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The table below lists all
 public universities and private universities in France.
  • It does not include "grandes écoles" - though some of these are within the university system.
  • Lists are by region and in each traditional (pre 2016) region by town or city.
  • Most French universities are public. The private universities are the five catholic universities in the list.
  • Many universities have satellite campuses in other towns in their region, though the principal faculties or UFR tend to be located on the main campus.
  • Student numbers are approximate, and designed to give a general idea of how big the university is.
  • The expression "full range" is used for pluridisciplinary universities which include all the main traditional faculties of a large university, i.e. Arts, social sciences, law, economics and management, science and medicine.  "Arts" includes languages and literature and other humanities.

Region +Town or city of main campus University
(Clickable links)
Students Principal disciplinary fields
Alsace
Strasbourg
Université de Strasbourg 43,000 A full range, including  theology
Mulhouse Université de Haute Alsace 8,000 Arts, Sciences, Economics
Aquitaine
Bordeaux
Université de Bordeaux

Formerly
Université de Bordeaux 1
Université Michel Montaigne
Université Montesquieu
Université Ségalen
10,000 Science & technology
15,600 Arts
14,000 Law, Economics, Social & political science
19,000 Medicine, social sciences, oenology
Pau Université de Pau et du Pays de l'Adour 12,000 Arts, law, science
Auvergne
Clermont Ferrand 
Université Blaise Pascal 14, 400 Arts, social sciences, science
Université d'Auvergne 15,000 Medicine, law, economics, management
Brittany
Rennes
Université de Rennes 1

23,000 Medicine, law, economics, philosophy, maths, life sciences
Université de Rennes 2 24,000 Arts, languages, social sciences, sport
Université de Haute Bretagne 17,000 Arts and social sciences
Brest Université de Bretagne occidentale 20,000 Arts, law, science, medicine
Vannes Université de Bretagne sud 8,000 Arts, law & economics, science
Burgundy
Dijon:

Universite de Bourgogne

27,000 Full range
Région du Centre
Orleans
Université d'Orléans
16,000 Arts, Law and economics, science
Tours Université Rabelais 21,000 Full range
Champagne
Reims
Université de Reims 21,000 Full range
Corsica Corte Université Paoli 4,000 Arts, law, science
Franche Comté
Besançon
Université de Franche Comté 21,000 Full range
Ile de France (Paris)
Paris
Université de Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne
40,000 Humanities, economics, law
Université de Paris 2 Panthéon Assas 18,000 Law, economics, legal journalism
Université de Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle 19,000 Arts & human sciences
Université de Paris IV Sorbonne 23,000 Arts & human sciences
Université Descartes Paris 5 33,000 Social sciences, law, maths, medicine
Université Curie, Paris 6 31,000 Science and medicine
Université Diderot Paris 7 26,000 Arts, humanities, social science, medicine, science
Université catholique de Paris 3,500 Theology, arts, law, science
Saint Denis Université Paris VIII Vincennes à Saint Denis 20,000 Arts, social sciences, economy, law, maths
Nanterre Université Paris Ouest
Paris X Nanterre
33,000 Arts, social sciences, economics, maths, IT
Créteil Université Paris est Créteil Val de Marne   Paris XII 32,000 Full range
Villetaneuse Université Paris XIII nord 23,000 Arts, social sciences, economics, law, medicine
Champs sur Marne Université Paris Est Marne la Vallée 11,000 Arts, social sciences, economics, science
Cergy Pontoise Université de Cergy Pontoise 11,000 Arts and human sciences, economics, law, science
Versailles Université de Versailles  Saint Quentin en Yvelines 18,000 Science, social sciences, law & politics, medicine
Evry Université d'Evry   Val d'Essonne 10,000 Law, economics, social sciences, science, technology
Orsay Université Paris sud   Paris XI 29,000 Law, economics, medicine, pharmacy, science.
Languedoc   Roussillon

Montpellier
Université de Montpellier 1 21,000 Law, economics, medicine
Université de Montpellier 2 12,500 Science
Université Paul Valery Montpellier 3 16,000 Arts, humanities, social sciences
Nimes Université de Nimes 3,000 Arts, law, economics
Perpignan Université de Perpignan 10,000 Arts, law, economics, science
Limousin Limoges Université de Limoges 14,000 Full range
Lorraine
Metz
Université de Lorraine 14,000 Arts, law, economics, business, science, maths
Nancy Université de Lorraine 18,000 Science, medicine
Université de Lorraine 17,000 Arts, humanities, social sciences, law, economics, maths, IT
Midi Pyrénées

Toulouse
Université de Toulouse 1   Capitole 18,000 Law, economics, IT
Université de Toulouse II   Le Mirail 23,000 Arts, social sciences, IT geography, maths
Université Paul Sabatier 29,000 Maths, IT, Science
Institut Catholique de Toulouse 2,650 Arts, social sciences, law, theology
Albi Université Champollion 3,000 Arts, social sciences, law, economy, science
Nord Pas de Calais

Arras
Université d'Artois 14,000 Arts & social sciences, economics, science
Lille Université de Lille 1 20,000 Science, maths, economics
Université de Lille 2   Droit et Santé 24,000 Law, business, medicine
Université Charles de Gaulle   Lille III 19,000 Arts, social sciences, maths
Université Catholique de Lille 6,000 Full range
Dunkerque Université du Littoral 10,000 Arts, social sciences, economics, science
Valenciennes Université de Valen ciennes 10,000 Arts, social sciences, economics, law, science
Normandy

Caen
Université de Basse Normandie 24,000 Full range
Le Havre Université du Havre 7,000 Arts, social sciences, science, internationa affairs
Rouen Université de Rouen 25,000 Full range
Pays de la Loire Angers Université d'Angers 20,000 Full range
Université catholique de l'Ouest 7,500 Arts, social sciences, science
Le Mans Université du Maine 10,000 Arts, social sciences, law, economics, science
Nantes Université de Nantes 34,000 Full range
Picardy Amiens Université de Picardie  
Jules Verne
21,000 Full range
Compiègne Université de technologie de Compiègne 4,000 Science and technology
Poitou Charentes
La Rochelle
Université de La Rochelle 7,000 Arts, social sciences, law, management, science
Poitiers Université de Poitiers 24,000 Full range
Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur

Aix   Marseille

Aix Marseille Université 23,000 Arts & social sciences, Science
24,000 Economics, management, science, medicine
22,000 Law, politics, economics, management
Avignon
Université d'Avignon 7,000 Arts & social sciences, economics, law, science
Nice
Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis 25,000 Full range
Toulon
Université de Toulon 10,000 Arts, social sciences, economics, law, science
Rhone Alpes

Chambéry
Université de Savoie 11,000 Arts, social sciences, law, science
Grenoble
Université Joseph Fourier 16,000 Science & medicine
Université Pierre Mendès France 17,000 Law, economics, human sciences
Université Stendhal Grenoble III
6,000 Arts, social sciences
Lyon


Université Claude Bernard   Lyon I 36,000 Science, technology, medicine
Université Lumière   Lyon II 27,000 Arts, social sciences, law, politics
Université Jean Moulin   Lyon III 22,000 Arts, law, philosophy
Université catholique de Lyon 4,400 Arts, law, science, theology
Saint Etienne Université Jean Monnet 15,000 Arts, social sciences, law, economics, science
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