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This article gives you a list of the top and best ranking universities of France and the important French colleges and universities.

Top Universities In France

France holds some of the oldest established universities in Europe under its name, making it an exciting place to pursue higher studies. owing to a vast experience in the education field, the French universities offer some of the finest professors who the students yearn to work under. The top universities in France are especially famous for undergraduate level of studies. The quality here received is said to be at par with some of the best institutions in the world. The French government takes efforts in encouraging and enhancing academics, funding partial fees structures and making it very affordable for both French and foreign students. However, some private universities and the 'Grand Ecoles' might prove expensive, depending upon the course. International students are known to flock France because of its rich culture and gourmet food! If you are contemplating on visiting France for higher education, then here is a listing of famous colleges and universities in France.

Best Ranking Universities In France

Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris
Established in 1784 during the French Revolution, this university is known to the best in France. It is therefore comes as no surprise that the alumni of this institution has 12 Nobel Prize laureates, 10 Fields medalists, 1 Gauss Prize laureate and 2 recipients of the John Bates Clark Medal in Economics.

Ecole Centrale, Paris
Ecole Centrale Paris was founded in 1829. It specializes in the field of Engineering and among the older colleges in France. This university offers both Bachelors and Masters Courses. Students who have completed their post graduation may also apply for a Ph.D. program.

American University of Paris
American University of Paris or AUP was founded in 1962 and is an Arts and Sciences university. With a vast variety of disciplines, this university offers about 17 major courses and 36 minor courses.

Universite Pierre et Marie Curie
Universite Pierre et Marie Curie was established in 1971. It is known as the centre of research and studies. It has 125 laboratories with areas such as modeling and engineering, matter and new materials, living earth and environment and life and health.

Louis Pasteur University Strasbourg I
Louis Pasteur University Strasbourg I is collaboration between Louise Pasteur University and the University of Strasbourg. The faculty here has consisted of Nobel Prize winners namely Karl Ferdinand Braun, Professor of physics and Nobel Prize winner in 1909, Albrecht Kossel, Physician and prize winner in 1910, Albert Schweitzer, theologian, musician, philosopher and physician won the Nobel Prize in 1952 and Jean-Marie Lehn who was a French chemist and achieved the Nobel Prize in 1987.

French Colleges and Universities
  • Artois University
  • Blaise Pascal University
  • Cergy-Pontoise University
  • Charles de Gaulle University - Lille III
  • Claude Bernard University Lyon 1
  • François Rabelais University
  • Haute Alsace University
  • Henri Poincare University
  • Jean Monnet University
  • Jean Moulin University Lyon 3
  • College de France
  • Ecole Centrale de Lyon
  • ecole Nationale Superieure de Techniques Avancees
  • ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris
  • EcoleNationaleSuperieure des Mines de St-Etienne
  • Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Electronique, d'Electrotechnique, d'Informatique et d'Hydraulique de Toulouse
  • Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Ingenieurs en Construction Aeronautique (ENSICA)
  • Ecole Nationale Superieure des telecomunnications de Paris (ENST)
  • Ecole Nationale de l'AviationCivile (ENAC)
  • ecole Nationale des Telecommunications de Bretagne
  • ecole Normale Superieure
  • Ecole NormaleSuperieure de Lyon
  • ecole Polytechnique
  • ecole Superieure d'electricite
  • ecole Superieure d'Ingenieur en electronique et electrotechnique
  • Ecole Superieure en Sciences Informatiques
  • Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris
  • European Institute of Business Administration
  • Institut National de Physique Nucleaire et de Physique des Particules
  • Institut National des Sciences Appliquees de Lyon
  • Institut National des Sciences Appliquees de Toulouse
  • Institut National des Telecommunications
  • Institut Superieure d'Electronique du Nord
  • Institut d'Informatique d'Entreprise
  • Institut des Mathematiques Appliquees de Grenoble
  • Strasbourg University
  • Universite Paris IX Dauphine
  • Universite d'Aix-Marseille III
  • Universite d'Angers
  • Universite de Caen
  • Universite de Franche-Comte
  • Universite de Marne la Vallee
  • Universite de Provence
  • Universite de Savoie
  • Universite de la Mediterranee
  • Universite des Sciences et Technologies de Lille
  • Universite Lumiere Lyon
  • Universite d'orleans
  • Universite de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour
  • Universite de Technologie Compiegne
  • University of Picardie
  • University of Rennes 1
  • Nantes University
Hopefully this list of colleges was useful in your decision making and enrolling into France's finest universities.