Joseph Fourier University

Université Joseph Fourier (Joseph Fourier University), often known as UJF, was a French university situated in the city of Grenoble and focused on the fields of sciences, technologies and health. This institution was previously also called Université Grenoble I (Grenoble I University). Now it is part of the Grenoble Alpes University.


According to the 2009 ARWU,[1] Joseph Fourier University is the sixth best university in France. Joseph Fourier University is also the 4th best university in Engineering & IT nationally and 115th globally in QS World University Rankings.[2] The origins of this scientific university can be traced all the way back to 1811 when the scientist Joseph Fourier established a faculty of science in Grenoble.

Nowadays more than 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students participate to the life of this university. More than 2,000 are international or exchange students. Joseph Fourier University is not only famous for its alumni but also for its commitment to fundamental as well as applied research and innovation. Part of the university is the Observatoire des Sciences de l’Univers de Grenoble (OSUG), a leading institution in the field of earth, space and environmental sciences.


The main facilities are located on a vast campus east of Grenoble, on the commune of Saint-Martin d’Hères (and partially on that of Gières). This campus is shared with other higher education organizations, see University of Grenoble. The university also has teaching and research installations in the city of Grenoble proper.

The university runs many laboratories, many in association with CNRS, Grenoble-INP and other major institutions.

UJF also maintains the Jardin botanique alpin du Lautaret alpine garden on the Lautaret pass, in association with CNRS.

Education and teaching

Many master’s degrees are taught in English, for example :

  • Master in Chemistry
  • Master in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • Master in International Development Studies
  • Master in Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • Master in Systems, Control and Information Technology (MISCIT)
  • Master of Science in informatics at Grenoble (MOSIG)
  • Master of Science in Industrial and Applied Mathematics (MSIAM)
  • Master in Biology
  • Master Geomechanics, Civil Engineering and Risks

A Bachelor Summer Program [1] taught in English with scientific courses as well as French courses is offered from June to mid-July.


Alim-Louis Benabid, Breakthrough prize, Life Science (2015)

Yves Bréchet, Material Science

Rajaâ Cherkaoui El Moursli, physicist, member of the “Académie Hassan II des Sciences et Techniques”, won the L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science for her contribution to the discovery of the Higgs Boson.[3]

Charles Elachi, director of the Jet Propulsion Lab (NASA)

Wolgang Wernsdorfer, physicist

Footnotes and references

  1. Jump up^ The ranking 2009 is published online here
  2. Jump up^ The ranking 2012 is published online
  3. Jump up^ 2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards, Arnold Nou, 2 April 2015,, retrieved 4 April 2015