Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 University

Located in woodland to the north of the city, Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 University, Faculty of Letters, Arts, Languages, Human and Social Sciences, is named after Paul Valéry, the great writer from Sète. With a registered, labelled “20th century heritage site” campus, just 20 minutes from the city centre by tram, the University enjoys a vibrant setting where Mediterranean vegetation, abundant parkland and numerous works of art combine for the pleasure of students and campus users alike.

Montpellier University was France’s third university, established after Paris and Toulouse. Founded on 26th October 1289 by papal bull under Pope Nicholas IV, it included Faculties of Medicine, Arts and Law. In 1970, these former faculties became three separate Universities, including Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3.

The university campus is evolving, expanding and transforming. Several projects are currently planned or underway, including a General Resources Building, a new Staff House, or the future “Learning Centre” or Atrium, with its bold architecture, a striking statement at the entrance to the campus.

Opened in 2017, the Saint-Charles site, looking out onto the city, is the University’s research showcase. The site hosts 19 interdisciplinary research teams, a Labex (Laboratory of Excellence), an ERC (European Research Council) programme, an IDEFI (Initiatives of excellence in innovative training) project, as well as Montpellier’s Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Sud.

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