The courses are given in French; thus students must have a minimum level in French language upon arrival in order to be able to follow the courses and take the examinations.
Students can register for an intensive French course during the summer preceding the beginning of the academic year, in the University Center of French Studies (CUEF - Université Stendhal). CUEF proposes intensive sessions (20 hours per week) or semi intensive (10 hours) during July or August, and also during the academic year. These courses are to be paid for by the students (but they can benefit from a 20% reduction).
Grenoble Institute of Technology also organizes French courses, paid by the schools, which the students must follow if they have difficulties in French. A one-week crash course is generally organized during the last week of August. Then they have 2 hours per week during the academic year (registration is done through the Grenoble Institute of Technology application form).
Students who are on a double-degree program must follow the French courses, whatever their level, during their first year in Grenoble.
Our first and second years (equivalent to last year of undergraduate studies and first year of graduate studies) are divided into two semesters, from mid-September till end of January, and from early February till June. Double degree students have to register to a session stage admis sur titre (designed specifically for students who have not attended the first year at Ensimag), which is held during the first two weeks of September.
The third year (equivalent to fifth year - graduate studies) is composed of a semester of courses (mid-September till end of January), and the second semester is dedicated to the final study project (Projet de Fin d'Etudes - PFE), which roughly lasts 5/6 months.
University holidays: Fall break (1 week), Christmas (2 weeks), February (1 week), Easter break (1 week).
The yearly workload for a regular student is composed of 60 ECTS of courses. Regular students and double-degree students must conform to this structure. Exchange students can register to less than 60 ECTS; they are allowed to register to the number of courses they wish (in agreement with their home institution). The registration to courses is done at the beginning of each semester.