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Bordeaux's humanist university

Bordeaux Montaigne University brings together more than 14 000 students and 1 300 teaching and administrative staff, for study and research in the arts, languages, literatures and human and social sciences.

As a laboratory for ideas, and an intellectual hotbed, Bordeaux Montaigne University contributes meaningfully to the scientific debates of its day and works tirelessly to cultivate and nurture its fundamental values: independence, and freedom of thought. The university considers equality of opportunities to be one of its priority missions, and works permanently to perfect the courses it offers, and to support and guide its students towards success.

Now so more than ever before, Bordeaux Montaigne University seeks to follow in the path of Michel de Montaigne, continuing to offer a university model that is distinctly human in its scope and appearance. In accordance with the values that have characterised it since its very establishment, the university seeks to be: humanist, exploratory, polyglot, civic-minded, creative and digitally connected.

Classical humanities subjects, a modern application

Bordeaux Montaigne University upholds and protects its academic disciplines. At the same time, new disciplines have also been introduced. The university continues to adapt to the vocations of today and of the future, without abandoning its convictions and whilst persisting in its research priorities.

Bordeaux Montaigne University offers 138 nationally recognised diplomas. These are offered across its three university faculties, known as UFRs: Humanities, Languages and Civilisations, and Territorial and Communication Sciences, and its two university institutes: the Bordeaux Montaigne University Institute of Technology, (IUT) and the Bordeaux Aquitaine Institute of Journalism (IJBA). Both institutes are situated in the Sainte-Croix neighbourhood of Bordeaux. The university also offers teaching in English and Spanish at its branch in Agen, the Centre Universitaire d'Agen.

Moreover, the university is associated with the teacher training college for the Aquitaine region (ESPE d'Aquitaine), to provide professional training for future schoolteachers.

A privileged setting for studying, on one of the largest campuses in Europe                               

Thanks to the tram network, the university campus has been brought closer to the heart of the city centre of Bordeaux. Since June 2007, the city of Bordeaux has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in recognition of the unity of its exceptional urban heritage. In 2014, Bordeaux was ranked Top 5 in the list of the “Best French cities for University Study” (source:

The campus is firmly established across the communes of Talence, Pessac and Gradignan. It occupies a domain of some 235 hectares, half of which is reserved for green spaces. As well as numerous buildings for teaching and research purposes, catering services and student accommodation, there are dedicated facilities available for cultural events. These events really bring the university to life, with shows, concerts, debates, exhibitions, and so on. Over 40 outdoor and indoor sporting activities can be practiced, across the great number of campus facilities.