My experience in Grenoble École de Management as an exchange student

My name is Andrea Paredes and I am an exchange student from Spain- Universidad Complutense de Madrid. I wanted to share with you my experience as an exchange student, I can sum it up in one word: Excellent.


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I arrived in Grenoble on the 3rd of September, I was amazed at how beautiful the environment was, surrounded by big mountains and a huge river (Isère).

On the first day of class I met my classmates, 90% of them were French, but there were several exchange students which helped us adapt better. Being in a small group in class, we have a very good working environment, my colleagues are willing to help and work together, that’s something I love. Continue reading


A Typical week at Grenoble Ecole de Management

Philippa McLaren – Masters in Development Finance, Stellenbosch University, describes her experience at Grenoble Ecole de Management as an incoming exchange student.


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Monday: Attend lectures and prepare an assignment

The Masters in Management course present topics across a range of management issues – including corporate governance, management and leadership, quantitative analysis, and strategy and marketing. The electives I chose focused on issues of cultural diversity, leadership and communication – very appropriate in a class with students from all over the world. Continue reading

Grenoble EM welcomes Duke master students

Last week, Grenoble EM  welcomed two new Masters students from Duke University, USA. Jill Javier and Nancy Fechnay have come to Grenoble to study Innovation to reinforce what they have done on their two years MBA program at the Fuqua School of Business.

Martin Zahner, Jill Javier, Nancy Fechnay, Mark Thomas

Martin Zahner, Jill Javier, Nancy Fechnay, Mark Thomas

The Center for International Affairs set up the agreement with the Fuqua School of Business two years ago. In all, four students from Duke have now come to Grenoble and two students from GEM have recently started their courses there.

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Xinyu Wu from China, Abhijit Singh from Germany, and Alexis Pulido Murillo from Mexico, students benefiting from the CMIRA grant given by the Région Rhône-Alpes, share their different experiences as incoming students at GEM.  

Abhijit, tell us about the reasons that led you to choose GEM.

logo RRAThe first reason was the CMIRA grant. I am actually self-supported; I don’t have any loan or anything. I worked for some time in Germany at Siemens and I earned some moneys which I decided to invest in my studies. I had the choice between an exchange program and an internship but the CMIRA grant truly encouraged me to choose the exchange program. However, that was only one reason why I chose GEM, the second one being that I am foodie! Therefore it was a really nice opportunity for me to enjoy the food because when you come as a tourist you don’t see a lot and you don’t experience much. Staying here for 3 or 4 months was a good opportunity to actually discover the culture. While I was in Germany I came in France for business trips but I could not even manage to go to Paris so coming to France for longer had always been on my mind. I therefore postponed the internship to next year and came to Grenoble for a semester. Continue reading

Working in a French Environment: An Irish Perspective

image_1By Mark Connaire

I had to ask myself, what does a stereotypical French worker look like? Unsurprisingly, it is not someone wearing a beret or eating a baguette!

Working in a French educational environment was a great experience for me. My initial thought on being an intern was that my main tasks will be photocopying and making coffee! Thankfully this was not the case! I was employed as a Marketing in the International Office in Grenoble École de Management from October till May. My job entailed working in the International Office twice a week on different projects. I can honestly say I never once came across anyone being unfriendly or unpleasant in my 6 months working there.

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