Grenoble Institute of Technology

Grenoble Institute of Technology
Type Grande école
Established 1900
Administrative staff
350 (permanent professors)
Students about 5300
Location Grenoble, Isère, France
Campus Grenoble-Viallet
Affiliations CLUSTER

The Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP) (Institut polytechnique de Grenoble, Groupe Grenoble INP and before INPG)[lower-alpha 1] is a French technological university system consisting of six engineering schools.

Grenoble INP also has a two-year preparatory class programme, an adult education department, as well as 21 laboratories and a graduate school in Engineering Sciences.[1] More than 1,100 engineers graduate every year from Grenoble INP, making it France's biggest grande école.

Most of Grenoble INP is located in Grenoble, except for the ESISAR which is located in Valence.


Grenoble INP was born in the Alpine environment. It was officially founded in 1900 with the creation of the Electrical Engineering Institute. Industrial pioneers of a century ago found that after mastering hydraulic power and creating the initial industrial applications, they had also created a need for well-trained engineers.

The first of its type in France, Grenoble INP became polytechnical and grew continuously in scale, becoming the National Polytechnical Institute (INPG) in 1971 with Louis Néel, Nobel Laureate in Physics as its first President.

Grenoble INP is currently contributing to the Minatec project, one of Europe's biggest nanosciences research center. Since December 2014, Grenoble Institute of Technology is member of the Community Grenoble Alpes University.

Some figures

Academic staff and researchers:

Students: (2014 figures)[2]

The total number of students in 2014-2015 was 5,306 students, including 1,152 international students.

Most of the students enter Grenoble INP after a two-year undergraduate program, the French classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles, the selection being made according to the results of an entrance exam. However a few students (less than 10%) can be admitted at the INPG without needing to take an entrance exam. Such students have to follow another two-year undergraduate program called the CPP Preparatory Course and to have a minimum entrance average at the end of the program. This program has been created by the French INPs in [1993] in order to attract even more French high school-leavers as well as students with particular sporting or musical talents.

Each year, Grenoble INP graduates: (2004 figures)


Nanotech is an instruction open in September 2004 in collaboration between Grenoble INP and two other schools, the Polytechnic University of Turin and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. The instruction given in English in the three cities focuses on microelectronics micro technology and nanotechnology.[3]

Former schools

In 2008, some schools merged, and some other changed their names. From 10 schools or department, the group reorganized the courses and reduces the number of school down to 6.[4] · [5]


Jean-Jacques Favier, astronaut.


  1. Since May 2006 and the creation of its new website, Grenoble INP has chosen this name to communicate its image across the borders. In the past, names such as Grenoble National Polytechnical Institute or National Polytechnical Institute of Grenoble were sometimes used. Grenoble INP calls itself the Grenoble Institute of Technology, or Grenoble INP, on its English language web site (retrieved 2007-1028).


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