Prepare your stay

Coming to a new place, even when it is for something as exciting as higher learning or an innovative research project, can still be daunting. That is why we have brought together a wealth of information to help you prepare for your stay: if preparation is the key to success, then here are some primary resources to open the doors for your achievement.

International students and scholars office (ISSO)

UGA welcomes all international students, and provide a range of services and advice to facilitate your arrival, help you to settle in, and throughout your stay.

Online services

On our website dedicated to international students, you will find lots of information for helping you with the necessary practical steps you need to take (obtaining a visa and residence permit, finding accommodation, insurance, etc.), but also a lot of useful tips to make your daily life here easier and more enjoyable.

Once you've arrived

ISSO, in Grenoble and Valence, is here to provide you with guidance and support during your time on campus.
Come meet us
ISSO is a member of the EURAXESS network of service centres, set up by the European commission, and been awarded the label "Bienvenue en France" (2 stars) for the quality of its support services.

Visa and immigration

  • Except for nationals from the European Economic Area, Monaco, Andorra and Switzerland, it is necessary to get a visa to enter and study in metropolitan France. To find out whether you need a visa, visit the France-Visas website:
  • If your country has the “Studying in France” program (“Études en France" - CEF), visit the Campus France website for all necessary information about the application procedure:
  • Otherwise, you will need to visit your local French embassy to follow the application procedure for a student visa. The length of the procedure varies depending on the country and application period, so we recommend you apply well in advance.
For more information:
Visit our dedicated student and PhD visa page


We recommend you start looking for accommodation at least two months prior to your arrival in France. You can find out more by selecting your corresponding profile below:

Practical matters

You can also visit the links below for more information on dining options, budget, transportation and more:

Special status

If your everyday circumstances put major constraints on your time management or make it difficult for you to get around campus, if you have a disability, play sports at an elite level or are a professional artist, if you are involved in a charity organization or are a student entrepreneur, Université Grenoble Alpes may be able to offer you personalized learning support to help you succeed in your studies.
Published on  January 30, 2020
Updated onJuly 30, 2020