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

1339

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.

1806

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

1808

Emperor Napoleon creates the Université Impériale.

1811

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

1841

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

1879

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.

1896

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.

1904

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

1947

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).

1962

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

1971

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).

1989

Opening of the Centre de Valence at the Université Stendhal.

1990

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

1996

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

2016

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.