The Institut d'Optique Graduate School has been present in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region since 2003 in Saint-Etienne, where it carries out teaching, research and innovation activities, particularly in relation to the local and regional fabric.
At the end of their first year at Palaiseau, SupOptique students can choose to come and study in Saint-Etienne in order to follow an original course, focused on fields of applied optics:
- design of complex optical systems (especially for astronomy),
- measurement and control of appearance (especially for art restoration, cosmetics or health),
- optics for solar energy.
- Students obtain the same degree and the same opportunities as at the three sites, such as the possibility of integrating in the third year the double degree programs (HEC Paris, ESPCI Paris, Science Po etc ...). The only differences are the content of the training and the environment.