Université de Nantes


Université de Nantes has never stopped moving forward. Faced with today’s challenges we constantly reinvent ourselves.

In the last 50 years, Université de Nantes has taken training and research to the highest level and, in 2015 took a spot in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking. Université de Nantes is ranked among the top 25 French universities. In these 50 years, we have considerably progressed.

Towards a new model of University

Université de Nantes nurtures enthusiasm, audacity, generosity, and courage. These principles, normally associated with youth, are our trademark. This philosophy leads us to achieve higher standards. It pushes us, in a rapidly changing world, to invent a new model of the university. This model wishes to be open to its environment and focused on societal changes. It is ready to face the challenges of our societies in terms of research, training, innovation, promotion of scientific culture, integration of students in the socio-economic fabric, and international prestige.

This model places the student at the center of its attention and, more than ever, the human being at the heart of its dynamics and its ambitions. The strength of a university lies in the investment and the quality of its researchers, professors, lecturers, teachers, and library staff, engineers, administration staff, technicians, service department and health.

It is down to us to nurture this difference and to connect talents.

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The creative and audacious university

Université de Nantes facilitates cooperation and makes the interdisciplinary study a factor of innovation and success.

Université de Nantes is located in a beautiful natural environment situated in the heart of Nantes, a city renowned for its vitality, culture, economic development and its quality of life. Thanks to its 2 campuses of Saint-Nazaire and La-Roche-sur-Yon, Université de Nantes maintains a strong presence within the territory.

Within its campuses, different disciplines meet to enrich one another. Université de Nantes is one of the rare French universities to promote interdisciplinarity. 38,000 students mix within the 20 faculties and schools there. 295 specialties are represented, 44 laboratories work in all fields of knowledge.

Becoming one of the top interdisciplinary French universities.

This environment allows for new experiences, the creation of rich interactions, which we encourage. Université de Nantes has set itself as a goal to become one of the top interdisciplinary French universities within the next 10 years. Examples of de-compartmentalized practices, in research as well as in training are numerous. We aim to improve them to respond to the complex social changes ahead of us.

This melting pot, this diversity make Université de Nantes a vibrant place, both welcoming and creative. It is a university where movement is a visible and stimulating reality.

The open and citizen-minded university

Université de Nantes actively participates in the development of the region by increasing its knowledge, riches, and potential, so that the future takes place here!

Université de Nantes wants to be a leading player in the development of society: high-level training, diffusion of knowledge, the creation of values through research and the transfer of technology.

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The driving force of innovation

In a context of social and economic change, the capacity to innovate is more than ever the keystone of any competitiveness. Université de Nantes actively contributes to the innovation of the socioeconomic make-up through its researchers, its laboratories, its equipment, and state-of-the-art technological platforms, its recent graduates who constitute a tremendous pool of skills and talent.

A key player in the community

A true cultural, sports and society contributor, our university also encourages the revitalization of its region by enriching public debate and by stimulating creativity: conferences, up to date media equipment, artists-in-residence programs, high-level sports, student commitment through 150 student organizations.

By getting involved in local issues as well as having an impact internationally, Université de Nantes shows its capacity to play with the new scales of territory. This is essential to any development.



Rue Christian Pauc
44035 Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France


Boulevard de l'Université
44600 Saint-Nazaire, Pays de la Loire, France

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