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University of Nantes logoUNIVERSITÉ DE NANTES


Street: 1 quai de Tourville BP 13522
Postcode: 44035
City: Nantes
Country: France
Phone: +33 (0)2 40 99 83 83
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History and Objectives:

Founded in 1970 under the 1968 law reforming higher education and replacing former Université de Nantes, founded in 1962, incorporating previously existing faculties, but tracing its history to the original Universities of Nantes, founded by Papal Bull in 1460, and of Angers, recognized and authorized by Charles V in 1364. University of Nantes is a state institution which enjoys academic and financial autonomy, and operates under the jurisdiction of the Minister of Education.


Students: 45.200


Teachers: 1.560


Governing Team:

President, Administrative Council, Scientific Council, Students and University Council and International Relations Council.



City Center Campus, Lombarderie Campus, Tertre campus, Chantrerie-Carquefou Campus, Campus of Saint-Nazaire, and Campus of la Roche-sur-Yon.



Department of History, Art History and Achaeology; Department of Humanties and Languages; Department of Languages - International Language Centre (CIL); Department of Sociology; Department of Science and Technology of Physical Activities and Sports (STAPS). Institutes: Institute of Geography and Regional Planning of Université de Nantes (IGARUN); Institute of Economics and Management - Institute of Business Administration (IEMN-IAE); Institute for Research and Education in French as a Foreigh Language (IRFFLE); Institute of Teacher Training (IUFM); Institute of Preparation for General Administration (IPAG); University Institute of Technology (IUT) of Nantes; University Institute of Technology (IUT) of Saint-Nazaire; University Institute of Technology (IUT) of La Roche-sur-Yon.


International Programmes:

Université de Nantes has around 400 partner universities throughout the world with which it collaborates to develop student mobility, joint programmes, teaching mobility and joint research programmes. It participates in the Erasmus Programme. Apart from the CGU, it is member of other international networks: IAU, Euraxes, EUA, ISEP, CREPUQ, etc.



The academic year begins in September and ends in May or June, depending on the program. The year is punctuated by vacations, including two weeks at the end of the year (Christmas and New Year's). The two semesters are divided by a short break following final examinations at the end of the first semester.The summer vacation lasts more than two months and always includes the months of July and August.




Life sciences, health and medical technology
Fundamental Biology, Bioengineering
Plant Biology, Marine Biology, Ecology
Medicine and Medical Technology


Economics and Management
Economics and Economic Policy
Business Administration and Organizational Management
Logistics Engineering, International Logistics, Transportation, Industrial Engineering and Maintenance
Accounting, Banking, Finance, Insurance
Marketing, International Trade


Humanities and Social Sciences, Letters, Languages and Art
Psychology, Cognition, Education
History, Art History, Archaeology, History of Law, History of Science and Technology
Physical and Human geography, Urban Development
Classical and Modern Letters, Philosophy
Information, Communication, Multimedia, Publishing, Documentary Resources
Language, Applied Foreign Languages,
Languages and Civilizations; French as a Foreign


Exact Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering and Process Engineering
Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Software Engineering
Fundamental and Applied Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering, Thermal Engineering, Energy Engineering
Civil Engineering
Nuclear Physics
Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Photonics
Earth Sciences, Planetary Sciences, Geosciences


Legal and Political Science
Private Law, Public Law, Business Law, Real Estate
Law; Criminal Science, State and Local Government
Law and Intellectual Property Law
Labour Law and Human Resources Management
Political Science
International and Community Law


Interdisciplinary Programs
Law-Applied Foreign Languages
Culture, Territories, Networks
Sport, Health, Society
Health, Social Work, Health Management
Food Industry, Nutrition
Marine and Coastal Sciences
Sustainable Development and Environment