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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, IB diploma or equivalent, 60 ECTS per academic year or equivalent, English proficiency
Full program fees
€11,150 per year / Sept 2022 intake (admin fees, student services and books included. No additional charge for the exchange semester)

5th Best Bachelors program in France
2020 Le Parisien ranking

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

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to launch an international career

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”.

Skills Acquired:

    • Understand the competitive positioning’s and strategies of international companies.
    • Determine a marketing and sales action plan.
    • Participate in negotiations with internal and external customers and partners.
    • Master data analysis.
    • Deploy project management methods and tools.
    • Be capable of analysing the financial situation of a company.
    • Implement and follow key performance indicators.
    • Manage and motivate an international team by setting SMART objectives.
    • Be able to communicate fluently in at least two languages.

    Find the details of the skills targeted by this program on France Compétences by looking for the sheet n° 34874)

Our Strenghts

    • International focus:
      Study in a group of 60+ different nationalities, while being taught by international faculty. Gain additional exposure by spending a semester abroad, with a choice of over 20 partner campuses. Study in English while learning French and being immersed in the French culture.
    • Study in a top business school:
      VGrenoble Ecole de Management is a triple-accredited institution (AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS) and is a pioneer in the management of technology and multicultural management.
    • Diploma certified by the French-state:
      The Bachelor of International Business program has official recognition 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).
    • Accelerate your career by choosing a specialized major:
      Third year students have the opportunity to choose one of our six majors.
    • A combination of theoretical and practical learning:
      Get the perfect combination between theoretical and practical management learning and gain up to 8 months of work experience through two internships.
    • Innovative teaching methods:
      Get the advantage of studying in smaller classes and highly interactive teaching methods following the GEM Learning Model.
    • Personal and professional development:
      Students have the opportunity to attend personal and professional development workshops as well as individual counselling to help them boost their employability and reach career goals.

A Word from the Program Director

“Right from the first day and the moment you walk into the classroom, you will feel the sensation of entering a whole new world of global business. Inspired by international faculty from both the academic and professional fields and by joining a multicultural student body made up of 60-70 different nationalities, you will immediately start to learn how to act like future professionals. Through innovative teaching methods and within small groups, you will be taught how to develop your hard and soft skills and how to thrive and adapt to the ever-changing world of international management” - Nancy Locatelli
Interview with Nancy Locatelli, Program Director, on Campus Channel - November, 2020
Program content applies to Year 1 & Year 2 - 2022 Intake and is subject to change. Year 3 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
    Internship

    Total : 339 hours. The program may be subject to change.

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
    Entrepreneurship
    Leadership and Followership 
    Foreign Language
    Internship

    Total : 339 hours. The program may be subject to change.

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
    Geopolitics
    Foreign Language

    Students also have the option to spend fall semester of the 3rd year studying Hospitality and Tourism at CETT in Barcelona. Modules available at CETT Barcelona include, but are not limited to:
    Tourism Marketing
    Smart Tourism
    Strategic Planning in Hospitality
    Hospitality Management

  • 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*

    Entrepreneurship

    Entrepreneurial Opportunities
    Business Planning
    Entrepreneurial Finance
    Entrepreneurship in Hi-Tech Sector
    Sustainable and Social Entrepreneurship
    Foreign Language
    Research module and Bachelor's Thesis*

    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
    Research methods module and Bachelor's Thesis*

Total : 354 hours. The program may be subject to change.

Pedagogy

Typically, students are assigned 15-18 hours of interactive face to face teaching per week and are expected to work 30 hours outside the classroom. This includes pre-reading and preparation for class, homework and group/individual assessments. In groups of 3-5, students work on presentations, essays and projects in order to learn about the current challenges and decisions facing managers and business leaders today. International student work groups meet on a frequent basis.

Evaluation

Verification of skills and competences acquired through continuous assessment, exams, role plays, and professional experiences. The final evaluation is done via the specialisation and individual Bachelor Dissertation in year 3.

Research methods module and Bachelor's Thesis*

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 students will complete a Bachelor's Thesis on a subject of their choice linked to their studies.

You have the possibility to follow a one semester program, to know more, please consult the Undergraduate Certificates -page.

Study Abroad

During their studies, students can study abroad in one of 20 our partner institutions. Please see the list.

Transfer Students

Year 3 - 2022 Intake


Faculty

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.
All faculty


Recognition

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

Testimonials

“The unique nature of GEM's BIB program is due to its diverse student and faculty bodies, as well as a team-based learning environment. I appreciated the constant exposure to different schools of thought which dares students to think outside the box. Professors encourage discussions that question the status quo and help in building both hard and soft skills needed to drive International Business forward. The curriculum bridges the gap between classroom learnings and real-life applications, which provides an ideal foundation for entering the job market.” - Anuschka Ried

More testimonials from BIB graduates. 

Employment Statistics*

Employment within 4 months: 81%
Jobs with international projects: 75%
Annual salary with bonus after graduation: <35k€: 50% | >35k€: 50%

*Based on 2020 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...

Year 1

Students who have a high school diploma, Baccalauréat, International Baccalaureate (IB), ‘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. 

  • 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 - 2022 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
We recognize that COVID-19 has likely created difficulties in completing the admissions requirements. Our team is available to assist with these logistical uncertainties. Please contact us with any questions.

Candidates applying to the first year of the program Chargé d'Affaires Internationales / Bachelor in International Business who are preparing for the French Baccalaureate, whatever your nationality, must register via Parcoursup

Candidates preparing a French Baccalaureate should not submit an online application form via our admissions platform.

 Candidates who are preparing a high school diploma, International Baccalaureate (IB), A-levels or equivalent are asked to select the "Bachelor in International Business" application form on our admission platform.


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.

Application Submission Requirements

  • High school diploma, IB diploma (minimum 27 points), 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 IBT: 90/120 with a minimum of 21 in each band. TOEFL Institution code: 8973
    • IELTS Academic/IELTS Indicator: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in all bands)
    • Cambridge English (Proficiency/Advanced/Business Higher) level C1: Grade A,B or C
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A) Offline/Online: 63 (minimum of 59 in all bands)
    • Duolingo English Test: 110 (minimum of 90 in all bands)
    • Not accepted: TOEIC, Institutional/ITP TOEFL, Cambridge English First (FCE).
    • English test waiver may be granted for I.B students or students who have studied over 3 years fully in English (proof required).
    • Please note: English test scores must be communicated to GEM by the beginning of July for September 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 2022 Intake

11,150 € per year (full program and year 2 direct entry)
11,650 € (year 3 direct entry)

Fees cover:

  • Tuition and administrative fees, internship supervision, student services and access to all facilities.
  • Program fees do not cover accommodation, meals, insurance, visa, travel and personal expenses.

Fees are subject to change. Please verify program fees each year before commencement.

For questions contact us.

Please read the policy concerning the refund of tuition fees.

Financial Aid / Scholarships

GEM offers a dedicated online platform - The Funding Place  - to help you find financing solutions, simulate a student loan and understand everything about student loans.

We advise students to research financial aid opportunities as early as possible. Please note that it is necessary to submit your application and secure a place on a program first, before applying for scholarships and visas. 

Scholarship descriptions and application guidelines.

Note

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. 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
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

Student Guide

Contact a current student to learn more about the program.

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Updated on 24 September 2021 at 2h41 pm