A major research center in Western France

Université de Nantes has never stopped moving forward. In the last 50 years, Université de Nantes has taken training and research to the highest level. Facing a rapidly changing world, Université de Nantes invents a new model of university. This model places the student at its centre and, more than ever, the human being at the heart of its ambitions. Rooted in Nantes - a city renowned for its vitality, culture, economic development and its quality of life - Université de Nantes radiates also thanks to its 2 campuses in Saint- Nazaire and La-Roche-sur-Yon.

Université de Nantes actively participates in the city

With 34,000 students (including 3,750 foreign students) and 4,250 staff, 50% of which is dedicated to research, 1 out of 12 Nantes residents works or studies at Université de Nantes. True cultural, sports and society contributor, our universtity also encourages the revitalization of its region by enriching public debate and by stimulating creativity : conferences, up to date media equipment, artists-in-residence programs, high-level sports, student commitment through 150 student organisations.

Within its campuses, different disciplines meet to enrich one another. Université de Nantes is one of the rare French universities to promote interdisciplinarity. Within 21 faculties and schools, 295 specialities are represented and 63 laboratories work in all fields of knowledge. 75% of them are A and A+ rated.

Dynamic, combative, creative and united

Université de Nantes enjoys the major assets needed to encourage local, national and international cooperation and to make interdisciplinary a factor of innovation and success. It contributes to the innovation of the socioeconomic make-up thanks to its researchers, laboratories, equipment and state-of-the-art technological platforms. Furthermore, recent university graduates (8,000 every year) constitute a tremendous pool of skills and talent. By getting involved in local issues while keeping an international perspective, Université de Nantes shows its capacity to work with the new scales of territory. This is essential to any development.

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