Top Ranked Universities In France for 2020-2023

Thirty-one universities of France are included among the world’s best in the edition of  QS World University Ranking 2023, among those, ten France universities rank among the top 300 universities in the world.

1. Université PSL

From science and engineering to the arts, humanities, and social sciences, the University PSL spans every sphere of knowledge and creativity. It was founded in 2010 and is currently ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. Discover our disciplinary and multidisciplinary research and education programs, as well as our thriving community of 4,500 researchers and 17,000 students that call Paris home and have their sights set on the future.

2. Institut Polytechnique de Paris

Institut Polytechnique de Paris is one of the top public universities in Palaiseau Cedex, France. It is ranked #48 in QS World University Rankings 2023.

3. Sorbonne University

Sorbonne University

The Sorbonne University is a public research university in Paris, France, that was founded in 2018 by the merger of Paris-Sorbonne University, Pierre et Marie Curie University, and other smaller organizations. Sorbonne University has a rich history of scholarly achievement, with 32 Nobel Prize and Fields Medal winners.

 4. University of Paris Saclay


Ecole Polytechnique

École Polytechnique is a public research and higher education organization in France. It is one of the most prestigious French grandee écoles in construction, particularly for its polytechnic in project design. During the French Revolution, the institution was founded in 1794 by the mathematician Gaspard Monge, and it had previously served as a military academy under Napoleon I in 1804. Regardless, Polytechnique will never again be a military institution, despite the fact that it is still controlled by the French Ministry of Defense. It is a founding member of ParisTech, a 2007 organization of engineering colleges in the Paris area. It became an established individual from the confederate “University of Paris Saclay” in 2014.

5. L’École normale supérieure de Lyon

L’École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENSL) is a public higher education and research institution in Lyon, France. It is one of four highly specialized écoles normales supérieures in France that prepare educators and specialists.


List of Top Thirty-One France Universities in the World Ranking in QS World Ranking Table:

Sr No. Ranking University Name Country Points
1   52 Université PSL France 75.8
2 Institut Polytechnique de Paris France 44.8
3   83 Sorbonne University France 90.2
4 Université Paris-Saclay France 55.5
5   161 École Normale Supérieure de Lyon France 32.8
6   242= Ecole des Ponts ParisTech France 8.6
7   242= Sciences Po France 20.2
8   275= Université de Paris France 38.6
9   287= Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne France 62.8
10   342= Université Grenoble Alpes France 44.4
11   398= Université de Strasbourg France 42.2
12 511-520 Aix-Marseille University France 36.6
13   425 University of Bordeaux France 32.4
14 511-520 Université de Montpellier France 20.2
15 541-550 Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA) France 8.9
16 551-560 Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III France 20.4
17 541-550 University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas France 6.6
18 701-750 Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 France 18.5
19 601-650 Université Côte d\’Azur France 16.4
20 CY Cergy Paris University France 3.2
21 751-800 Université de Lille France 25.9
22   801-1000 Université de Lorraine France 13.8
23   801-1000 Université de Nantes France 11
24   801-1000 Université de Rennes 1 France 16
25   801-1000 Université Toulouse 1 Capitole France 14.3
26   801-1000 Paul Valéry University Montpellier France 12.8
27 1001+ Université de Poitiers France 9
28 1001+ Université de Toulouse II-Le Mirail France 10.9
29 1001+ Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 France 8
30 1001+ Université Lumière Lyon 2 France 12
31 1001+ Université Paris-Nanterre France 12.2
32 1001+ Université de Caen Normandie France 7.8
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