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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


Academy University French Name
Aix-Marseille Aix-Marseille University Aix-Marseille Université
Aix-Marseille Avignon University Avignon Université


Academy University French Name
Amiens University of Picardy Jules Verne Université de Picardie Jules-Verne


Academy University French Name
Besançon University of Franche-Comté Université de Franche-Comté


Academy University French Name
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


Academy University French Name
Caen University of Caen Normandy Université de Caen Normandie


Academy University French Name
Clermont-Ferrand Clermont Auvergne University Université Clermont Auvergne


Academy University French Name
Corse University of Corsica Pasquale Paoli Université de Corse Pasquale Paoli


Academy University French Name
Dijon University of Burgundy Université de Bourgogne

French Guiana

Academy University French Name
French Guiana University of French Guiana Université de Guyane

French Polynesia

Academy University French Name
French Polynesia University of French Polynesia Université de la Polynésie Française


Academy University French Name
Grenoble Grenoble Alps University Université Grenoble-Alpes
Grenoble University of Savoy Université de Savoie

Guadeloupe and Martinique

Academy University French Name
Guadeloupe and Martinique University of the French West Indies Université des Antilles


Academy University French Name
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 Polytechnic University of Hauts-de-France Université de Polytechnique des Hauts-de-France


Academy University French Name
Limoges University of Limoges Université de Limoges


Academy University French Name
Lyon Jean Moulin University - Lyon 3 Université Jean Moulin – Lyon 3 1971 (Lyon III) 1896 (University of Lyon) c. 1808 (Lyon Faculty of Science)
Lyon Lumière University - Lyon 2 Université Lumière – Lyon 2 1969 (Lyon II) 1896 (University of Lyon) c. 1835 (Lyon Faculty of Humanities)
Lyon Jean Monnet University Université Jean Monnet 1969
Lyon Claude Bernard University - Lyon 1 Université Claude Bernard – Lyon 1 1971 (Lyon I) 1896 (University of Lyon) c. 1808 (Lyon Faculty of Science)


Academy University French Name
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


Academy University French Name
Nantes University of Angers Université d'Angers c. 1337
Nantes University of Nantes Université de Nantes c. 1460
Nantes Le Mans University Université du Mans 1977


Academy University French Name Established
Nice University of Toulon Université de Toulon 1968
Nice French Riviera University Université Côte d'Azur 1965 (Université de Nice) c. 1639 (Collegium jurisconsultorum niciensium)

New Caledonia

Academy University French Name Established
Nouvelle-Calédonie University of New Caledonia Université de la Nouvelle-Calédonie 1987

Orléans - Tours

Academy University French Name Established
Orléans-Tours University of Orléans Université d'Orléans c. 1306
Orléans-Tours François Rabelais University Université François-Rabelais 1968

Paris region

Créteil academy

Academy University French Name Established
Créteil Paris-Est Créteil University (Paris XII) Université Paris-Est Créteil 1970 (XII), c. 1150 (University of Paris)
Créteil Sorbonne Paris North University (Paris XIII) Université Sorbonne Paris Nord 1970 (XIII), c. 1150 (University of Paris)
Créteil Paris VIII Vincennes - Saint Denis University Université Paris 8 – Vincennes – Saint-Denis 1970 (VIII), c. 1150 (University of Paris)
Créteil Gustave-Eiffel University Université Gustave-Eiffel 1991

Paris academy

Academy University French Name Established
Paris Panthéon-Assas University (Paris II) Université Paris II – Panthéon-Assas 1970 (II), c. 1150 (University of Paris)
Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne University (Paris I) Université Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne 1970 (I), c. 1150 (University of Paris)
Paris University of Paris (Paris V / VII) Université de Paris 2019 (Paris), 1970 (V / VII), c. 1150 (University of Paris)
Paris PSL University (Paris IX) Université Paris Sciences et Lettres 2020 (PSL), 1970 (IX), c. 1150 (University of Paris)
Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle University (Paris III) Université Sorbonne Nouvelle 1970 (III), c. 1150 (University of Paris)
Paris Sorbonne University (Paris IV / VI) Sorbonne Université 1970 (IV / VI), c. 1150 (University of Paris)

Versailles academy

Academy University French Name Established
Versailles Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines - Université Paris-Saclay 1991
Versailles Paris-Saclay University (Paris XI) Université Paris-Saclay 1970 (XI), c. 1150 (University of Paris)
Versailles Paris Nanterre University (Paris X) Université Paris Nanterre 1970 (X), c. 1150 (University of Paris)
Versailles CY Cergy Paris University CY Cergy Paris Université 1991
Versailles University of Évry Val d'Essonne Université d'Évry-Val d'Essonne - Université Paris-Saclay 1991


Academy University French Name Established
Poitiers University of La Rochelle Université de La Rochelle 1993
Poitiers University of Poitiers Université de Poitiers 1431


Academy University French Name Established
Reims University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne 1971 (URCA) c. 1541 (Reims University)


Academy University French Name
Rennes University of Rennes 1 Université de Rennes 1 1969 (Rennes 1) 1885 (University of Rennes)
Rennes University of Rennes 2 – Upper Brittany Université Rennes 2 1969 (Rennes 2) 1885 (University of Rennes)
Rennes University of Western Brittany Université de Bretagne Occidentale 1971
Rennes University of Southern Brittany Université de Bretagne-Sud 1995


Academy University French Name
Réunion University of Reunion Island Université de La Réunion


Academy University French Name
Rouen University of Le Havre Université du Havre
Rouen University of Rouen Université de Rouen


Academy University French Name Established
Strasbourg University of Upper Alsace Université de Haute-Alsace 1975
Strasbourg University of Strasbourg Université de Strasbourg c. 1538


Academy University French Name Established
Toulouse Paul Sabatier University Université de Toulouse 3 – Paul Sabatier 1969 (Toulouse 3) c. 1229 (University of Toulouse)
Toulouse University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès 1974 (Toulouse 2) c. 1229 (University of Toulouse)
Toulouse Toulouse 1 University Capitole Université Toulouse 1 – Capitole 1968 (Toulouse 1) c. 1229 (University of Toulouse)

List of university associations

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
Languedoc-Roussillon Universities Languedoc-Roussillon Universités Montpellier
Université fédérale de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Université fédérale de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Toulouse
Sorbonne University Alliance Association Sorbonne Université Paris
Université Paris Lumières Université Paris Lumières Paris
University of Burgundy - Franche-Comté Université Bourgogne - Franche-Comté Besançon
University of Lyon Université de Lyon Lyon
Community of Universities and Institutions (COMUE) Lille Nord de France Communauté d'Universités et Établissements (COMUE) Lille Nord de France Lille

Experimental institution

Association French Name Academy
CY Cergy Paris University CY Cergy Paris Université Versailles
University of Côte d'Azur Université Côte d'Azur Nice
Université Grenoble Alpes Université Grenoble-Alpes Grenoble
Gustave Eiffel University Université Gustave Eiffel Créteil
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 Versailles
PSL Research University Université de recherche Paris sciences et lettres Paris
Polytechnique Institute of Paris Institut polytechnique de Paris Paris

Historical or other universities

See also

Notes and references

  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.
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