Study in France

France really does have a little bit of everything. A unique cuisine, a rich and diverse culture, fascinating history and architecture as well as stunning scenery - all of these features help to make up one of the world’s most popular countries in which to study. The chic capital Paris is a place of grandeur and opulence, with world-famous landmarks dotted throughout the city: the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame Cathedral - it’s no wonder that millions of people come to visit each year.

The city is also home to two of Europe’s leading institutions, namely Ecole Normale Superieure and Ecole Polytechnique ParisTech, while Lyon, Marseille and Bordeaux are just a few of the other French cities that host world leading universities. France’s variety is hard to take in – each of its 22 regions offers something totally different. There’s the skiing and snowboarding in the Alps and the Pyrenes, the vineyards in Champagne and Cotes du Rhone, the splendour of the iconic French Riviera, the winding valleys and sleepy towns along the Dordogne, the Mediterranean beaches, Parisian cafes, the Tour de France, the cheese – you really need to experience what France has to offer to really understand it.

With one of the world’s leading education systems and an increasing number of courses being taught in English, there has never been a better time to study in France. France’s long history is matched by its position as a leader in cultural and intellectual development throughout the centuries, meaning that it has a long list of famous sons and daughters. Voltaire, Nostradamus, Camus, Chanel, Sartre, Debussy– all these famous names have had an enormous impact on their respective fields. 

If you want to study in France, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Educations World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

France has 27 universities in the overall Times Higher Educations World University Rankings. The highest-ranking university in France is École Normale Supérieure, which is ranked at number 66.

Choosing where to study for a degree in France is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice, particularly if you want to study abroad. Explore the universities of France below - we’ve pulled together some information that we hope will help you to decide where to study.

Use the map to see where France’s top universities are located, and if any institutions are of particular interest, you can click on their name, or the “explore” button, to find out more. We’ve also pulled in information about how much France is investing in its higher education, and also how many people live there.

Our World University Rankings were founded in 2004 and our data are trusted by governments and universities across the world.

Paris Eiffel Tower

Find the best universities in France through Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings data
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Times Higher Education World University Rankings data reveal the top 200 universities in Europe

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Top universities in France

Statistics about France

  • Expenditure on education out of total expenditure 9.74%
  • Of which, on higher education 22.34%
  • Enrollment rate in higher education 64.39%
  • Population 66,808,385
  • Unemployment 9.9%
  • Annual GDP 1.16%
Data source: The World Bank