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Université Grenoble Alpes


Program Snapshot

With three mountain ranges on its doorstep, Grenoble is the perfect place for the outdoor enthusiast. Students can ski in the winters and hike in the summers. The Université de Grenoble offers full-time university courses in French.

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Set in the heart of the Alps, Grenoble is one of the largest student towns in France with 60,000 students and five schools and universities. Grenoble is a leading center for mountain sports and outdoor leisure activities year round. It is two hours from the French Riviera, Italy, and Switzerland, and three hours by train from Paris.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Good.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Good.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: September to May
Semester 1: September to January
Semester 2: January to May

Fast Facts
Grenoble, France (pop. 420,000)
Student Enrollment: 17,000
Language of instruction: French
University Home Page
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Additional Information on Selecting Courses
Guide for Exchange Students


Full year or semester enrollment in regular university courses

Business Administration; Economics; Humanities (history & art history, musicology, philosophy); Law (including international relations); Management; Political Science; Social Sciences (education science, psychology, sociology; mathematics & computer sciences applied to social sciences); Urbanism and Territorial Studies.

Courses taught in English

The UPMF offers a one-year certificate program in law in English. Students may enroll in the entire year-long program or, space permitting, take individual courses “à la carte.” You can see a description of the program and download a program brochure here: http://droit.upmf-grenoble.fr/international/certificate-in-french-law-171748.htm?RH=DROITFR_FOR.

In some cases, it is also possible to take a full or nearly full course load in English at the Institut d’Administration des Entreprises, or graduate business school. These courses are at the master’s level but are open to qualified undergraduate students. As demand for courses in English is continually increasing, spaces are limited. Students enrolled full-time in degree-seeking programs often have priorty over these courses.

Other academic departments offer the occasional course in English, depending on their staffing. There is usually at least one course in French history in English per semester.

Academic Notes

The UPMF is located on the same campus as four other schools and universities: the Univeristé Stendhal (literature, languages, and communication), the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (IEP, also sometimes called the Sciences Po, political science), the Université Joseph Fourrier (the bench sciences and medicine) and the Grenoble INP (the engineering school). While exchange students must take a minimum of 3 courses each semester at the UPMF, they are welcome to take courses at our sister universities as well, schedules and space permitting.

The IEP offers some additional course options in English. The Université Stendhal offers most of its courses in French but has a catalog of courses designed speficially for exchange students, including courses on French language, history, and culture. Université Stendhal Courses for Exchange Students

Students typically enroll in 4 classes per term which averages to 15 hours in class per week. A term runs for 12-13 weeks.


Transcripts are sent to ISEP in May and July and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes

Full year or semester enrollment in regular university courses.

Language Requirements: A minimum of 4-5 semesters of university-level French or the equivalent must be completed prior to the program.

Language Notes: A French language course is offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year. Contact hours per week: 2. To enroll in the course, students must take the placement test at the beginning of the term. Exchange students are guaranteed a place in this course during their first semester. Those who wish to continue with French language courses during a second semester at the UPMF may enroll at no cost if there is space in the course.

Pre-session: A pre-session French language course is offered for free of charge to incoming exchange students with low-intermediate French skills. Places are limited, so sign up early! Additional pre-session courses are also availble for a fee.

For more information on courses and language options, see the:
ISEP French Language Advising Guide for US Students
ISEP French Language Advising Guide for I-to-I Students

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special ISEP Application Instructions

All students studying in France must purchase French national health insurance (la Sécu) upon arrival for approximately 230 euros in addition to purchasing ISEP Health Insurance prior to departure.

Hints for Researching Courses

Please follow the instructions in the links "Tips for Finding Courses" and "Additional Information on Selecting Courses" above.

Housing and Meals
Students are housed in residence halls on campus or in Grenoble and take meals at the university cafeterias. Married student housing is available at an additional cost. Those interested in married student housing should notify ISEP early in the application process.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at 350 euros.

Students are required to attend an orientation week at the beginning of their program. The orientation will provide all of the information students need regarding campus life, courses, and procedures. Students may attend pre-selected courses before making their final decision for registration.


Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet

The Universite de Grenoble II offers human and social science courses and is situated within a self-contained campus with residence halls, bank, libraries, a language center, and sports facilities. Total enrollment: 17,000 students.

What Past Students have to Say
"Grenoble is one of the most beautiful places I've had the opportunity to spend time in. If you like anything about the outdoors, even if it's just having picnics, it would be a good place to live. It's also 4 hours from Paris, 1 hour from Lyon, and 2 hours from both the Swiss and Italian Boarders. I just wish I could have stayed longer!" - ISEP Student from University of Tennessee Knoxville