Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)



This school was founded by Guillaume de Champeaux in 1109.2009, UPMC celebrated both the reconstuction of the Zamansky tour and nine centuries of university activity on the site of the Saint Victor Abbey, renowned as a center of Western intellectual renaissance, with a famous library and a training center for clerics.


With its 120 laboratories, its 3,500 doctoral students, its high-level master programmes and its undergraduate degrees suited to every student profile, UPMC daily demonstrates that only training that is backed onto research and open to living knowledge leads to the jobs of tomorrow.

The University is committed to the development of original and ambitious educational projects.

  • To attract the best students that are motivated by scientific studies;
  • To help all students find their paths to success;
  • Promote international studies as an educational and cultural wealth;
  • To offer its graduates the best integration and professional advancement;
  • To facilitate continuing education throughout all stages of professional life.


The research division's focus is to respond to certain important issues of twenty-first century societies. The need to reduce pollution and energy consumption leads to considerable research in the field of mechanics: reduced emissions through optimized gears and new engine concepts, particularly in the field of land and air transport. Biomedical imaging and modeling of the living is another important focus, with work on numerical modeling of the cardiovascular system, the analysis of human posture and gesture done in robotics, electromagnetic modeling of the living in electronics laboratories.


The Education and Career Guidance Directorate manages the implementation of decisions related to teaching and education of both regular and mature students. It coordinates discussions on: the evolution of teaching; the focus of studies and career guidance; the introduction of new teaching practices into the curriculum; and how to improve the conditions of university life. The members of the group’s think tank help the directorate staff with their long-term tasks.

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University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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39 -3
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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Student services

  • Education and training specialization
As part of training for future teachers, UPMC has decided to open a specialty "Education and Training - Teaching SV-STU college and high school preparation and CAPES. This specialty will be backed by two mentions of Science and Technology Master's of UPMC: mention SDUEE (Science of the Universe, Environment, Ecology) and the reference (BMC Molecular and Cellular Biology).
  • University Preventive Medicine Service
The UPMC University Preventive Medicine and Health Promotion Service (Service universitaire de médecine préventive et de promotion de la santé) comprises secretaries, psychologists and doctors.
  • Psychological Support Consultations

Housing services

The Paris Regional Student Services Office (CROUS; Centre Régional des Oeuvres Universitaires et Scolaires) is a public establishment under the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research. It's aim is to help improve the living and working conditions of students in the Académie de Paris (regional education authority).

Library services

The libraries offer a set of collections and services to users within UPMC.The Jussieu Inter-university Science Library and the SCDM (Common Medical Reference Service) provide access to a large number of scientific and biomedical databases as well as to a vast choice of unabridged journals and electronic books.

ICT services

UPMC offers various solutions for accessing the internet either from numerous work stations or from laptops using the Wifi network deployed across various sites.

On your laptop (or a laptop borrowed from the library), you can choose between Wifi networks: CanalIP

Medical services

The university provides you with the means to stay in good health: at the University Preventive Medicine Service you can see general practitioners, specialists and psychiatrists. This service also carries out health education and promotion initiatives.

Student Life

Sports facilities

Physical and sports activities at UPMC are provided by two different but complementary structures:the Department of Physical and Sports Activities (DAPS; Département des Activités Physiques et Sportives), a UPMC teaching department, organises personal training courses for all, traineeships and approved certificate courses, supervised by physical and sports education teachers who are also responsible for the majority of competition training;the UPMC Sports Association (AS; Association sportive) [AS-UPMC], a non-profit association, manages university competitions with the French Federation of University Sports (FFSU; Fédération française du sport universitaire) and organises recreational activities.

Student clubs

The university has an active policy on enhancing living conditions in all aspects of the entire university community: social, health, cultural, sports, etc.

There are about 113 student associations.