“An internationally recognized research-intensive university, with a history that dates back 8 centuries, yet committed to the key challenges of its time.”

Built over 8 centuries of academic and scientific tradition, the University of Montpellier’s academia and research standards offer everything to meet today’s educational needs and perform pioneering research. Find out why choosing UM is a choice of excellence!

An internationally recognized research-intensive university

The University of Montpellier (UM) is the 6th largest university in France and ranks first in the world in the 2018 Shanghai ranking for Ecology. One of the most innovative higher education institutions in the world, UM ranks very high in many international rankings. Every year, 7,000 international students choose to study at UM.

1st in the world for Ecology in the 2018 and 2019 Shanghai ranking
2nd most innovative French university in 2018 Reuter’s ranking
5th in France in 2018 Leiden’s ranking for the quality of its scientific publications
3rd French university in the 2019 “University Impact ranking” of Times Higher Education.

UM researchers perform pioneering research in close collaboration with national research organizations, linking scientific disciplines to societal issues and encouraging research and production of knowledge.

KEY figures:
#1 world for Ecology
2nd French innovative university in Reuter’s ranking
5th French university for its scientific publications in 2018 Leiden’s ranking
3rd French university in the 2019 “University Impact ranking” of Times Higher Education.
6,000 scientists
3,000 scientific papers published each year
1,800 PhD students

Cutting-edge research at UM benefits from over twenty high-level technological platforms and generates value by establishing close ties with companies located on the Montpellier and regional site. These platforms offer state-of-the-art technology equipment and provide competitive and quality services.
UM holds nearly 850 patent families in full or co-ownership with public and/or private partners. With a wealth of know-how, including nearly 75 software applications, the university supports the development and transfer of its innovations to companies, including transfer via AXLR, its Technology Transfer Office (SATT).

A large academic offer

Study programs
49,000 students
7,000 international students
130 nationalities represented
mobility destinations in the 5 continents

With 250 Master programs, 150 Bachelor (including vocational) programs and 55 national diplomas in health related studies, the University of Montpellier’s training offer is wide and ranges from engineering and sciences, to biology and chemistry, to political science, agro-environment, business sciences, law and economics.
In an ever-changing world of evolving knowledge application, students who opt to study at UM have an opportunity to build an educational project and train for the jobs of tomorrow. With MUSE support and contributions, University of Montpellier supports academic innovation and excellence for education programs that are in line with international standards. Every year, thousands of international students choose to study at University of Montpellier to form a total student body of 49,000 students, 7,000 of which come from abroad.

An international ambition based on strategic partnerships

The University of Montpellier is actively involved with key strategic partners all over the world via numerous collaboration agreements, some including exchange programs. The purpose of these agreements is to promote academic mobility and strengthen pedagogical and scientific cooperation. Like its open and cosmopolitan territory, University of Montpellier plays an active role in the intercultural dialogue and dissemination of knowledge by hosting many international students, who represent nearly 16% of its student body.

UM has signed numerous cooperation agreements in order to carry out is international strategy that seeks to:

  • stimulate collaboration and exchanges for greater attractiveness, exposure and influence;
  • address local-global interactions, at the heart of tomorrow’s challenges, and cover a global dimension, especially through data sets and analyses;
  • play a leading role in the global governance of research and higher education in MUSE fields of expertise by mobilizing complementary resources and skills;
  • play an influential role by contributing to scientific diplomacy and to development through research, at the crossroads of science and policies.

A multi-site university in the South of France

The University of Montpellier campus is comprised of 4 main campuses located in the city of Montpellier and accessible by public transportation. With many services and amenities, including sports facilities available nearby, students enjoy optimal study and working conditions in a growing, dynamic and sun-bathed European metropolis located in the South of France. A key player of the Mediterranean urban landscape, the University of Montpellier constitutes an efficient regional network, with branch sites in nearby cities such as Béziers, Carcassonne, Mende, Nîmes, Sète and Perpignan.

These various sites provide optimal access to all essential services for a rich university and student life. They encourage personal engagement, turning students into active participants of their own university life. The city of Montpellier ranks third best French city for students.