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.
Trips to downtown Grenoble last approximately one hour.
One-way Ticket prices rank from 7-25 €.
If you land in Paris or another city (Marseille, etc.), you can take a train to the 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's Bus terminal (gare routière) and Railway station (gare SNCF) are located within a 5-minute walk from each other and are only a 15 min walk or 5 minutes in public transportation from your accomodation.
Credits - ECTS
Ginsen summer school, should you 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)
Students will most likely be housed in a renovated residence (in single bedrooms) situated in the heart of the scientific presqu'ile, Grenoble's 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.
No days are alike in the GINSEN programme, as you will alternate between classrooms on diverse topics and practicals.
Classes in the morning usually start at 9 am, and end 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 on the times this year, though not on the classes' buildings).
The Smart Energy students should mostly attend classes at GreEn-Er:
21 Avenue des Martyrs, 38000 Grenoble
Tram stop - CEA Cambridge
Attendance and class participation are 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.