University of Bordeaux

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Ranked among the top universities in France, the University of Bordeaux is renowned for the quality of its academic courses and research.

The University of Bordeaux offers 245 curricula leading to national degrees, organized around four major scientific fields:

  • Science and Technology
  • Law, Political Science, Economy, Management
  • Life and Health Sciences
  • Social and Human Sciences

A large range of qualifications are possible including: 180 master specialties, 115 national diplomas in health, a national diploma in oenology…

Approximately 13% of students at the University of Bordeaux are international. The university has developed a wide range of international study programs that are taught in English (or other languages such as Spanish) and that offer students the possibility of completing joint or double degrees.

Over 40 international study programs exist at Bachelor, Master and Doctorate levels including 11 EU-labeled programs. The University of Bordeaux is the first university in France for participation in the Erasmus Mundus Program.

The university employs around 5,600 staff members, of which nearly 3,000 are academic and research staff. They are recognized for the quality of their scientific and teaching qualifications. They all hold doctorates or PhD degrees and the medical lecturers are all active hospital practitioners at Bordeaux University Hospital.


Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties

  • College of Law, Political Science, Economics and Management
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Human Sciences
  • College of Science & Technology=
  • Department of Science and Technology
  • Department of Life and Health Sciences
  • Department of Social and Human Sciences


  • 1441: The University of Bordeaux is created by Pope Eugene IV and is composed of four main faculties – arts, medicine, law and theology.
  • 1793: All the universities in France, including the University of Bordeaux, are abolished by the French revolutionaries.
  • 1808: Napoléon Bonaparte reorganizes the university into three faculties which focus on theology, arts and science.
  • 1896: The universities in France are reorganized according to new legislation. The University of Bordeaux is re-established with the faculties of arts, science, law, medicine and pharmacy.
  • 1950s – late 1960s: The number of students registered progresses from 8,000 to 25,000.
  • 1960s: The ever-growing university extends its site to the Campus Talence-Pessac-Gradignan.
  • 1966: Alfred Kastler, Professor of Physics at the University of Bordeaux, is awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics.
  • 1968: The University of Bordeaux is subdivided into three separate universities – Bordeaux 1 (law, economy, science), Bordeaux 2 (life, social and health sciences), Bordeaux 3 Michel de Montaigne (arts and human sciences).
  • 1995: University Bordeaux 1 becomes two separate universities. Bordeaux 1 offers the academic fields of science and technology, and Bordeaux IV Montesquieu offers law, social and political science, economy and management.
  • 1997: The University of Bordeaux “Pole” is created, regrouping the four separate university entities.
  • 2004: The presidents of the four universities sign the founding Charter of a unified University of Bordeaux.
  • 2007: The research and higher education pole of the University of Bordeaux is created which incorporates the higher education institutes and schools of the site (Université Bordeaux 1, Université Bordeaux Segalen, Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3, Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV, Institut Polytechnique de Bordeaux, Bordeaux Sciences Agro, Sciences Po Bordeaux).
  • 2010: Bordeaux 1, Bordeaux Segalen and Bordeaux IV Montesquieu sign a common strategic project agreement thus launching the process of creating a unique establishment, the new “University of Bordeaux”.
  • 1st January 2014: Exactly 573 years after its founding date, the new University of Bordeaux is re-established.

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