Grenoble Institute of Political Studies

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Institut d'études politiques de Grenoble
Established 1948
Type Public
Budget 13 million (euro)
Director/CEO Jean-Charles Froment
Academic staff
Students 1,200 undergraduate, 350 postgraduate (300 international)
Location Grenoble
Affiliations Grande école

The Grenoble Institute of Political Studies (French: Institut d'études politiques de Grenoble, IEP), also known as Sciences Po Grenoble,[1] is a political science grande école located in the campus of the University of Grenoble in Saint-Martin-d'Hères, France. It is administratively a subsidiary of the Pierre Mendès-France University, (Université Pierre Mendès-France), also known as Grenoble II, a university of social sciences.

General information[edit]

The Institut d'études politiques of Grenoble was founded in 1948 with the mission of providing France with public and private sector executives. Its courses and degrees are modelled under the supervision of the National Foundation of Political Sciences. Since May 2012, Jean-Charles Froment has held the position of president (the former president was Olivier Ihl).

In 2012, the school administration banned all parties in the beginning the school year because of repeated hazing incidents that had occurred the preceding years (involving alcohol-induced comas and sexual assaults).[2]


Because of the highly selective entrance exam (the admission rate was around 11% in 2011) the IEP Grenoble can be considered as a grande école, it is somewhat different due to the pluri-disciplinary curriculum that gives students means of understanding the modern world.


The curriculum is meant to give students a strong knowledge in different social sciences fields (Political Science, Public Law, Economics, History, International Relations, Sociology) and working methods that enable them to be flexible and adapt themselves no matter what field they decide to work in. Students are taught at least two foreign languages and spend one year abroad.

The IEP has only 1200 students : 800 "diploma" students (following the main course in 5 years: the Diploma of the IEP), 250 postgraduate students and 150 foreign students. The means of the IEP are nonetheless sizeable. Both in terms of staff (170 teachers, 65 researchers) and resources (there are twice as many computers in the IEP as in the neighbouring Grenoble II University.

While the IEP of Bordeaux is famous for its civil servant training, and the IEP of Lille for its International Relations speciality, the IEP of Grenoble is famous for its political science one. The IEP-Grenoble is home to the Centre d'Informatisation des Données Socio-Politiques (CIDSP), one of the most important research centres in political science in France. Grenoble is also known for its studies in cultural policies, European policies, private and public management.

Faculty and career[edit]

Several of the IEP's teachers are well known in France and abroad. Jean-Louis Quermonne, now an honorary teacher, is one of the leading political scientists in France. Pierre Bréchon, former director of the IEP and head of the CIDSP is a French specialist of quantitative studies.

A lot of teachers are non tenure professors who come from various professional background, especially for the Masters level classes which are taught in coordination with other schools, among which is the renowned business school Grenoble école de management.

Alumni from the IEP have various careers. The IEP has a broad curriculum which can lead to many different professional paths. Grenoble alumni include politicians, lawyers, high-ranking civil servants, executives, entrepreneurs and even artists.

A complete listing of the IEP's teachers is available on the Institute's website.


  • Francois Bafoil, political scientist
  • Olivier Bleys, novelist
  • Pr. Pierre Bréchon, sociologist
  • Jean-Paul Burdy, historian
  • Pr. Florence Chaltiel, lawyer
  • Pr. Bernard Denni, political scientist
  • Mathilde Dubesset, historian
  • Pr. Alain Euzéby, economist
  • Pr. Olivier Ihl, political scientist
  • Dominique Labbé, sociologist
  • Pr. Henri Oberdorff, lawyer
  • Pr. Jean-Louis Quermonne, political scientist
  • Sebastian Roché, sociologist
  • Pr. Bernard Soulage, economist
  • Pr. Yves Surel, political scientist


International partners[edit]

The IEP Grenoble has a wide international outreach (considering its small size) with a hundred partner universities around the world, among which the University of Edinburgh, the University of California, Trinity College, Dublin, Kyoto University Tokyo University, Waseda University, Sophia University, Bologna University, the University of British Columbia and many others. Most students spend a full year abroad where they earn credits that are fully part of their degree.


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Coordinates: 45°11′29″N 5°46′12″E / 45.19139°N 5.77000°E / 45.19139; 5.77000