The UGA’s history begins in the 14th century when a university offering an education in medicine, liberal arts, and law was established in Grenoble in 1339.
Today, the UGA is a modern, global university, a hub of innovation and research with strong ties to Grenoble’s business and R&D communities.
The university enrolls 45,000 students in undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and short-stay/certificate programs. Particularly strong in the sciences and technology, the UGA has developed a number of innovative masters programs to meet the needs of the global job market. We also offer nearly 50 degree programs in English
Students interested in international business, technology, and R&D will find that the UGA is a great place to study. We offer business programs specifically for international populations, programs that combine business, technology, and project management skills, and internships and work placements that combine theoretical with real-world knowledge.
Students interested in research-based programs can take advantage of the expertise at our 80+ research centers, working with top scientists in all disciplines.
While it employs highly-trained researchers in all fields, the UGA has also made specific investments to support cross-disciplinary research in a number of pressing, current issues:
The university offers extensive services to job seekers and students looking for internships and work placements as part of their training.
Two years after graduation, 89% of master’s graduates are employed. Of these, 94% report that their job is relevant to their field of study and at an appropriate professional level, and 91% that they are satisfied with their current job.In addition, the UGA works with an organization that helps young entrepreneurs learning to create their own business: Pepite Ozer. A special student status – étudiant-entrepreneur – grants access to supplementary training, mentorship from members of the business community, and the opportunity to apply for dedicated funds.
In addition to all of the UGA’s regular student services – housing, on-campus meals, libraries, IT, social and cultural activities, health care, services for disabled students, and sports – international students can seek additional help and information from the International Students and Scholars Office.
This office provides specific help to international populations. There are resources for visas and residence permits, housing, transportation, fixing a budget, the French health system, seeking employment, French language courses, integration for family members, and more. They also work directly with the on-campus branch of the préfecture to streamline immigration procedures for UGA students.
Students may choose to live either in student housing or rent/share an apartment in Grenoble.
Housing costs vary, but can be as low as €150 per month in some student residences. Private apartments are typically around €300 to €600 per month.
The International Students and Scholars Office offers specific help for international students seeking accommodation in Grenoble. They can also provide information about issues like finding a garant or paying taxes.The French government also offers a housing subsidy to students studying in France; depending on their visa status, most international students are eligible for this support.
The UGA houses three main libraries (science, humanities and social science, and medicine) with additional archives housed by department.
The printed collection totals nearly a million volumes, plus 15,000 periodical titles. These are supplemented by the library’s digital holdings, which can be accessed remotely.
The libraries also offer amenities like group study spaces and IT access.
There is campus-wide wi-fi access, as well as additional wi-fi networks in most student housing.
In addition, multiple on-campus spaces offer computer terminals for student use and dedicated IT support.
Several campus services also allow users to check out a laptop computer.Students also have access to online courses and downloadable course materials and reduced-cost printing services.
Staffed by over 46 people, the UGA’s on-campus health center offers basic medical and mental health care, as well as specific services such as family planning, nutrition counseling, stress management, and first aid training.
Additional health care services are offered for students with disabilities.
The UGA’s 175 hectare main campus is easily accessible by bike, tram, or bus. Many of our sister schools and institutes are also found on this same campus, facilitating interdisciplinary research and teaching.
In addition to this main campus, the UGA maintains facilities throughout the city and the region. The medicine and pharmacy departments are located near Grenoble’s teaching hospital. The GIANT campus is located next to major European research facilities.
Many amenities – canteens, social spaces, sports facilities – are located directly on-campus. Other amenities such as grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. are a short walk from campus.
Students can register for courses in over 35 different sports. Classes are available at levels, from beginner to expert.
In addition, more than 20 student-run organizations focus on sports, and are open to international students.
In addition to indoor and outdoor sporting facilities – gyms, tracks, tennis courts, martial arts rooms, weight rooms, etc. – the university also offers specialized facilities for sports like swimming, rowing, archery, fencing, and rock climbing.And, of course, studying in Grenoble means year round access to the Alps for skiing, hiking, climbing, via ferrata, and more.
The UGA has a rich student life, with over 250 different student associations offering activities and community in the arts, culture, sports, volunteerism, politics, music, and much more. International students can get involved in any of these associations simply by getting contact via the student life center (EVE).
In addition, the university organizes a variety of cultural and arts events such as concerts, theater, film, and dance.
The UGA also houses a student-run radio station.
All UGA degrees are regularly evaluated and accredited by France’s Ministry of Higher Education and Research.
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