University of Franche-Comté

Coordinates: 47°14′26″N 6°01′21″E / 47.24056°N 6.02250°E / 47.24056; 6.02250
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University of Franche-Comté
Université de Franche-Comté
Latin: Universitas Liberi Comitatus
TypePublic university
Established1423 (in Dole, Jura)
1621 (in Besançon)
RectorMarie-Christine Woronoff-Lemsi
Academic staff
(1,500 professional tutors)
Administrative staff
Students28.994 (2020)
AffiliationsUniversity of Burgundy - Franche-Comté
University headquarters in downtown Besançon

The University of Franche-Comté (UFC) is a pluridisciplinary public French university located in Besançon, Franche-Comté, with decentralized campuses in Belfort, Montbéliard, Vesoul and Lons-le-Saunier.

It is a founding member of the community of universities and institutions University of Burgundy - Franche-Comté (COMUE UBFC), headquartered in Besançon and which federates universities and other higher learning institutes in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.

With 28 research labs, 667 PhD students and 788 research professors in 2016–2017, the University of Franche-Comté is well represented in the research community. It collaborates with many organizations (University Hospital of Besançon, CNRS, INSERM, CEA, etc.).

It has about 29,000 students, including nearly a third of scholarship students and 12% of foreign students. Its Centre for Applied Linguistics (CLA) is one of the world's leading schools for teaching French as a foreign language and French linguistics.


The university was founded in 1423 in Dole, at that time in the Duchy of Burgundy.[1] It was moved to Besançon in 1691 as Dole was being punished for having resisted too long against the king of France Louis XIV during his conquest of the region.[1]

Research centres[edit]

The Centre for Applied Linguistics (CLA) of the University of Franche-Comté ranks among the top language teaching institutions in the world. The CLA has research contacts in more than 110 countries, and partners with the French Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.[2]

The Centre of Distance Teaching (CTU) allow to people who are working to continue to study in different matters like history, informatics, mathematics, AEG, etc.

Much of the international visibility in pure and applied science at the University of Franche-Comté comes through the CNRS FEMTO-ST with its expertise in numerous fields, including physics, optics, mechanics, time-frequency, microsystems and nanotechnology.

Research about Wikipedia[edit]

In 2015, Dr José Lages of the University of Franche-Comté and Dima Shepelyansky of Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse published a global university ranking based on Wikipedia scholarly citations.[3][4][5]

Notable scholars and alumni[edit]

Notable professors[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Historique". Universite de Franche-Comte. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  2. ^ "Center for Applied Linguistics". Retrieved 8 April 2023.
  3. ^ "Wikipedia-Mining Algorithm Reveals World's Most Influential Universities: An algorithm's list of the most influential universities contains some surprising entries". MIT Technology Review. December 7, 2015. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  4. ^ Marmow Shaw, Jessica (December 10, 2015). "Harvard is only the 3rd most influential university in the world, according to this list". MarketWatch. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  5. ^ Bothwell, Ellie (December 15, 2015). "Wikipedia Ranking of World Universities: the top 100. List ranks institutions by search engine results and Wikipedia appearances". Times Higher Education. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  6. ^ "Japanese diplomat takes over as UN nuclear watchdog chief". France 24. Agence France-Presse. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2019.

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47°14′26″N 6°01′21″E / 47.24056°N 6.02250°E / 47.24056; 6.02250