Universities in France

Higher Education in France

2021 Ranking of French Universities

What are the most popular Universities in France? uniRank tries to answer this question by publishing the 2021 French University Ranking of 234 French higher-education institutions meeting the following uniRank selection criteria:

  • being chartered, licensed or accredited by the appropriate French higher education-related organization
  • offering at least four-year undergraduate degrees (bachelor degrees) or postgraduate degrees (master or doctoral degrees)
  • delivering courses predominantly in a traditional, face-to-face, non-distance education format

Explore the uniRank League Table and University Ranking of 234 Universities in France

2021 Sub-rankings by regions

The French Republic is divided into 18 administrative regions (French: régions) of which 13 are located in metropolitan France while the other five are overseas regions. Regions are further subdivided into departments (French: départements). The greater number of higher education institutions meeting the uniRank selection criteria are located in the Île-de-France region, which hosts the capital and largest city of Paris. Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes (Lyon), Occitanie (Toulouse) and Hauts-de-France (Lille) also have a large number of French higher education institutions. The following uniRank league tables or sub-rankings take into account all regions which include at least 2 French higher education institutions meeting the uniRank selection criteria.


Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes (28)   Bourgogne-Franche-Comte (7)  
Bretagne (16)   Centre-Val de Loire (4)  
Grand Est (12)   Hauts-de-France (21)  
Ile-de-France (74)   Normandie (9)  
Nouvelle-Aquitaine (14)   Occitanie (25)  
Pays de la Loire (16)   Provence-Alpes-Cote d Azur (7)  

French University lists

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