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  • Locations: Grenoble, France
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

BGD LogoGrenoble Institute of Technology

The Grenoble Institute of Technology is one of Europe's leading technology universities, at the heart of innovation from more than a century. Grenoble Institute of Technology combines high-quality academic programs with fruitful research and business partnerships to help meet major challenges in industries such as energy, digital world, micro and nanotechnologies, environment and industry, and globalization and innovation. 
As exchange students at Grenoble INP, Penn students have the opportunity to directly enroll in one of the Institute’s six schools, where they can take a mix of classes in English and French.
For additional information, visit the Grenoble Institute of Technology website
The City of Grenoble

For the French, Grenoble is the capital of the Alps. Built on the alluvial plain formed by the Isère and Drac Rivers, Grenoble sits at an altitude of 214 meters, making it a prime location for mountain sports. Grenoble's history goes back more than 2,000 years, and the city is now a significant scientific center in Europe.

Did you know…?

Historically, both Grenoble and the surrounding areas were sites of mining and heavy industry. Abandoned mills and factories can be found in small towns and villages, such as the coal mine at La Mure. It is also the home of some important French historical sites such as the Bastille, an ancient series of fortifications, which sits on the mountainside overlooking Grenoble and is visible from many points in the city. The Bastille is one of Grenoble's most visited tourist attractions and is a good vantage point for viewing the town below and the surrounding mountains.



The program at the Grenoble Institute of Technology is for Engineering students only
Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0

Language Prerequisite: Successful completion of at least 2 semesters of college-level language or the equivalent, by the end of the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure.

Other Requirements: Completion of at least two full years of undergraduate study by the end of the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure is required.


Language of Instruction

English, French

Terms Available

Fall, Spring

Grenoble INP Academic Calendar


A full course load at the Grenoble Institute of Technology consists of approximately 30 ECTS per semester.  The number of courses in a student’s schedule will depend on the credit value of each course and the Grenoble INP school in which they enroll.  While at Grenoble, students enroll in first year Masters courses.

All students will be required to enroll in a course in French language at the appropriate level.  However, this course may not be available for French credit from Penn. 
Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad.

Courses are offered in English in the following INP programs: Nanotech : micro & nanotechnologies; Communication Systems Engineering (CSE); Informatics (Ensimag); Pulp and Paper Science (Pagora); Erasmus Mundus Functionalized Advanced Materials and Engineering - FAME (Phelma); Materials for Nuclear Energy - MaNuEn (GPhelma); Hydraulic Engineering (Ense3); Electrical Engineering for Smart grids and buildings (Ense3); Fluid Mechanics and Energetics - FME (Ense3); Geomechanics Civil Engineering and risks - GCER (Ense3); Nuclear Innoenergy (Phelma); Biorefinery: Bionergy, Bioproducts & Biomaterials.

Courses in English may not be available at all levels.  Math and Engineering prerequisites may apply.

Grenoble INP Course Catalog for Incoming Exchange Students

Grading Scale

As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average.  The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school. For more information on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.

Grades are reported to Penn on either a 0-20 scale or in ECTS grades and then converted to Penn grades according to the following grade equivalencies:
0-20 Scale Penn Grade
14-20 A
13+ A-
12+ B+
11+ B
10+ B-
9+ C+
8+ C
7+ C-
6+ D
< 6 F
ECTS Scale Penn Grade

Special Features

BGD Special FeaturesOrientation Activities

All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by Grenoble INP prior to the start of each semester.  More information on Grenoble INP’s orientation activities can be found here.

Language Courses

All students will be required to enroll in a course in French language at the appropriate level. More information can be found here.

Student Associations

Penn students studying at Grenoble INP have access to a wide range of student activities and associations. More information can be found here.


BGD Grenoble
Participants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.

Housing is facilitated through Grenoble INP. Students live in residence halls or apartments.

Information regarding accommodation can be found here.

Cost and Finance

Penn Abroad Financial Policies

Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheets below for more information.  For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.

Budget Sheets


Scholarship Opportunities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. 

Next Steps

For information on the Penn Abroad application process, click here.

To open an application or learn more about the program, please click here to schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.

For a student perspective on life and academics in Grenoble, contact a Penn Abroad Past-Participant or Exchange Student.