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  • Locations: Grenoble, France
  • Program Terms: January Term
  • Cost Estimate: January Term
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3 Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: Graduate Open to non-GW students: No
Program Description:

France: "Technology Management in a European Business Environment" Short-term Exchange with Grenoble School of Management


Is this program for me?

Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) is one of the world's leading business schools and one of the few to possess the three accreditations by AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS.  The school's strengths are in business consulting, and innovation management of technology. Know-how in technology and innovation management has been developed thanks to the innovative spirit of Grenoble. This cosmopolitan city of science and technology is the world’s fifth most inventive city (Forbes magazine) and has fostered the institution’s success.

Grenoble Ecole de Management celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014.  Check out the following videos to learn more about GEM:

Financial Times Rankings: 
  • 21st in Europe according to the Financial Times European Business Schools Ranking 2017
  • 33rd worldwide according to the Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking 2017
  • Top 100 worldwide according to the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2017
SIGEM Ranking
  • 7th in France according to SIGEM ranking 2018
The aim of the short-term exchange program with Grenoble School of Management is to help students discover technology management in a specific European business environment. The program consists of a mixture of classes, company visits and social events. In addition to the academics of the program, students can participate in an optional Ski Day in Courchevel, a world-famous ski resort in the French Alps.

Participants who successfully complete this program obtain the Certificate for Serious Games, which provides an opportunity to address serious topics in a fun way. The use of Serious Games, or Gamification, is now widely recognized in education, as well as in the corporate environment, where playing and competing help maximize the engagement of participants: corporate challenges to mobilize the staff, but also marketing games seeking to increase interaction with customers. In Education, Serious Games allow alternative pedagogies that induce creativity and innovation. Participants are more likely to participate - and enjoy tasks that are traditionally perceived as boring and complex.

Topics covered during the program include:
  • Business Ethics in IT Environment
  • Strategic Management in IT Sector
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Serious Games
  • Technology Transfer in the USA
  • Design in IT Environment
  • French Language and Culture
This program is only open to degree-seeking graduate students at the School of Business. As there are only 8 spots available for this program, students will be nominated on a competitive basis. Applicants must have an established academic record at GW and be in good academic standing with the university.

Academic Credit
3 credits are awarded for successful completion of this program. 
GWSB graduate students must earn at least a B equivalent in order to receive credit for the courses taken at GEM. Grades earned through a GWSB short-term exchange will not count towards a student's GW GPA.

This program fulfills general elective credit for Master's and MBA programs. Students may petition to have study away courses count towards Graduate School of Business Certificates or other Master's degree requirements by speaking with their academic advisor.


Application Deadline
Friday, September 21, 2018

Short-term exchange programs follow a two-step application process. Students first apply through Global & Experiential Education (G&EE) and then apply through the partner university hosting the program. After a student is admitted by G&EE to a short-term exchange program and we receive their confirmation of participation through the deposit, G&EE will forward the student’s name with our endorsement to the partner university. The student will be contacted by the partner university with instructions on next steps and how to complete their application (if applicable). From this point forward, the decision to accept you as a participant in the program rests with the exchange partner institution and they will contact you directly regarding your application.

*Students applying to this program will also be required to complete GEM's application form. Further instructions will be sent via email to those who have completed GW’s application for this program immediately following the September 21st deadline.

On Campus Dates: None*
*Students are required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation lead by G&EE prior to the program’s overseas dates. 

Overseas Dates:
January 3 – 11, 2019

Cost Estimate
For this short-term exchange program, students will be charged GW tuition for 3 credits as well as a program fee due to GEM upon acceptance into the program.

Click HERE for program cost estimates.
Scholarships are available to GW School of Business graduate students. For more details, click HERE.
Information Session

View a live recording of the information session HERE

Grenoble School of Management recommends the following hotels:
In front of the school:
3-5 minutes walking distance from the school:

Additional Information
2019 Program Booklet:
Innovation Business Week V2019.V3pdf.pdf
Serious Games Certificate Brochure:*

Serious Games videos:

This program is administered by Global & Experiential Education in The George Washington University School of Business.

Feel free to contact us at 202.994.0767 or with your questions.

Helpful Links
Cancellation Policy for Short-Term Abroad
Eligibility & Payment (GWSB Graduate)
Health Insurance for Short-Term Abroad
Non-Participant Accompaniment
Pre-Departure, Health & Safety Orientation for Short -Term Abroad
Withdrawal & Refund Policy (GWSB Graduate) 
Global and Experiential Education Scholarships