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An Institute of Political Studies

Founded in 1948, Sciences Po Grenoble is one of the nine Institutes of Political Studies in France placed under the aegis of the National Foundation of Political Science. Its rigorous admissions process, solely by competitive exam, places it in the category of the Grandes Ecoles.

Why « Sciences Po Grenoble »?

As members of the institute – be they professors, secretaries, students, journalists or university colleagues – have always referred to it as Sciences Po Grenoble, we have chosen to officialize the name and make it our new signature.

An Ambitious Intellectual Program

A taste for action, scientific rigor, intellectual agility, moral uprightness… These are the qualities that Sciences Po Grenoble instills through all its programs in order to train brilliant, competent and responsible decision makers. Within this framework, it is up to each student to find the path to his or her own intellectual and personal development.

A multidisciplinary education

Whereas the second/graduate cycle emphasizes professionally oriented specialization, the first/undergraduate cycle offers a panorama of the humanities and social sciences in interaction with the main problems addressed in political science.

Students are also encouraged to do internships – in France or abroad – and to confront their academic culture with the diverse forms of social and professional culture which they encounter..

Individualized advising

Students receive individualized advising at every stage of their training and elective courses help them forge their own project. Exchanges with teachers are frequent and facilitated by a pedagogy that favors small workgroups.

Quality facilities

A library with some 120,000 volumes, 2,400 periodicals and connected to the major research networks. A press room, over one hundred free access computers, Wifi… The students have a work environment that allows them to respond effectively to the demands of teachers.

Partner of the IDEX Project: Université Grenoble Alpes – The world-class innovation university


Our IDEX project is focused clearly and exclusively on creating a single world-class university: Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA). This university will reinforce our capacity to attract leading scholars and students, develop ground-breaking research and competitive curricula and promote a specific identity focused on innovation. UGA will be a fully integrated institution with single research and education strategies and clear decision-making processes.

A diploma of excellence leading to numerous professional opportunities

The Sciences Po diplomas deserve their reputation and open the door to numerous professional opportunities. The institute’s alumni – members of a very active alumni association – are now executives in national public administrations, local government and businesses. Many of them work in political institutions, the media or international organizations. Certain graduates prefer to prepare administrative exams (ENA) or begin a doctorate.

A European caliber research center

Sciences Po Grenoble occupies a prominent place in research in the political, administrative and social sciences. The PACTE laboratory (Public Policy, Political Action, Territories) is one of the largest French research units. Linked to the CNRS, Pierre Mendès-France University and Joseph Fourier University, it is home to nearly 250 researchers.

Sciences PO Grenoble in Figures

  • 20 master’s programs
  • 101 administrative, technical and library staff
  • 520 faculty and professionals
  • In 2014, 1 200 students attend Sciences Po Grenoble.