France has a tremendous amount to offer to students. Beautiful cities, picturesque countryside and amazing food are just some of the great lifestyle benefits that draw over 2.6 million students per year – both local and international. From a student perspective, France is also an inexpensive choice compared to many of its European neighbours.
If you are considering studying in France and you’d like to discover which university is right for you then look no further. Here we have compiled the top universities in France, according to the annual QS World University Rankings. You can also browse our comprehensive list of all French universities.
École Polytechnique came into existence during the French revolution and is one of the top European Universities. It specialises in the teaching of science and technology and inparticular mathematics, physics and chemistry.
The PhD programme at École Polytechnique attracts around 40% international students from around the world.
The selection process at École Polytechnique is stringent and attracts highly talented students. This is also true of their staff, who are second to none.
Sorbonne University has made its mark via it’s cutting edge approach to research and education. As a relatively new university, its approach is created to tackle modern-day challenges, on both a scientific and social level.
The university has three main faculties and is home to around 3,500 professors teaching across the fields of arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering and medicine.
Sorbonne is home to nearly 55,000 students, 10,000 of whom are international. It is a truly international university with a global outlook, making it a great choice for students from all around the world.
CentraleSupélec was born from the merger of two of France’s leading institutions, Ecole Centrale Paris and Supélec. It specialises in engineering and science and offers degree level programmes through to PhD.
Graduates from CentraleSupélec are some of the highest-paid in the country and the university boasts membership amongst some of the top research consortiums and engineering networks in Europe.
Students benefit from a flexible curriculum, choosing from several possible paths including research, entrepreneurship, digital and learning.
École normale supérieure de Lyon specialises in training academic professionals in the areas of science and humanities. ENS Lyon offers several programmes at various levels including Bachelors, Masters and PhDs.
Study programmes are highly customisable, allowing students to design their own studies incorporating training and research.
The school is home to students and faculty from 78 different nationalities.