Université de Bordeaux

Bordeaux, France
The University of Bordeaux was newly established on the 1st of January 2014, following the merger of three universities: Université Bordeaux 1 Sciences et Technologies, Université Bordeaux Segalen and Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV. It is now the third largest university in France (based on the number of students), welcoming more than 50, 000 students, of which almost 2, 000 are PhD students and 6,000 are foreign students. The University employs around 5, 600 staff members, of which nearly 3, 000 are academic and research staff.



The University of Bordeaux was newly established on the 1st of January 2014, following the merger of three universities: Université Bordeaux 1 Sciences et Technologies, Université Bordeaux Segalen and Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV.


The higher education system in France is internationally recognized for the quality of its teaching and research in every subject and at every level. The system is made up of several different types of establishment in the public and private sector.


Research is organized around 3 departments: Science and Technology, Life and Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities with 8 doctoral schools to ensure support and guidance for students. The research departments group together 80 research laboratories that are under joint supervision with national research organizations . One of the main priorities of the University of Bordeaux is to promote the development of thematic clusters of excellence for research, training and knowledge transfer in the following fields: environmental sciences, neurosciences, advanced materials, archaeology, optics and lasers, computer sciences, translational research and advanced imaging, public health and cardiology.


The University of Bordeaux offers career opportunities to researchers and professors of any experience level, in order to contribute to the development of Bordeaux' Campus in terms of research, knowledge transfer and training.

Master's Programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)


Student services

Students are given an Aquipass card when they register. This is a personal, electronic, multi-service card that they may use throughout their studies at the university.

Housing services

In July, the welcome guide for international students is sent by email to the international students to prepare their arrival and to answer their practical questions (residency permits, accommodation, social security, housing insurance, campus maps etc.) The guide may also be downloaded from the university website and hard copies are available at the Mobility Offices (International Office) and at the Student Life Centers (SLC). In addition, the SLC sends out an information mail that deals with initial questions that international students may have when arriving in Bordeaux (transport from the airport/train station, French language classes etc.).

Library services

The university libraries are open to students, tutors, researchers, employees and people from outside the university; they cover all the disciplines taught at the University of Bordeaux and are to be found on all its campuses.

  • 40 libraries and 4,000 reading seats
  • 900,000 documents, including 270,800 digitized documents
  • 170 documentation professionals

ICT services

The university provides its users (students, employees and guests) with wireless access points (Wi-Fi) to the IT network on the University of Bordeaux campuses. Two Wi-Fi networks are available: EDUROAM and REAUMUR.

Medical services

OpenCareAn online, community project that addresses public healthcare issues.Main elements:

  • Progress in collective intelligence research; facilitating coherent and concise online debates,
  • Evolutions in hardware technology; permitting reduced costs and more user-friendly devices,
  • The rise of a global hacker community; willing and able to look for solutions that concern health-care problems.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Bordeaux has the largest campus in Europe. It is composed of several dynamic sites located near to the city and that offer a wide range of services and amenities. Dedicated offices (for students and international researchers) offer advice and information to support the newcomers integration to University and city life.The University of Bordeaux benefits from all the assets of the city of Bordeaux and its surroundings. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, described as"an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble.The Wine Capital of the world, Bordeaux is located at the very heart of Southern Europe, only a few hours from major EU cities and just one hour from the Atlantic Ocean.

Sports facilities

Athletics, aqua gym, badminton, basketball, climbing, dance (tap, classical, modern, Latin, modern jazz, rock’n’roll, salsa, Zumba), diving, fencing, fitness, football, French boxing, futsal judo, karate, taekwondo, golf, gym, handball, juggling, kayak-polo, kite surfing, rugby, snowboard, squash, surfing, swimming, tennis, rifle/pistol shooting, water polo, yoga, volleyball...Free practice sessions are possible or training may be carried out for a qualification. As part of their course, students may be credited for a physical activity that is supervised and marked by a University of Bordeaux physical education teacher.

Student clubs

The student associations play an active role in campus life, enabling students to become involved in fascinating projects! Some associations offer sporting activities and humanitarian or cultural projects, while others are closely associated with one or more courses of study (Law, Political Science, Economics and Management – Health Sciences – Human Sciences - Science and Technology).The University seeks to encourage student initiatives and offers its associations expert support through the Student Life offices on the different campuses. They advise and accompany students in setting up and sustaining an association and on different aspects of event organization.

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