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Practical information

How to reach Grenoble

The best way to reach Grenoble is to land at Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport, the closest international airport. Once in Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport, shuttle buses are the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to reach Grenoble.

You can purchase your ticket online : click here.
  • Trip to downtown Grenoble lasts approximately one hour.
  • One-way Ticket price ranks from 7-25 €. 
  • If you land in Paris or another city (Marseille, etc.), you can take a train to Grenoble Railway station (Gare de Grenoble). Click here to book your train ticket online (we advise you to book only through this website, as it is the official one).
  • Grenoble Bus terminal (gare routière) and the Railway station (gare SNCF) are located within a 5-minute walk from each other and are only 15 min walk of 5 minutes in public transportation from your accomodation.

Credits - ECTS

Ginsen summer school, would you be to succeed, will earn you 6 credits ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System)

What is ECTS?
ECTS is a credit system designed to make it easier for students to move between different countries. Since they are based on the learning achievements and workload of a course, a student can transfer their ECTS credits from one university to another so they are added up to contribute to an individual's degree programme or training. (source : European Commission website)

Learn more about the ECTS system


Students will be housed in single rooms in a renovated residence situated in the heart of the scientific presqu'ile, Grenoble most recent neighborhoods and where most of the city's scientific facilities and equipments are.

The building is located right across the street from the Nanotechnology option facilities and it is only a 5 minute direct tramway ride to the Smart Energy option classrooms.

All appartments have an inbuilt kitchenette.

Adress of the building : 58 rue Félix Esclangon - 38000 Grenoble
Accessible by tramway, line B, "Cité internationale" stop.

a day in GINSEN summer school

No days are alike in the GINSEN programme, as you will alternate classrooms on diverse topics and practicals.
Classes in the morning usually starts at 9 am, and stop at 12 pm. In the afternoon you will most likely start at 2 pm and finish at 4 or 5 pm.

To give you an idea of what the planning might look like, here are last year's plannings for both options (bear in mind that there will be changes this year).
The Micro and Nanotechnology students should mostly attend classes at Phelma-MINATEC:
3 Parvis Louis Néel, 38000 Grenoble
Tram stop - Cité Internationale
The Smart Energy students should mostly attend classes at GreEn-Er:
21 Avenue des Martyrs, 38000 Grenoble
Tram stop - CEA Cambridge

Attendance rules

Attendance and class participation is compulsory. The professors or Ginsen administration must be informed of any absence. Students must inform the Program Director of any event likely to lead to absence for any appreciable time.

Injury or illness must be confirmed by a medical note from a doctor.  


Date of update July 17, 2019

Univ. Grenoble Alpes