Grenoble Engineering Program

The Grenoble Engineering Program is a one-semester program, ideally suited for second-semester sophomores in engineering. The program carries no prior language requirement; engineering courses are taught in English by French faculty members.

The rewards are many:

  • Exposure to another culture in preparation for technical careers in the global economy.
  • Study of engineering and science in an advanced international environment.
  • Observation of French research institutions, industries, and technical museums through guided field trips.

Required Courses

French Language (4 credits)

(Students will be placed according to their level.)

CAS LF 299: Approaches to Contemporary French Society and Culture (4)

The class will introduce students to the study of culture through the work of anthropologists, cultural historians, philosophers, economists, psychologists, and contemporary popular culture, with emphasis on the Trans-Atlantic context and the French culture in particular. Syllabus

CAS MA 226: Differential Equations (4)

(Prerequisites: CAS MA 225 or CAS MA 230, or the equivalent.) First-order linear and separable equations. Second-order equations and first-order systems. Linear equations and linearization. Numerical and qualitative analysis. Laplace transforms. Applications and modeling of real phenomena throughout. (Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS MA 231.)

ENG EK 307: Electric Circuits (4)

(Prequisite: ENG EK127. Corequisite: CAS MA 226, or equivalent.) Introduction to electric circuit analysis and design; voltage, current, and power, circuit laws and theorems; element I-V curves, linear and nonlinear circuit concepts; operational amplifier circuits; transient response of capacitor and inductor circuits, sinusoidal-steady-state response, frequency response, transfer functions; Includes design-oriented laboratory. (MET EK 317 and EK 318 fulfill this requirement; however, only 4 credits can be applied toward the graduation requirement.)

Elective Courses

Students choose one additional course from the following:

CAS PY 313: Modern Physics (4)

(Prerequisites: CAS PY 211; CAS PY 212; CAS MA 124.) Waves and physical optics, relativistic mechanics, experimental foundations of quantum mechanics, atomic structure, physics of molecules and solids, atomic nuclei and elementary particles.

ENG BE 209: Principles of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology (4)

(Prerequisites: high school biology and at least one semester of college chemistry.) For biomedical engineers. Principles of cell and molecular biology and biochemistry emphasizing biomolecules, the flow of genetic information, cell structure and function, and cell regulation. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Syllabus

Program Details

  • Ideally suited for second-semester sophomore engineering students
  • Some courses carry prerequisites
  • No prior language study is required
  • Admissions requirements for all programs
Program Dates
  • Spring Semester: early January to the end of May

Please note that this program is only offered during the spring semester.

  • Upon successful completion of the program, students earn a total of twenty Boston University credits.
  • All students are provided with accommodations in French households throughout the city, to facilitate language learning and to integrate them into daily life. Students are given a single room, breakfast, and a specified number of evening meals per month in the home. They receive an allowance for local transportation and for meals not taken with their hosts.
Application Deadlines
  • Spring: October 1

Please Note: After October 1, applications will continue to be accepted on a space-available basis. Notification of admissions begins after the application deadline.

Download a description of the Grenoble Engineering Program.

Program Faculty & Staff

The Boston University Grenoble programs are administered by staff in both our Boston and Grenoble offices. In Boston, a program manager facilitates the admissions and pre-departure procedures, and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in Grenoble. The Boston Office also houses administrative personnel who are responsible for everyday operations. In Grenoble, the staff comprises a resident director and administrative, academic, and housing personnel.

Faculty & Staff Profiles