About Université Grenoble Alpes

Anchored in its territory, multidisciplinary and open to the international, Université Grenoble Alpes brings together the main public higher education institutions of Grenoble and Valence. In association with the national research organizations and the international research facilities present on its territory, it builds its innovation policy on a global scale. As a driving force for progress and a laboratory for initiatives, it collaborates with its many partners to accompany the evolution of society.

Ambition and strategy

Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) is the result of the coming together of stakeholders in higher education and research in Grenoble and Valence.

Societal and environmental commitments

UGA is resolutely committed to its social and environmental responsibility in several areas.

UGA in numbers

Université Grenoble Alpes brings together 56,000 students including 9,700 international students, 2,900 PhD students, and 6,600 staff on several campuses.


Staff and students, as well as representatives from partners institutions play a role in UGA governing system, which takes form in 4 main central governing bodies.


UGA is organized around academic divisions and units and research departments.

The initiative of excellence

The Idex project "Université Grenoble Alpes: university of innovation" was awarded the "Initiative d'excellence" label in 2016 as part of the national investment program for the future (PIA). This distinction is reserved for a dozen university sites in France.

Our campuses

Mainly located in the Grenoble area, Université Grenoble Alpes counts a total of 12 geographical sites.


The University of Grenoble has been in existence since 1339. Discover the key dates in its history.


Université Grenoble Alpes is the second largest employer in greater Grenoble. Every year we recruit a large number of staff with a huge range of profiles, from scientific to administrative and technical.

Focus on

  • Shanghai 2020 Ranking: UGA enters the top 100 of the world's best universitiesFirst French university outside of the Paris region to enter the top 5 French Universities, UGA also counts itself in the top 100 world universities in the 2020 Shanghai ranking. Following the positive performance of French universities in the Shanghai ranking of academic subjects in June 2021, the results of the Shanghai global rankings published on August 15th confirm the integration strategy of universities and schools put in place in Grenoble. Find out more
  • The label "Initiative of excellence" (Idex)The Idex project "Université Grenoble Alpes: university of innovation" was labeled an "Initiative of excellence" in 2016 by the government, a distinction reserved for a dozen university sites in France. In this framework, numerous projects are being conducted to strengthen training (teaching content and pedagogical processes) and promote student success. Find out more

Key figures

  • 59,000 students
  • 2,900 doctoral students
  • 3,100 teachers and researchers
  • 3,700 administrative and technical staff
  • 700,000m² of estate spread over 6 departments
  • Top 100 Shanghai ranking

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Université Grenoble Alpes is the bearer of the "Université Grenoble Alpes: university of innovation" project selected for initiatives of excellence (Idex), a label reserved for a dozen university sites in France.