Grenoble as a student city
Grenoble is the largest city in Isère, located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes area in South East France. As part of a metropolis of 450,000 people, it has a particularly enjoyable living environment. The city holds the title of European Green Capital in 2022 and advertises itself as the “Capital of the Alps”. Surrounded by mountain ranges, Grenoble is a paradise for outdoor and sports activities. Industrial development increased the prominence of Grenoble through several periods of economic expansion over the last three centuries. It held the 1968 Winter Olympics and is now a significant European scientific center.
Grenoble attracts 65,000 students of 180 different countries every year. With one out of five inhabitants being a student, Grenoble is ranked the number one city in France for best student life by the L’Etudiant newspaper. It is a lively city with a diverse cultural offer including museums, concerts, theaters, jazz, music and cultural festivals.
Study in Grenoble INP-UGA
Grenoble INP-UGA is a Public Institute of 8 Engineering and Management schools: it awards 2,800 Engineering and Management Masters and 230 doctoral degrees per year. There are 8,500 students, 23% foreign students with 98 different nationalities. It offers a range of engineering, masters and doctoral courses both in French and in English, driven by world-class research in 42 laboratories, and 14 state-of-the-art technology platforms, developed in partnership with other institutions. Grenoble INP-UGA contributes to European and international higher-education networks, and was also selected by the European University programme UNITE!.
The labs are jointly run with academic partners and research organisations (CNRS, CEA ,Inria ,Université Grenoble Alpes …). There are 6 doctoral schools, 39 labs in Grenoble and 8 international labs. As the national leader in terms of scientific publications, Grenoble INP-UGA is one of the top 5 European institutions for researchers and patents (Industry & Technology, 2018) and the first in France on the list of Reuters 100 innovative universities in Europe (2018). 124 European Research Council (ERC) have been set up since 2007.
International student services:
- Personalized help and assistance
- On-campus immigration office
- Language and culture courses designed specifically for exchange students
- International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO): supports on accommodation, visa validation, residence permit applications, health, insurances and other issues during your study in Grenoble. View our handy 2022/2023 ISSO Information Sheet to have more information.
- One of the oldest university centers for the study of French: CUEF de Grenoble.
- Two international students’ associations: International Student Board (BIE) and
- Buddy System : Find a local buddy according to your expectations
If you like sports:
- More than 45 formal sports classes, additional 30+ ungraded activities for students.
- Access to Olympic swimming-pool, climbing walls, several sport fields and equipment.
- A wide variety of reduced-cost activities are also available for faculty and staff and their families.
- More than 500 student athletes welcomed each year
If you are fan of culture activities:
Grenoble INP-UGA invests in facilities for student’s cultural, a wide range of programming in the campus and beyond, high-quality artist residencies and cultural initiatives, resources (technical, financial, logistical) to support project developers. Festivals, training courses, workshops, musical ensembles, social events, cultural outings, public rehearsals… So many events to stimulate your curiosity!
Getting to Grenoble :
By flight: Three international airports are located less than 90 minutes from Grenoble – Lyon Saint-Exupéry, Grenoble Alpes Isère and Geneva.
By train: the train will bring you directly to the city center
By bus: many bus lines connect the city to other French or European cities