BIB : Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

Your child is about to enter higher education, what does this mean?

If your child is over 18, he is considered by French law to be an adult. As a result, all communication from school will be directly sent to your child. Even his transcripts will only be available via the school platform and will not be communicated to someone else without his/her authorization.
If you child is under 18 years old, by French law we will communicate with his/her legal representant(s) until he reaches 18 years old.

Tuition fees/extra costs

Who do I contact for questions regarding payment of tuition fees?

Géraldine Faure-Lafaye: Geraldine.FAURE-LAFAYE@grenoble-em.com

What is the school's refund policy? How to withdraw from a program?

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Do I have to pay extra fees for an exchange semester/year during my third year of studies?

All tuition fees are paid for during the exchange semester/year. However, if students are requested to pay an extra application fee at the host university, they will be reimbursed upon presentation of the original invoice. Accommodation and food are not covered for by Grenoble Ecole de Management.

What is the cost of a resit exam/resit module?

When students fail an exam they have a second chance to sit it. The extra cost they need to pay is of 75€ to resit the exam. When the exam is failed a second time, students are requested to attend the entire module again (attendance is compulsory. A module of 15 hours costs 400€, a module of 30 hours costs 600€..

Will my child be expected to buy books?

Yes, each student will receive a book list prior to the start of each semester with obligatory and recommended reading. Compulsory books must be purchased before the start of term.

Registration and student card - What formalities do students need to do and how do they get their student card?

Students are required to comply with the administrative formalities at the start of term in order to enroll and receive a student card. Each student will receive from their program coordinator login and password to register online on the school platform. Student cards will only be given to them once all requested documents and information is provided (including accounting information). It is your child's responsibility to provide their coordinator with all the necessary documents.

Program-related questions

Is class attendance compulsory?

Yes! It's attendance to classes is compulsory.

What will my child's workload be like?

The academic year is split between two semesters of 10/11 weeks each, with an approximate average of 15-20 hours of classroom-based learning per week. Outside the classroom students are expected to pre-read, work on group projects/presentations/reports.

What about internships?

Your child will have to do compulsory internships at the end of year 1 and at the end of year 2 (up to 4 months, from May to August).

Does the school provide internships?

All students have access to the GEM careers platform which provides offers of internships and jobs. They also benefit from careers development workshops in the first year of studies, which prepare them for job seeking, CVs etc. GEM's dedicated careers center also provides specialized careers advice and presentations/open days/forums/recruitment fairs.

However, ultimately the responsibility of finding an internship lies with the student. As professionals you may also wish to help your child through your own professional network.

How will I know about my child's progress within the program?

At the end of each academic year, students will be presented to an internal exam board which will validate their results. After this exam board your child will have direct access to their own transcripts online.

Which languages will my child study?

On the French track, English classes are compulsory (in years 1 and 2). On the English track, students will have the choice between French, Spanish, Chinese, German (only on the Grenoble Campus) and Arabic (only on the London campus). Gem will not open a language class if a minimum number of students is not reached.

Administrative Issues

Where will my child be able to live?

GEM does not provide on-campus accommodation for students; however there are many residences within the vicinity of the school. You and your child will need to organize their accommodation well in advance of their arrival in the Campus. The GEM housing platform can provide you with accommodation information and offers. International students should also consult: the International Student Guide and French students should consult this page.

What are the school holiday dates?

Please consult the academic calendar.

Health Issues

Please advise us regarding any existing health issues which your child has.