouraged to visit the CampusFrance website ( to find information on existing financial aid.

Nonetheless, given the number of scholarships that exist, not all students will have access to them and other means of funding will have to be found. Keep in mind, that the education received at the Grenoble Institute of Technology is almost a guarantee of high paying jobs afterwards allowing students to repay grants and loans rapidly.

Grenoble INP (Grenoble Institute of Technology) understands that this may be a deterrent to students applying to its programs and will therefore always do its best to help students find the most appropriate solution.

Need help with practical matters to come study in Grenoble ?

Finding accomodation? Applying for a visa ? Enrolling for a course ?  The Grenoble International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) is here to help.

Written by Xavier Oster

Date of update April 16, 2015

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