University Paris Nanterre

3.4 out of 5 (17 ratings / 14 reviews) Nanterre, France
An institution of learning and research whose defining characteristics are its vibrant campus life, educational innovation and scientific research with a social dimension. University Paris Nanterre is located to the west of the greater Paris area, just next to the largest business district in Europe and in a dynamic area full of major urban developments. 

Master's Programmes



From its very creation in the 1960s, University Paris Nanterre has dedicated itself to being a new type of institution of higher education. Today University Paris Nanterre has 34,000 students in undergraduate, postgraduate and professional continuing education with more than 20% of the student body from a foreign country. 


There are over 1,000 research professors and researchers in all disciplines of social and human sciences (law, economics, management, arts, humanities and languages, philosophy, linguistics, information and communication sciences, psychology and education, history, archaeology, anthropology, sociology, geography) as well as in sports sciences and physical education, mathematics, computer science and engineering.

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University Ranking

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Housing services

Student housing is possible in different university residence halls. 

Library services

The SCD Documentation Centre includes 16 libraries. The University Library is divided into large reading rooms dedicated to specific disciplines: Law and Political Science, Social Sciences, Human Sciences, Economics, Languages and Literature. The library is open to the public and measures a spacious 9,000 sq. metres. It also has a video library, press reading room and a comic book section. 

Student Life

Campus life

The Nanterre campus reflects the University’s forward-looking policy with respect to sports and cultural activities, environmental commitment and solidarity actions. In addition to its main campus in Nanterre, the University also has satellite sites in nearby Saint-Cloud and La Défense.

Sports facilities

The campus is home to exceptional sports and cultural facilities:

  •  Olympic-size swimming pool
  •  University sports centre which includes a sports hall, top-level training rooms and spacious outside grounds (athletics track, tennis courts, beach volleyball, etc. 
  •  Performing Arts Theatre and Auditorium with 500 seats
  •  Multidisciplinary Exhibition Hall
  •  Student canteen
  •  University library
  •  International Library for Contemporary History and Culture

Student clubs

  • The Campus Cultural department (SGACAC) is responsible for promoting, developing and coordinating all activities devoted to artistic and cultural activities both on and off the university campus (artistic workshops, artist-in-residence programmes, shows and festivals related to cinema, photography, dance, theatre, music and plastic arts), especially in partnership with local cultural organisations.
  •  The Campus Cultural department is also in charge of coordinating student activity associations and promoting an active campus life. 

Student Reviews

Studying Chinese at Nanterre
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Except for an issue with the administrative matters, this university is fairly large, with a lot of open spaces (and sometimes sheeps !). Studying Chinese there was pretty satisfying and most teachers are very kind and pedagogics.

The university of all possibilities :)
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

I like this university: the campus is spacious and pleasant, the teachers are concerned about our future and do not hesitate to help us in case of need. There is a good atmosphere. The only small problem would be the administration, in fact, because of a limited number of staff, they have trouble managing everything which causes some inconvenience such as the fact that:...

I don't know
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I haven't started to study at Paris Nanterre University yet.

Nanterre, Île-de-France, France


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