Key figures for Grenoble


TOP 50 cities worldwide for innovation.

2022 Grenoble European Green Capital.

1st public research center after Paris.

An ideal location


– At the foot of the mountains and ski resorts.

– 1H30 from Lyon.

– Just a few hours from Paris, Turin and Geneva.

– Only 3 hours from the beaches.


Grenoble holds the “FrenchTech” label from the French government, officializing its innovative, scientific and technological character. The city boasts a large number of innovative companies, especially in the area of microelectronics and software, many research laboratories, including international organizations, one of the major French universities (Université Grenoble Alpes) and many higher education institutes (Grenoble INP, Grenoble Ecole de Management, etc).

These organizations boost the dynamism of the city and contribute to its international character and open-minded spirit.

Grenoble and the surrounding area also have a rich historical heritage and lead an ambitious cultural policy. The metropolitan area has multiple museums, theatres and concert halls.

With its exceptional position at the crossroads of three mountain valleys, Grenoble is the perfect place for nature lovers and outdoor activities.



Grenoble and surrounding mountains. Credit: L. Ravier / Agence Grenoble Alpes.

International Schooling


In France, public schools are free and provide high-quality instruction.

There are 3 public primary schools with international sections in Grenoble (English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Arabic) and two international secondary schools.

The Cité Scolaire Internationale is a French public secondary school that teaches the official French curriculum and offers additional language and history courses available in German, English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic.

A private secondary school, the American School of Grenoble, offers teaching inspired by the American educational system and designed to meet the needs of English-speaking students aged 10 to 18. It leads to the US High School diploma. Fees will be asked, like for all private schools in France.


Snowman in IRAM anorak. Credit: K. Butler / IRAM



Several possibilities exist for childcare in France from 2 months to 3 years, depending on whether you need full-time, part-time, afterschool or babysitting solutions. The very affordable cost of childcare provided by state-registered professionals is calculated depending on parents’ income.

Local town halls can provide information on childcare services available.

More information on childcare services in France.


Credit background photo: L.Frangella/GAM.