About University of Bordeaux

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Organized during the months of June and July every year, be sure not to miss our Bordeaux Summer Schools! Designed for post graduate students and young researchers, the Bordeaux Summer Schools offer a range of high-quality, multidisciplinary international courses.
Make the most of our excellent resources while expanding your skills and knowledge in one of the following domains: 

  • Advanced Materials,
  • African Studies,
  • Analytical Chemistry for Cultural Heritage,
  • Environmental Science,
  • Public Health,
  • Light Sciences and Technologies.

Campus of Excellence

Ranked among the top universities in France for the quality of its academic courses and research, and n°56 in the Times Higher Education Young University Ranking, the University of Bordeaux is a “Campus of Excellence” supported by a significant endowment from the French government since 2011.

This multidisciplinary, research-focused, international institution leads the “Initiative of Excellence” (IdEx University of Bordeaux), and was one of the first universities in France to obtain confirmation of this program in 2016. Via this program, the University of Bordeaux develops innovative training, research and knowledge transfer programs in numerous fields of excellence and in partnership with other educational institutes in Bordeaux.

The University welcomes more than 56,000 students, of which almost 2,000 are PhD students and 6,800 are international students. Around 5,900 staff members are employed by the University, of which 3,200 are academic and research staff.

Multidisciplinary study offer

Study programs are organized around four major scientific domains:

International study possibilities

The university counts nearly 700 partner universities based in over 80 countries and has dedicated exchange programs with more than 60 countries worldwide.

A wide range of international study programs have been developed enabling students to study in English (or other languages) and/or that offer the possibility of studying abroad and/or completing joint or double degrees. A leading university in France for participation in the Erasmus Mundus program, the University of Bordeaux offers 18 EU-labelled study programs.

A leading international research university

Research is organized around three departments:

These departments group together 70 research laboratories that are under joint supervision with national research organizations (CNRS, Inserm, INRA, INRA, etc.). A Graduate Research School coordinates the entire field of doctoral studies in collaboration with eight doctoral schools that ensure support and guidance for PhD students. Three Graduate Research Programs have been launched within the domains of Neuroscience, Digital public health and Light sciences and technologies.

Our university is a hub of international, cutting-edge research as demonstrated by just some facts and figures:

  • 260 joint PhD agreements
  • 20 international joint research laboratories
  • 150 EU collaborative projects (Horizon 2020, FP7 and Interregprojects)
  • 43 projects awarded a Europen Research Council (ERC) grant (Bordeaux campus site)
  • Welcome Center for International Researchers (including PhD students)

Clusters of excellence

One of the main priorities of the University of Bordeaux is to promote the development of thematic clusters of excellence for research, training and knowledge transfer in the following fields: neuroscience, medical imaging, environment/climate, advanced materials, archaeology, lasers/optics, digital certification, health/society and cardiology. For more information about opportunities within this disciplines, please consult our Talents page.

A dynamic campus

The University of Bordeaux has one of the largest campus (187 hectares) in Europe. It is composed of several dynamic sites located near to the city and that offer a wide range of services and amenities. 135 student associations exist and participate in the organization of a wide range of cultural activities throughout the academic year: workshops, film debates, science cafés, lectures, exhibitions, concerts, shows, etc. A campus of excellence for sports as well, since 2010 Bordeaux is the n°1 French university for sports, ranking n°5 within Europe.

Bordeaux: the place to live and learn

The University of Bordeaux benefits from all the assets of the city of Bordeaux and its surroundings. The city is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, described as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble”. The “Wine Capital” of the world, Bordeaux is located at the very heart of Southern Europe, only a few hours from major EU cities and just one hour from the Atlantic Ocean. In recent years, the city and the Aquitaine region have grown rapidly in terms of population and this growth has been accompanied by strong economic development.

It’s no wonder Bordeaux was voted n°1 best city to visit in 2017 by the Lonely Planet!

Explore rankings data for University of Bordeaux

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Key statistics

  • 13%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 21.3
    No. of students per staff
  • 54,484
    Number of FTE Students
  • 58 : 42
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
Based on data collected for the (1) 2019 World University Rankings