Experts from a wide range of disciplines will offer a rich, interdisciplinary view of Alpine history, culture, people and environment, in this Mountains in a Changing World certificate offered by Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA)  taught in the heart of the Alps.UPDATE COVID19: Applications are now possible WITHOUT an advance deposit, and the deadline is extended until April 15th, 2020.
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The Mountains in a Changing World certificate offered by Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) will cover topics as diverse as architecture, economic development, climate change, earth sciences, and history.

The course also takes you beyond the classroom and into the mountains in a series of field trips and case studies tied to the latest in current research.

Participants will discover and experience from:

  • the Oisans range and famous Lautaret pass: how to do a geological transect; the unique richness of the Lautaret Alpine Botanical garden; sleeping in a mountain shelter
  • the Chartreuse range: the history of human beings in the Alps, their forts and Monastery
  • the Vercors range: economic policies, esp. linked with tourism diversification, and changing local cultural practices
  • the Mont-Blanc glaciers: how they recede...
  • in and around Grenoble: key notions on climate change; the Metropolis and its role and responsibilities, urbanism as a tool for policy-makers, Arts and mountain landscapes...

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    COVID-19 pandemic update: In light of the pandemic, we are sorry to announce that the program has been cancelled.We however, intend to implement this course in the next. This page will be updated when the dates and contents have been decided on. Don't hesitate to write for questions or comments!

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 19 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Information and preparation to hikes
  • The physical Alps, notions of Geology
  • Landscapes observation in the Arts
  • Geology and Geodynamics of the Alps

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

The program is open to both professionals and to students at all levels, but you must be 18 years or older. Some hiking is involved. 

Living costs for Grenoble

  • 882 - 1220 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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