Grenoble Science Program

The Grenoble Science Program is an ideal choice for pre-health and other science students. This unique program combines science coursework with French language study in an international setting. The design of the program allows students to take courses that fit neatly into their existing curricula and requirements. Science courses are taught by faculty at the Université de Grenoble and several classes include the rare opportunity of studying alongside local university students. An optional Introduction to Scientific Research elective offers additional exposure to the renowned scientific and technical research projects of the region.

Program Curriculum

Students will participate in the excursions and all other aspects of the BU Grenoble program.

Students enroll in the following 4-credit course:

French Language Course (4 credits)

(Students will be placed according to their level.)

Students choose three out of the following courses. All elective courses are taught in English.

CAS BI 203: Cell Biology (4)

(Prerequisites: CAS BI 108 and CAS CH 102, or the equivalent.) Principles of cellular organization and function: biological molecules, flow of genetic information, membranes and subcellular organelles, and cell regulation. Syllabus

CAS CH 203: Organic Chemistry I (4)

(Prerequisites: CAS CH 102 or CAS CH 110 or CAS CH 112, or the equivalent.) Fundamentals of contemporary organic chemistry, including electronic structure, stereochemistry, and reactions of important functional groups. Environmental problems, action of drugs, chemical warfare agents, insecticides, and chemical causes of disease. Syllabus Lab Syllabus

CAS MA 213: Basic Statistics and Probability (4)

(Prerequisite: good background in high school algebra. Students may receive course credit for not more than one of the following courses: CAS MA 113, CAS MA 115, or CAS MA 213.) Elementary treatment of probability densities, means, variances, correlation, independence, the binomial distribution, the central limit theorem. Stresses understanding and theoretical manipulation of statistical concepts. Syllabus

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


Optional Additional Elective

CAS NS 291: Introduction to Scientific Research (2)

For students enrolled in Boston University science study abroad programs. An introduction to the performance of scientific research through lectures, discussions, and readings about the design of projects, the understanding of the scientific literature, and the ethics of research and publication. Local science faculty members will describe their research projects, and welcome students into their laboratories for approximately six weeks of practical research experience. Fall semester only. Syllabus

CAS IP101: The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)

All program participants have the opportunity to make the most of their semester abroad with The Global Learning Experience, a self-paced, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and experiential assignments that accompany them while living and studying in a country and culture different from their own. Students post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform to trace and articulate their achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. The course links students with the faculty instructors as well as peers studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. Students earn one credit in addition to the total program credits mentioned below at no additional cost.

Program Details

  • Prior French language study is not required
  • Some courses carry prerequisites
  • Admissions requirements for all programs
Program Dates
  • Fall Semester: late August to mid December

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

    • Upon successful completion of the program, students earn sixteen to eighteen Boston University credits. Students must enroll for a minimum of sixteen credits.
    • All students are provided with accommodations in French households throughout the city. Families chosen to participate in the program represent a wide range of incomes and situations, from an elderly woman living alone in the city to a large suburban family with several children. For many students, engaging with their host families is a crucial part of learning the language and experiencing local life.
    • Students are provided a single room, European breakfast, and specified number of evening meals in the home. They receive an allowance for local transportation and meals not taken with their hosts.
    Application Deadlines
    • Fall Semester: March 15

    Download a description of the Grenoble Science Program.

    Program 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.