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University prestige

Alsace is a very popular destination for students thanks to its culture and geographical location in the heart of Europe. The region’s higher education institutions have a national and international appeal, which is a major draw for students.

National and international appeal

Alsace has approximately 70,000 students spread over two universities:  the Université de Haute-Alsace (Colmar and Mulhouse) and the Université de Strasbourg(UNISTRA). The latter has more than 65,000 students, making it the largest French university, the student capital of Eastern France and one of the very few universities on the very selective Academic Ranking of World Universities, also known as the Shanghai Ranking.



The Shanghai Ranking ranks and classifies the world’s top universities based on a variety of criteria such as the quality of teaching. The Université de Strasbourg is ranked 97th out of the world’s 500 best universities. As the 4th best university in France, it is particularly strong in the field of chemistry and is ranked as the world’s 16th best university in the field.

  • Alain Beretz - Président de UNISTRA

    23 avril 2014

Excellence in higher education

Alsace’s excellence in higher education and research is clearly reflected in the wide range of awards and accolades received by the region’s universities and laboratories:

  • Nobel prizes: Jean-Marie Lehn in chemistry (1987), Jules Hoffmann in medicine (2011) and Martin Karplus in chemistry (2013)
  • A Lasker Award was awarded to Pierre Chambon in 2004
  • 4 ERC awards for scientific excellence

The Université de Strasbourg is constantly improving the quality of its higher education programmes. It is also the winner of the Excellence Initiative from the Future Investment Programme (Programme d’Investissement d’Avenir). This initiative enables it to acquire innovative tools for its political strategy structured around several areas:

  • Supporting and promoting excellence in research at the highest international level
  • Developing a wide variety of innovative, appealing academic programmes
  • Developing the tools of knowledge of the 21st century
  • Asserting the University’s openness and international focus

An advantageous geographical setting

Deciding to study in Alsace means choosing an ideal geographical setting. On the border of Germany and Switzerland, the region enjoys an international standing. It has also established strong partnerships with the regions of Lorraine and Franche-Comté. This proximity is a major advantage in terms of regional and European openness.