University of Bordeaux

4 out of 5 (62 reviews) Bordeaux, France
The University of Bordeaux is ranked among the top French universities for the quality of its education and research. A multidisciplinary, research-focused, international institution, it leads an ambitious development program with its partners to further promote Bordeaux as a “Campus of Excellence”. 

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With a history that dates back to the year 1441, the University of Bordeaux was newly established in January 2014 following the merger of three universities.


A multidisciplinary education offer - The University of Bordeaux offers 245 Master and 125 Bachelor programs. The four major scientific fields are: Science and Technology / Law, Political Science, Economics, Management / Life and Health Sciences / Social and Human Sciences.

International Study Offer - The university has developed a wide range of international study programs that are taught in English (or other languages) and that offer students the possibility of studying abroad and/or completing joint or double degrees. A leading university in France for participation in the Erasmus Mundus program, the University of Bordeaux offers several EU-labelled study programs.


Research is organized around three departments: Science and Technology / Life and Health Sciences / Social Sciences and Humanities. Eight doctoral schools ensure support and guidance for PhD students. The research departments group together 70 research laboratories that are under joint supervision with national research organizations.

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: neuroscience, medical imaging, environment/climate, advanced materials, archaeology, lasers/optics, digital certification, health and society and cardiology. 


Student services

The International Office has dedicated International Mobility services to welcome international exchange students and each main campus also has Student Life Centers, whose mission is to support and inform students before and during their mobility period in Bordeaux. Topics include: registration processes, student integration, French classes, student file management and follow-up, scholarship and accommodation requests, Erasmus program agreements, etc.

If you are a PhD student or a researcher, you may contact the Welcome Center for International Researchers.

Housing services

A variety of options are available, including the following: university residences, halls of residence/residential hotels and private rental.

Independent mobility: If you wish to apply for a room in the university residence, you must complete an application on the Internet site of the Regional Center of Student Social Services (CROUS) before the end of April. 

Erasmus students and international students within an Exchange Program may apply for a room in the university residence. 

The University of Bordeaux has launched a platform, Studapart, where thousands of dwellings (private owners, residences, real estate agencies) are available on the various sites of the university.

Library services

A total of 38 university libraries (representing 4,000 seats) may be found throughout the campus sites.  Open to students, tutors, researchers, employees and people from outside the university; they cover all the disciplines taught at the University of Bordeaux.

ICT services

The University of Bordeaux offers a digital work environment. Each student has a digital identity, and is thus able to access the digital services and messaging system. The university provides its users with wireless access points (Wi-Fi) to the IT network on the University of Bordeaux campuses. Computer rooms are freely available to students on the different campuses. 

Medical services

The staff at the Student Health Center are on hand to answer your questions and provide support for your health or student life. The following services are available: nursing care, medical/preventive consultations, vaccinations, medical-psychological consultations, medical-sporting consultations, gynecological - contraception consultations, well-being, etc.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Bordeaux has one of the largest campuses (187 hectares) in Europe. It is composed of several sites that are located near to the city and that offer a broad range of services and amenities. 

Sports facilities

A campus of excellence for sports as well, since 2010 Bordeaux is the n°1 French university for sports, ranking n°5 within Europe.

Here are just some of the activities available: athletics, aqua gym, badminton, basketball, climbing, dance, diving, fencing, fitness, football, French boxing, futsal judo, karate, taekwondo, golf, gym, handball, juggling, kayak-polo, kite surfing, rugby, snowboard, squash, surfing, swimming, tennis, rifle/pistol shooting, water polo, yoga, volleyball.

Student clubs

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.