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Grenoble, capital of the Alps

GrenobleGrenoble is situated in the south-east of France, in the heart of the Alps, three hours from Paris by train and three hours by car from the Mediterranean. Taken together with its surrounding municipalities (Echirolles, Saint-Martin d'Hères, Sassenage, Fontaine, etc.), the Grenoble conurbation has a population of more than 650,000. Nestling at the foot of the mountains, between the Belledonne, Chartreuse and Vercors mountain ranges, surrounded by nature parks and wilderness conservation areas, the capital of the Dauphiny is an important crossroads between Switzerland and Italy.
Grenoble welcomes each year about 7,200 international students, of 160 different nationalities.
Often cited at the national level as an example to follow, the city takes care of those with disabilities, paying particular attention to questions of accessibility. Université de Grenoble is actively associated with this initiative.

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Chambéry, a City of culture and of history

théâtre chambéryAs the historic capital of Savoie, the city of Chambéry has a population of 56,000. Situated at the Gateway to the Alps, Chambéry benefits from an extraordinary geographic location, nestling between lakes and mountains. Thanks to its rich cultural urban infrastructure (theatre, cinema, concert hall, multi-media centre, the Eureka Galery, the Chateau of the Dukes of Savoie and much more as well) it is the centre of a unique artistic and cultural heritage.

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Le Bourget-du-lac and its technopolis'

Bourget-du-lacSituated at the foot of two mountain ranges and adjacent to the southern end of one of the great Alpine Lakes, the Lac du Bourget, the Savoie Technolac' Complex is a technological campus entirely devoted to energies and ecotechnologies. It is constructed around three high-performance platforms' at the service of the world of enterprise, the world of research and the world of higher education.

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Annecy, the Venice of the Alps'

AnnecySituated in the heart of the French northern Alps, the city of Annecy has a population of 50,000. Often called the Venice of the Alps' because of the old bridges which span the three waterways which run through the heart of the beautiful old quarter of the city, Annecy is both an industrial and a tourist centre and is distinguished above all by its great lake, set against a backdrop of mountains. Its Chateau, its Palace, its Conservatory of Art and History are among the many attractions to be found in the City.

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Valence, gateway to the French Riviera

Nestled along the Rhône River, the ancient city of Valence has managed to keep the traditional charm and authenticity of southern French cities. First a city of Antique Rome, then rich medieval town, Valence is today the strategic capital of the southern Rhône-Alpes region, boasting a harmonious mix of cultural heritage, gardens and canals. Its colorful gardens, lively districts and its welcoming pedestrian paths reveal the Riviera.

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Updated on October 11, 2017


As a research centre of world-wide importance, at the heart of the French region of Rhône-Alpes, Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes has achieved international fame in many scientific fields. The close interaction between universities, major research centres and leading multinational companies has made this pole of activity one of the principal scientific centres in Europe and the leading one in French public research outside Paris-Ile de France.
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