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University of Tours

4.3 out of 5 (61 ratings / 53 reviews) Tours, France
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.

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



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.


The University of Tours is a decisively European university that has established a campaign of actions within the Europe 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.


The University totals 34 research units, including 15 joint research units in partnership with the CNRS (the National Centre for Scientific Research), the INSERM (the National Institute of Health and Medical Research), the INRA (the National Institute for Agricultural Research) and the CEA (the Atomic Energy Commission). All of these units are attached to four Doctoral Schools, including three that are shared with the University of Orléans, and to a “Maison des Sciences de l’Homme” (Institute for Human Sciences), related to the CNRS.


Foreign labor regulations in France are very strict and so are student jobs.

  • Students from the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland can hold a job during their studies in France without any specific requirements. They do not have to get a residence permit or work permit.
  • Students from countries outside the European Union : a foreign student can be hired simply by showing his/her temporary residence permit marked “Student” or by showing a receipt for its renewal (without having to request a work authorization). 

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University Ranking

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Housing services

  • University residence halls

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).

  • University housing platform

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).

ICT services

The possibilities to access the Internet depend on the type of accommodation:

  • People living in university residence halls have access to computer rooms, but there aren’t many computers. Wi-Fi is available in all university residence halls. Depending on your needs, subscription rates vary.
  • People renting an apartment from a private individual can have a phone line through an Internet provider

Student Life

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.
  • Students may also take part in water activities (swimming, aqua gym, diving), expressive activities (circus arts, capoeira, dance) and outdoor activities (trekking, skiing, climbing, sailing).
  • The Sports Pack formula (proposed when students register, for €22) also offers acces

Student Reviews

An overall good program
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed my studies at François Rabelais University. Tours is a student town, very lively and there are a lot of activities to do. The Bachelor's degree in Applied Modern Languages (LEA) was overall good. I liked the fact that it allowed us to study languages and translation but also to gain knowledge of law, management, and economics. I also had the opportunity to study...

International management
Provided by ESN rated 4 out of 5 stars

This is an interested program due to the international opportunities. On the third year of this formation, I will do a year abroad, to study in a partnership university. Despite to lack of communication with the teachers or the persona, I think that it is a good formation.

University of Tours
Provided by ESN rated 4 out of 5 stars

What i like about my university is the proximity between students and teacher. They're always willing to help.


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