Universities in France

Higher education in France is a very organized sector, divided into distinct levels. University education in the country is an important part of the French education system. The universities in France offer undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate degrees. There are more than 13 universities in the capital city Paris and its suburbs itself. These universities receive applications from both residents and international students every academic year. Non residents visit France to pursue higher education programs like master’s and Ph.D in professional and general courses of study.

List of Major Universities in France

Name & Address Phone/E-mail
The French Civil Aviation University
7 Avenue Edouard Belin
BP 54005 – 310055
Toulouse Cedex 4
Ph: +33 5 6217 4000
Fax: +33 5 6217 4023
Web: www.enac.fr/
The Catholic University of Paris 21,
rue d’Assas 75270
Paris Cedex 06
Ph: +33 1 4439 5200
Web: www.icp.fr/
Lille Catholic University
France
Ph: +33 3 2015 9688
Fax: +33 3 2015 9689
international@icl-lille.fr
Web: www.univ-catholille.fr/
Cerge-Pontoise University
Tour des chenes, bureau 718 33,
Bd du Port 95011 Cergy-
Pontoise Cedex
Ph: +33 1 3425 6743
Fax: +33 1 3425 6293
Web: www.u-cergy.fr/
University Paris
7- Denis-Diderot 2 Place Jussieu
75251 Paris Cedex 05
Ph: +33 1 4427 4427
Fax: +33 1 4427 6964
Web: www.sigu7.jussieu.fr/
Lille 2 University
42, rue Paul Duez 59800 Lille,
France
Ph: +33 3 2096 4343
Fax: +33 3 2088 2432
Web: www.univ-lille2.fr/
The University of Le Havre
115 rue Casimir Delavigne,
76600 Le Havre
Ph: +33 2 3519 7474
Fax: +33 2 3519 7475
Web: www.univ-lehavre.fr/
University Paris
1 Pantheon-Sorbonne,
12 Place of the Pantheon
75231 Paris Cedex 05
Ph: +33 1 4407 8000
Web: www.univ-paris1.fr/
University Rennes
Ph: +33 2 9914 1012
Email: presidence@uhb.fr
Web: www.uhb.fr/
University Victor Segalen Bordeaux
2, 146 Street Leo Saignat ,
33076 Bordeaux Cedex
Ph: +33 5 5757 1010
Fax: +33 5 5899 0380
Web: www.u-bordeaux2.fr/

There are both public as well as private universities in France. A unique feature of the French public universities is the fact that they are named after the biggest city near which the main campus is located. Therefore all the thirteen universities located near Paris have been named Paris I to XIII. Another prominent aspect of the universities in France is that they follow the ECTS credit system of marking during examinations, although the semester system of examination still exists in many popular universities of the country.

France is home to not only world renowned resident universities, but also has branches of foreign universities like the American University of Paris, the University of London Institute in Paris, the Baruch College and the Parsons Paris School of Art and Design.

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