With over 2000 international students, the Grenoble Graduate School of Business (GGSB) offers a truly global experience to its students. The management school, situated in Grenoble, France, which is famously known as the “Capital of the Alps”, has been ranked as one of the best international business schools in France.
In this series of #Admissions Connect, we have the admissions team of GGSB who decodes the institute for you. Know all about the admissions criteria, popular courses and the admission cycle of GGSB.
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Q. What is the strength of the Indian student community in the University? A. Grenoble Graduate School of Business (GGSB) has about 100-150 Indian students in the Grenoble campus amongst the total strength of about 1500- 2000 international students coming in from over 100 nationalities around the world, thereby making it a truly global school.
Q. What is unique about your university in terms of academic culture and overall student experience?A. The institution offers students a very enriching learning experience in a genuinely multicultural environnent. Students participate in study trips, international residency programs, corporate guest lectures, industry visits as part of academic curriculum.
Q. What are some of the popular programmes among students?A. Master in International Business and MSc and Finance are the two most popular programs among students. The reason being that they are ranked 13th and 7th best programs in the world respectively.Besides, the candidates are also looking into MSc. in Business Development. There is also a rising interest seen amongst students for MSc. in Fashion, Design and Luxury Management.
Q. What are the admission criteria for international graduate students?A. The aspirant has to submit the completed application form with all the supporting documents attached with the online application.
Any undergraduate degree from a reputed university
A copy of your passport
In addition to this, you will also have to complete three essays relating to intercultural awareness, reasons for choosing the programme and how this programme would fit in to your career objectives.
2 reference questionnaires will be sent to your referees of choice once you have submitted your application and paid the application fee.
Once they have been returned then you should expect to receive an answer from us within 3 weeks.
Q. When do the applications open?A. The applications are open throughout the year. There is a rolling admission system. There are fixed application submission dates. On each of these dates the Admissions Team starts processing complete applications received on or before this date. However, due to high demand for the programs and limited seats available, one should apply as early as possible to have a better chance of getting a place on the chosen program. Moreover, in order to make the learning experience truly international and balance the class, the places open to Indian students are further limited.
Further GGSB, had set up its own office nearly 10 years ago in New Delhi, India, to facilitate students willing to go to Grenoble and develop partnerships and enhance GGSB brand in this sub-continent. Mr. Nishit Jain, Country Manager –India, who incidentally is also an alumnus of GGSB, heads the office in India.
Q. Does your school offer financial aid to international students, particularly Indians? Please elaborate.A. There are scholarships available based on merit and not nationality. We encourage more and more international students to join different programs, which is why this year we were ranked as No. 1 for being the most international business school in France.
Moreover, scholarships differ from program to program and the time of application. One should keep in mind that scholarships can be applied only once the student gets acceptance to the program and confirms his/her attendance to the program.
Q. Many foreign students are worried about leaving the country because they do not know whether they will be able to find work to pay off their student debts. Do you guide your students in finding internships and jobs?A. Our dedicated career center provides helps to students with several aspects in enabling them get an internship or a job. They do regular listing of companies looking for interns, which are recommended to the students to apply for. There are Career Days held at the campus wherein companies come and give briefing sessions about potential skills needed and available roles and responsibilities. There is online alumni network portal wherein jobs get posted by our alumnus. There is an online job portal where in jobs get posted and if the student finds it fit to his/her profile he/she can apply directly. There are Personality Development and Grooming Sessions held to make the student industry ready and match to the competition.
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The higher education system in Germany offers something for all students. Germany has approximately 450 universities accredited by the state and there are 17,500 programmes for degrees in the country. Almost every subject is catered by the universities at all academic levels. International students can study for their bachelors’, masters’ or even doctorates. Although most universities focus on scientific studies, it is possible to study art subjects at the top universities.
There are two taught programs in Germany.
Apart from minimum percentage criteria, German universities have many other requirements also. So you will need to check the requirements for your preferred course in the chosen university.
Basic requirements to study MS in Germany:
• You must have completed your bachelor's degree from a recognised university either in Germany or India. In case your certificate or diploma is not recognized, you should get it verified for comparison to a German diploma in order to gain access to higher education in Germany.
• You should have above 75% or 7.5 cgpa as the case may be to get admitted in a recognised university. Some universities also accept below 75% also.You must know German language upto C1 level. Some universities require up to B1, but C1 gives you the proficiency to converse well in the language.
•You will have to take TOEFL/IELTS for all the courses taught in English. Further, some courses might also require you to take up the GRE as well. I would recommend to give these exams as early as possible as if you don't get required marks, you can give it a second attempt.
• University may ask for a Statement of Purpose or a Letter of motivation. Try to start roughly jotting down some key points and start fine tuning and editing them early till you arrive at something you are satisfied with. Focus briefly on what you have done, what your career goals are and what motivates you to choose this path of studying. You should know these things.
•Try to get to know the specific requirements of the university for your preferred course. You can get the information on the website of the university or try contacting any counselor for the same.
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