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University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour



The UPPA has its root in a local university history dating back to the XVIth century, with the creation of a Collège des Arts (an institute for Humanities) in 1549, and then of the third protestant academy in Europe in 1564, which in 1583 was established as a University. The University was done away with when the Béarn region was incorporated into France in 1620.


The University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour (UPPA) is a multidisciplinary university which covers three major areas of study:

  • law, economics, business, management
  • science and technology
  • literature, languages, arts, social sciences and humanities and sport

UPPA offers its students initial or continuing education, work/study programmes or apprenticeships, to obtain Bachelor’s, Master’s and vocational degrees and Doctorates through its 5 UFRs (Teaching and Research units) and two Doctoral schools.


With 23 research units associated with research bodies such as the CNRS, INRA and INRIA, UPPA carries out international scientific research into :

Strategic themes
  • Environment and materials,
  • Geo-resources,
  • Aquatic environments and resources,
  • Justice and territories,
  • Areas, borders and blending.
Transversal multidisciplinary theme
  • Transitions
Emerging themes
  • Aeronautics
  • Heritage and tourism
  • Eco-construction


The Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour is committed to supporting students throughout the various steps leading them to their professional life, and offers a number of services which are coordinated by the Employability Office (Bureau d'Aide à l'Insertion Professionnelle - BAIP

Once they arrive at the University, new students can consult the specialised books and reviews on guidance, study pathways and degree programmes, jobs and career prospects at the resource centre of the Careers and Employability Service.

If they wish, students can make appointments with our career advisors, in order to create and develop a personal and/or professional plan.

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Student services

The International Relations Office - is responsible for providing information to UPPA students who wish to travel abroad, and welcoming International students.

Housing services

The Pau and Adour region CLOUS (local university student service centre) provides UPPA students with university housing.

In Pau
  • 1 university hall of residence 
  • 7 university residences 
In Mont-de-Marsan
  • 2 university residences 
In Bayonne
  • 2 university residences 
In Anglet
  • 2 university residences 
In Dax
  • 1 university residence 

Library services

Our libraries, spread across our 5 campuses, contain more than 200,000 books and printed reviews, as well as over 23,000 electronic reviews and databases that are accessible remotely.

They are also fitted with work spaces with Wi-Fi, provide computers and tablets available for loan (subject to conditions) and offer courses in document research as well as events such as exhibitions and conferences.

ICT services

Libraries are fitted with work spaces with Wi-Fi, provide computers and tablets available for loan (subject to conditions).

E-Learn - A platform dedicated to online teaching. Teachers upload their lessons and directed studies here and can exchange with students.

IT rooms and Wi-Fi - On all campuses.

Medical services

Preventive medicine department and the promotion of health, based in Pau and Bayonne:

  • medical visits and vaccination updating for students,
  • consultations with a doctor, psychologist or nurse.
  • a social service to help improve the living and working conditions of students
  • preventive measures and the promotion of health

Student Life

Campus life

A multi-campus university - 12,107 students across 5 small-scale campuses.

Situated near the border with Spain, the Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (UPPA) is a network of five campuses which, thanks in particular to their geographic location, enjoy exceptional advantages.

Anglet - the campus of Montaury

  • 1.5 hectares in the middle of a leafy park, a quarter of an hour from beaches on the Basque Coast.

Pau : the city Campus

  • 18 hectares of greenery at the foot of the Pyrenees, just one hour from ski stations.
Tarbes : the Hautes-Pyrénées campusThe foot of the Pic-du-Midi de Bigorre
  • Gateway to the Pyrenees National Park and the Observatory at the summit of the Pic du Midi de Bigorre.



Sports facilities

The sports department : offers over 40 sports and outdoor activities

  • Climbing, pelota, hiking, kayaking, yoga, dance, swimming, ski/snowboard, surfing, team sports… Students can enjoy sport for leisure, studies (as part of an initial training course) or competitively. Some professional diplomas (BNSSA for example) can be taken or studied for.
  • Sports men and women at high and top regional level can benefit from a “University Sporting Talent” status for the planning and organisation of their studies.

Student clubs

There are around 60 student associations covering - Life within the university, the environment, art, culture, science, international solidarity etc.

Student Reviews

e-Thinker always win the game!
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

UPPA is a good university where a student can learn new skills by the help of different professors and a key of all is the way that the staff makes a real impact in teaching or doing research. To study at UPPA means to be at home.

I am a hard worker, despite that I joined the MMS program late I got the third place.
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The MMS program at UPPA, France was so beneficial for me. The first term, I had some important lectures in six unities: 1- Analysis of PDEs 2- Numerical Analysis 3- HPC 4- Wave propagation 5- Asymptotic methods 6- stochastic PDEs The second term, I had a master thesis themed " Mathematical models arising from heat-conducting fluids"

An Authentic International University.
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

University is quite diverse and has a huge international crowd from Asia, Africa, and Europe. Easy to integrate into French culture because of the language courses offered to all the students of different educational backgrounds. It is a small city and compared to that University stands out well.


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