Université Grenoble Alpes

Year of foundation: 1339
Approx. number of students: 19,100
Period of study: Early September-Mid January; Mid January-Mid June
MCI partner since: 2010

The City

Grenoble is located in south-eastern France at the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère. Located in the Rhône-Alpes region, Grenoble is the capital of the department of Isère. The proximity of the mountains has led to the city being known as the "Capital of Alps". There is the biggest italian community of France, specially peoples from the south of Italy. The population of the city (commune) of Grenoble at the is approx. 156,000.

The history of the city encompasses a period of more than 2,000 years. Grenoble has been the capital of the Dauphiné since the 11th century. The city experienced a period of economic expansion in the 19th and 20th centuries, symbolised by the holding of the X Olympic Winter Games in 1968. Grenoble is now a significant scientific centre in Europe.

The University

UPDATE: 2016 Université Joseph Fourier merges with two other universities to become Universitè Grenoble Alpes.

Université Joseph Fourier is focused on the fields of sciences, technologies and health. This institution was previously also called Université Grenoble I: this name is today outdated but may be reintroduced with the consolidation of three universities in Grenoble. According to the 2005 Academic Ranking of World Universities, Joseph Fourier University is one of the five best scientific universities in France. We can trace the origins of this university all the way back to 1811 when the scientist Joseph Fourier established a faculty of science in Grenoble.

Nowadays more than 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students participate to the life of this university. More than 2,000 are international or exchange students. Joseph Fourier University is not only famous for its alumni but also for its commitment to fundamental as well as applied research and innovation. Part of the university is the Observatoire des Sciences de l'Univers de Grenoble (OSUG), a leading institution in the field of earth, space and environmental sciences.