List of public universities in France

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

Academy UniversityFrench Name
Aix-Marseille Aix-Marseille UniversityAix-Marseille Université
Aix-Marseille Avignon UniversityAvignon Université
Amiens University of Picardy Jules VerneUniversité de Picardie Jules-Verne
Besançon University of Franche-ComtéUniversité de Franche-Comté
Bordeaux Bordeaux Montaigne UniversityUniversité Bordeaux-Montaigne
Bordeaux University of BordeauxUniversité de Bordeaux
Bordeaux University of Pau and the Adour RegionUniversité de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour
Caen University of Caen NormandyUniversité de Caen Normandie
Clermont-Ferrand Clermont Auvergne UniversityUniversité Clermont Auvergne
Corse University of Corsica Pasquale PaoliUniversité de Corse Pasquale Paoli
Créteil Paris-Est Créteil UniversityUniversité Paris-Est Créteil
Créteil Paris 13 UniversityUniversité Paris 13
Créteil Paris 8 UniversityUniversité Paris 8 – Vincennes – Saint-Denis
Créteil University of Marne-la-ValléeUniversité Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée
Dijon University of BurgundyUniversité de Bourgogne
French Guiana University of French GuianaUniversité de Guyane
French Polynesia University of French PolynesiaUniversité de la Polynésie Française
Grenoble Grenoble Alps UniversityUniversité Grenoble-Alpes
Grenoble University of SavoyUniversité de Savoie
Guadeloupe and Martinique University of the French West IndiesUniversité des Antilles
Lille University of LilleUniversité de Lille
Lille University of the Littoral Opal CoastUniversité du Littoral Côte d'Opale
Lille Artois UniversityUniversité d'Artois
Lille University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-CambresisUniversité de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis
Limoges University of LimogesUniversité de Limoges
Lyon Jean Moulin University Lyon 3Université Jean Moulin – Lyon 3
Lyon Lumière University Lyon 2Université Lumière – Lyon 2
Lyon Jean Monnet UniversityUniversité Jean Monnet
Lyon Claude Bernard University Lyon 1Université Claude Bernard – Lyon 1
Montpellier University of NîmesUniversité de Nîmes
Montpellier University of PerpignanUniversité de Perpignan – Via Domitia
Montpellier University of MontpellierUniversité de Montpellier
Montpellier Paul Valéry University, Montpellier IIIUniversité Montpellier 3 – Paul-Valéry
Nantes University of AngersUniversité d'Angers
Nantes University of NantesUniversité de Nantes
Nantes Le Mans UniversityUniversité du Mans
Nice University of ToulonUniversité de Toulon
Nice University of Nice Sophia AntipolisUniversité Nice – Sophia-Antipolis
Nouvelle-Calédonie University of New CaledoniaUniversité de la Nouvelle-Calédonie
Orléans-Tours University of OrléansUniversité d'Orléans
Orléans-Tours François Rabelais UniversityUniversité François-Rabelais
Paris Panthéon-Assas UniversityUniversité Panthéon-Assas
Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne UniversityUniversité Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne
Paris University of Paris Université de Paris
Paris University of Paris III: Sorbonne NouvelleUniversité Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3
Paris Sorbonne UniversitySorbonne Université
Poitiers University of La RochelleUniversité de La Rochelle
Poitiers University of PoitiersUniversité de Poitiers
Reims University of Reims Champagne-ArdenneUniversité de Reims Champagne-Ardenne
Rennes University of Rennes 1Université de Rennes 1
Rennes University of Western BrittanyUniversité de Bretagne Occidentale
Rennes University of Southern BrittanyUniversité de Bretagne-Sud
Rennes University of Rennes 2 – Upper BrittanyUniversité Rennes 2
Réunion University of Reunion IslandUniversité de La Réunion
Rouen University of Le HavreUniversité du Havre
Rouen University of RouenUniversité de Rouen
Strasbourg University of Upper AlsaceUniversité de Haute-Alsace
Strasbourg University of StrasbourgUniversité de Strasbourg
Toulouse Paul Sabatier UniversityUniversité de Toulouse 3 – Paul Sabatier
Toulouse University of Toulouse-Jean JaurèsUniversité Toulouse – Jean Jaurès
Toulouse Toulouse 1 University CapitoleUniversité Toulouse 1 – Capitole
Versailles Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines UniversityUniversité de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
Versailles Paris-Sud UniversityUniversité Paris-Sud
Versailles Paris Nanterre UniversityUniversité Paris Nanterre
Versailles Cergy-Pontoise UniversityUniversité de Cergy-Pontoise
Versailles University of Évry Val d'EssonneUniversité d'Évry-Val d'Essonne

List of university associations

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

AssociationFrench NameAcademy
University of Paris-EstUniversité Paris-EstCréteil
University of ChampagneUniversité de ChampagneReims
Normandy UniversityNormandie UniversitéCaen
Community of universities and higher education institutions of AquitaineCommunauté d'universités et établissements d'AquitaineBordeaux
Leonardo da Vinci consolidated UniversityUniversité confédérale Léonard de Vinci
Institut polytechnique Grand ParisInstitut polytechnique Grand ParisVersailles
Languedoc-Roussillon UniversitiesLanguedoc-Roussillon UniversitésMontpellier
University of Côte d'AzurUniversité Côte d'AzurNice
PSL Research UniversityUniversité de recherche Paris sciences et lettres - PSL Research UniversityParis
Université fédérale de Toulouse Midi-PyrénéesUniversité fédérale de Toulouse Midi-PyrénéesToulouse
Sorbonne University (alliance)Association Sorbonne UniversitéParis
University of Paris-SaclayUniversité Paris-SaclayVersailles
Université Grenoble AlpesUniversité Grenoble AlpesGrenoble
Université Paris LumièresUniversité Paris LumièresParis
Sorbonne Paris CitéUniversité Sorbonne Paris CitéParis
University of Burgundy - Franche-ComtéUniversité Bourgogne - Franche-ComtéBesançon
University of LyonUniversité de LyonLyon
University of Paris-SeineUniversité Paris-SeineVersailles
Community of Universities and Institutions (COMUE) Lille Nord de FranceCommunauté d'Universités et Établissements (COMUE) Lille Nord de FranceLille

Historical or other universities

See also

Notes and references

  1. "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.
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