Université de Rennes 1

Located in the centre of a human-scale city, Université de Rennes 1 is just 1,5 hour away from Paris.

Université de Rennes 1 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 1 as we know it today.

Université de Rennes 1 is  a research-intensive university, willing to fully take part in the major challenges of innovation and knowledge of our century. Its expertise in research and its links with the economic sector have made Université de Rennes 1 renowned on an international scale.
Université de Rennes 1 is a member of the European Digital UniverCity (EDUC), one of the first European alliances, selected by the European commission in 2019. EDUC aims to strengthen the European identification process by enhancing knowledge creation and by putting forward European skills acquisition through digitally supported cross-campus and cross-disciplinary teaching activities as well as various learning opportunities.


Université de Rennes 1 has 4 main research sectors, linked to four graduate schools:

  • Mathematics and ICT (Information and Communication Sciences & Technologies),
  • Life and Health Sciences,
  • Material Sciences, engineering and technology
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (Law, Economics, Management, Philosophy, Journalism, Political Science)
HAL portal: https://hal-univ-rennes1.archives-ouvertes.fr/