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Coming to Ense3 as an exchange student


ok Do you want to study at Grenoble INP - Ense3 as an exchange student?

Please, check with your local international office that your university and Grenoble INP, UGA have an exchange agreement. If this is the case, you can find all the information about the nomination and application process here.This is managed by Grenoble INP international relations office.

Have you been nominated to Ense3 by your home university and are preparing your application?

Thank you for choosing Ense3! Below, you will find important information to help prepare your application. Please read this document carefully and do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions.

Academic dates 2022 2023

Academic dates 2022-2023


Grenoble INP offers priority housing in student residences for international students. When you submit your application to Grenoble INP, you will receive an e-mail with a link to apply for housing. Accommodation is allocated by mid-July for students applying for the autumn semester or the full year and one month before your arrival in Grenoble for students applying for the spring semester.

Accommodation prices range from €200 to €500 per month, for options ranging from 9m² bedrooms to studios, including bedrooms in shared apartments.

You can also find general information about housing on ISSO (International Student and Scholars Office) website.


At Ense3, attendance to all academic activities (lectures, exercises sessions, projects, internships, visits etc.) is mandatory. All absences should be justified. Thursday afternoons are usually free of academic activities.

Language requirements

  • For classes taught in French, a minimum B1 level in French is required.
  • For classes taught in English, a minimum B1 level in English is required.

If you take courses both in English and in French, you must hold a minimum B1 level in both languages.

French as a foreign language (FLE)

Students can attend French classes free of charge, as follow:
  • an intensive session (20 hours over a week) before the beginning of the autumn semester
  • two extensive sessions (2 hours / week over 10 weeks) during the autumn and the spring semesters.

These classes are included in the list of courses. You must include them in your choice of courses/ learning agreement.


You can enroll in a university sport, free of charge, for academic purposes or for leisure:
  • For academic purposes: sport must be included in your choice of courses/learning agreement. You will get a grade.
  • For leisure: sport will not be included in your choice of courses. You will not get a grade.

Buddy system

At Ense3, you can enroll in a buddy system. Buddies are a tandem of two students, one local (a mentor) and one international. Your buddy can guide you troughout student life in France by helping you discover the city, meet new people, blend into the local culture etc. After your application, you will receive an e-mail with a link to register to our buddy system.

Choose your courses

You will find the list of courses available to exchange students here.
You can click on each course to see a description, prerequisites, volume of hours etc. This list is indicative only. It may change. Please follow the insctructions below to use this list.


You must choose between six programs:
  • ASI: Automatique et Systèmes Intelligents / Automatic control and Intelligent Systems
  • HOE : Hydraulique Ouvrages et Environnement / Hydraulics, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • IEE : Ingénierie de l'Energie Electrique / Electrical Power Engineering
  • IEN : Ingénierie de l'Énergie Nucléaire / Nuclear energy engineering
  • ME : Mécanique et Energétique / Mechanical & Energy Engineering
  • SEM : Systèmes Energétiques et Marché / Energy systems and associated markets

And you must choose your courses from:
  • 2nd year level: semester 7 (autumn) and/or semester 8 (spring)
  • 3rd year level: semester 9 (autumn). There are no courses available during semester 9 (spring) as students carry out internships.
  • It is possible, excelptionally, for some students to comeduring the first year (exclusively taught in French). Contact us at if you are considerin this option.
You can choose a different year and a different program for each semester (e.g., IEE- 3rd year for the autumn semester and SEM-2nd year for the spring semester).

As we are aware that your choice of courses might be limited by regulations from your home university, timetable and language issues, we may allow you to pick two courses MAXIMUM from another semester/program.

Your choice of courses must include a minimum of 15 ECTS related to engineering and a maximum of 32 ECTS.


For each program:
  •  each course that belongs to the program has half a day dedicated to lectures
  • one or several half-days are dedicated to practical sessions for all courses : there is a rotation each week

Consequently, you need to take into account the fact that when you choose a course, you will be busy with the course on the half-day reserved for the lecture + on the half-day(s) reserved for the practical sessions.

Reminder: mixing different programs and/or semesters is not recommended. We may allow you, exceptionally, to pick two courses MAXIMUM from another semester/program.


If you choose the course Mécatronique, you will have practical sessions on certain weeks on Monday AM + Thursday AM and lectures every week on Monday PM. You will not be able to choose any other course that has practical sessions on those days, except the courses in the same program and same semester (semester 7 – ASI).

You have chosen the semester 7- ASI program. You will have practical sessions on Monday AM and Thursday AM for all your semester 7 -ASI courses + lectures on different days for each course. You exceptionally picked a course from the semester 9 – ASI PROGRAM (mobile robotics), which seems to fit in the timetable. The practical sessions for semester 9 – ASI courses are on Friday PM and you will be free.
Remember that this timetable is indicative and that you may have to change your choice of course.

WHAT IS AM1, AM2, PM1, PM2 etc?

This means that the morning or afternoon is divided into two or three periods. You can therefore take a course that takes place on AM1 and AM2 but you cannot take two courses that take place on AM1 because they will be at the same time.

Date of update July 1, 2022

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