Best universities in France 2022

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Top 10 universities in France

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World University Rank 2022 France Rank 2022 University  City
=40 1 Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris Paris
=88 2 Sorbonne University Paris
95 3 Institut Polytechnique de Paris Paris
=117 4 Université Paris-Saclay Paris
155 5 Université de Paris Paris
251–300 6 École des Ponts ParisTech Paris
301–350 =7 Aix-Marseille University Marseille
301–350 =7 University of Bordeaux Bordeaux
301–350 =7 École Normale Supérieure de Lyon Lyon
301–350 =7 Montpellier University Montpellier

This league table reveals the top ten universities in France, according to the trusted Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022.

The 2022 ranking includes 10 institutions in Paris – the most represented city in France – along with other options across the country. This year, 39 French institutions are counted among the top universities in the world.


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Universities in Paris take the top five spots, but institutions in Lyon, Marseille and Montpellier also feature in the top 10.

The best university in France is Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris, a collegiate university formed of 25 research and higher education institutions in the Paris area and three national research institutions. 

France is a popular study abroad country for international students because of its range of high-ranking universities and reasonable tuition fees. 


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5. Université de Paris

- The Université de Paris is a very young university, having only been established in 2019.
- There are 14 campuses and research facilities across Parisian locations that include the historic Latin Quarter.

It was created through the merger of Paris Diderot University, Paris Descartes University and the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris. 

The university provides teaching across the academic spectrum, including arts, humanities, languages, social science, economics, science and technology, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and nursing. 

4. Université Paris-Saclay

Université Paris-Saclay has a history dating back to 1150 when the University of Paris was established. 
- In 2019 it became the Université Paris Saclay.

The university is part of the Paris-Saclay project, which brings together nine higher education institutions and a business cluster on a research-intensive academic campus. The campus is being developed on the Plateau de Saclay on the outskirts of the city. This model is similar to the one adopted by the University of Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, where each college keeps its independence while remaining part of the university.

The university offers a range of undergraduate, master’s and PhD degree programmes in the fields of science and engineering, life and health sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

3. Institut Polytechnique de Paris

- Around  35 per cent of the student body are international students at The Institut Polytechnique de Paris. with 88 different nationalities represented on campus. 
- There are 10 faculties on campus, including biology, chemistry and processes, economics, mathematics, and humanities, art, literature and languages.

The Institut Polytechnique de Paris is a public higher education and research institution formed through the merger of  five French engineering schools: École Polytechnique, ENSTA Paris, ENSAE Paris, Télécom Paris and Télécom SudParis. The admissions process is very selective. 

2. Sorbonne University

- Sorbonne has a number of campuses across Paris, as well as a satellite campus in Abu Dhabi. 
- The university has three faculties: humanities, science and medicine. Law is taught by Panthéon-Assas University (Paris 2).

Sorbonne University is a public research university in Paris. It was established in 2018 through the merger of Paris-Sorbonne University, Pierre and Marie Curie University and a number of smaller institutions.

The university is home to eight notable scientific collections open to researchers. Some of the collections are also open to the public, such as the minerals, palaeontology and zoology collections. 

1. Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris

Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris is made up of 25 higher education institutions and research centres in the Paris area.
- A total of 28 Nobel prizes in physics, chemistry, literature, physiology and medicine, and economics have been awarded to researchers from the university.

Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris was formed in April 2010 from five prominent French institutions: the École Normale Supérieure, the Collège de France, the Paris Observatory, Chimie ParisTech and ESPCI ParisTech.

The institutions under the umbrella of the university are a mixture of older institutions established during the Enlightenment period and new institutions. 

The university’s main aim is to establish itself as one of the world’s top research institutions. It has also developed links with other top-ranking institutions around the world, including the University of Cambridge, UCL, Peking University and National Taiwan University. 


Best universities in France 2022

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World University Rank 2022 France Rank 2022 University  City
=40 1 Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris Paris
=88 2 Sorbonne University Paris
95 3 Institut Polytechnique de Paris Paris
=117 4 Université Paris-Saclay Paris
155 5 Université de Paris Paris
251–300 6 École des Ponts ParisTech Paris
301–350 =7 Aix-Marseille University Marseille
301–350 =7 University of Bordeaux Bordeaux
301–350 =7 École Normale Supérieure de Lyon Lyon
301–350 =7 Montpellier University Montpellier
351–400 =11 Université Grenoble Alpes Grenobles
351–400 =11 IMT Atlantique Brest
401–500 =13 Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 Lyon
401–500 =13 University of Côte d’Azur Nice
401–500 =13 École des Mines de Saint-Étienne Saint-Étienne
401–500 =13 L’institut Agro Paris
401–500 =13 Sciences Po Paris
501–600 =18 Centrale Nantes Nantes
501–600 =18 Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Toulouse
501–600 =18 University of Lille Lille
501–600 =18 University of Strasbourg Strasbourg
601–800 =22 Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC) Besançon
601–800 =22 CY Cergy Paris University Cergy-Pontoise
601–800 =22 University of Lorraine Nancy
601–800 =22 University of Nantes Nantes
601–800 =22 National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon (INSA Lyon) Lyon
601–800 =22 Panthéon -Sorbonne University – Paris 1 Paris
801–1000 =28 Arts et Métiers Paris
801–1000 =28 University of Clermont Auvergne Clermont-Ferrand
801–1000 =28 École Centrale de Lyon Lyon
801–1000 =28 Normandy University Normandy
801–1000 =28 University of Rennes 1 Rennes
1001–1200 =33 Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France Valenciennes
1001–1200 =33 University of Technology of Compiègne Compiègne
1001–1200 =33 University of Technology of Troyes Troyes
1201+ =36 Jean Moulin University – Lyon 3 Lyon
1201+ =36 Lumière University, Lyon 2 Lyon
1201+ =36 Paris Nanterre University Nanterre
1201+ =36 University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour Pau
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