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Founded in the XVth century, then closed for nearly 200 years, Université de Nantes reopened in 1962 and went on to become one of the top French universities.

With its history and its dynamism, the University is ready to face the challenge of international competition.

Today, Université de Nantes is one of France's top multidisciplinary universities. It is located in an attractive area boasting strong economic and demographic growth over the past two decades.

The University has campuses in Nantes, Saint-Nazaire and La Roche-sur-Yon. Nearly 90% of the students study at the campus in Nantes, the 6th largest city in France, located on the Loire estuary some thirty miles from the Atlantic coast and two hours from Paris.


Université de Nantes is also a member of several international networks which develop international cooperation and programs in higher education and research.

Key figures

  • 33,534 students in initial training

  • 4,047 staff members professors and researchers, administrative, technical and library staff.

  • 295 diplomas based on the European model (Bachelor-Master-Doctorate)
    • 80 curricula with a professional contract
    • 31 curricula en apprentissage
    • 8 engineering diplomas
    • 111 university degrees
  • 21 academic departments
    • 11 faculties and training and research units (UFR)
    • 8 institutes
    • 1 engineering school
    • 1 observatory of Earth and planetary sciences
  • 1 doctoral college with 8 doctoral schools
  • 63 research structures

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Mis à jour le June 26, 2013 par Julien PATRON