University of Savoy

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University of Savoy Mont Blanc
Université Savoie Mont Blanc
Type Public
Established 1960s, officially-recognised 1979
President Dennis Varaschin[1]
Students 12,806 (2013-2014)[2]

378, rue de la République
B.P. 1104

Maison de l'Etudiant - Antenne d'Annecy
9, rue de l'Arc en Ciel
B.P. 240

Le Bourget-du-Lac,
(both near Chambéry);
in Haute-Savoie/Savoie
France France

The University of Savoy Mont Blanc (French: Université Savoie Mont Blanc, a.k.a. Chambéry University) is a university in the region of Savoy, with one campus in Annecy-le-Vieux and two around Chambéry.


The university was officially founded in 1979 from several colleges founded in the 1960s and 1970s. To avoid a straight choice between the two biggest towns of the Savoie/Haute-Savoie region, the authorities decided to set up a campus in each city for different areas of study. The university has three campuses:

  • The Annecy-le-Vieux campus (near Annecy) is the university's "technology institute" (IUT), and teaches engineering-related subjects and business and administration related subjects. There is either the faculty of economics and management (IMUS, Institut de Management de l'Université de Savoie).
  • Jacob-Bellecombette (1.5 km south of Chambéry) is the campus for students of languages, literature, social sciences, law and economics. It has a library, sports hall and one cafeteria. Chambéry is the home of the university's presidence and administrative buildings.
  • The Technolac campus at Bourget-du-Lac (12 km north of Chambéry) teaches science.


  • Between 1295 and 1563, Chambéry was the capital of Savoy. The University of Turin was founded in 1404, and Chambéry was the home of an école préparatoire, a school preparing students to go there. But there was no university in Chambéry in this period, and Turin took over from Chambéry as Savoy's capital in 1563.
  • The annexation of Savoy by France after the unification of Italy meant that Chambéry had an académie between 1860 and 1920, but not a university.
  • During the movement creating new universities in the 1960s, a Savoy Collège Scientifique Universitaire (CSU) was created, then a Collège Littéraire Universitaire (CLU) in 1963. These colleges were merged, creating the Centre Universitaire de Savoie (CUS), at Chambéry, on 9 May 1969. In 1973, Annecy's technical and business college, the Institut Universitaire Technologique (IUT), was founded, and from 27 June 1979, the CUS was officially classed as a university. It was later renamed the Université de Savoie and then in May 2014 Université Savoie Mont Blanc [3]

Number of students at the university[edit]

1960 1992 1994 2005 2013[2]
300 3,000 10,400 12,368 12,806

Foreign students[edit]

After Paris I, Pantheon-Assas University and Strasbourg III (URS), Savoy has the fourth-highest number of Erasmus exchange students in France. The school of international relations has signed 228 conventions with universities in 82 countries, and the university takes more than 1,000 foreign students per year overall.

Photos of the university[edit]

Chambéry campus[edit]

External links[edit]

All in French unless stated.




Coordinates: 45°33′34″N 5°54′46″E / 45.55944°N 5.91278°E / 45.55944; 5.91278


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  2. ^ a b "Les étudiants en chiffres". Savoy University. 2014-01-15. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  3. ^ "A new identity for University of Savoy Mont Blanc". Savoy University. 2015-01-23. Retrieved 2015-04-20.