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University of Nantes

4.0 out of 5 (23 ratings / 22 reviews) Nantes, France
Université de Nantes has never stopped moving forward. In the last 50 years, Université de Nantes has taken training and research to the highest level. Facing a rapidly changing world, Université de Nantes invents a new model of university.

Master's Programmes



Université de Nantes offers programs in most fields of knowledge and academic paths giving access to the majority of degrees in higher education, in short or long programs :

  • Life sciences, Health and Medical technology
  • Exact Sciences, Engineering and Technology
  • Economics and Management
  • Legal and Political Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences, Letters, Languages and Art


Research is a major growth sector for Université de Nantes, with 75 accredited laboratories. As an innovative force, the University has research agreements with industry and shares its discoveries with the society at large.

  • Life Sciences and Biomedical Sciences
  • Letters, Languages, Human and Social Sciences
  • Exact Sciences and Technologies
  • Sea, Estuary, Coastline
  • Food, Nutrition, Health
  • Environment, Sustainable Development
  • Quality of Life, Wellness, Culture, Territory
  • Research involving the Arronax-Atlantic Cyclotron, Biotherapies

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University Ranking

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Student services

The Office of Student Life supports student initiatives and livens up campuses. Located in the "Pôle étudiant" right in the heart of the Tertre Campus, you will also find an information kiosk on each campus, where a student will inform you on the following services:

  • University-based services (sports, careers advice, health etc.)
  • local services and authorities (swimming pools, libraries, grants.)
  • CROUS (housing, grants, culture)
  • cultural events in the city
  • student associations (more than 100 associations)

Housing services

  • Accommodation in a University Residence: If you would like a room in a university residence, you must make the request through the online application and send your application to the International Relations office.
  • Housing aid: If you are a student paying rent, you can benefit from housing aid from the CAF. (Caisse d'Allocations Familiales).
  • Youth hostels and staying with a host family

Library services

With seven locations, the library offers more than 500,000 books and nearly 8,000 periodical titles on paper and about 25,000 electronic and multimedia documents.

The library offers many services:

  • borrowing of documents
  • laptops available for on-site loan
  • interlibrary loan for materials not available in Nantes, training in literature search
  • advice from librarians
  • an online information service

Medical services

The Department of Preventive Medicine and Health Promotion (SUMPPS) offers free services : nursing, medical, gynaecological and social services, nutrition and relaxation herapy, smoking cessation, counselling and first aid training. Each new student receives a medical exam. This check-up is mandatory in the first year. The calendars are updated often so you can schedule an appointment.

Student Life

Campus life

In Nantes, the University is organized into four major campuses along the Erdre River, crossing the city from north to south to the Ile de Nantes on the Loire River.

The campuses are located in wooded areas and most are well served by public transportation. In Saint-Nazaire, the western part of the campus overlooks the Loire estuary and the Atlantic Ocean, while the La Roche-sur-Yon campus is located in a landscaped park.

  • City center Campus (Health)
  • Lombarderie Campus (Sciences and Technology)
  • Tertre campus (Arts, Humanities, Law, Political Sciences, Economics and Management)
  • Chantrerie-Carquefou Campus (Engineering)
  • Campus of Saint-Nazaire
  • Campus of la Roche-sur-Yon

Sports facilities

The university sports department (SUAPS) offers a wide range of activities for everyone : water sports, well-being activities, dance, team sports, racket sports, combat sports, sailing and gliding, and also climbing, mountain bike, circus, gymnastic, hiking, Nordic walking...

Sports activities can be an integral part of your academic career or they can be complementary to your academic schedule. You may choose from a variety of levels and times. Activities take place on different sites of the university.

Student Reviews

My experience
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great experience overall

ESEO Angers
Provided by ESN rated 5 out of 5 stars

ESEO summer programmes provide international students with opportunities to receive high quality courses on topics among the fields of expertise of the school. All courses are taught in English. They aim at developing a full understanding of the field by illustrating the theoretical aspects through the development of practical functional projects that will remain as a...

Good university
Provided by ESN rated 4 out of 5 stars

The University of Nantes is a good university. It gives good opportunies to travel abroad. The teachers help their students to get better in the subjects and it's easy to ask questions.


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