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, by academy[edit]

Academy University French Name
Aix-Marseille Aix-Marseille University Aix-Marseille Université
Aix-Marseille Avignon University Avignon Université
Amiens University of Picardy Jules Verne Université de Picardie Jules-Verne
Besançon University of Franche-Comté Université de Franche-Comté
Bordeaux Bordeaux Montaigne University Université Bordeaux-Montaigne
Bordeaux University of Bordeaux Université de Bordeaux
Bordeaux University of Pau and the Adour Region Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour
Caen University of Caen Normandy Université de Caen Normandie
Clermont-Ferrand Clermont Auvergne University Université Clermont Auvergne
Corse University of Corsica Pasquale Paoli Université de Corse Pasquale Paoli
Créteil Paris-Est Créteil University Université Paris-Est Créteil
Créteil Paris 13 University Université Paris 13
Créteil Paris 8 University Université Paris 8 – Vincennes – Saint-Denis
Créteil University of Marne-la-Vallée Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée
Dijon University of Burgundy Université de Bourgogne
French Guiana University of French Guiana Université de Guyane
French Polynesia University of French Polynesia Université de la Polynésie Française
Grenoble Grenoble Alps University Université Grenoble-Alpes
Grenoble University of Savoy Université de Savoie
Guadeloupe and Martinique University of the French West Indies Université des Antilles
Lille 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
Limoges University of Limoges Université de Limoges
Lyon 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
Montpellier 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
Nantes University of Angers Université d'Angers
Nantes University of Nantes Université de Nantes
Nantes Le Mans University Université du Mans
Nice University of Toulon Université de Toulon
Nice University of Nice Sophia Antipolis Université Nice – Sophia-Antipolis
Nouvelle-Calédonie University of New Caledonia Université de la Nouvelle-Calédonie
Orléans-Tours University of Orléans Université d'Orléans
Orléans-Tours François Rabelais University Université François-Rabelais
Paris Panthéon-Assas University Université Panthéon-Assas
Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne University Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne
Paris University of Paris Université de Paris
Paris University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3
Paris Sorbonne University Sorbonne Université
Poitiers University of La Rochelle Université de La Rochelle
Poitiers University of Poitiers Université de Poitiers
Reims University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne
Rennes 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
Réunion University of Reunion Island Université de La Réunion
Rouen University of Le Havre Université du Havre
Rouen University of Rouen Université de Rouen
Strasbourg University of Upper Alsace Université de Haute-Alsace
Strasbourg University of Strasbourg Université de Strasbourg
Toulouse Paul Sabatier University Université de Toulouse 3 – Paul Sabatier
Toulouse University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès
Toulouse Toulouse 1 University Capitole Université Toulouse 1 – Capitole
Versailles Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
Versailles Paris-Sud University 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

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

Experimental institution[edit]

Association French Name Academy
CY Cergy Paris University CY Cergy Paris Université Cergy
University of Côte d'Azur Université Côte d'Azur Nice
Université Grenoble Alpes Université Grenoble-Alpes Grenoble
Gustave Eiffel University Université Gustave Eiffel
Leonardo da Vinci consolidated University Université polytechnique des Hauts-de-France Lille
University of Paris Université de Paris Paris
University of Paris-Saclay Université Paris-Saclay Saclay
PSL Research University Université de recherche Paris sciences et lettres Paris
Polytechnique Institute of Paris Institut polytechnique de Paris Paris

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.