The University of Tours is a decisively European university that has established a campaign of actions within the Europe 2020 strategy, aiming to develop “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”. Through its higher education and research missions, the University of Tours plays a key role in research, development.

Top reasons to study here

  • A university in the very heart of the city
  • A lifestyle to enjoy, French heritage to discover
  • The historical birthplace of the French language

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)

About

History

The Université François-Rabelais is a young university!It was only established in 1970.Its forty years of commitment to excellence have contributed significantly to making it the leading further education establishment in France’s Centre region.

Education

Open to the world, the University of Tours privileges cooperation and exchanges by actively participating in the establishment of the European Higher Education and Research Area that stems from the Bologna Process.A multidisciplinary and health sector public establishment, the university has high potential and assets that ensure it fulfils European higher education and research standards. As an acknowledged leader in its economic, social and cultural environment, the University of Tours is a cutting-edge, innovative establishment promoting humanistic values which are deeply rooted in a region overflowing with history and cultural heritage.

Research

The University of Tours develops its research activity in its 33 laboratories spread over 5 major fields of expertise:

  • Life and Health Sciences
  • Sciences and Technologies
  • Human and Social Sciences
The university’s research activities are organized through close-working partnerships with other universities located nearby, with companies from the region and with major French research bodies such as the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM - Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale), the National Institute for Agricultural Research ) and the Atomic Energy Commission 

University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2018
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Services

Housing services

Ten university halls are located throughout town. They are managed by the CROUS d’Orléans-Tours (Centre Régional des OEuvres Universitaires et Scolaires, which is an organization that helps students with accommodation, catering, scholarships and so on).

Use the university's housing platform on which you will be able to:-

  • Find a rental close to the campus
  • Find your international or French roommate(s) and form shared rentals-
  • Find a subletting-Find a room in a French family (ideal for the experience).

Library services

The university library, equipped with Wi-Fi technology, is made up of around twenty specialist libraries. It contains a total of over 560,000 volumes, 4,792 periodical titles and 3,600 electronic titles.

ICT services

The university offers a range of innovative teaching tools to accompany students training : from the ENT (digital work environment), you can reach the Celene platform  for online courses.

The Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) allows the transmission of works, wikis, assessment tests.Schedules are also available at any distance and the university is equipped with WiFi and offers many self-service computer labs.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Tours is a decisively European university that has established a campaign of actions within the Europe 2020 strategy, aiming to develop “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”. Through its higher education and research missions, the University of Tours plays a key role in research, development, and in raising the scientific, cultural and professional capacities of as many individuals as possible.Open to the world, the University of Tours privileges cooperation and exchanges by actively participating in the establishment of the European Higher Education and Research Area that stems from the Bologna Process.

Sports facilities

The university sports department (SUAPS) provides a wide range of physical and sportive activities throughout the year.

Collective sports are highly encouraged (basketball, football, handball, rugby, sandball, ultimate (Frisbee), volleyball, badminton, squash, tennis and table tennis). Physical well-being activities (muscular training, relaxation, sophrology, yoga, keep fit, Qigong, tai chi), combat sports and athletics are also offered.

Student clubs

There are around 60 student associations within the University of Tours, including international ones such as Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and garagErasmus (the professional network of the Erasmus Generation).

Student Reviews

Great city to study in!!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
I was very happy with my choice of studying in Tours. I barely met anyone who didn't like it. Tours really is the clich├â┬® "not too big, not too small" city, where you meet your friends by coincidence but at the same time there are lots of things to do during the day and the night. The International Office in Tours organized great trips and they are extremely nice, so you will always find an o...
Studied in Tours, France
Anonymous rated 2.5 out of 5 stars
The university is great but the location is a bit out of the way when you are trying to plan for travels. However, I think that the town is a small quaint French town where people are more likely to speak to you in French rather than simply respond in English, which is great for practicing and learning. The university really did a great job at giving students opportunities to get involved.
Incredible experience!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
I have spent a total of 6 months in this lovely place and I can definitely recommend it to anyone interested in an Erasmus exchange programme. The staff in the International Relations Office was always incredibly helpful and this experience wouldn't be the same without their support.