Students study at the Université Grenoble Alpes, an institution that dates from the fourteenth century, located in Grenoble at the foot of the French Alps. The Grenoble Engineering Program, offered only in the spring semester, is ideally suited for second-semester sophomores in engineering. The program carries no prior language requirement; engineering courses are taught in English by French faculty, and guided field trips allow observation of French research institutions, industries, and technical museums.

Required Courses

Students enroll in the following four 4-credit 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.
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  • CAS MA 226 Differential Equations (4)
    • Prerequisites: CAS MA 225 or CAS MA 230, or the equivalent.
    • Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS MA 231.
    • 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.
  • ENG EK 307 Electric Circuits (4)
    • Prerequisite: ENG EK 127. 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.)
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Elective Courses

Students choose one additional course from the following list:

  • CAS PY 313 Modern Physics (4 credits)
    • 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.
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  • 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.
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The Global Learning Experience: An Online Course

Students in all Fall and Spring programs have the opportunity to enroll in The Global Learning Experience at no additional cost.

  • 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.
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Local Homestay

  • Individual bedrooms in local family home. May be housed with another program student, but in separate rooms. Each room has a bed, a desk, and some storage space. Linens are provided and washed regularly.
  • Kitchen access is not guaranteed. Students will have the ability to reheat food.
  • Board included, 2 meals/week with family; students prepare their own breakfast at home; stipend for the rest.
  • Students can eat at the University of Grenoble’s cafeteria.
  • Host families provide laundry, internet.
  • Gyms available at the university and in town, but may be expensive. Many people exercise outdoors. Many students study at home, as university libraries have more restricted hours than in the US.
  • Spring Semester: early January to the end of May

          Please note: This program is only offered during the spring semester.

  • 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.