Study in France

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 Panthéon-Sorbonne University – Paris 1, which is ranked at number 401-500.

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.

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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 62.15%
  • Population 66,808,385
  • Unemployment 9.9%
  • Annual GDP 1.16%
Data source: The World Bank