The Grenoble Science Program at the Université Grenoble Alps, an institution that dates from the fourteenth century, is an ideal choice for pre-health and other science students. This unique program combines science coursework with French language study and is designed to allow students to take courses that fit neatly into their existing curricula and requirements. An optional Introduction to Scientific Research elective offers additional exposure to the renowned scientific and technical research projects of the region. The Grenoble Science Program is offered only in the fall semester.

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

Required Course

Students enroll in the following 4-credit course:

  • French Language Course (4 credits)
    • Students will be placed according to their level.

Elective Courses

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

  • CAS BI 203 Cell Biology (4 credits)
    • 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
      • 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


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.
    • Syllabus

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.
  • Fall Semester: late August to mid-December
    Please note: This program is only offered during the fall semester.
  • Fall Semester: March 15