The University of Savoy has developed from a “University School” founded in the 19th century before the annexation of Savoy to France. It obtained full university status in 1979 and now has over 12000 students – 10% of whom are international students – 600 full-time academic staff, 1000 part-time and professional staff, and 400 technical and administrative staff. The university supports 23 research centres and offers a total of 200 academic programmes, at Licence, Masters and Doctoral levels, in five subject areas: Languages and Literature, Law, Social Sciences, Economics and Business Management, Science and Technology.
In close proximity to both Italy and Switzerland, the University of Savoy has a strong record in international exchanges, with 40 international academic programmes leading to the award of joint diplomas. Digital learning support is provided to all students through a CSCW workspace (the cartable électronique) developed at the University and licensed to other educational institutions in the region.
The university’s Institute for French Studies is responsible for providing intensive pre-sessional training in French for incoming foreign students, and for running extensive courses in French as a foreign language throughout the year.
The Languages Research Group is attached to the university’s largest faculty, the Faculty of Arts, Languages and Social Sciences, and is one of the three research groups composing an interdisciplinary research centre in Languages Literature and Society