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Ranked among the top universities in France, the University of Bordeaux was one of the first universities to obtain confirmation of the "Initiative of Excellence" label, awarded by the French government in recognition of its innovative training, research and knowledge transfer programs.
The University of Bordeaux welcomes 56, 000 students, of which almost 2, 000 are PhD students and 7, 200 (12%) are international students. 250 Master and 150 Bachelor programs are proposed within the four major scientific fields of: Science and Technology / Law, Political Science, Economics, Management / Life and Health Sciences / Social and Human Sciences.
The university has developed a wide range of international study programs that are taught in English (or other languages) and that offer students the possibility of studying abroad and/or completing joint or double degrees. A leading university in France for participation in the Erasmus Mundus program, the University of Bordeaux offers around 20 EU-labeled study programs of excellence.
Research is also multidisciplinary, organized according to 11 departments: Social sciences of contemporary changes; Evaluation, behavior, organization; Law and social transformations; Bordeaux Neurocampus; Biological and medical sciences; Public health; Health sciences and technologies; Environmental sciences; Engineering and digital sciences; Material and light sciences; Archeological sciences.
The university counts a total of 88 research laboratories that are under joint supervision with national research organizations. A Graduate Research School coordinates the entire field of doctoral studies in collaboration with the eight doctoral schools that ensure support and guidance for PhD students. Graduate Research Programs have been launched within the domains of neuroscience, digital public health and light sciences and technologies.
One of the main priorities of the University of Bordeaux is to promote the development of thematic clusters of excellence for research, training and knowledge transfer in the following fields: neuroscience, medical imaging, environment/climate, advanced materials, archaeology, lasers/optics, digital certification, health and society and cardiology.
The University of Bordeaux has one of the largest campuses (187 hectares) in Europe. It is composed of several sites that are located near to the city and that offer a broad range of services and amenities. 135 student associations exist and participate in the organization of a wide range of cultural activities throughout the academic year: workshops, film debates, science cafés, lectures, exhibitions, concerts, shows, etc. A campus of excellence for sports as well, since 2010 Bordeaux is the n°1 French university for sports, ranking n°5 within Europe.
Bordeaux, a city renowned for many good things: listed as part of the UNESCO World Heritage list, described as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble”, classified as "City of Art and History” and last but not least, the wine capital of the world!