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Founded on 1 January 2009, the University of Strasbourg was created by the merger of the three former universities:Louis Pasteur, Marc Bloch and Robert Schuman. European by nature and international by design, the University’s fundamental training and research goals include forging partnerships with universities on a European and international scale. The University’s strengths and assets stem from its active involvement in virtually every discipline comprising the current body of knowledge. As a young university founded on an age-old tradition, it strives to attain cross-disciplinarity so that this intermixing
fosters new research opportunities and produces courses that meet society’s needs. The excellent academic standards of the University make it easier for students to enter the professional world by supporting the University’s outreach and forging close links with the economic partners. An essential stakeholder in the promotionof scientific and technical culture, the University interfaces with its host city,
Welcome to its campus, the beating heart of the metropolis!

Alain Beretz,
President of the University of Strasbourg

Founded in the 16th century, the University of Strasbourg has a long history of excellence in higher education, rooted in Renaissance humanism. It offers a broad range of degree programmes and trainings in major academic disciplines:

  • Arts, Literature, Languages
  • Law, Economics, Management, Political and Social Sciences,
  • Social sciences and Humanities
  • Science and Technology
  • Health

International partnerships

The University of Strasbourg has over 400 partner institutions in Europe and 175 in the rest of the world. It is a founding member of the EUCOR network and LERU and belongs to several international academic consortia: the Franco-German University, Utrecht Network, AC21.

International and cross-border education

Strasbourg offers 60 international dual degrees in partnership with universities around the world. As a member of Eucor, it also gives its students the opportunity to complete binational or trinational courses at its Swiss and German partner universities (Karlsruhe, Basel and Freiburg-im-Breisgau). The university is committed to promoting student mobility and has many cooperation agreements with institutions in Europe and beyond.

The European capital city

Strasbourg is a pioneer in cross-border cooperation and is located at the heart of the Eurodistrict, which promotes Franco-German partnerships and projects in transport, urban planning, education or health. The city is the seat of the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights and the European Parliament. It hosts the headquarters of many other European organisations including Eurocorps, the European Pharmacopoeia, Arte (Franco-German cultural TV channel) as well as 30 consulates and 46 embassies.

Leading research

The University of Strasbourg has 72 research units that encompass all disciplinary fields. A centre of excellence in biology, biotechnology, medicine, chemistry and material physics, the University also actively participates in the development of social sciences and humanities.

Alsace: the third largest scientific hub in France

With its 2 universities, 12 Grandes Ecoles, 250 laboratories and over 4,300 researchers, Alsace is the third largest scientific hub in France and is ranked first in the field of chemistry. It is one of the country’s most dynamic and prosperous regions.

A rich historical and architectural heritage

Strasbourg’s historical city centre is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Commercial and cultural exchanges throughout history have endowed Strasbourg with a rich and well-preserved architectural heritage, including its monumental cathedral, the typical medieval district of Petite France or the 19th century German imperial district.

A vibrant cultural life

Strasbourg has many museums, theatres, concert venues and hosts various cultural events throughout the year. These events include music, art and film festivals such as the Ososphere Electronic Nights, the European Fantastic Film Festival or St-art (European contemporary art fair). The city also has a lively nightlife, with plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs.

Strasbourg is renowned for its Christmas market, one of the oldest and most famous ones throughout Europe, which draws millions of visitors each year.

Strasbourg, a great city to live in

A city mixing cultural diversity and firmly rooted traditions, Strasbourg is the country’s top city for international students. Its human size, its pedestrian city centre and 500 km of cycling paths make it a very pleasant city to wander around. Vibrant and affordable, Strasbourg is a true student city providing a great learning and living environment.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties

  • Arts, Literature and Languages
    • Faculty of Fine Arts
    • Faculty of Applied Language Studies and Humanities (LSHA)
    • Faculty of Foreign Languages and Cultures
    • Faculty of French Literature and Language
  • Law, Economics, Management, Political and Social Sciences
    • Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI)
    • School of Journalism (CUEJ)
    • EM Strasbourg Business School
    • Faculty of Law, Political Science and Management
    • Faculty of Economics and Management
    • Institute of Political Science (IEP)
    • General Administration Preparatory Institute (IPAG)
    • Labour Institute (IDT)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities
    • Faculty of Geography and Environmental Planning
    • Faculty of Philosophy
    • Faculty of Catholic Theology
    • Faculty of Protestant Theology
    • Faculty of Educational Studies
    • Faculty of Sports Science (STAPS)
    • Graduate School for Teaching and Education ( ESPE)
    • Faculty of Psychology
    • Faculty of Historical Sciences
    • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Science and Technology
    • School and Observatory of Earth Sciences (EOST)
    • European School of Chemistry, Polymers and Materials (ECPM)
    • Telecom Physique Strasbourg (TPS)
    • Strasbourg Graduate School of Biotechnology (ESBS)
    • Faculty of Chemistry
    • Faculty of Life Sciences
    • Haguenau University Institute of Technology (IUT)
    • Louis Pasteur University Institute of Technology (IUT Louis Pasteur)
    • Robert Schuman University Institute of Technology (IUT Robert Schuman)
    • Astronomical Observatory
    • Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
    • Department of Physics and Engineering
  • Health
    • Faculty of Dental Medecine
    • Faculty of Medicine
    • Faculty of Pharmacy


The University of Strasbourg was founded in the 16th century by Johannes Sturm, a protestant scholar. Sturm created a ProtestantGymnasium in 1538 with the mandate of disseminating knowledge, one of the core values of Humanism. Through the years, theGymnasium progressively developed into an Academy and a University before it finally became the Royal University in 1631.

In 1870, Alsace and the Moselle department of Lorraine were annexed by the German Empire after the Franco-Prussian War. Strasbourg, capital city of the Reichsland (the Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine), experienced rapid growth and prosperity that lasted until the First World War. The University – which had become the Kaiser-Wilhelms-Universität – benefited from this development though the creation of libraries and institutes, the collaboration with eminent scholars and the diversification of academic disciplines. The traditions of research and openness to the world inherited from this period are still at the heart of the University’s values today.

The University became French again in 1918, but was relocated in Clermont-Ferrand during the Second World War as Alsace was annexed one more time. Many students and teachers from Strasbourg became involved in the Resistance. Among them was an important figure of the University’s history: Marc Bloch, a history professor who was tortured and executed for his actions as a Resistance leader. The University came back to Strasbourg after the Liberation and was awarded the Medal of Resistance in 1947.

In 1971, the University of Strasbourg was divided into three universities:

  • Strasbourg I (Université Louis Pasteur), gathering the scientific disciplines
  • Strasbourg II (Université Marc Bloch en 1998)  which brought together the faculties and departments of arts, literature and humanities
  • Strasbourg III (Université Robert Schuman en 1987) dedicated to fields of law, politics, social sciences and technologies

Over nearly two decades, the universities laid the groundwork for inter-university cooperation, strengthened over time by jointly designed and managed projects. Backed by this experience, the three universities decided to take a further step by uniting their potential for instruction and research within a single university.

The three universities finally merged again in 2009 and became l’Université de Strasbourg,a unique and pioneering example of merging universities in France, aiming to enhance international exposure and to develop the multidisciplinary aspects of education and research.

Strasbourg is the second most international university city in France (after Paris). Today, the University of Strasbourg counts 42000 students, offers initial and further education in a wide range of academic fields and is an international player in scientific research.

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