Manager(s) : 

Director :
Jean-Michel Roux

Head of administration :
Françoise Petitjean


The IUG offers multi-disciplinary, international courses to prepare students for careers in town planning. Researchers and practitioners teach through theoretical and practical approaches alongside professional role-plays using various educational methods (lectures, seminars, tutorials, project workshops or a final-year project). The IUG provides students with sound knowledge of the modern city and the tools necessary for studying, building and managing such a city.


The IUG offers comprehensive training in Town Planning and Development whatever your level – Bachelor's or Master's degree or Doctorate. These courses are recognised by the professional sector (OPQU – Professional Qualification Office for Town Planners) and international French- and English-speaking associations for teaching and research in town planning (APERAU & AESOP).

The IUG pays particular attention to the professionalisation of its students. The Institute offers all its diplomas as continuing education and more than 60 second-year Masters' students are on an apprenticeship or professionalisation contract.
The IUG runs an Erasmus Mundus Masters of Sciences in English with several European partners.


PACTE – Public Policies, Policy Actions, Territories (UMR CNRS)

The PACTE is a social sciences research laboratory bringing together political scientists, town planners, sociologists and geographers on the Grenoble campus. The town planners are mainly to be found within the "Villes et territoires" (Towns and territories) and "Justice sociale" (Social justice) scientific teams.

The IUG's Town Planning and Development doctoral students are part of the "Sciences de l'Homme, du Politique et du Territoire" (Human, Political and Territorial Sciences) Doctoral School.

Federated Research Structure in Networked Territories (SFR Territoire en réseaux)

The IUG is home to this SFR which is responsible for the organisation and management of multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary projects related to existing territorial transformations.


The IUG's courses are jointly accredited with the ENSAG (Grenoble National School of Architecture) and the IGA (Alpine Geography Institute).

The Master's degree is organised in close cooperation with our partner universities in France and abroad: U. de Lausanne (Switzerland), HEPIA Genève (Switzerland), U. de Sfax (Tunisia), UEK Krakow (Poland), ESAAA (Annecy), TU Darmstadt (Germany), UIC Barcelona (Spain) and U. Rome Tor Vergata (Italy).

Exchanges involving students and teaching staff are made with around 15 partners: Shanghai (China), Damascus (Syria), Beirut and Kaslik (Lebanon), Florianópolis (Brazil), Montréal (Canada), Bratislava (Slovakia), Milan and Turin (Italy), Dortmund (Germany), Birmingham (England), Alicante (Spain)...

More than 100 local authorities and companies welcome students each year for internships, apprenticeships or professionalisation contracts.