Have you just finished high school? Are you looking for a place to continue your education or train in a new trade? Wherever you’re from in the world, you’re bound to have a lot of questions. Which course should you choose? Where will you live? What can you do after class? How do you find a placement? Don’t worry, we have the answers!

Why study in Normandy?

Studying at the seaside, in a buzzing city or deep in the countryside is what we call the Normandy dream! You don’t need to venture far to find the perfect place to thrive in your studies and soak up student life. The region brings you the best of an outstanding setting and diverse courses. Let’s find out more.

Key figures

  • 115,030 students
    Normandy Education Authority figures – September 2022
  • 3000 courses available in the region
    (source: L’Etudiant 2023)
  • 10,991 international students
    (source: Normandy Region 2019-2020)

A range of courses: from HND to PHD

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Jeune étudiante à la bibliothèque de Caen

3 universities, post-bac to PHD courses, 250 Master’s degrees, 4 IUTs (technology institutes) and eight connected campuses mean you can study wherever you are!


Law, healthcare, science, business, management, languages, architecture, fine arts, IT, marketing, logistics, technology and tourism are just a taster of the subjects you can train in.

University isn’t the only place you can study. From training centres (CFA) and technology institutes (IUT) to schools and live-in colleges; there are academic establishments all over the land.

Universities and grandes écoles

Rouen, Caen or Le Havre? Normandy’s three “big” cities are the perfect places to study and live life to the full.
Did you know that there are far more campuses in the area? Take your pick from Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, Elbeuf, Saint-Lô, Évreux, Dieppe, Lisieux, Flers, Alençon or Vire!

University campuses in the area

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Trois étudiants devant l'Université du Havre
  • The Caen faculty is the oldest university in France and was founded in 1432. 33,000 students attend its UFR (research and training centre) in the city and campuses in Alençon, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, Lisieux, Saint-Lô and Vire.
  • Rouen and its 27,000 students are a power house! “Univ Rouen” provides over 300 courses at its 7 campuses including the impressive Evreux and Le Madrillet sites.
  • Université du Havre covers three sites and international mobility takes pride of place. Over 8000 young adults have crossed the borders at the university!

Grandes écoles: engineering to political science

When it comes to France’s famous higher education institutes, the region is a hotspot for grandes écoles! It’s home to 11 engineering grandes écoles, three business schools, two ESAM sites (management and finance), an art school, two science colleges, design and architecture schools plus new campuses that opened in September 2023.

Etudiants devant le campus E2SE de Caen

Specific and unique courses

Normandy also plays host to very specific courses and colleges that tie into its signature industries of excellence. You could be a merchant navy officer, osteopath or skipper. You can even train in the plastics, cider or energy trades.

Student life in Normandy

With the countryside and seaside, towns and woods, beaches and bike rides, Normandy is as popular among tourists as it is among students. Just look at the 2022 L’Etudiant report: 1 in 5 people living in Caen are students! Affordable accommodation, close to the sea and Paris, good transport links, world renown and more.
Normandy has so much to offer in terms of student life!

Apprenticeships and work experience in the region

Find your apprenticeship

It’s not unusual to look for an apprenticeship to experience your future career as part of your course. The Agency for Orientation and Professions has set up its own Destination Métier platform. You can search for an apprenticeship anywhere in the region and apply online. It also provides fascinating information with career information to help you find your calling and join the workplace.

Studying abroad

Whether you’re from Normandy and want to study abroad or you’re an international student planning to study in Normandy, you’ll get a helping hand from our region! The “Bienvenue en France“ label helps students find their way and plan their studies in Normandy.

  • 10,991 foreign students in Normandy in 2019-2020 (a 14% increase in five years)
  • 10th most popular region for foreign students in France
  • 70% of foreign students are at university,
  • 14% in engineering schools, 9% in business schools and 4% in colleges
    Source: Campus France, report on international student mobility, May 2022
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Studying here or abroad doesn’t just mean going to class and taking exams; it means soaking up the local lifestyle, playing sports and enjoying hobbies nearby, going into town or the beach with friends, exploring overseas and more. If you’re still not sure that Normandy is a great place for students, there’s only one thing for it: come and see for yourself!

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