Institut d'Optique in Palaiseau (Saclay)


Laboratoire Photonique Numérique & Nanosciences (LPZN) in Bordeaux


Institut d’Optique Graduate School

Founded in 1917 as Institut d'Optique Théorique et Appliquée, and also known under the nickname "SupOptique", Institut d’Optique Graduate School (IOGS) is a leading Grande École in the field of Optical science and engineering and Photonics. Its international reputation is based on the quality of education it provides, on the significant scientific contributions of its research centres and on its close links with companies.  

Institut d’Optique Graduate School, based on the Paris-Saclay campus, with branch campuses in Saint-Etienne and Bordeaux, is one of the most comprehensive educational centres in optics at graduate level (MScEng, MSc and PhD), in terms of the number of graduates, firms created and by the extent of its training.

Institut d'Optique Graduate School also incorporates successful laboratories with an international reputation, the Laboratoire Charles Fabry (LCF) in Paris-Saclay, the Laboratoire Photonique Numérique et Nanosciences (LP2N) in Bordeaux, and is a major actor in Laboratoire Hubert Curien (LHC) in Saint-Etienne, which cover the different fields of optics from A to Z , from the most fundamental (quantum optics) to the more applied (specific optical components).  

The institute hosts its own innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem ("le 503") in Photonics, enabling its students to develop their ideas and create new companies, with the help of hosted start-ups as mentors. Photonics is a booming industry, with high prospects of development in the coming years.

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Pierre Baladi, Head of the Office for international relations, tells us about Institut d'Optique

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Student testimonials

XIE Yunze, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China (2023)

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Li Ang, Fudan University, China (2023)

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LIAO Mingyun, Southern University of Science and Technology, China (2024)

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