Universities In France

France is a country located in Europe. The European Continent is located in Northern Hemisphere and has 51 countries with a population of 742 million people. Europe is home to many old universities that provide quality education, along with the top universities in the world. France has a distinct lifestyle in all its cities. France is a mix of history combined with modern-day metropolitan life. Also, France is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations in the world. France has an enriching culture and is famous for its artwork and food in the world.

There are more than 70 universities in France. The universities in France comprises of public and catholic universities along with business schools. France is famous for its quality of education and is the hub of some of the best business schools in the world. France is among the world leaders in business and finance. Paris is the capital of France and the international business market. Located in the heart of western Europe, France has thriving graduate job prospects.

French Education system comprises of three bodies of institutions for higher education. These are lycées, universities, and “grandes écoles.”

Lycées are the higher education institutes invented by Napoleon, based on traditional French education system.
France has public and Catholic universities, and no private educational institute can call itself a university according to an old French law. So private institutes are called schools. France has some great business schools, along with universities as well.
Grandes écoles are the pioneer of French education and are very small in numbers and admit only a few students belonging to the nation’s future elites i.e., senior civil servants), leaders of the industry, top military brass, top politicians, physicists, and other influential people.

Here is the list of top universities and colleges in France (arranged alphabetically)  

Audencia Business School
NantesNon-profit university, Estd 1900 
EDHEC Business School
LilleA private college, Estd 1906 
ESSEC Business School – France
ParisA private college, Estd 1907
Grenoble Graduate School of Business 
GrenobleA private college, Estd 1984 
Grenoble INP – Grenoble Institute of Technology
GrenoblePublic college, Estd 1900 (7)  (2)
HEC Paris
ParisPrivate university, Estd 1881
IESEG School of Management
LilleA private college, Estd 1964 
INSEAD – France
ParisA private college, Estd 1957
Inseec Business School
ChamberyPublic college, Estd 1975 
Kedge Business School
BordeauxA private college, Estd 2013
Montpellier Business School
MontpellierA private college, Estd 1897
NEOMA Business School
Mont-Saint-AignanA public university, Estd 2013
Paris ESLSCA Business School 
ParisA private college, Estd 1949 
Paris School of Business
ParisA private college, Estd 1974
Pierre and Marie Curie University
ParisA public university, Estd 1971 (11)
Rennes School of Business
RennesNon-profit university, Estd 1990
Skema Business School – Paris Campus
ParisA private college, Estd 2009
Sorbonne University
ParisA public university, Estd 1970 
Toulouse Business School
ToulouseA private college, Estd 1993
University of Cergy-Pontoise
Cergy-PontoiseA public university, Estd 1991

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