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Grenoble INP Summer School at Phelma Minatec

Program Location Grenoble, France
Sponsor Grenoble INP
Program Type Direct Enroll
Course # SA 20156
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2017 06/12/17 to 07/13/17

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Application Details: Application Currently Closed
This application will reopen for Summer 2018.

Grenoble INP Summer School at Phelma Minatec
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 equipments, a must see if you plan a career in science! 

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 courses
  • 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 INP Summer School at Phelma Minatec
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 Science]

If students complete courses while abroad from Purdue colleges that have not approved the program, they might be able to earn transfer credit for those courses. Students interested in pursuing transfer credit should discuss this with both their academic advisor and their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

The Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP) Summer School in Micro and Nanotechnology is a 5-week summer program held in collaboration with École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne (EPFL) and Politecnico di Torino. This program will take place in Grenoble in the MINATEC campus, a leading international research centre for Micro and Nanotechnologies unlike any other research facility in Europe.

This Summer School, open to students in Physics, Biology, Applied Physics, Telecommunication, Material Science, and Electrical Engineering (Bachelor level and Master 1 level), 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:

  • Photovoltaic 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.

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 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 2016

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and the Host University
Program Fee$2,227.00
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$1,700.00
Local Transportation$75.00
Books and Supplies$50.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $800.00 -$1,500.00
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 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 on-line 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 INP Summer School at Phelma Minatec
Grenoble at night

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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