University of Nantes

An exceptional place to study and live
37 000 students over 140 countries | Université de Nantes is organized into 6 campuses located in wooded areas and most are well served by public transportation
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Looking for a change of scenery ?
Looking for a change of scenery ?
Université de Nantes is just 2 hours from Paris !
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Feel welcome
Feel welcome
A welcome desk for international students and a single centralised place which welcomes overseas researchers arriving in Nantes
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A major research center in Western France
A major research center in Western France
Research is a major growth sector for Université de Nantes, with 44 accredited laboratories
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An exceptional place to study and live

Key figures

  • International students
  • Doctoral schools
  • partners over 5 continents
  • sport activities
  • monthly events open to all
  • students

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UNESCO Chair for the Practice of Philosophy with Children

The renowned teacher educator and education researcher, Edwige Chirouter (UNESCO Chair/University of Nantes Chair for the Practice of Philosophy with Children) held free sessions for teachers in Auckland and Wellington, supported by a minor grant from the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, 10, 11 April in Auckland and 15 April in Wellington.

Learn French in Nantes : Full-time semester courses

Université de Nantes offers several long and short term programs to learn French as a Foreign Language, for all proficiency levels. Registrations for our Full-time semester courses are now open online until April, 26. Students will prepare the Diplome Universitaire d'études françaises (DUEF).

ERC : Professor from Nantes leads a major European programme

Université de Nantes is a partner in one of the largest current European research programmes (€10 million). John Tolan, Professor of History at the University and a specialist in the medieval Mediterranean world, is one of the four scientific leaders of the “EuQu” (The European Qur’an)

InSight : Nantes researchers take a closer look at Mars

Seven professors and researchers from the Nantes Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géodynamique are contributing to InSight, a new space mission to Mars led by the American space agency NASA. InSight took off from California on 5 May 2018 and landed on Mars on 26 November 2018, for a nominal term of 2 years.

Climate change : a growing threat to oysters

A team of researchers from Université de Nantes have studied the mortality of oysters, the “sentinels of the sea”, on the French Atlantic coast in relation to climate variations. The researchers estimate that by 2035 oyster mortality risk will be equivalent to the worst episodes of mortality observed over the past 20 years.

Boosting lithium batteries with the help of magnesium

Researchers from Nantes have discovered a new way to increase the energy of Li-ion (lithium-ion) batteries by adding magnesium. These results, published in Nature Communications, could lead to the development of new more competitive batteries with a lower environmental impact than current Li-ion batteries.

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Olivier Laboux

President of Université de Nantes
Olivier Laboux

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

Gwenaele Proutiere Maulion

Vice-President for European Affairs and International Relations
Gwenaelle Proutiere maulion

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.

Olivier Grasset

Vice-President for Research
Olivier Grasset
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,