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Bachelor in International Business

Program duration
1, 2 or 3 years. September to June
Degree level
Bachelor (180 ECTS). (French : Titre de niveau II Chargé d'Affaires Internationales, enregistré au Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles (RNCP) – Fiche 34874)
Entry requirements
High School Diploma or equivalent, 60 ECTS per academic year or equivalent, English proficiency
Full program fees
€32,700 for the full three years / Sept 2021 intake

Exchange students should consult our exchange programs page for further details.

The mission of the BIB program is to provide students with a broad introduction to management, international business, foreign cultures and foreign languages which will allow them to work in a diverse environment or pursue further graduate management studies.

This Bachelor in International Business offers the opportunity to study a bachelor degree entirely in English at a triple-accredited school. Highly international, this program has been created for students wishing to develop international business skills and knowledge.

The program is open both to international and French students. Students planning a career abroad should definitely consider joining the program. Our aim is to encourage students to develop the skills and motivation to assume high-level responsibilities in dynamic companies operating internationally, in functions as varied as marketing, management, sales and export.

The BIB is recognized by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research under the name of “Chargé d’Affaires Internationales”. The official recognition for the program is referred to as the “Visa”.

Why choose the BIB program at Grenoble Ecole de Management?

  • Gain international exposure through a semester abroad, with a choice of over 20 partner campuses throughout the world
  • Gain up to 8 months company experience through two internships
  • Accelerate your career by choosing a specialized major in Year 3
  • Triple accreditation: AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS
  • Official recognition for the program by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation
  • International students residing permanently in France can apply for French State higher education scholarships (CROUS)
  • A pioneer in management of technology and multicultural management
  • An ideal balance of theoretical and practical management learning
  • A generalist program in Management and Business taught entirely in English while living in France
  • Smaller classes by comparison to university undergraduate programs and highly interactive teaching methods
  • International faculty with extensive experience of teaching and working in various countries and multicultural environments
  • Participate in Live Business Cases

A Word from the Program Director

“At GEM, we offer our students the opportunity to take part in a truly multicultural experience by joining a high-caliber, globally-recognized Bachelor’s program. Classes are taught in small groups with an emphasis on the development of soft and hard skills. This, along with hands-on internship experience, makes our students stand out to employers and graduate programs after earning their degree. I look forward to welcoming you into our Bachelor’s in International Business program!” - Nancy Locatelli

Program content applies to Year 1 - 2020 Intake and is subject to change. Transfer students, please see links below.

Year 1: Business Essentials

  • Effective Communication
    Information Technology Skills
    Intercultural Business Skills
    Micro Economics and Market Structures
    Quantitative Methods
    Project Management 1
    Personal and Professional Development
    Foreign Language

  • Introduction to Business Law
    Introduction to Accounting
    Introduction to Work Psychology 
    Digital Business
    Principles of Marketing
    Foreign Language

Year 2: Management Functions

  • Managerial and Financial Accounting
    Organizational Behaviour
    International Macro Economics
    Introduction to Technology Management
    Operations and Supply Chain Management
    Sales Techniques
    Project Management 2
    Foreign Language

  • Human Resources and Team Management
    Consumer Behavior for Market Research 
    Corporate Finance
    Introduction to Negotiation
    Leadership and Followership 
    Foreign Language

At the end of Year 1 and 2, students are required to do an internship which can be in France or abroad (see Employability tab for additional details). Students complete up to 8 months work experience through internship.

Year 3: International Focus and Major

  • International Perspectives in Marketing
    Global Strategy
    Social Responsibility in International Business
    Innovation Management
    Foreign Language

Study Abroad

Students following the full 3-year program can spend the fall semester of the 3rd year at one of our 20 exchange partner institutions. Students also have the option to spend spring semester of the 3rd year studying Hospitality and Tourism at CETT in Barcelona** (see drop-down menu below). 
Please note academic conditions apply.

  • Students choose one major, certain prerequisites may be necessary. Majors are subject to student numbers.

    Global Management

    International Finance
    European Business Environment
    Contemporary International Issues
    Business Development in Emerging Economies
    International Business Law
    Foreign Language
    Capstone module*

    Finance and Accounting

    International Finance
    Financial Markets and Instruments
    Financial Statement Analysis
    Budgeting and Reporting
    International Business Law
    Foreign Language
    Capstone module*

    Marketing and Advertising

    International Advertising and Public Relations
    Brand Management
    Digital Marketing
    Sport Marketing and Events Management
    Sustainable Marketing
    Foreign Language
    Capstone module*


    Entrepreneurial Opportunities
    Business Planning
    Entrepreneurial Finance
    Entrepreneurship in Hi-Tech Sector
    Sustainable and Social Entrepreneurship
    Foreign Language
    Capstone module*

    Management of Fashion and Design Industry

    Fashion Management
    Brand Management
    Sustainable Development in the Fashion and Design Industry
    Design Management
    Legal Context of Fashion and Design Industry
    Retail Management
    Foreign Language
    Capstone module*

    Tourism and Hospitality Management**

    E-Marketing in the Hospitality Industry
    Entrepreneurship & Innovation: Business Development Strategies
    International Hospitality Management
    Product Development in Heritage Tourism
    Tourism Mediation
    Sustainable Management of Tourist Destinations
    Analysis of Tourist Destinations
    Capstone module*

    (in cooperation with CETT, Bercelona)**

Capstone Module*

The final module marks the end of the Bachelor program by drawing on different elements of several core modules from an international business perspective. The focus is on teamwork to complete extensive analysis for an international project and to develop a business plan for a product or service in a new market. The issues discussed will be at corporate, sectoral, national and international level.

Please consult the Undergraduate Certificates.

Transfer Students

Year 2 - 2020 Intake

Year 3 - 2020 Intake


Classes are taught by Grenoble Ecole de Management faculty, visiting professors from top universities worldwide, and leading business professionals. Most of our faculty is engaged in applied and academic research, and we strive towards linking theory and practice to the international dimension of the program.
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French Ministry of Higher Education, Research & Innovation Recognition, VISA Bac + 3, Level 6 - EQF

  • Higher education in France is divided between Grandes Ecoles and public universities. GEM is a Grande Ecole which is recognised and accredited by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (CGE) and as such has degree awarding powers. The CGE is an official association which encompasses the Grandes Ecoles, engineering schools, architecture, design and public administration institutions which are recognized by the French state. 

    The Grande Ecoles are widely recognized by industry in France and GEM is amongst the top 10 business schools in the leading French rankings (le Point, le Figaro Etudiant, …), holding 6th place in 2019.

    GEM also holds triple accreditation by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. These three accreditations are international recognitions of the quality of the organization, its programs and the degrees it delivers.

    BIB graduates are also awarded the degree certificate “Chargé d’Affaires Internationales”. This provides international recognition through the VISA de l’Etat from the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. For students planning to work in France following their studies, this recognition presents a competitive advantage.

    French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation Recognition: VISA BAC +3


The GEM Bachelor in International Business program has been an incredibly rewarding three years. I chose this program for its focus on internationalism regarding study and work opportunities and have been able to live in four countries because of this. My two internships in Germany and Italy broadened my professional experience as well as cultural understanding, and my exchange to Singapore let me partake in academia in an Asian setting. And between these moves, Grenoble became my home where I could practice my French surrounded by mountains. I am proud to have attended GEM and to be associated with not only with a school which values diversity, but with an international student body and a worldwide professional network. - Chanelle Bonnici

More testimonials from BIB graduates. 

Employment Statistics*

Employment within 4 months: 86%
Jobs with international projects: 78%
Annual salary with bonus after graduation: <35k€: 67% | >35k€: 33%

*Based on 2019 graduates
  • Sales Financial Management
    Marketing Management (Customer Relation Manager, Junior Product Manager, Trade Marketing, Trade Marketing Manager...)
    International Business Management
    Human Resources
    Logistics Management or International Trade (Export Assistant, Trade Marketing Manager, International Purchaser...) 
  • Schneider Electric France, Nespresso, Hertz, Cojean, Carrefour, Lufthansa Technik, Nicolas, Chanel, Sephora, Louis Vuitton...
Applications for September 2020 are now closed and will reopen in November of this year for September 2021 intake.

Year 1

Students who have a high school diploma, Baccalauréat, ‘A’ levels or equivalent are eligible to apply for this program. The admissions board is looking for dynamic students with excellent academic results, strong motivation and the ability to work with an international team.

Year 2 & Year 3 Transfer Students

  • Students who have validated a total of 60 ECTS credits (45 in business related subjects) at an approved institution may apply for direct entry to Year 2. Students entering Year 2 must also have completed an internship of 2 months minimum before the start of the BIB program and will be required to complete a further 13 weeks minimum at the end of Year 2. 
    Program Year 2 Transfer Students - 2020 Intake

  • Students who have validated 120 ECTS credits (90 in business related subjects) at an approved institution may apply for direct entry to Year 3. Students entering Year 3 must have completed an internship of 5 months minimum before joining the BIB program. There is no internship period in Year 3.
    Program Year 3 Transfer Students - 2020 Intake

    Please note that certain prerequisites are required depending on your choice of major:

    • Global Management: Corporate Finance or Finance Fundamentals
    • Marketing and Advertising: Principles of Marketing and International Marketing
    • Finance and Accounting: Corporate Finance or Finance Fundamentals and Financial Accounting
    • Management of Fashion and Design Industry: Principles of Marketing and International Marketing
    • Entrepreneurship: Corporate Finance or Finance Fundamentals and Entrepreneurship

To apply for this program, candidates must complete the online application and include scanned copies of all original supporting documents. All documents must be in English or French or be submitted with a certified translation into English if written in another language.

Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please consult our rolling application deadlines.

Please note that it is possible to submit your application prior to providing us with your test results and/or your final academic results/high school diploma.

​If the rest of your application meets our standards we can then make you a conditional offer of a place on the program. These conditions will be lifted once you have obtained and sent us the required documentation.

    • High school diploma, Baccalauréat, minimum of three “A” levels or equivalent.
    • High school transcripts for the last 3 years of studies (front / back with scale): certified copies of all documents must be sent by email directly from the school - for Year 1
    • University transcripts (front / back with scale) - for Year 2 and 3
    • CV/Resume
    • 3 short essays (relating to your academic/professional experience, your reasons for choosing this program and your intercultural awareness)
    • 2 academic references. Family members or friends are not acceptable as referees
    • Scan of passport
    • Internationally recognized passport picture
    • Fluency in English (TOEFL, PTE, IELTS or CPE):
      • TOEFL: Computer-based: 240 / Internet-based (IBT): 94 (minimum score of 22 in Reading and Speaking; minimum score of 21 in Listening and Writing). TOEFL Institution code: 8973
      • IELTS Academic: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all areas (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)
      • Cambridge Proficiency Exam (CPE): A,B,C
      • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A): 63 (minimum score of 59 in each section)
      • Not accepted: TOEIC, Institutional/ITP TOEFL, Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and Cambridge English: First (FCE)

      English test scores must be communicated to GEM by the beginning of July for September programs and by the beginning of November for January programs.

      Please note that for your initial application we ask only for copies of documents. If you are accepted, we will then request you to send digital certified copies that you will be asked to present during the induction week. More details about certified copies per nationality are explained on the application form.

      To ensure GEM is the right fit for you, you may be asked to participate in an interview. You will be notified if an interview is necessary after the Admission Board meets.

Student Program Fees - September 2021 Intake*

Year 1, 2 and 3 (Full program) 32,700€ (Years 1, 2, and 3)
Transfer students entering in Year 2  21,350€ (Years 2 and 3 only)
Transfer students entering in Year 3 11,700€ (Year 3 only)
Undergraduate certificate programs 6,675€

*Fees are subject to change. Please verify program fees at the start of each year

Fees cover tuition, internship supervision, and access to all facilities. 

Program fees do not cover accommodation, meals, insurance, visa and personal expenses.

Administration fees: 250 euros per year.

Please read the policy concerning the refund of tuition fees.

Financial Aid / Scholarships

Scholarship descriptions and application guidelines.


All academic qualifications, including those earned at GEM, are recognized at the discretion of each country or university. Students seeking admission to a further course of study or who wish to work in specific country after their GEM program may need to have their GEM degree certified through a process specified by the receiving authority. 

Visa requirements may apply to International Students in order to study or work in France. All international students are expected to verify requirements with their local French consulate and plan accordingly. Grenoble Ecole de Management has no influence over this process.

For more information, please download our International Student Guide

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