University of Bordeaux

401–500 th
World University Rankings 2021
101–200 th
Impact Rankings 2020
=86 th
Young University Rankings 2020
146 rue Léo Saignat, S 61292, Bordeaux, 33 076, France

About University of Bordeaux

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Submitted in February 2020 in response to the Erasmus+ call for proposals, the ENLIGHT project has been selected as a European University. This consortium, composed of the University of Bordeaux and eight other European universities, aims to contribute to the transformation of European higher education. This objective focuses on providing students, in their role as engaged, citizens of the world, with the necessary resources to acquire the knowledge, skills and innovative capacity to confront the main societal transformations and to promote an equitable and sustainable quality of life.

Campus of Excellence

Ranked among the top universities in France for the quality of its academic courses and research, 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 57,000 students, of which almost 2,000 are doctoral students and 7,200 are international students. Around 5,900 staff members are employed by the University, of which 4,000 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. The University of Bordeaux is a leading university in France for participation in the Erasmus Mundus program.

A leading international research university

Research is organized around eleven departments:

  • Social sciences of contemporary changes
  • Behavior, organizations and policy evaluation
  • Law and social transformations
  • Bordeaux Neurocampus
  • Biological and medical sciences
  • Public health
  • Health sciences and technologies
  • Environmental sciences
  • Engineering and digital sciences
  • Material and light sciences
  • Archeological sciences

These departments group together 70 research laboratories that are under joint supervision with national research organizations (CNRS, Inserm, INRAE, etc.). A Graduate Research School coordinates the entire field of doctoral studies in collaboration with eight doctoral schools that ensure support and guidance for doctoral students. Three Graduate Research Programs have been launched within the domains of NeuroscienceDigital 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 doctoral agreements
  • 22 international joint research laboratories
  • 130 EU collaborative projects (Horizon 2020, FP7 and Interreg projects)
  • 25 projects awarded a Europen Research Council (ERC) grant (Bordeaux campus site)
  • Welcome Center for International Researchers (including doctoral 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: neurosciences, medical imaging, environment/climate, advanced materials, archaeology, lasers/optics, digital certification, health/society and cardiology.

A dynamic campus

The University of Bordeaux has one of the largest campus sites (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 ranks n°1 in terms of sports associations within France and is also now n°1 in Europe. In 2018, our university was awarded the title of best university for sports by the European University Sports Association (EUSA).

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 Nouvelle-Aquitaine region have grown rapidly in terms of population and this growth has been accompanied by strong economic development.

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Key statistics

  • 22.4
    No. of students per staff
  • 13%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 59 : 41
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 54,812
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2021 World University Rankings