Top 224 universities in France

  1. Normal Superior School logo
    Enrollment
    2,400
    Founded
    1794
  2. Paris-Sud University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Enrollment
    31,400
    Founded
    2014
  3. Pierre and Marie Curie University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Enrollment
    35,037
    Founded
    1150
  4. Normal Superior School of Lyon logo
    Enrollment
    2,300
    Founded
    1987
  5. Paris Dauphine University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    3%
    Enrollment
    8,681
    Founded
    1968
  6. University of Lorraine logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    58,320
    Founded
    2012
  7. University of Strasbourg logo
    Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Enrollment
    50,822
    Founded
    1621
  8. Paris Institute of Political Studies logo
    Acceptance Rate
    10%
    Enrollment
    14,000
    Founded
    1872
  9. University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne logo
    Enrollment
    40,551
    Founded
    1971
  10. University of Nantes logo
    Enrollment
    36,948
    Founded
    1460
  11. University of Bordeaux logo
    Enrollment
    50,174
    Founded
    1441
  12. Central School of Lyon logo
    Enrollment
    1,468
    Founded
    1857
  13. University of Caen Normandy logo
    Enrollment
    27,465
    Founded
    1432
  14. University of Burgundy logo
    Enrollment
    34,169
    Founded
    1722
  15. Paris Descartes University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    11%
    Enrollment
    32,302
    Founded
    2019
  16. University of Limoges logo
    Enrollment
    19,134
    Founded
    1968
  17. University of Poitiers logo
    Enrollment
    25,078
    Founded
    1431
  18. University of Rennes 1 logo
    Enrollment
    30,630
    Founded
    1970
  19. Francois Rabelais University logo
    Enrollment
    25,843
    Founded
    1969
  20. National Graduate School of Engineering, Paris logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    1,500
    Founded
    1783
  21. Paris Diderot University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Enrollment
    25,889
    Founded
    1970
  22. University of Western Brittany logo
    Enrollment
    19,986
    Founded
    1461
  23. Polytechnic School logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    2,316
    Founded
    1794
  24. University of Montpellier logo
    Enrollment
    49,000
    Founded
    1289
  25. CentraleSupelec logo
    Enrollment
    4,300
    Founded
    1894
  26. University of Franche-Comte logo
    Enrollment
    28,283
    Founded
    1423
  27. Lumiere University Lyon 2 logo
    Enrollment
    29,996
    Founded
    1973
  28. Jean Jaures University of Toulouse logo
    Enrollment
    26,562
    Founded
    1229
  29. National Institute for Applied Sciences, Lyon logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    5,383
    Founded
    1957
  30. University of Lille logo
    Enrollment
    72,200
    Founded
    2018
  31. TELECOM ParisTech logo
    Enrollment
    1,500
    Founded
    1878
  32. University of Orleans logo
    Acceptance Rate
    58%
    Enrollment
    16,629
    Founded
    1962
  33. New Sorbonne University - Paris III logo
    Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Enrollment
    16,265
    Founded
    1971
  34. Grenoble Institute of Technology logo
    Enrollment
    6,000
    Founded
    1900
  35. National School of Bridges and Roads logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    1,797
    Founded
    1747
  36. Paris 13 University logo
    Enrollment
    20,549
    Founded
    1970
  37. University of Rouen Normandie logo
    Enrollment
    27,899
    Founded
    1966
  38. University of Paris 8 logo
    Acceptance Rate
    65%
    Enrollment
    22,023
    Founded
    1968
  39. University of Angers logo
    Enrollment
    22,887
    Founded
    1971
  40. University of Rheims Champagne-Ardenne logo
    Enrollment
    22,971
    Founded
    1548
  41. University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour logo
    Acceptance Rate
    25%
    Enrollment
    12,331
    Founded
    1970
  42. University of Picardie Jules Verne logo
    Enrollment
    26,721
    Founded
    1970
  43. Sorbonne University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Enrollment
    55,600
    Founded
    2018
  44. University of Technology of Compiegne logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    4,400
    Founded
    1972
  45. Paul Valery University, Montpellier 3 logo
    Enrollment
    22,119
    Founded
    1970
  46. Paris-Est Creteil Val-de-Marne University logo
    Enrollment
    26,276
    Founded
    1970
  47. University of Rennes 2 logo
    Enrollment
    20,687
    Founded
    1969
  48. Eurecom logo
    Enrollment
    125
    Founded
    1991
  49. University of Maine - France logo
    Enrollment
    10,117
    Founded
    1977
  50. University of Perpignan Via Domitia logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    9,500
    Founded
    1970
  51. ESSEC Business School Paris logo
    Acceptance Rate
    14%
    Enrollment
    6,500
    Founded
    1907
  52. University of Reunion logo
    Enrollment
    13,472
    Founded
    1960
  53. University of Toulon logo
    Enrollment
    9,439
    Founded
    1979
  54. Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 logo
    Enrollment
    28,467
    Founded
    1809
  55. Pantheon-Assas Paris II University logo
    Enrollment
    16,221
    Founded
    1970
  56. Paul Sabatier University - Toulouse III logo
    Enrollment
    31,388
    Founded
    1960
  57. Jean Monnet University logo
    Enrollment
    18,982
    Founded
    1970
  58. Cergy-Pontoise University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    25%
    Enrollment
    15,052
    Founded
    1991
  59. Upper Alsace University logo
    Enrollment
    10,366
    Founded
    1975
  60. ESCP Europe logo
    Acceptance Rate
    20%
    Enrollment
    5,500
    Founded
    1819
  61. University of Southern Brittany logo
    Enrollment
    8,245
    Founded
    1995
  62. University of Savoy Mont Blanc logo
    Enrollment
    14,831
    Founded
    1979
  63. Central School of Nantes logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    1,500
    Founded
    1919
  64. National School of Civil Aviation logo
    Enrollment
    3,000
    Founded
    1949
  65. University of Technology of Troyes logo
    Enrollment
    2,500
    Founded
    1994
  66. EHESP School of Public Health logo
    Enrollment
    9,500
    Founded
    1945
  67. University of the Littoral Opal Coast logo
    Enrollment
    8,848
    Founded
    1991
  68. HEC School of Management logo
    Acceptance Rate
    8%
    Enrollment
    4,500
    Founded
    1881
  69. EMLYON Business School logo
    Enrollment
    8,600
    Founded
    1872
  70. Higher Institute of Aeronautics and Space logo
    Enrollment
    1,700
    Founded
    2007
  71. National Institute for Applied Sciences, Rennes logo
    Enrollment
    1,756
    Founded
    1966
  72. Artois University logo
    Enrollment
    11,500
    Founded
    1992
  73. TELECOM and Management SudParis logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    1,500
    Founded
    1979
  74. Toulouse 1 University Capitole logo
    Enrollment
    20,334
    Founded
    1968
  75. EDHEC Business School logo
    Enrollment
    7,500
    Founded
    1906
  76. Bordeaux Montaigne University logo
    Enrollment
    15,485
    Founded
    1971
  77. University of Corsica Pascal Paoli logo
    Enrollment
    3,945
    Founded
    1981
  78. University of Le Havre logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    8,097
    Founded
    1984
  79. National Veterinary School of Alfort logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    800
    Founded
    1765
  80. National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse logo
    Enrollment
    7,500
    Founded
    1969
  81. National Institute for Applied Sciences, Toulouse logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    2,534
    Founded
    1963
  82. National School of Statistics and Economic Administration logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    375
    Founded
    1942
  83. Audencia Nantes School of Management logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    2,500
    Founded
    1900
  84. University of Evry-Val d'Essonne logo
    Enrollment
    12,000
    Founded
    1991
  85. Grenoble Graduate School of Business logo
    Acceptance Rate
    55%
    Enrollment
    8,000
    Founded
    1984
  86. Normal Superior School of Paris-Saclay logo
    Enrollment
    1,700
    Founded
    1912
  87. National School of Administration logo
    Enrollment
    10,645
    Founded
    1945
  88. Catholic University of Lyon logo
    Enrollment
    12,000
    Founded
    1875
  89. National Graduate School of Engineering, Caen logo
    Enrollment
    750
    Founded
    1976
  90. The American University of Paris logo
    Acceptance Rate
    76%
    Enrollment
    1,500
    Founded
    1962
  91. Central School of Lille logo
    Enrollment
    1,500
    Founded
    1872
  92. IMT Atlantique logo
    Acceptance Rate
    9%
    Enrollment
    2,500
    Founded
    2017
  93. Toulouse Business School logo
    Enrollment
    5,600
    Founded
    1903
  94. Montpellier SupAgro logo
    Founded
    2007
  95. Catholic University of the West logo
    Enrollment
    11,400
    Founded
    1875
  96. The Institute of Optics Graduate School logo
    Acceptance Rate
    25%
    Enrollment
    375
    Founded
    1920
  97. NEOMA Business School logo
    Enrollment
    8,893
    Founded
    2013
  98. ESIEE Paris logo
    Enrollment
    2,100
    Founded
    1904
  99. Agrocampus Ouest logo
    Enrollment
    2,000
    Founded
    2008
  100. Ales School of Engineering logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    1,500
    Founded
    1843
  101. National Graduate School of Engineering - Saint Etienne logo
    Acceptance Rate
    25%
    Enrollment
    2,160
    Founded
    1816
  102. Efrei Paris Engineering School of Digital Technologies logo
    Acceptance Rate
    25%
    Enrollment
    1,500
    Founded
    1936
  103. National Institute for Applied Sciences, Rouen logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    2,500
    Founded
    1985
  104. University of the French West Indies logo
    Enrollment
    9,991
    Founded
    1850
  105. SKEMA Business School logo
    Enrollment
    7,500
    Founded
    1892
  106. National Institute for Applied Sciences, Strasbourg logo
    Acceptance Rate
    10%
    Enrollment
    1,984
    Founded
    2003
  107. University of French Polynesia logo
    Enrollment
    2,944
    Founded
    1987
  108. Lille Catholic University logo
    Enrollment
    32,000
    Founded
    1875
  109. Montpellier Business School logo
    Enrollment
    3,500
    Founded
    1897
  110. VetAgro Sup logo
    Founded
    1761
  111. University of La Rochelle logo
    Enrollment
    8,193
    Founded
    1993
  112. Catholic University of Paris logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1875
  113. Graduate School of Engineers in Paris logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    750
    Founded
    1955
  114. Brest National School of Engineering logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    750
    Founded
    1961
  115. ICAM Catholic Institute of Engineering logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    800
    Founded
    1898
  116. National Advanced School of Engineering logo
    Enrollment
    5,512
    Founded
    1780
  117. ECE Paris Graduate School of Engineering logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    1,500
    Founded
    1919
  118. Graduate School of Electrical Engineering logo
    Acceptance Rate
    35%
    Enrollment
    1,650
    Founded
    1901
  119. Champollion National University Institute logo
    Enrollment
    3,835
    Founded
    2002
  120. Angers Graduate School of Business logo
    Enrollment
    6,000
    Founded
    1909
  121. Burgundy School of Business logo
    Enrollment
    2,500
    Founded
    1899
  122. University of New Caledonia logo
    Enrollment
    2,542
    Founded
    1987
  123. UniLaSalle logo
    Enrollment
    2,900
    Founded
    2017
  124. School of Advanced Engineering Studies logo
    Enrollment
    2
    Founded
    1885
  125. National School of Engineering, Tarbes logo
    Acceptance Rate
    25%
    Enrollment
    1,083
    Founded
    1963
  126. Graduate School of Advanced Industrial Technologies logo
    Acceptance Rate
    25%
    Enrollment
    900
    Founded
    1985
  127. National Institute of Advanced Technology logo
    Acceptance Rate
    78%
    Enrollment
    1,000
    Founded
    1971
  128. University of Nimes logo
    Enrollment
    4,627
    Founded
    2007
  129. National School of Meteorological Studies logo
    Enrollment
    250
    Founded
    1922
  130. National School of Engineering - Saint Etienne logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    1,027
    Founded
    1961
  131. Bordeaux National Polytechnic Institute logo
    Acceptance Rate
    30%
    Enrollment
    3,400
    Founded
    1920
  132. Kedge Business School logo
    Enrollment
    12,000
    Founded
    2013
  133. EPF College of Engineering logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    2,200
    Founded
    1925
  134. TELECOM SudParis logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    750
    Founded
    1979
  135. Metz National School of Engineering logo
    Acceptance Rate
    50%
    Enrollment
    750
    Founded
    1962
  136. ICN Business School logo
    Enrollment
    3,000
    Founded
    1905
  137. Nantes Atlantique School of Design logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    1,465
    Founded
    1988
  138. Normal Superior School of Rennes logo
    Enrollment
    750
    Founded
    2013
  139. Purpan Engineering School logo
    Enrollment
    750
    Founded
    1919
  140. Institute for Agriculture and Food Industry - Rhone-Alpes logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    125
    Founded
    1968
  141. Normandy Business School logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    1,500
    Founded
    1871
  142. ISA Group logo
    Enrollment
    750
    Founded
    1963
  143. ECAM Lyon logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    1,500
    Founded
    1899
  144. SIGMA Clermont logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    944
    Founded
    2016
  145. Paris School of Engineering logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    125
    Founded
    1959
  146. IFP School logo
    Enrollment
    375
    Founded
    1924
  147. University of French Guiana logo
    Acceptance Rate
    83%
    Enrollment
    2,580
    Founded
    2014
  148. Catholic Institute of Toulouse logo
    Enrollment
    3,500
    Founded
    1877
  149. National Graduate School of Chemistry, Paris logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    375
    Founded
    1896
  150. Brest Business School logo
    Enrollment
    375
    Founded
    1962
  151. Business School ESC PAU logo
    Enrollment
    1,500
    Founded
    1962
  152. National Graduate School of Chemistry, Rennes logo
    Enrollment
    750
    Founded
    1919
  153. Esaip Graduate School of Engineering logo
    Enrollment
    450
    Founded
    1987
  154. Graduate School of Engineers Leonardo da Vinci logo
    Enrollment
    2,001
    Founded
    1995
  155. National School of Architecture of Nancy logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    740
    Founded
    1969
  156. School of Industrial Biology logo
    Acceptance Rate
    35%
    Enrollment
    750
    Founded
    1992
  157. ITECH Textile and Chemical Institute of Lyon logo
    Acceptance Rate
    55%
    Enrollment
    500
    Founded
    1889
  158. Graduate School of Organic and Mineral Chemistry logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    624
    Founded
    1957
  159. Louis de Broglie School logo
    Founded
    1991
  160. Environmental Management and Engineering School logo
    Acceptance Rate
    55%
    Enrollment
    375
    Founded
    1992
  161. 3iL School of Engineering logo
    Enrollment
    418
    Founded
    1987
  162. Graduate School of Foundry and Forge logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    125
    Founded
    1923
  163. Graduate School of Building Engineering of Metz logo
    Acceptance Rate
    50%
    Founded
    1992
  164. Higher Institute of Buildings and Public Works logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    125
    Founded
    1952

The best cities to study in France based on the number of universities and their ranks are Paris, Villeurbanne, Nice, and Orsay.

Average cost of living for students in France is $703 + $99-704 for rent (depends on where to live: dormitory, renting with a roommate or solo).