International partners

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The University of Bordeaux has a large number of partner universities around the world, in nearly 80 countries, and encourages the development of international cooperation with key partners in the fields of education, research and innovation.

Photo : The University works in cooperation with over 500 institutions worldwide to give students access to mobility abroad © université de Bordeaux
The University works in cooperation with over 500 institutions worldwide to give students access to mobility abroad © université de Bordeaux

Our cooperation agreements

International partnerships are essential in providing our students with a variety of opportunities for mobility abroad. 

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  • 700

    partner institutions


  • 2,000

    Erasmus agreements

    with over 500 European partners

Our strategic partners

The University of Bordeaux is involved in the ENLIGHT alliance, a European university that it is building with the universities of Ghent (Belgium), Göttingen (Germany), Tartu (Estonia), Basque Country (Spain), Galway (Ireland), Groningen (Netherlands), Uppsala (Sweden) and Comenius Bratislava (Slovakia). 

It has also established close cooperative relationships with seven strategic partners:


University of the Basque Country / Euskampus (Spain)

  • The emergence of an active community of more than 300 members (lecturer-researchers and/or project leaders) working together in various fields (additive manufacturing, aeronautics, ageing, auto-immune diseases, translational biophysics, art and science, multilingualism and education, industrial organisation, quantum-scale physical chemistry, marine resources, educational innovation, mathematics, etc.).
  • The creation of 3 cross-border research laboratories (LTCs): "Mathematics and its applications", "AENIGME" in advanced manufacturing, "QuantumChemPhys" in quantum-scale theoretical chemistry and physics; 3 others are planned.
  • The organisation of 5 Euskampus-Bordeaux symposia, an annual meeting of the community, organised alternately in Bordeaux and San Sebastian, which have brought together approx. 200 participants at each event.
  • The creation of 6 double degrees or inter-university degrees at Bachelor and Master levels, 2 of which have the Erasmus Mundus label and have been launched or are in the process of being launched (marine resources, polymers, oenology, etc.).
  • 110 students on long-term mobility (minimum 3 months), more than 300 students on short-term mobility (meetings, summer schools, cross-border workshops from one day to one week, etc.).

  • The launch of 40 co-supervision thesis projects (thesis directed by a Bordeaux director and a Basque director leading to a doctorate from both universities).

  • Joint participation in 10 international projects presented within the framework of European, Euro-regional or national calls for projects.

  • The awarding of the Diálogo Prize in 2018, honouring the work of both universities as major players in academic and scientific cooperation between France and Spain.

The University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) is the main research institution of the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, generating 65% of its scientific production, and was awarded the title of "Campus of International Excellence" in 2010 by the Spanish Ministry of Education.

UPV/EHU is located on three campuses, one in each of the provinces making up the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country (Euskadi, Spain): the Vizcaya campus (Bilbao/Leioa), the Gipuzkoa campus (San Sebastian/Eibar) and the Alava campus (Vitoria-Gasteiz). As a multidisciplinary university, it offers 255 study programmes to over 45,000 students, including more than 2,000 international students.

Boosted by their respective Campus of Excellence projects, IdEx University of Bordeaux and Euskampus in 2011, the Universities of Bordeaux and the Basque Country have been officially partners since 2014 via a framework agreement for the construction of a Euro-regional Campus of Excellence. The Euskampus-Bordeaux campus brings together a community of more than 110,000 students, 9,000 researchers and almost 5,000 administrative staff.

The Euskampus-Bordeaux campus is now a rich, structured network of projects carried out in collaboration along the following themes which are part of the action plan validated in June 2018 for a 3-year period: education, research and innovation, territorial presence and internationalisation; projects in tune with the vast Euro-regional territory and its international environment, since these collaborations make it possible to go further together and to reinforce the attractiveness of each of the universities.

The projects take the form of double Bachelor or Master degrees, co-supervised theses, European research partnerships, joint cross-border laboratories (LTC) on various themes, exchanges of students, researchers and administrative staff, initiatives aimed at developing employability, multilingualism, educational innovation, partnerships with the region's sectors of excellence, local authorities and companies on priority issues and sectors (aeronautics, the Blue Eeconomy, health, etc.).

The Universities of Bordeaux and the Basque Country have entrusted the Euskampus Foundation with the coordination of the operational deployment of the Euskampus-Bordeaux campus.

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University of Bayreuth (Germany)

  • September 2019: launch of the double Bachelor degree in law
  • September 2020: opening of the on the Bordeaux campus

Located in the north of Bavaria in Germany, the University of Bayreuth focuses on an interdisciplinary and international approach. It also offers a very pleasant living environment for students and researchers.

Ranked 3rd among the universities whose law graduates are the most sought after by employers according to a Wirtschaftswoche survey, the first double-degree between the University of Bordeaux and the University of Bayreuth was created in the field of law.

Bayreuth's interdisciplinary approach opens up a wide range of possibilities for cooperation: high pressure and high temperature, polymers and colloids, African studies, ecology and environmental sciences, new materials, molecular biosciences, non-linear dynamics, food and health, innovation and consumer protection, governance and responsibility, cultural events and intercultural processes, energy. A special focus is placed on polymers and African studies.

The University of Bayreuth is one of the most popular universities for international researchers (Humboldt Foundation Top 20). It was also ranked 21st in the Nature Index 2019 Young Universities. It has around 13,500 students, including 13% of international students.

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University of Cincinnati (USA)

  • Since May 2014: visits by official delegations.
  • 2015: signature of an initial multidisciplinary exchange student agreement, renewed in 2020.
  • Since 2015: exchange of professors and development of short study programmes (Study Tours) for American and Bordeaux students combining virtual and real mobility (European studies, chemistry, engineering, management).
  • 2016: signing of an agreement to set up a joint degree in aeronautical maintenance (which opened in September 2017). Project for a double Master degree in aeronautical maintenance.
  • 2016: funding obtained through the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility programme to promote student and staff mobility between the two institutions.
  • 2019: opening of the international Arts and Science festival with the participation of the Director of Master degrees in Architecture from the School of Architecture and Interior Design.
  • 2020: an international training project in mechanical engineering (Industry 4.0) in partnership with the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers (ENSAM) and the University of the Basque Country (UPV, Spain).

The University of Cincinnati is a public, multidisciplinary university recognised for its excellence in research and is listed at the top of several national and international rankings.

It is ranked 64th among the top public universities in the United States. Named one of the top American universities, attended by more than 46,000 students (including 3,000 international students), it has been honoured as one of the "world's most beautiful college campuses" (Forbes Magazine). 

The cooperation between the University of Cincinnati and the University of Bordeaux came into being in 2014. The partnership has a strong institutional dimension that covers education, research and innovation. A wide range of fields are covered: aeronautics, archaeology, architecture, bio-imaging, biology, business and management, chemistry, engineering, European studies, neuroscience and epidemiology.

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Université Laval (Canada)

  • Multiple collaborations in education and research in a wide variety of fields: law, international studies, neurosciences, water, wood sciences, optics-photonics-laser, university governance, political science and religious sciences.
  • Since February 2013: exchange of lecturer-researchers (11 Visiting Scholars from Laval hosted at the University of Bordeaux; 7 BIS (Bordeaux Internation Support) projects supported since 2014 and many Bordeaux lecturer-researchers hosted in Laval).
  • Since 2014: 24 co-supervised theses in various fields.
  • Since 2015, the creation of the LaBoetie platform (law).
  • 2 international associated laboratories (brain nutrition, optics-photonics-laser) under the supervision of INRAE and the CNRS.
  • 5 dual degree programmes: Master in human nutrition and health, Master in law of transatlantic relations, Master in forestry science, a joint university degree in social statistics and populations, a dual degree via the Erasmus Mundus-certified Neurasmus Master programme.
  • 2016 and 2019: funding obtained under the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility programme to encourage student and staff mobility between the two institutions.
  • 2019: official visit to Bordeaux by the new institutional representatives of Université Laval. 

Located in Quebec City, a city recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO, Université Laval is the longest-standing French-speaking university in North America.

A member of the Group of 15 Research Universities in Canada, Université Laval is funded by various sources for total amount of over 404 million dollars per year (approximately 372 million euros), which places it in 7th place among the 50 most active universities in Canada. It is the only university to hold four Canada Excellence Research Chairs (Arctic, Optics-Photonics, Neurophotonics, Microbiome-Nutrition-Metabolic Health). In 2018, Entrepreneuriat Laval was ranked among the top university business accelerators in the world. The Canadian leader in distance learning with more than 882 online courses, more than 80 fully distance-learning programmes, Université Laval has more than 45,000 students, all modes of transmission and degree cycles combined.

Collaboration with the University of Bordeaux has existed for several years, even before the creation of the International Office of Université Laval in 1999. More formally, it was in February 2006 that the first collaboration agreement was signed in Bordeaux. Since then, the number of collaborations has multiplied, leading to the creation of ABL-Innovation, whose mandate is to link research, education and socio-economic development.

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University of Waterloo (Canada)

  • Since 2009: more than 30 PhDs have been conducted in co-supervision between the Universities of Bordeaux and Waterloo within the framework of the IDS FunMat (Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate) programme.
  • December 2014: signing of a framework agreement.
  • 2015: establishment of dedicated funds in each of the two universities to support cooperation with the launch of joint calls for projects: 28 projects selected in 2020.
  • 1 joint international degree course in bio-based chemistry.
  • Organisation of joint thematic workshops (including one in 2019 on artificial intelligence and health).
  • 1 joint institute project: Institute of Intersections for Societal Benefit.
  • 2020: The collaboration celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Located in the heart of Canada's "Technology Hub", the University of Waterloo is a leading institution in the fields of innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Ranked as one of Canada's ​​​​​Top Comprehensive Research University, the University of Waterloo has approximately 36,000 students (including 6,500 international students) who can choose from the following fields of study: applied health, arts, engineering, environment, mathematics and science.

Since the first scientific collaborations in 2010 to the current institutional relations, the partnership has developed rapidly. The joint initiatives cover a wide spectrum of activities, especially with strengthened collaborations in the following fields: functional materials for energy, nano-sciences, health and environment.

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University of Tsukuba (Japan)

  • November 2013: opening of a Bordeaux-Tsukuba Liaison Office with the support of IdEx Bordeaux.
  • 2015: signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the Campus-in-Campus project, which includes a course catalogue that can be consulted remotely by students from both universities, the Course JukeBox.
  • Since February 2013: exchange of lecturer-researchers.
  • September 2015: signing of an agreement to set up a joint Master degree (with National Taiwan University) in agro-bioscience.
  • Students hosted in the respective summer schools and in Master and DUT internships.
  • Several research projects in microbiology (2 co-supervised projects), neuroscience and biology.
  • 2016: obtained funding under the Erasmus+ International Mobility programme to encourage student and staff mobility between the two institutions and developed a double Master degree in plant biology.
  • 2019: organisation of a computer workshop in Bordeaux with more than 20 lecturer-researchers, students and PhD students. .
  • Annual participation in the "Tsukuba Global Science Week".

A multidisciplinary public university, the University of Tsukuba is one of the oldest Japanese universities (established by the Japanese government) with a multidisciplinary research offer.

The University of Tsukuba is located in Tsukuba Science City, Japan's science and technology hub, 80 kilometres from Tokyo. More than 20,000 students (including 2,000 international students) attend a spacious, tree-lined, user-friendly campus. In September 2014, the University of Tsukuba was awarded the "Top Global University Project" by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. This award represents significant funding to strengthen the university's international profile.

Since 2013, the collaboration between the University of Tsukuba and the University of Bordeaux has grown significantly. The two universities are partners in the "Campus-in-Campus" project, which aims at the internationalisation of the universities, notably through student exchanges and joint training programmes. The positioning of Tsukuba as a strategic partner of the University of Bordeaux gives this partnership a strong institutional dimension. The fields of study covered include: biology, microbiology, medicine and neuroscience as well as computer science, electrical engineering, economics, sociology, anthropology and Psychology. 

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Kyoto University (Japan)

  • Since 2007: specific exchange agreement for medical students.
  • May 2014: first Bordeaux-Kyoto symposium (held in Bordeaux) and signing of a framework agreement.
  • May 2015: second Bordeaux-Kyoto symposium (held in Kyoto) and signing of a student exchange agreement.
  • 2016: obtained funding under the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility programme to encourage student and staff mobility between the two institutions.
  • 2017: organisation of another symposium in Bordeaux with the participation of companies to discuss the challenges of innovation and research in imaging. Signature of a double degree agreement at doctoral level for science and technology and co-organisation of a summer school (Neurepiomics) in Kyoto.
  • 2018: co-organisation of the International Stroke Genetics Consortium workshop.
  • 2019: Bordeaux-Kyoto visit to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia with a focus on sustainable cities, health and African studies. Expansion of the partnership to polymer chemistry and the organisation of a symposium (2019 LCPO-KIPS Polymer International Symposium). Selection of the University of Bordeaux to join the Kyoto University Strategic Partnership for the Enhancement of Research Capacity.
  • 2020: visit of a delegation from Kyoto to Bordeaux to discuss the establishment of new collaborations and the objective of setting up a joint cooperation fund within the framework of the new strategic partnership.

Kyoto University is the second oldest university in Japan and has belonged to the Association of National Universities of Japan since 2004.

Kyoto University - ranked as the 2nd best Japanese university in 2018 (ARWU) - is one of the 13 Japanese higher education institutions selected as part of the Top Global University Project set up by the Japanese Ministry of Higher Education and aimed at establishing a group of universities of excellence at the international level. The university has 10 colleges, 18 graduate schools and 14 research institutes (the largest number in Japan). With 3 campus sites (Yoshida, Uji and Katsura), Kyoto University welcomes about 23,000 students, including 2,000 international students.

Since 2013, the University of Bordeaux has been developing its collaboration with Kyoto University through the BIS (Bordeaux International Support) programme and the Kyoto SPIRITS programme.

In May 2014, a framework agreement was signed and flagship projects were identified in order to strengthen this partnership, which already covers several areas of research: in chemistry, with the International Associated Laboratory researching Chiral Nanostructures for Photonics Applications (LIA-CNPA), in public health and in computer science.

Since 2014, a symposium has been organised regularly between the two institutions. This event led to a shared reflection on joint research perspectives in the following fields: urban governance, cultural heritage sciences, computer science, material sciences, nutrition and food science, medical imaging and public health as well as transfer and innovation procedures.

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Our association with the University of Bordeaux is an emblem of Euro-regional cooperation in Europe. 

Nekane Balluerka, Rector of the University of the Basque Country

Developing international partnerships

As part of its objective to internationalise, the University of Bordeaux has developed several international cooperation programmes for destinations designed as priorities.

With this in mind, the Bordeaux International Support (BIS) programme assists the development of international collaborations with certain target geographic areas for the Bordeaux campus, in the fields of education, research and innovation, by promoting the mobility of the university's students, professors, researchers and administrative staff.


  • Bordeaux International Support

International networks

International networks are recognised sources of expertise on the major developments in the European and global academic landscape; they also provide an ideal framework for the University of Bordeaux to enrich its partnerships and develop new projects.

Agency of French-speaking Universities (AUF)

The AUF is an international association grouping together universities, grandes écoles, university networks and scientific research institutions worldwide that use the French language. The University of Bordeaux is an AUF member and participates in the multilateral consortium of support for training programmes in French in Asia-Pacific in the following fields: health and medicine, legal and political sciences as well as physical sciences. The University of Bordeaux takes part in several research and educational projects funded by the AUF.

European Association for International Education (EAIE)

The EAIE is the main European network of professionals specialised in the internationalisation of higher education. It is a think tank that produces numerous publications, and also offers training courses for international educators and organises the largest annual conference on international higher education in Europe, in which the University of Bordeaux participates.

European University Association (EUA)

The EUA is the main organisation representing European universities. It provides  unique opportunities for its members to exchange good practices, organises many events and coordinates projects on issues of interest to European institutions of higher education in the field of education and research. The University of Bordeaux participates in the annual assembly and in some projects coordinated by the EUA.

Venice International University (VIU)

The University of Bordeaux became a member of VIU in 2015, joining the 15 member institutions that participate in this innovative and ambitious university project. VIU is located on the island of San Servolo, and through its members, it offers cross-disciplinary training programmes addressing today's societal challenges: sustainable development, climate change, ageing, ethics, cultural heritage, etc.

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International Cooperation Division

The International Cooperation Division of the International Office supports projects for the development of international partnerships in education (student and teaching mobility, double degrees, etc.) and in research (doctoral mobility, international laboratories, research consortiums, etc.). 

Access more information on the university intranet (in French)


  • Sub-Saharan Africa & Asia

    Frédéric Bertrand

    +33 (0)5 40 00 38 23

  • North America & South West Pacific

    Anne Blassiau

    +33 (0)5 40 00 38 81

  • CIS, Central, Eastern, Northern & Western Europe, Maghreb & Middle East

    Sam Moussaoui

    +33 (0)5 40 00 38 79

  • Latin America & Western Europe

    Amalia Petaux

    +33 (0)5 40 00 38 77