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Grenoble International Smart Engineering Summer School (GINSEN)

Program Location Grenoble, France
Sponsor Grenoble INP
Program Type Direct Enroll
Course # SA 20156
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced

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Grenoble International Smart Engineering Summer School (GINSEN)
Summer in picturesque Grenoble

APPLY EARLY!  The sooner you are approved by Purdue, the sooner you can complete the Grenoble INP application.

As one of the leading city in terms of scientific research and industrial network, Grenoble offers state-of-the art research facilities and equipment, a must see if you plan a career in science and engineering! 

Surrounded by mountains and lakes, and offering a dynamic cultural life, Grenoble has been also Ranked Best French City for Students. Plus, its ideal location makes it a great departure point to discover France and Europe.

The 5 weeks program combines:
  • academic program in either Nanotechnology or Smart Energy
  • clean-room practical work sessions at Minatec,  Europe’s leading innovation campus for micro and nanotechnology
  • a full social program including courses in French language and culture, visits to world-class research facilities and events such as weekends in the mountains.
For more program information, please visit the program website.


Grenoble International Smart Engineering Summer School (GINSEN)
The Grenoble INP campus

This program is open to majors in applied physics, biology, electrical engineering, materials science engineering and telecommunications, who are in their junior year at the start of the program. 

Successful candidates demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Engineering][College of Liberal Arts][College of Science]
Specifically from: SLC (CLA)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program
Nanotechnology Program:
Nanotechnology is widely seen to offer huge potential for development in fields as diverse as healthcare, Information Technology and energy. Governments and businesses across the world have begun to invest heavily in it.

Grenoble is one of the most dynamic centers in Europe in this area, with outstanding expertise in several aspects of Nanotechnology, including Condensed Matter Physics, Integrated circuits or material sciences.

Grenoble INP Institute of engineering univ. Grenoble Alpes' Summer Program in Nanotechnology will capitalize on this expertise, covering several fundamental aspects (from physics to nano-bio-sciences) and applications (from electronics to materials sciences) of this exciting domain.

This track is open to students in Physics, Biology, Applied Physics, Telecommunication, Material Science, and Electrical Engineering (Bachelor level and Master 1 level) and combines academic courses in Nanotechnology and humanities to a rich social program.

Over the five-week program, participants complete 36 hours of science and engineering classes, at least 16 hours of lab work in a clean room, and over 20 hours of survival French language and cross-cultural teamwork, creativity and innovation courses (min. 73 hours of work).

Students successfully attending the full program will earn 6 ECTS and receive a certificate of attendance.  Participants will take all of the following units:


  • Nanobiology (6 h)
  • Introduction to Nanophysics (7.5 h)
  • Nano functional Materials (4.5 h)
  • Introduction to Microsystems (9 h)
  • Nanoelectronics Devices and Circuits (9h)

 Laboratory Training:

  • Fabricating and Testing Solar Cells: (at least 20 h, 16 hours in a clean room environment and 4 hours of electrical characterization)


  • Survival French and Culture (9 hrs)
  • Intercultural Communication (12 h)

For information about the program and description of the units, click HERE.


Smart Energy Program:

Energy and sustainable development currently constitute two major societal, scientific and industrial challenges. In this context, energy transition, particularly the efficient production of renewable electricity and heat, as well as its storage and optimized distribution are booming industry sectors.

Owing to its outstanding scientific environment and its pioneering activities linked with hydroelectricity, Grenoble has always been in the forefront of the development of new technologies in the field of energy and water management.

The Grenoble INP Institute of engineering univ. Grenoble Alpes Summer Program in Smart Energy will capitalize on this expertise, covering several fundamental aspects (from smart-energy to emerging energy society) and applications (from physical modeling and optimization to machine learning and internet of things (IOT)) of this exciting domain.


Theme 1: Energy

  • Production: renewable energy
  • Smart storage
  • Distribution: smart grids and electricity/heat
Theme 2: Energy users/ the human side of energy
  • Sociology: Sustainable cities
  • Empowering consumers/HMI-Human Machine Interaction, end-user programming, interface persuasive
  • Economy for sustainability
Theme 3: Informatics Technologies / smart technologies
  • Smart buildings
  • Ambiant Intelligence: Deep learning, machine learning
  • Technology for smart energies: Smart objects/IOT Internet Of Things/Big Data/Cybersecurity


  • Analysis of the GreEN-ER smart-building
  • Machine learning applied to occupancy estimation
  • Design of a smart-sensing environment for collecting data about human practices.


  • Survival French and Culture (9 hrs)
  • Intercultural Communication (12 hrs)
For more information, click

Students live in the residence hall.  Meals can be prepared in shared kitchens in the hall or in nearby, inexpensive restaurants. Lunch will be available at university cafeterias for an average of 5-6 Euros per meal.

Estimated Program Costs
Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2018

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and the Host University
Program Fee$1,950.00
Study Abroad Fee$609.40
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,500.00
Local Transportation$100.00
Books and Supplies$50.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $800.00 -$1,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information
Grenoble International Smart Engineering Summer School (GINSEN)
Grenoble at night

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