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Universities in France

Higher Education in France

2022 Ranking of France Universities

What are France’s most famous universities? Topuniversitieslist has published the 2022 French University Ranking, which includes 234 French higher-education institutions that fulfill the Topuniversitieslist selection criteria:

  • being chartered, registered, or certified by the relevant French higher education-related institution, and providing at least four-year undergraduate degrees (bachelor degrees) or postgraduate degrees (master or doctoral degrees) in a conventional, face-to-face, non-distance education style.

Discover the Topuniversitieslist League Table and University Rankings for 234 French Universities.

2022 Sub-rankings by provinces and territories

The French Republic is divided into 18 administrative regions (French: régions), 13 of which are situated in metropolitan France and five of which are located outside of France. Departments (French: départements) are subdivided from regions. The Île-de-France district, which includes the capital and largest city of Paris, has the greatest number of higher education institutions that follow the Topuniversitieslist selection criterion. A significant number of French higher education institutions can be found in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes (Lyon), Occitanie (Toulouse), and Hauts-de-France (Lille). Both regions with at least two French higher education institutions matching the Topuniversitieslist selection criterion are included in the following Topuniversitieslist league tables or sub-rankings.


Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes (28)
Bourgogne-Franche-Comte (7)
Bretagne (16)
Centre-Val de Loire (4)
Grand Est (12)
Hauts-de-France (21)
Ile-de-France (32)
Normandie (9)
Nouvelle-Aquitaine (14)
Occitanie (25)
Pays de la Loire (16)
Provence-Alpes-Cote d Azur (7)