the logo

Best universities in Paris 2024

Find the best universities in Paris with Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings data

  • Best universities in
  • Student life
  • Study abroad
January 5 2024
Best universities in Paris


Top three universities in Paris 2024

Scroll down for the full list of best universities in Paris

Paris Rank 2024 World University Rank 2024 World University Rank 2023 University
1 40 47 Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris
2 58 93 Université Paris-Saclay
3 71 =95 Institut Polytechnique de Paris

Home to some of the world’s most revered artists, writers, thinkers and musicians, the City of Light needs little introduction. It is hard not to fall in love with its instantly familiar monuments, world-famous cuisine and endless cultural buzz.

THE Student
Dream global, study global: get involved today

It may seem an expensive city for tourists but students can live a charmed (and cheap) life reaping the benefits of discounted or often free gallery entries, cinema passes, transport and accommodation. Even French fine cuisine comes at student-friendly prices – CROUS Paris offers genuinely good food in restaurants and  university cafeterias for as little as €3 for three courses.

Below are some of the best universities to study at in Paris based on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024.

Best universities in France
Best universities in Germany
Best universities in the UK
Best universities in the United States 
Best universities in Australia 
Best universities in Canada

3. Institut Polytechnique de Paris

Institut Polytechnique de Paris is a research institution that specialises in science and technology. It was officially established in 2019, but it has a history that dates back over 200 years.

The institute unites five prestigious French engineering graduate schools: École Polytechnique, ENSTA Paris, ENSAE Paris, Telecom Paris, and Telecom SudParis.

With a campus located near Paris, the institute annually hosts 8,500 students, with approximately 35 per cent being international.

Offering multidisciplinary education from bachelor to PhD, Institut Polytechnique de Paris conducts research programmes in 10 disciplinary departments, including biology, chemistry and processes, economics, information, communications and electronics, computer science, data and artificial intelligence, mathematics, mechanics and energetics, physics, humanities, arts, literature and languages, as well as social sciences and management.

2. Université Paris-Saclay

Founded in 1150 as the University of Paris, Université Paris-Saclay has evolved over the years. In 1971, a branch in Orsay became the University of Paris-Sud, and in 2019, it officially became Université Paris-Saclay.

Aligned with the Paris-Saclay project, the university collaborates with nine institutions on a research-intensive campus, akin to the Oxford and Cambridge model. These nine members include Université Paris-Sud, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-YvelinesÉcole Polytechnique, Centrale Supélec, HEC Paris, Agro Paris Tech, Institut d'Optique Graduate School, Télécom Paris and Université Paris-Saclay itself.

Situated in the southern part of Paris, it offers diverse degree programmes in science, engineering, health sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

The university's research activities span 275 laboratories, collaborating with institutes and companies like the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission and the French National Centre for Scientific Research.

1. Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris 

Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris is a collegiate university formed in 2010, though some of the member institutions were founded during the Enlightenment (the Collège de France, Observatoire de Paris and the Beaux Arts). Originally formed of five institutions, it has grown into 25 self-governing academic and research institutions. It aims to be one of the leading research universities in the world.

One of the member institutions, the highly selective École Normale Supérieure can be traced back to the post-revolutionary National Convention of 1794. It was originally established to train secondary school teachers in order to ensure a consistent national education.

Today, it accepts only 200 students a year in sciences and humanities programmes, who receive a salary of about €1,300 (£1,114) per month in return for 10 years of service in the public sector after graduation.

Working on a student visa in France
Everything international students need to know about student visas in France
The cost of studying at a university in France
The 10 most beautiful universities in the world

Graduate employability: top universities in France ranked by employers

Top universities in Paris 2024

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2024 results 

Paris Rank 2024 World University Rank 2024 World University Rank 2023 University
1 40 47 Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris
2 58 93 Université Paris-Saclay
3 71 =95 Institut Polytechnique de Paris
4 75 90 Sorbonne University
5 =152 =114 Université Paris Cité
=6 401–500 251–300 École des Ponts ParisTech
=6 401–500 401–500 Institut Agro
8 501–600 501–600 Sciences Po
=9 801–1000 1001–1200 Arts et Métiers
=9 801–1000 801–1000 CY Cergy Paris University
=9 801–1000 801–1000 Panthéon-Sorbonne University – Paris 1
12 1201–1500 1201–1500 Université Sorbonne Nouvelle

You may also like

Best universities in the world 2018

Best universities in the world 2024

Find the world’s top universities in 2024 using the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings data

September 27 2023
sticky sign up

Register free and enjoy extra benefits