The capital of the old Dauphiné region has a unique setting, within easy striking distance of France's best skiing. Whether you're into extreme sports or walking on the wild side, Grenoble has plenty to offer.
But Grenoble is also known as cosmopolitan and open-minded. The City has also developed a reputation as a leading research centre. There are plenty of opportunities to be had in getting to know industrialists, researchers and other students.
Young, well-qualified population
33% of population under 25 years
No. 2 in France for engineers, as a percentage of total employment
No. 1 in France for research
Higher education and research
27,800 jobs in research
International research facilities: ESRF, ILL, EMBL, IRAM, GHMFL
9 national research organizations: CEA, CEN, CNRS, CSTB, INRA, INRIA, INSERM, IRD, IRSTEA
Diversified economic fabric
495,200 jobs of which 182,900 jobs in Industry & Business Services
7200 international students
550 foreign-owned companies, representing 42,000 jobs; 24% are US-owned
45% students in PhD are foreigners
International reception facilities—free of charge international schooling
Grenoble, the second most innovative European city
On 11 March 2014, the results of "iCapitale" (competition for the European capital of innovation launched by the European Commission in September 2013) were published. Grenoble was selected second most innovative city in Europe behind Barcelona.
And Forbes has ranked Grenoble as the 5th most innovative city in the world Learn more
Grenoble still top as the best place in France to be a student
Grenoble comes first as the place where it is good to study for the magazine l'Étudiant
For the 7th year running, the magazine l'Étudiant has published its list of the top university towns in France. In its ranking of 42 towns each with more than 8,000 students, Grenoble again comes out first as the place where it is good to study!