List of public universities in France

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This list of public universities in France refers to the autonomous institutions which are distinguished as being state institutes of higher education and research that practice open admissions, designated "Université" by the French ministry of Higher Education and Research.[1]

For other types of institutions of higher education see the list of colleges and universities in France, including the national polytechnic institutes, the grandes écoles (among which are the three universities of technology) or private universities, such as the Catholic universities, the Protestant universities, the private secular universities, and the American University of Paris.


This list also refers to university systems related to the public universities, including the historic city university systems[2] and the new centres for research and higher education. The Pôle de recherche et d'enseignement supérieur (PRES) were organized from 2007 to 2013 as groupings of higher education and research institutions in France; these are now replaced largely by the new Communities of Universities and Institutions (COMUE).

List of universities[edit]

University French Name Academy
Aix-Marseille University Aix-Marseille Université Aix-Marseille
University of Avignon Université d'Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse Aix-Marseille
University of Picardie Jules Verne Université de Picardie Jules-Verne Amiens
University of Franche-Comté Université de Franche-Comté Besançon
University of Bordeaux Université de Bordeaux Bordeaux
University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour Bordeaux
Bordeaux Montaigne University Université Bordeaux-Montaigne Bordeaux
University of Caen Lower Normandy Université de Caen Basse-Normandie Caen
University of Clermont Auvergne Université Clermont Auvergne Clermont-Ferrand
University of Corsica Pasquale Paoli Université de Corse Pasquale Paoli Corse
Paris 12 Val de Marne University Université Paris-Est Créteil Val-de-Marne Créteil
Paris 13 University Université Paris 13 – Paris Nord Créteil
Paris 8 University Université Paris 8 – Vincennes – Saint-Denis Créteil
University of Marne-la-Vallée Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée Créteil
University of Burgundy Université de Bourgogne Dijon
Grenoble Alpes University Université Grenoble-Alpes Grenoble
University of Savoy Université de Savoie Grenoble
University of the French West Indies Université des Antilles Guadeloupe and Martinique
University of French Guiana Université de Guyane Guyane
University of La Réunion Université de La Réunion La Réunion
University of Lille Université de Lille Lille
University of the Littoral Opal Coast Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale Lille
Artois University Université d'Artois Lille
University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambresis Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis Lille
University of Limoges Université de Limoges Limoges
Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 Université Jean Moulin – Lyon 3 Lyon
Lumière University Lyon 2 Université Lumière – Lyon 2 Lyon
Jean Monnet University Université Jean Monnet Lyon
Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 Université Claude Bernard – Lyon 1 Lyon
University of Nîmes Université de Nîmes Montpellier
University of Perpignan Université de Perpignan – Via Domitia Montpellier
University of Montpellier Université de Montpellier Montpellier
Paul Valéry University, Montpellier III Université Montpellier 3 – Paul-Valéry Montpellier
University of Angers Université d'Angers Nantes
University of Nantes Université de Nantes Nantes
University of Maine (France) Université du Maine Nantes
University of Toulon Université de Toulon Nice
University of Nice Sophia Antipolis Université Nice – Sophia-Antipolis Nice
University of New Caledonia Université de la Nouvelle-Calédonie Nouvelle-Calédonie
University of Orléans Université d'Orléans Orléans-Tours
François Rabelais University Université François-Rabelais Orléans-Tours
Panthéon-Assas University Université Panthéon-Assas Paris
Paris Diderot University Université Paris Diderot Paris
University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 Paris
Paris Descartes University Université Paris Descartes Paris
Pantheon-Sorbonne University Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne Paris
Sorbonne University Sorbonne Université Paris
University of La Rochelle Université de La Rochelle Poitiers
University of Poitiers Université de Poitiers Poitiers
University of French Polynesia Université de la Polynésie Française Polynésie Française
University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne Reims
University of Rennes 1 Université de Rennes 1 Rennes
University of Western Brittany Université de Bretagne Occidentale Rennes
University of Southern Brittany Université de Bretagne-Sud Rennes
University of Rennes 2 – Upper Brittany Université Rennes 2 Rennes
University of Le Havre Université du Havre Rouen
University of Rouen Université de Rouen Rouen
University of Upper Alsace Université de Haute-Alsace Strasbourg
University of Strasbourg Université de Strasbourg Strasbourg
Paul Sabatier University Université de Toulouse 3 – Paul Sabatier Toulouse
University of Toulouse II – Le Mirail Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès Toulouse
Toulouse 1 University Capitole Université Toulouse 1 – Capitole Toulouse
Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Versailles
University of Paris-Sud Université Paris-Sud Versailles
Paris Nanterre University Université Paris Nanterre Versailles
Cergy-Pontoise University Université de Cergy-Pontoise Versailles
University of Évry Val d'Essonne Université d'Évry-Val d'Essonne Versailles

List of university associations[edit]

The following have the status of Communities of Universities and Institutions (COMUE):[1]

Association French Name Academy
University of Paris-Est Université Paris-Est Créteil
University of Champagne Université de Champagne Reims
Normandy University Normandie Université Caen
Community of universities and higher education institutions of Aquitaine Communauté d'universités et établissements d'Aquitaine Bordeaux
Leonardo da Vinci consolidated University Université confédérale Léonard de Vinci
Institut polytechnique Grand Paris Institut polytechnique Grand Paris Versailles
Languedoc-Roussillon Universities Languedoc-Roussillon Universités Montpellier
University of Côte d'Azur Université Côte d'Azur Nice
PSL Research University Université de recherche Paris sciences et lettres - PSL Research University Paris
Université fédérale de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Université fédérale de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Toulouse
Sorbonne University (alliance) Association Sorbonne Université Paris
University of Paris-Saclay Université Paris-Saclay Versailles
Université Grenoble Alpes Université Grenoble Alpes Grenoble
Université Paris Lumières Université Paris Lumières Paris
Sorbonne Paris Cité Université Sorbonne Paris Cité Paris
University of Burgundy - Franche-Comté Université Bourgogne - Franche-Comté Besançon
University of Lyon Université de Lyon Lyon
University of Paris-Seine Université Paris-Seine Versailles
Community of Universities and Institutions (COMUE) Lille Nord de France Communauté d'Universités et Établissements (COMUE) Lille Nord de France Lille

Historical or other universities[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Principal establishments of higher education". French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  2. ^ French public universities in some cities are commonly spoken of as being multiple campuses of a larger city university system. For instance, the University of Paris system is said to be composed of 13 campuses, Paris I through Paris XIII, and this was the case in 1970. However, this view no longer reflects the reality as of 2007, which is of largely autonomous universities that fall under the academies in ways that do not necessarily respect the old groupings. To take the Paris example, three universities that bear the University of Paris name, Paris VIII, Paris XII, and Paris XIII, are in fact in the Academy of Créteil, and two others, Paris X and Paris XI, are in the Academy of Versailles, whereas the University of Marne la Vallée, which does not have a University of Paris campus number, is governed by the Academy of Paris.