Universite Grenoble Alpes

City: Grenoble
Language of instruction: English, French
  • In 2016, Grenoble’s 3 universities merged to become the new Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA)
  • Comprehensive university with a wide array of international projects and partners
  • Departments in Science and Technology, Health Sciences, Law, Economics and Business, the Humanities and Social Sciences, Arts, Literature and Languages
  • Located in the French Alps
  • City has one of the highest populations of students in France
  • Major scientific centre in France
  • City has a population of 420 000

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Partner university's areas of study

ArtsEngineeringLand and Food SystemsScience

Notes on Language of Instruction


Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Summer

Term dates

  • Term 1: September to mid January
  • Term 2: Mid January to mid June


  • Students who wish to attend Term 1 only, will not be back to UBC in time for the January term
Courses + Transfer Credits


Course equivalency formula

  • ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits

Passing grade

10 or E

Grading scheme

  • The Grading System in France is on a scale of 0 to 20
  • Each class is graded separately, and a minimum grade of 10 is required to pass a course
  • In addition to the grades obtained in the courses, students receive another grade according to the ECTS:
    • A = Excellent (the highest 10% of a class)
    • B = Very Good (the following 25%)
    • C = Good (the following 30%)
    • D = Satisfactory (the following 25%)
    • E = Sufficient (the last 10% of a class)
    • FX = Fail (passing level not obtained)
    • F = Fail (level considerably below passing)

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)Graduate research

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

UBC course: BIOC 3rd
Title: Metabolic Physiology and Pathophysiology
Partner course code: YAM B8U17
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-08-26
UBC course: BIOL 336
Title: Biodiversity and Evolution
Partner course code: BIO 354
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2018-06-21
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Animal Developmental Biology
Partner course code: BIO 601
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2018-06-21
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: Adaptive Strategies of animals and plants
Partner course code: YABI6U27
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2018-06-21
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: From the normal to the cancer cell
Partner course code: YAX 8Bl18
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-10
UBC course: CAPS 3rd
Title: Human physiology: from the organism to the cell
Partner course code: BIO 602
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2019-05-16
UBC course: ENVR 3rd
Title: Ecotoxicology
Partner course code: YABI6U26
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2018-08-22
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

  • Predoc Scholarship Programme: an award dedicated to outstanding foreign students wishing to apply for a second-year research Master (M2R - complete academic year) or for a research internship (2nd semester only)
  • Using the Campus France website, it is possible to carry out comprehensive multi-criteria searches on the quasi-totality of grants for foreign students and young researchers
  • Candidates are recommended to apply for a grant at least one year before their registration at a French institution

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Types of accommodation available


Housing notes

  • After you have been accepted into the university, the International Relations office will assist with housing
  • The Blue University Exchange Student Accommodation Bureau also assists with helping exchange students find housing:
    • Room in a conventional university Hall: 160 to 250 Euros/month (very basic accommodation)
    • Room in a renovated university Hall: 300 to 550 Euros/month
    • Room in a private home: 300 to 500 Euros/month
    • Studio flat (one room) or small flat (one room and a kitchen): 400 to 550 Euros/month
  • Other housing resources include: Guide Etudiant; Club Etudiant

Universite Joseph Fourier - Grenoble Accommodation Website

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