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The best French universities in 2021


What do you want to do after high school? Still trying to decide on your path? Should you study for a general or vocational degree? Go to a state-funded or private university? Feeling lost? Don't panic! Nemea is here to give you some advice and help even the most indecisive potential students!


How to choose your university?

 French universities offer a wide variety of disciplines, so it's true that it can sometimes be hard to get a clear view. Choosing a university is not something to be taken lightly! Once registered, you're signed up 3, 5 or even 7 years if you're really daring, so it's best to get it right the first time!

 When looking for the university of your dreams, you must first take into account the quality of the teaching, its reputation and the professional opportunities on offer. We know you're secretly checking out the student nights, weekend offerings and integration trips abroad! Student lifestyle is an essential part of any successful university course, but it isn't the only thing to consider. And another thing: just because all your friends are planning to study communication, doesn't mean it’s the perfect option for you.


Focus on the 2021 university rankings in France

 If you've been trying to figure out your next step, then you've no doubt come across one of these famous best university rankings. Referring to will definitely give you some clues to finding the course of your dreams.

 The prestigious and frequently consulted QS 2021 ranking lists the best universities in the world. Here is a summary of the top 10 French universities (our little gift to you!):

  • Université PSL
  • École Polytechnique
  • Sorbonne Université
  • CentraleSupélec
  • École normale supérieure de Lyon
  • École des Ponts ParisTech
  • Science Po Paris
  • Université de Paris
  • Universté Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • ENS Paris-Saclay

Ranked according to their academic reputation and the quality of their teaching, these universities have all performed well in 2020 and the first quarter of 2021. And let's face it, university isn't just about having a laugh. Excellence and professional success are the order of the day, and you'll benefit from exacting, high-quality training. These universities don't get to the top of the ranking list by accident.

 But the most important thing is to choose the university that suits you best. So a piece of advice: take your time, do your research calmly and don't rush!

By Nahuel Pedroso - Marketing and Innovation Manager

Driven by nostalgia for my student years, I am constantly looking for information and tips to simplify students' lives. My goal is to share these discoveries to help students in their academic journey.