Université de Bretagne Occidentale

4.1 out of 5 (22 ratings / 19 reviews) Brest, France
A public institution founded in 1971, UBO is a medium-sized university (around 23,000 students) offering a wide range of programmes in all fields. It is a member of the Université Bretagne Loire (UBL), a regional coordination structure for higher education.

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



A public institution founded in 1971, UBO is a medium-sized university (around 18,000 students) offering a wide range of programs in all fields. It is a member of the Université Européenne de Bretagne (UEB), a regional coordination structure for higher education.


French universities function via a system of collegiate administration. Each institution is led by a team of lecturer-researchers and overseen by a president, bringing together representatives from all affiliated faculties and institutes, as well as student-elected delegates. Universities are chiefly financed by the French government.


French research is essentially academic in nature, encompassing the work of university laboratories and their partner organisations. UBO is home to 34 laboratories, some of which are supported by prestigious French research bodies, such as CNRS, INSERM, and IRD.

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Housing services

Accommodation in Brest is varied and accessible and the cheapest cost of renting is one of the cheapest in the Grand Ouest region: the average price per m2 is €7.64, compared to €11.70 in the nearby cities of Rennes and Nantes, and over €25 in Paris!

Library services

The UBO libraries provide high quality information services to all students and staff. These services are constantly being developed to maintain the university’s learning, teaching and research activities.

Student Life

Campus life

Studying at UBO offers students a wide range of aquatic sports including  windsurfing, sailing, surfing, and kitesurfing. Stroll along the boardwalks at Moulin Blanc or the Château harbours, and soak up the maritime atmosphere. The inviting terraces of a variety of restaurants and cafes await you.At the weekend, the Rade de Brest sees the arrival of all kinds of sailboats, which you can admire from one of the many coastal trails that are particularly popular with hikers.

Student clubs

Brest Odontology Students Association: Our association has as main goal to distribute the very expensive material but necessary for the realization of the university course of the students in surgery - dental.

Kap 'Pathological anatomy and cytology: This association's mission is to bring together old and new students in order to share all professional experiences in the field of pathological anatomy and cytology.

Student Reviews

My opinion on the University of Brest - France
Tifenn Le Gal rated 5 out of 5 stars

I love the fact that some of the teachers are caring. I like the fact that there is student diversity. Moreover, I love the library of Brest. I have learnt a lot of things on the English-speaking countries and I am glad to know that my writing skills are improving. Furthermore, I have to read English books for the literature courses. Thanks to this experience at the...

Good university!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

A good university for foreign students

"Screw your success, let me save face" RESPI motto
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

Specifically concerning the social psychology department and their teachers: Tutors don't have their students' interest at heart and they'll pull a complete 180 on you after guiding you in a certain direction. Also, the statistics courses are ridiculously unsuccessful after having received multiple complaints over the years from students concerning this subject.


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