With 15 000 students, a rich variety of multidisciplinary education and 19 research laboratories with an international reputation, the Université Savoie Mont Blanc is an establishment on a human scale which combines proximity with its territories, founder membership of the University of Grenoble PRES and a wide perspective on Europe and the world.

It offers short courses (university diplomas in technology, university diplomas) and long courses (generalist, specialist or vocational first degrees (licences), masters degrees by research or vocational masters degrees, engineering diplomas and doctorates), in both first level and continuing education, on a sandwich basis or including validation of experience.

On its three university campus sites at Annecy-le-Vieux, Le Bourget-du-Lac and Jacob-Bellecombette, it offers particularly attractive living and studying conditions, at the heart of an exceptional environment, between lakes and mountains.

In support of research and education, the international aspect contributes to the identity, attractiveness, dynamism and general development of our establishment. The focus of the Université Savoie Mont Blanc is, on the one hand to develop international projects, joint award qualifications, and programmes delivered in English, and on the other hand, wherever possible, to encourage mobility for students, lecturers and researchers as well as for administrative staff.

Although present in 5 continents, with its 240 bilateral agreements, it has been able to take full advantage of its outstanding location on the borders of Switzerland and Italy to develop strong, special relationships with the higher education establishments of these two countries: Suisse Romande, Turin, Milan, the Aosta Valley … a mixture of regions and university towns.

Our students are certain to find in the Université Savoie Mont Blanc a strong dynamic, a personal quality in their supervision, support in the choice and development of their personal plans as well as the required facilities for integration into involvement in working life. Choosing the Université Savoie Mont Blanc means an accumulation of every possible option for personal success and fulfilment.

To the students of Europe and the world: welcome to the Université Savoie Mont Blanc!
To the students of the Université Savoie Mont Blanc: turn your thoughts to the discovery of Europe and the world!




Université Savoie Mont Blanc offers training in 7 Training Units: in different institutes, at the school of engineers or the UFR (Unités de Formation et de Recherche) and in a Department: the National Centre of Training of teachers working with sensory impaired students (CNFEDS).


The French higher education system is not only one of the best in the world – it is also open to all!

The quality of French higher education is widely recognised throughout the world. French institutions figure prominently in the Shanghai Classification of Universities, in the rankings of the Financial Times and Times Higher, and in the European Report on Science and Technologies published by the European Commission.

Each year, France makes massive investments in education and research. In fact, education is the largest category of government spending, accounting for more than 20% of the budget.

Each year more than 278 000 international students choose France for their higher education.

The world’s fifth-largest economy, France is also the fourth most popular destination for international students. The country remains committed to its long-standing policy of equal treatment for domestic and international students. Some examples of that policy: tuition rates at French institutions are identical for all students. For programs leading to national diplomas, tuition rates are set by law. All students, regardless of origin, enjoy the same benefits (health coverage, housing assistance).

How are post-secondary courses organised in France?

Academic calendar

In France, the academic year begins in September or October and ends in May or June, depending on the institution and program. The year is punctuated by vacations, including two weeks at the end of the year (Christmas and New Year’s). The two semesters are divided by a short break following final examinations at the end of the first semester. The summer vacation lasts more than two months and always includes the months of July and August.


One finds two basic types of courses in French higher education, particularly in the universities.

Large lecture courses

Lectures are given in lecture halls accommodating from 100 to 1 000 learners. The professor speaks, while his or her students listen and take notes. Professors often prepare summaries of their lectures to help students prepare for their exams.

Sections and labs

In sections and labs, small groups of students meet to apply or explore in greater detail the material covered in lectures. Attendance at sections and labs is mandatory, whereas attendance at the lectures is not.

In career-oriented programs offered in the universities (DUT programs, professional degrees and masters), internships and practical training are required in addition to the small-group sections and labs.

For more information: Campus France

The Law School of Université Savoie Mont Blanc leads an ambitious project of academic excellence. It benefits from great local support, especially from the local public authorities and the legal profession in both Savoie and Haute-Savoie.

The law school provides its 1 330 students with a broad range of courses with an international outlook relying on its dynamic center for studies and research in law.

Teaching areas:

  • Economic and social administration
  • Public administration
  • Private law
  • Public law
  • Notaries functions
  • Preparation for the entrance examination to the regional centre of professional training of lawyers

Director : Jean-François DREUILLE
Head of administrative department: Dominique CORBET


Campus of Jacob-Bellecombette
BP 1104
73011 Chambéry Cedex
Tel : +33 4 79 75 84 76


IAE Savoie Mont Blanc offers training courses dedicated to the management which leads to an education of excellence and openness to the professional world. Furthermore, taking advantage of its geographical situation and some territorial dynamics, IAE benefits from a large diversity of international management trainings.

Teaching areas:

  • CITHEME (International Centre of tourism, Hotels and Events Management)
  • Communication-Hypermedia
  • Trade-Sales
  • Economy-Finances
  • International Management
  • Technology and Management

Director: Claire SALMON 
Head of administrative department: Eric BLANDIN


Campus of Annecy-le-Vieux
4 Chemin de Bellevue
BP 80439
74940 Annecy-le-Vieux

Campus of Jacob-Bellecombette
BP 1104
73011 Chambéry Cedex
Tel : +33 4 79 75 84 76


The Institut Universitaire de Technologie d’Annecy is located on the University of Annecy-le-Vieux site since 1973. The IUT gives every year to nearly 2600 young people technical knowledge in a large number of areas. The graduates trained in IUT fit smoothly into working life thanks to their training and experience during internships and other projects for employers. Their adaptability to the professional world and their qualifications are recognised in all business sectors. For all professionals in the industry, services and trade, the IUT are organisations that best prepare for the professional world.

Teaching areas:

  • Management of companies and administrations
  • Electrical engineering and industrial computer
  • Mechanical and production engineering
  • IT
  • Physics
  • Industrial and organisational logistics
  • Network and telecommunication
  • Marketing techniques

Director: Patrick LANDECY
Head of administrative department: Emmanuelle PAREL


9, rue de l’Arc-en-ciel
BP 240
74942 Annecy-le-vieux
Tel : +33 4 50 09 22 22


The IUT of Chambery has 800 students and offers 2-year undergraduate diplomas and vocational Bachelor degrees. There are also combined courses for students who wish to continue external activities in sport, music and arts. The IUT of Chambery is a small-scale school in a medium-sized university.

Teaching areas:

  • Multimedia creations
  • Civil engineering
  • Business management
  • Packaging design
  • Engineering sciences

Director: Patrice MELE
Head of administrative department: Sandrine NICOUD

Head of International Relations : Serguei BEZOUMOV

Administrative Coordinator : Isabelle COMI PIANELLI


Scientific Campus
73376 Le Bourget du Lac
Tel : +33 4 79 75 81 75


The outstanding characteristic of Polytech Annecy-Chambéry is that it is part of both Université Savoie Mont Blanc and the Polytech Network. This gives students the double guarantee of teaching based on high-level research and a diploma bearing the “Polytech” label.

The strength and closeness of their Company relations and the International relations greatly facilitate students’ first steps into their careers, opening up numerous opportunities in France and abroad.

Teaching areas:

  • Energy building environment
  • Automatic computer instrumentations
  • Mecanical materials
  • Production mechanical

Director: Philippe BOLON
Head of administrative department: Servanne JICQUEL


Campus of Annecy-le-Vieux
5, chemin de Bellevue
BP 80439
74016 Annecy-le-Vieux Cedex
Tel : +33 4 50 09 66 00

Campus of Bourget-du-Lac
Chartreuse building
Scientific Campus
73376 Le Bourget-du-Lac
Tél : +33 4 79 75 94 00


The UFR LLSH is a component of Université de Savoie.  It combines training departments and research laboratories. It focuses on both the educational projects and the research programmes.  The UFR LLSH offers different trainings from licences to PhD courses.

Teaching areas:

  • History
  • Modern literature
  • Applied foreign languages
  • Foreign language, literature and civilisation
  • Crafts for school education
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Director: Pascal BOUVIER
Head of administrative department: Sylvie MOLLARD


Campus of Jacob-Bellecombette
BP 1104
73011 Chambéry Cedex
Tel : +33 4 79 75 84 79


This UFR currently trains over 3000 students across all cycles (Bachelor, Master, Doctorate)  in general and professional sectors, in training or alternately, delivering more than 30  diplomas. 130 teachers/researchers, a number of contractors, supported by  technical and administrative staff participate in research and are recognised within 10  laboratories of whose eight are associated with large research organisations.

Teaching areas:
• Chemistry
• Electronics
• Geography
• Information and Comunication Technologies
• Mathematics
• Applied Mathematics and Social Sciences (MIASH)
• Physics
• Earth sciences
• Life sciences
• Sciences and techniques of physical and sporting activities (STAPS)
• Telecommunication and network

Director: Patrice ORRO
Head of administrative department: Françoise LIMOUZIN-GIRARD


Les Belledonnes building
Scientific Campus
73376 Le Bourget du Lac Cedex
Tel : +33 4 79 75 87 45


This UFR currently trains over 3000 students across all cycles (Bachelor, Master, Doctorate)  in general and professional sectors, in training or alternately, delivering more than 30  diplomas. 130 teachers/researchers, a number of contractors, supported by  technical and administrative staff participate in research and are recognised within 10  laboratories of whose eight are associated with large research organisations.

National Centre of Training for teachers working with sensory impaired students (CNFEDS)

The CNFEDS provides initial training for teachers involved with visually impaired and hearing impaired young people.

Located in a region and a department historically attached to the importance of supporting visually and sensory impaired people, the CNFEDS bases its action on the compensation of sensory disabilities, from an educational point of view.

There are 4 diplomas :

  • The CAPEJS (Certificate of qualification in the teaching of deaf children: State diploma)
  • The CAEGADV (Certificate of qualification in the general teaching of the blind and visually impaired)
  • The CAEMADV (Certificate of qualification in the musical teaching of the blind and visually impaired)
  • The CAFPETADV (Certificate of qualification in the teaching of technology for the blind and visually impaired).

The school also proposes continuing education for professionals in the sector. Attached to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, it is a department of Université Savoie Mont Blanc.

Director : Élisabeth BINCAZ


378, rue de la République
73000 Chambéry


For more information about Université Savoie Mont Blanc, refer to:

– Video presenting Université Savoie Mont Blanc : FrenchEnglish

– Presentation of Université Savoie Mont Blanc in French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Japanese.

– Welcome guide for foreign students : French, English