Ranked among the top universities in France for the quality of its academic courses and research, the University of Bordeaux is a “Campus of Excellence” supported by a significant endowment from the French government since 2011. This multidisciplinary, research-focused, international institution leads the “Initiative of Excellence” (IdEx Bordeaux) and is one of only three universities in France with an IdEx program confirmed in 2016. Via this program, the University of Bordeaux develops innovative training, research and knowledge transfer programs in numerous fields of excellence and in partnership with other educational institutes in Bordeaux.
The University welcomes 53, 000 students, of which almost 2, 000 are PhD students and 6, 200 are international students. Around 5, 600 staff members are employed by the university, of which 4, 000 are academic and research staff. The University of Bordeaux is strongly international with over 170 partner universities based in 80 countries, dedicated exchange programs with more than 60 countries worldwide, 1,000 cooperation agreements (≈ 100 bilateral student exchange agreements), 300 European partner universities within the Erasmus+ program and strategic partners in 4 continents of the world: Asia, Africa, North America, Europe.
Study programs are organized around four major scientific domains: Science and Technology / Law, Political Science, Economics & Management / Life and Health Sciences / Social and Human Sciences. Many international study opportunities exist with around 60 international study programs at every level (Bachelor, Master, PhD), 25 Master programs taught 100% in English and 13 EU-labeled programs of excellence.
Research is organized around three departments: Science and Technology / Life and Health Sciences / Social Sciences and Humanities. The research departments group together 70 research laboratories that are under joint supervision with national research organizations (CNRS, Inserm, INRA, INRIA etc.). Eight doctoral schools ensure support and guidance for PhD students. 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: neuroscience, medical imaging, environment/climate, advanced materials, archaeology, lasers/optics, digital certification, health and society and cardiology.