University of Paris Sud

Paris-Sud University is a place dedicated to high-level research, focused on understanding the world, backing student success and responding to the needs of society. Its high level of research is evidenced by numerous awards and its position in international rankings.  



After World War 2, the rapid growth of nuclear physics and chemistry meant that research needed more and more powerful accelerators, which required large spaces. The Université de Paris, the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Collège de France were all searching for space near Orsay, to the south of Paris.


Paris-Sud University not only built its prestige on the quality of its research, it also boasts an extensive choice of academic disciplines at Bachelor, Master  and Doctorate level, but also in technological training. Our academic training is open to the outside society and features: cutting-edge research in all fields,  multidisciplinarity, innovative pedagogy adapted to different audiences, basic or life-long training, professionalisation of the different curricula, including at  doctoral level. 


With ongoing intensive research in a wide range of fields, our university is particularly famous for its very high level in basic research, especially in Mathematics and Physics, areas in which it has made significant contributions to understanding the world and the universe, while hosting numerous  research programs in Computer Science, Chemistry and Biology. Our research in Health Sciences have translated into many innovative and successful   therapies in a number of medical fields. Our teams in Law, Economics and Management are conducting highly original research in areas such as new   technologies or innovation. 

Master's Programmes

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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179 9
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.


Student services

With the help of student services, the course secretaries and all the other student information points, the University has put together a student guide. Its aim is to help students understand the university set-up and it provides useful addresses and contacts to make student life easier.

Housing services

The University halls of residence are managed by CROUS (the Regional Student Welfare Office).Rooms are available for 9, 10 or 12 months and are allocated according to students' personal circumstances.

All the University halls of residence are situated close to the university so that students don’t have to travel too far. Single rooms are about 10 m2 in area. Each room contains a bed, a desk and a wardrobe. CROUS also provides sheets and blankets. Halls of residence are usually close to a university restaurant (which is even open in the evenings) and a library.

Bathrooms, toilets and kitchens are shared with other students living on the same floor. Rooms with private bathrooms are also available for couples.

Library services

  • Law-Economics-Management at Sceaux
  • Antenne d’Orsay
  • Medicine au Kremlin-Bicêtre
  • Antenne Antoine Béclère at Clamart
  • Pharmacy at Châtenay-Malabry
  • STAPS at Orsay
  • Sciences at Orsay
  • CADIST de Mathematics Bibliothèque Universitaire des Sciences
  • IUT Cachan (associated library)
  • IUT Orsay (associated library)
  • IUT Sceaux (associated library)

Student Life

Campus life

A prestigious multidisciplinary university with a strong science and health science component, Paris-Sud enjoys an outstanding international reputation thanks to the exceptional quality of its research, the appeal of its programmes, its fulfilling student life, its multiple partnerships, and the knowledge and skills of its staff.

Sports facilities

If you enjoy sport, Paris-Sud University certainly has remarkable sports facilities. Register with SUAPS (the University Sport and Physical Activity Service) in September (note the date!) for a chance to play more than forty sports.

You can also ride here, because Paris-Sud University is actually one of the rare universities with its own riding centre, where there are lessons for everyone from beginners to firm fans.

Student clubs

Are you keen on discussions and getting out and about? The student clubs are there for you. There are also course-based and even Master's-based clubs which arrange outings and parties.

Student life is very rewarding at Paris-Sud: over sixty clubs, including twenty-seven which belong to FAPS (the Federation of Paris-Sud Clubs). All the student clubs are listed on our website and in the French-language student guide.