ABOUT Université Côte d'Azur

Université Côte d'Azur has been an experimental university since 1 January 2020 replacing both the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis created in 1965 and the Communauté d'Universités et d'Etablissements Université Côte d'Azur created in 2015.

Université Côte d'Azur now includes 17 major academic establishments around the historic university core to create one of France's top 10 research-intensive universities.


Université Côte d'Azur won the prestigious Initiative d'Excellence (Idex) label in 2016. This distinction, awarded by an international jury, positions the university among the 10 best French research-intensive universities, provides it with additional resources to further accelerate its development, and marks the recognition of a university capable of standing tall in the face of global competition.

Its UCAJEDI project proposes a strategy targeting the three major challenges of this century, resilience & sustainability of local authorities, economic & social transformation through Digital, well-being & ageing, through tools and programs promoting the development of research, training and innovation.

Experimental University

Since 1 January 2020, Université Côte d'Azur has been officially recognized as an experimental university. This new academic status helps develop a bold and independent strategy based on:

  • breaking down the barriers between education, research and innovation,
  • developing agility and responsiveness through the increased autonomy of the units,
  • the ability to harness the amazing potential for diversity represented by its 17 members.

It is based in particular on setting up University Research Schools and giving them this essential role of redesigning university architecture. It also accelerates the implementation of a "Bac-3/Bac+3" principle aimed at effectively combating failure at schools and universities. Finally, it opens up the field of possibilities on the density and diversity of public-private partnerships and on the university's overall funding model.

17 academics establishments combined

35 000 students

+  100 nationalities represented


The ambitions of Université Côte d'Azur

To develop a university of excellence in the fields of research, education and innovation that is a driving force in its region.

Major projects

Future investment Programs

To achieve its goals as a Research-intensive University with an international reputation, Université Côte d'Azur has had several successes in successive calls for tenders under the French "Investment for the Future Program" (Programme d'Investissement d'Avenir)

An extraordinary setting

The University Heritage

From the splendor of the Château de Valrose to the impressive sites of the Observatory of the Côte d'Azur, through the modernity of the architecture of the Villa Arson, Université Côte d'Azur has a rare heritage.

Côte d'Azur, an outstanding region

Université Côte d'Azur is at the heart of an exceptionally beautiful and contrasting territory, between sea and mountain. On the Côte d'Azur, the sublime beaches and the transparent sea form a perfect balance with the small hilltop villages of the hinterland and the green mountain valleys. In the spring, when winter leaves the mountains and summer reaches the coast, it is not fanciful to start your day on skis and end it on a beach. A whole art of living...