Building the Université de Grenoble began in 1339. Discover the milestones in its history.


Creation of a university in Grenoble bringing together four areas: medicine, liberal arts (sciences and literature), canon law and civil law. Set up by the Dauphin Humbert II in the Tour de l'Isle, attached to the present-day art museum, the Université de Grenoble has tried, since its creation, to imitate the Sorbonne and rival the Université de Lyon.

From the 14th to the 19th century

The Université de Grenoble's history was overshadowed due to tough competition from the Université de Valence, created in 1452 by Louis XI, and the prestigious aura of the Université de Paris which attracted the best students: Champollion, Stendhal and Berlioz, to name the most famous. Closed in 1367, then repeatedly reopened, it disappeared again in 1793 during the French Revolution.


Creation of the Ecole de Droit de Grenoble (Law School of Grenoble) which would later become the Faculty of Law.


Emperor Napoleon creates the Université Impériale.


Joseph Fourier, a mathematician and Prefect of Isère, sets up the Faculty of Sciences.


Creation of the Ecole préparatoire de médecine et de pharmacie (Preparatory School of Medicine and Pharmacy).


Inauguration of the Palais de l’Université de Grenoble in Place de Verdun which welcomes 340 students. Grenoble becomes the seat of an academy bringing together the Faculties of Law, Literature and Sciences.


The CPEE (Patronage Committee for International Students) is founded, connected to the Faculty of Literature, which becomes the Grenoble CUEF (University Centre for French Studies). The CPEE was incorporated into the Université Stendhal in 2012.


The Institut de phonétique (Phonetics Institute) is established, followed by the Institut de géographie alpine (Alpine Geography Institute).


Foundation of an association of friends of the Université de Grenoble which attests to the fruitful links between the University and industry.

From the 1950s

Large research bodies are set up in Grenoble (CEA and CNRS).


Creation of a joint Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy in Grenoble.


Creation of three disciplinary universities which bring together the former faculties: the Scientific and Medical University (Grenoble 1), the Humanities and Social Sciences University (Grenoble 2), the Languages and Literature University (Grenoble 3) and the creation of the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble (Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble).


Opening of the Centre de Valence at the Université Stendhal.


Creation of a branch of the Université Joseph Fourier in Valence with the opening of the "Sciences, structures and material" DEUG (general university diploma).


Inauguration of the Institut de communication et des médias (Institute of Communication and Media) at the Université Stendhal.


Merger of the three universities in Grenoble: the Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble 1), the Université Pierre-Mendès-France (Grenoble 2) and the Université Stendhal (Grenoble 3). The new university is now known as the Université Grenoble Alpes.