Nantes University
Nantes Université
Latin: Universitas Naundes
EstablishedApril 4, 1460; 563 years ago (1460-04-04)[1]
Endowment€353 million
ChancellorWilliam Marois (2013-present)
Rector of the Academy of Nantes
PresidentOlivier Laboux[2] (2012-present)
Academic staff
2,153 (2018)
Students37,140 (2018-2019)[3]
47°14′24″N 1°33′00″W / 47.240°N 1.55°W / 47.240; -1.55
Château Tertre, Nantes University

Nantes University (French: Nantes Université) is a public university located in the city of Nantes, France. In addition to the several campuses scattered in the city of Nantes, there are two satellite campuses located in Saint-Nazaire and La Roche-sur-Yon. The university ranked between 401-500th in the Times Higher Education of 2016.[4]

On a national scale and regarding the professional insertion after graduation, the University of Nantes oscillates between 3rd and 40th out of 69 universities depending on the field of studies.[5] Currently, the university is attended by approximately 34,500 students. More than 10% of them are international students coming from 110 countries.

Notable alumni include former Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, former Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll, and United Nations official Clément Nyaletsossi Voule.[6]


The current University was founded in 1970 under the terms of the 1968 law which reformed French higher education. This newly established institution replaced the former University of Nantes which had been founded in the early 1960s. This itself was a re-establishment of the original University of Nantes which was established by papal bull in 1460 but was abolished during the French Revolution.[7]

Medieval University

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The university of Brittany is found by Bertrand Milon on April 4, 1460, at the initiative of the duke François II of Brittany under the form of a papal bull of the Pope Pie II given to Sienne. This embodies the wish of François II to affirm his independence towards the French king, while near the duchy in Angers in 1432, Poitier in 1432 and Bordeaux in 1441, some universities are created. Found under the structure of a studium generale, this university can teach all traditional disciplines: Arts, Theology, Law and Medecin. The number of students between the end of the 15th century and during the two following centuries reach a thousand or 1500, according to the highest estimates.

The first attempt to move the university of Nantes to Rennes takes place at the end of the 16th century. French king, Henry IV wants to punish Nantes, a ligueuse ville for its support of the duke of Mercoeur. The university receives an order from the king by a letter of August 8, 1589 to move to Rennes, a city remains loyal to the monarchy. The institution is however not moved because of financial issue. A new letter of September 5, 1591 from the king reiterate the order of transfer, but again without application. On April 1598, a last king's letter stabilise the situation by confirming the establishment of the university in Nantes.


The LMD and ECTS systems

Since 2004, the University has followed the LMD European system that divides the post-secondary education in 3 degrees: the Licence( equivalent of a Bachelor's degree), the Master and the Doctorat (PhD).[8] Each course provides credits according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) developed by the European Commission and a certain number of credits will allow a student to obtain their degree.[9] For instance, the first post-secondary education degree, the Licence, can be obtained with 180 ECTS accumulated within 3 years. A full year gives 60 ECTS while a semester gives 30 ECTS.

List of faculties and schools

Life on campus


The University offers the students to practice more than 50 different sports, whether it is for competitive or recreational purposes. The University also provides adapted training to athlete students and participates in national and international competitions in the following disciplines: athletics, rowing, badminton, French boxing, soccer, ice hockey, judo, swimming, and sailing.[10] In 2011, the University was one of the first French universities to create a quidditch team.[11]


Approximately 3,500 places on residence are available each year. These places are distributed by the CROUS on a social status basis taking into account the yearly income of the student's parents or legal representative, the number of siblings remaining under the parents' responsibility and the distance between the University and the student's place of residence.[12]

There are two types of residences:

Food locations

The CROUS from Nantes manages the different student restaurants on campus as well as the meals they offer. Most of the restaurants are open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday and offer a complete meal at a price regulated on a yearly basis. For the academic year of 2013-2014, the price of a meal was set at €3.30 (2019-2020).[14]

In Nantes

In Saint-Nazaire

In La Roche-sur-Yon

International exchanges

The University currently has partnerships with 397 institutions in 60 different countries worldwide. The majority of these partnerships are located in Europe. Each year, more than 1,000 students go abroad to study in one of those partner institutions for one or two semesters. The university receives each year students from its partner universities in exchange for welcoming the students from Nantes. The existing partnerships are ruled according to different international conventions such Erasmus (Europe), ISEP and CREPUQ (Quebec).

Exchange students are still registered in the University of Nantes and transfer the credits they gained in their host university. Conversely, the international students who came on exchange in Nantes will receive their credits in their home university.

There were 4,210 international students registered in the University of Nantes for the year 2018.[15]

Continent Partner Universities [16]
Africa 19
America 52
Asia 40
Europe 283
Oceania 3
Total 397

Notable faculty

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ Emptoz, Gérard (2002). Histoire de l'Université de Nantes, 1460 - 1993 (in French). Rennes: Presses Univ. de Rennes [u.a.] p. 20. ISBN 2868477259.
  2. ^ "Université de Nantes - Olivier LABOUX". Archived from the original on 2018-11-09. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  3. ^ "Les effectifs étudiants 2013-2014 (in French)". Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Times Higher Education". 30 September 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Le Parisien (in French)". Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  6. ^ "OHCHR | Clément Nyaletsossi Voule". Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  7. ^ PUR (2002). Histoire de l'université de Nantes (in French). PU RENNES.
  8. ^ "Réforme LMD (Licence-Master-Doctorat)(in French)". Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Le système ECTS dans SOCRATES-ERASMUS (in French)". ((cite web)): Missing or empty |url= (help)
  10. ^ "Le sport de haut niveau (in French)". Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  11. ^ "La Gazette du Sorcier (in French)". 18 October 2011.
  12. ^ "CROUS Nantes (in French)". Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  13. ^ "Description des logements (in French)". Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  14. ^ "Qu'est ce que la restauration universitaire? (in French)". Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  15. ^ "Une université ouverte sur le monde". Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  16. ^ "International" (in French). Retrieved 2018-08-28.