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Located in the centre of a city on a human scale, the university is only two hours away from Paris and one hour from prestigious sites such as Mont Saint-Michel or Saint-Malo. Building on our assets and committed to taking part in 21st-century innovation and knowledge, one of our top priorities is to create a vibrant international university.

History

Université de Rennes is the direct predecessor of Brittany's first university, founded in Nantes in 1461 by François ll, Duke of Brittany.  After its official dissolution in 1793, the ducal university became an imperial, secular, and independent university, in 1808 in Rennes and the west. The decree of 23rd December 1970 created Université de Rennes as we know it today.

Education

Université de Rennes offers a wide choice of courses adapted to your professional goals.

It has three main areas of study:

  • Science and technology
  • Health
  • Human and social sciences

Research

Université de Rennes is a major center for multidisciplinary research, renowned on both a national and international level and part of the international scientific community.

The policy of Université de Rennes is to conduct excellent fundamental and disciplinary research of scientific and technological relevance by promoting the emergence of highly innovative and risky projects and providing modern facilities and fostering transdisciplinary research to address major current and future societal issues.

PhD Programmes

University of Rennes Scholarships

Below you will find scholarships related to University of Rennes. Distinction can be made between scholarships provided by the University and those provided by independent providers.

Independent provider
Grant
20000 EUR
Deadline
28 Sep 2024
The Hubert Curien PHC Tassil Program
Merit-based

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Campus France
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1300 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Fully Funded DAAD EPOS Scholarship
Merit-based

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DAAD
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3600 EUR
Deadline
31 Dec 2024
Scholarship Foundation Rhineland-Palatinate
Merit-based

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Campus France
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1500 EUR
Deadline
15 Oct 2024
Haniel Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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Studienstiftung
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1200 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Karl Schmidt Rottluff Scholarship
Merit-based

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Studienstiftung
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3500 USD
Deadline
15 Nov 2024
ACES Scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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ACES Education Fund
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1588 EUR
Deadline
20 May 2025
French Government grants from the French Embassy in Korea
Merit-based

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Campus France
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1350 EUR
Deadline
01 Mar 2025
Scholarship "Promotion" Heinrich Böll Stiftung
Merit-based

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Campus France
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1300 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS) • DAAD
Merit-based

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German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1200 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Graduate School Scholarship Programme
Merit-based Need-based

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German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
30 Nov 2024
ServiceScape Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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ServiceScape
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
650 EUR
Deadline
01 Sep 2024
Merlion Scholarships
Merit-based

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Campus France
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
300 EUR
Deadline
31 Dec 2024
Franco-German University: DFH Mobility Grant for Students of the DFH Study Programmes
Merit-based

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Campus France
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
31 Dec 2026
French Government grants from the French Embassy in Gabon
Merit-based

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Campus France
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
14 Oct 2024
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Merit-based Need-based

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U.S. government
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1800 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Eiffel Scholarship Program of Excellence
Merit-based

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Campus France
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
649 EUR
Deadline
31 Dec 2024
Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation
Merit-based

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Campus France
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Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
Not specified
Erasmus+ - Grants for study mobility
Merit-based

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OeAD, Austria's Agency for Education and Internationalisation
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
5000 USD
Deadline
25 Aug 2024
Women Scholarship for International Students
Merit-based

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educations.com
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
90000 AUD
Deadline
Not specified
World Universities Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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The Ramsay Centre
Location not available

For a complete overview of scholarships for University of Rennes, visit our scholarship search.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2025
721 -10
2024
711 90
2023
801
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2025
-
2024
801
2023
801
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2024
-
2023
401 200
2022
601
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2025
-
2024
-
2023
493
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Housing services

The international residence Paul Ricœur in the heart of Rennes provides accommodation and catering for international researchers.

The residence has 79 studio flats for 1 or 2 people with all the advantages of a hotel service.

The rooms are fully-furnished with an equipped kitchen.
  • A wide range of services
  • Free wifi and television.
  • Cleaning kit.
  • Equipped kitchen with cutlery and crockery.
  • Breakfast available.
  • Cleaning service available.

Campus life

Rennes is the historical and administrative capital of Brittany, a dynamic and friendly city, home to a large community of researchers and students representing around 32 % of the population.

The centre is a mix of half-timbered houses lining narrow streets and majestic 18th century buildings overlooking spacious public squares. A river, La Vilaine, runs through the city whilst a large botanical garden, the Thabor in the north-east, provides a peaceful green area for workers, students and city dwellers.

Sports facilities

Sport at Université de Rennes is open to both students and staff, whatever your level. Most sports or activities can be evaluated as part of your curriculum.

The university has sports facilities to suit a wide range of activities: swimming pools, a dojo, a sports center, a gym as well as tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts. 

Student clubs

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the key volunteer student organisation in international higher education in Europe. Founded in 1989, it provides opportunities for cultural and self-development under the prinicple of Student helping Student.

Rennes, Bretagne, France

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