Apply for 3rd year Master 2 and ‘alternance’ programs

Admission prerequisites

To be eligible for admission to a Master’s degree program (2nd year or M2), candidates should hold a European university degree with a minimum of 240 ECTS credits.

For non-European candidates or other French or foreign diplomas (including a French Diplôme d’Université) equivalent to a 4-year university degree is required, and prior studies will be examined and approved by an validation committee (see below Validation of studies). The validation form is available online with the master’s application form.

With the exception of our programs in full English, speaking French is mandatory. International students must provide a French proficiency report (minimum B2 from the CEFR).
Those for whom English is not their native language, or who have not been studying fully in English or living in an English speaking country for some (significant) time will need to demonstrate an advanced level of English. This can be done by providing a TOEICTOEFLIELTS or even GMAT score or an English instructor assessment (language proficiency report included in the application form).
Language proficiency will also be tested during the interview.

Part-time training prerequisites

There are two types of part-time training contracts: an apprenticeship and a professional training contract.

Apprentice contract: to be eligible to an apprentice contract, candidates must be less than 26 years old at the signing of the contract. To be eligible, international students must have a Resident card and a work permit on the date of the contract signature. International students having completed the first year of a French master are exempt.

Professional training contract: open to all young people aged 16 to 25 or official job-seekers over 26 who are aiming for a professional qualification. To be eligible, international students must have a Resident card and a work permit on the date of the contract signature.

Some Master’s degree programs are available to study full-time and part-time. There are advantages to both modes of study. If you decide to apply to both modes, you only need to complete the “Alternance” application form and send it to Grenoble IAE before the deadline specified.

Final admission is based on the conditions of a contract approved by Grenoble IAE and the availability of open places in the program. Otherwise, only upon request, the candidate is admitted in the full-time program.

Consult the list of programs available in part-time training.

Validation of Studies

If you do not hold the university degree required for direct admission to our programs, you must complete the validation form on our website as part of the IAE application process. Important: international students residing in a country with a Center for Studies in France (Centre pour les Etudes en France, CEF) must complete their validation of studies request (and moreover the admissions process) via the Campus France website, in addition to the IAE application. This double application process is mandatory in order to obtain a visa.

List of required documents:

  • Title of your highest level diploma (obtained or currently enrolled)
  • Brochure from the university of delivery
  • Courses’ description, total number of hours, credits
  • If necessary, justification of the RNCP level (Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles) and/or the visa from the Minister of National and Higher Education and Research (French diplomas only).
  • Validation form will be reviewed by a validation committee. Incomplete applications or applications received after the closing date will not be reviewed.

Program tuition

For a traditional education student (full-time) at Grenoble IAE, academic fees are mandatory registration fees for Bachelor or Master programs and supplemental student services.

Registration fees

Annual university registration fees are determined by the Minister of Higher Education and Research. These vary based on the degree.
In 2014-2015, the fees were 261.10€ for Master programs.
Scholarship recipients are exempt from university registrations fees, excepting preventative health insurance (5.10 € in 2014-2015). Social security is mandatory for students between 20 and 28 years of age (2014/2015 fees: 213 €). French scholarship recipients are exempt, but they are obligated to pay for a student health insurance (SMERRA or LMDE).


If you have limited resources, you might be granted a scholarship based on social criteria to help you paying your studies in higher education. This scholarship comes under the Department for Higher Education and Research or under the Department for Culture and Communication.
Scholarship requests must be submitted between January 15th and April 30th through the CROUS site in the academy where the student is schooled.
International students typically apply for scholarships through programs in their home country.