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FAQ - Ginsen Summer School

Where can I find information about the course program?

All information related to courses is available in the Nanotechnology and the Smart Energy syllabus.
If you are enrolled in one of the summer programs, the timetable will be sent to you by email before your arrival in Grenoble. It will also be released on the website as soon as all courses and activities have been established.

What is the academic level required?

Our summer programs target students who have at least completed their second year of Bachelor.
The Nanotechnology program, specifically, is open to students in fundamental or applied Physics.
The Smart Energy course, specifically, is tailored for students in IT, Energy or Civil Engineering.
Having said this, we take a look and accept any interesting, hardworking and motivated students or former students so do not hesitate to apply even if you don’t meet the exact description!

How can I apply?

If you wish to participate in one of our programs, you can register on this platform starting on December 13th, 2021 until March 13th. Once your application is complete, you can finish submitting it through the platform.

How do I complete the program?

In order to complete the program, you have to pass the final exam. Attendance and participation are also important and will be taken into account.

How many ECTS is this summer school worth?

You will earn 2 or 3 ECTS credits (2 credits if you complete the “Discover Ginsen” program and 3 if you choose to take part in the “Discover France” option as well) upon successful completion of the program. You may claim these at your home university. Please check with them beforehand whether they recognize and be able to validate the credits or not.
Click here to find further information about the European credit system ECTS.

 Fees can cost from 1000 to a 1500€, depending on if you decide to add the "Discover France" pack. There is also the possibility for a discount. Please consult the FEES page for more information on the GINSEN summer school fees.

Is there any kind of scholarships offered for the summer schools?

Grenoble INP - UGA does not offer scholarships for these programs. For financial support, you should ask your local government, city or university. They sometimes have funding for these purposes. You can also check Campus France’s catalog with scholarship options for international students.

How can I pay?

Once you are accepted in the summer program, you will be sent a payment link by e-mail. Only payment by card will be accepted on the platform.

I am having issues with the payment, what should I do?

If you encounter problems with the online payment, first check with your bank that your payment limit is high enough. If you still encounter difficulties, please contact us.

What are the conditions to travel to France with regards to Covid-19?

Please consult this page and read everything carefully in order to know for sure what the conditions for entry in France. Please note they change often and they may therefore change between now and the time of the summer schools.

Which visa should I apply for?

In order to enter the French territory, you have to apply for a short term Schengen visa. For further details, please contact the French embassy in your country. You can also find the answers to your questions by following this link. We will not be able to help you regarding this issue.

How can I reach Grenoble?

There are airport connections from Paris, Lyon and Geneva, and trains/buses from these cities to Grenoble. Click here for further information.

How to get around in Grenoble?

You can easily move around the city by tram and/or bus. You can find information about tickets and prices on Grenoble's transportation office - TAG.
The size and flatness of the city also allow you to wander around by bike. To rent a bike, please visit Metrovelo’s website.

What is the cost of living in Grenoble?

Students spend on average €750 per month. This includes the rent, food, transportation, communications, health and leisure. (we remind you that rent is included in the fee if you are coming through our summer programs.)
Rent (p/ month): from €150 to €600 depending on the type of housing and on the size
Food (p/ month): €200
Transportation (p/ month): €15 for a tram card and €15 if you rent a bike (for people under 25)
Communications (p/ month): €5 to €30

Which cities are close to Grenoble and worth visiting while in France?

In France : Paris, Lyon, Annecy, Marseille, Montpellier, Nice, Cannes…
Abroad (Italy and Switzerland): Turin, Milan, Geneva, Lausanne
Though the ones above are only the nearest!

How do I travel around?

You can either travel by train, with SNCF (the French railway network), by plane thanks to Grenoble Airport or by bus.
The main bus coachlines, Ouibus and Flixbus, depart from the bus station which is right next to the train station.