Welcome to the UM!

Like 51,000 students today, you are studying at one of Europe's leading universities. Here is an overview of the many advantages of the University of Montpellier.

A university steeped in history with a strong identity

Heir to the medieval Faculty of Medicine of Montpellier (1220), the University of Montpellier has an exceptional historical heritage. Rooted in the history of its city and region, the UM is one of the oldest European universities in operation. Marked by this heritage, which has forged its identity over the centuries, the University of Montpellier today federates its community around a foundation of two indelible values: success based on merit and equal opportunity.

Paying tribute to those who have made its history and left their mark - Nostradamus, Paul Valéry, Jean Moulin and the current President of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, Salhe-Work Zewde - the UM is now committed to perpetuating these values for future generations.

Excellence in training and research

The UM is ranked as the world's number one university in the prestigious Shanghai ranking for ecology and is also among the top 300 universities in the world.

The UM is a research-intensive university with 78 research structures in 9 scientific departments. It also offers a range of courses adapted to the success of each student: science and technology, law, economics, environment, administration, management, medicine, pharmacy, physical and sports activities, biology, computer science, education sciences, political science, etc.

Its range of programs includes a vast array of disciplines with a strong professional focus at the Bachelor's, Professional Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral levels. These excellent courses are accompanied by an extremely good rate of professional integration of graduates: 94% are employed 30 months after graduation.

A university open to the world

Resolutely open to the world, the UM has made the quality and influence of its international relations a priority. It supports and develops the mobility of its students through international partnerships, bilateral agreements and Erasmus agreements with the most prestigious European universities.

The UM also enjoys international recognition in a wide range of scientific fields (biology-health, agro-environment, chemistry, information and communication sciences and technologies, law, etc.).

While privileging partnerships with major universities (UC Davis - California, KPUM - Kyoto) and foreign institutions of excellence, the University remains more than ever aware of the need to contribute to the cultural and scientific development of so-called "emerging" countries. It is thus participating, among many other examples, in the fight against Ebola in Guinea, having initiated, last year, the creation of a cutting-edge research center on this virus and more broadly in infectiology.

I contribute to the MUSE project

Led by the University of Montpellier, the MUSE (Montpellier UniverSité d'Excellence) project was awarded the I-Site label of excellence in February 2017, with a significant financial grant from the Programme d'Investissements d'Avenir.

Joining the University of Montpellier means joining these three major societal challenges for the 21st century that the institution intends to take up alongside 18 other institutions (research organizations, schools, health institutions and an international organization) grouped together in a consortium: feeding a world population that will reach 9 billion people in 2050; protecting and managing natural resources and ecosystems in a sustainable manner; helping humanity to deal with cancer, chronic or emerging diseases.


"I come from the UM" is a series of videos from the University of Montpellier. Intimate portraits of students or former students who shed light on their choice of education. Discover the first 3 episodes of this series...

Tiffany Monfort (science curriculum)

Tiffany Monfort has always had an ecological streak. At 22 years old, she grew up in a preserved environment by the sea and is currently completing a master's degree in ecosystems at the UM Faculty of Sciences.
The granddaughter of an English botanist who certainly passed on his interest in plants and the protection of nature, Tiffany now aspires to work in a profession closely linked to the protection of marine ecosystems. This will be done at the end of her master's degree or, why not, at the end of a doctoral thesis in which she may well embark in the months to come.

Christophe Bonnel (health curriculum)

Christophe Bonnel is a doctor at the Montpellier University Hospital where he is in charge of supporting innovative medical projects. This former emergency doctor turned medical innovation entrepreneur now works with healthcare personnel to develop technologies to serve patients.
Christophe's vocation, formed on the benches of the Faculty of Medicine at the UM and fascinated by the functioning of the body, was born in the aisles of the anatomy museum where he regularly visited as a child. A vocation that has become a real passion and that he sums up today in a simple mantra: "Dare to be useful!

Cécile Lefrançois (law program)

Cécile Lefrançois is a doctoral student in criminal law at the UM Faculty of Law and Political Science. She was destined for a legal career from a very early age, wanting to become a lawyer specializing in the defense of "children and women" from a very young age.
A lecturer in family law and special criminal law, Cécile now aspires to become a teacher-researcher in criminal law, which, according to her, "best protects the integrity of the human person".