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About Université Paris-Saclay

Université Paris-Saclay was born from the shared ambition of French universities, grandes écoles and national research organisations. As a leading university in Europe and the world, it covers the fields of science and engineering, life sciences and health, and humanities and social sciences. The university’s science policy closely intertwines research and innovation, incorporating both basic and applied science to tackle major societal challenges.

Université Paris-Saclay offers a varied range of undergraduate to doctorate level degrees, including programmes with its grandes écoles, all of which are focused on achieving student success and employability. The university prepares students for an ever-changing world where the ability to think critically, remain agile and renew one’s skills are crucial. Université Paris-Saclay also offers a comprehensive range of lifelong learning courses.

Located to the south of Paris, the university extends across a vast and rich local area. Its location strengthens both its international visibility and its close ties with its socio-economic partners (major companies, SMEs, start-ups, local authorities, charities).

Université Paris-Saclay also appears in the world’s Top 20 universities according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022. The ranking ranks the world’s most productive research universities and is published annually by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Université Paris-Saclay is ranked as France’s top university.

Université Paris-Saclay brings together:

Together, the university’s faculties and institutions offer a comprehensive and varied range of Undergraduate, Master’s and PhD programmes, built firmly on cutting-edge research. The university embraces an international outlook, and is a member of the European university alliance, EUGLOH.


You can learn about what our University has to offer on this main website but also by visiting the websites of the University’s constituent faculties and institutes, which include five faculties in Sciences, Medicine, Pharmacy, Law-Economics-Management, Sports Sciences, three technical institutes specialised in scientific and technical subjects in Cachan, Orsay and Sceaux and a university engineering school.

The University also brings together four component institutions: CentraleSupélec, AgroParisTech, Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay and the Institut d'Optique Graduate School, with two associate institutions: Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ) and Université Evry Val d'Essonne (UEVE). Together, they help us to broaden the University’s range of courses and develop our research and innovation projects.

The University in a nutshell

Université Paris-Saclay offers a comprehensive and varied range of Undergraduate, Master's and PhD degrees, renowned internationally thanks to the University’s reputation for research excellence and the commitment of its academic staff. The University’s constituent faculties, institutes and component institutions all contribute to the curricula with cutting-edge specialised courses in Science and Engineering, Life Sciences and Health, and Social Sciences and Humanities.

The University shares 275 laboratories with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (IHES), the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), the National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology (INRIA), the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) and the French Aerospace Lab (ONERA). Université Paris-Saclay currently represents 13% of France’s research potential.

Located in the south of Paris on vast sites that stretch across Paris, Orsay, Évry and Versailles, Université Paris-Saclay benefits from a strategic geographical and socio-economic position that is strengthened by its international visibility.

Université Paris-Saclay is nested in a protected natural area close to Paris, at the very heart of a dynamic economic hub.

Endeavouring to attract the best talents in France and abroad, Université Paris-Saclay strongly commits to offering its students a mobility experience in the course of their studies and has thus established, among a variety of other funding programmes, its own incoming and outgoing scholarships of excellence for Master's students. Université Paris-Saclay coordinates the EUGLOH European University Alliance for Global Health, which brings together 4 other European universities in Germany, Hungary, Portugal and Sweden.

Join a French university that is inclusive, renowned for its excellence and open to the world.

17 different Graduate Schools and an Institute for Sciences of the Light

Our Graduate Schools and Institute cover three broad sectors: Science and Engineering, Life Sciences and Health, Human & Social Sciences.  These coordinated sets of Master's degrees, study and research programmes, and doctoral schools bring together teams that each work on a particular well-defined subject, discipline or mission. 

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The Université Paris-Saclay Scientific Framework

Science plays a leading role in societal development. As a force for progress, science improves the daily life of people around the world. Universities have a major responsibility to produce scientific knowledge which serves the interests of society, and to share it in the short-, medium- and long-terms.

The university’s Scientific Framework document was drawn from the contributions of the institution’s Graduate Schools, the Institute for the Sciences of Light and the Paris-Saclay Undergraduate School. Aimed at the university’s scientific community and its partners, both in France and around the world, the document is a testament to the wealth of scientific work carried out by the teams at Université Paris-Saclay, and to their strengths in education and research. The document also covers the university’s commitments in innovation and technology transfer, open science, ethics and scientific integrity, science-society outreach initiatives, diversity and sustainable development.

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Université Paris-Saclay, a major player in innovation

Covering the fields of science and engineering, life sciences and health, and humanities and social sciences, Université Paris-Saclay, has placed innovation at the very heart of its strategy, in collaboration with its ecosystem, and in line with its core missions of research and education. It aims to educate the citizens of the future, tackle the major societal challenges of today and tomorrow and contribute to value creation.

The members of Université Paris-Saclay have come together to work towards to a shared goal: to combine their strengths to form a leading scientific cluster, which currently represents 13% of French R&D. The local area, with its rich student community trained in entrepreneurship, also has a wide range of initiatives and services on offer for companies.

In July 2023, the university was awarded the University Innovation Cluster label (PUI - Pôle universitaire d’innovation) as part of this strategic ambition. It unites thirteen major players from the area’s innovation ecosystem and fifteen partners, to develop innovation that meets current and future societal challenges and promotes human progress.


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