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University of Bordeaux


Ranked among the top universities in France, the University of Bordeaux is renowned for the quality of its academic courses and research. The University of Bordeaux was newly established on the 1st of January 2014, following the merger of three universities: Université Bordeaux 1 Sciences et Technologies, Université Bordeaux Segalen and Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV. The University of Bordeaux welcomes over 50,000 students and nearly 6,000 staff members.

Approximately 12% of students at the University of Bordeaux are international. The university has developed a wide range of international study programs that are taught in English (or other languages such as Spanish) and that offer students the possibility of completing joint or double degrees.

Over 40 international study programs exist at Bachelor, Master and Doctorate levels including 11 EU-labeled programs. The University of Bordeaux is the first university in France for participation in the Erasmus Mundus Program.

Looking back over the past 573 years...

  • 1441: The University of Bordeaux is created by Pope Eugene IV and is composed of four main faculties - arts, medicine, law and theology.
  • 1793: All the universities in France, including the University of Bordeaux, are abolished by the French revolutionaries.
  • 1808: Napoléon Bonaparte reorganizes the university into three faculties which focus on theology, arts and science.
  • 1896: The universities in France are reorganized according to new legislation. The University of Bordeaux is re-established with the faculties of arts, science, law, medicine and pharmacy.
  • 1950s - late 1960s: The number of students registered progresses from 8,000 to 25,000.

The University of Bordeaux is positioned in the top section of the range N° 201 - 250 within the Shanghai Ranking, published by the University Jiao Tong (China). Amongst the French establishments that feature in the first 500 of this ranking (21 in total) it is placed in the top ten. In 2011, the University of Bordeaux was one of the first universities to receive the “Campus of Excellence” award in France.

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Academic specialism

The University of Bordeaux offers 245 curricula leading to national degrees, organized around four major scientific fields:

  • Science and Technology
  • Law, Political Science, Economy, Management
  • Life and Health Sciences
  • Social and Human Sciences

A large range of qualifications are possible including: 180 master specialties, 115 national diplomas in health, a national diploma in oenology.

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University of Bordeaux
351 Cours de la Libération, 33400 Talence, France
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+33 5 40 00 60 00

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Bordeaux is located at the very heart of Southern Europe, only a few hours from major EU capitals and cities.