Sapere Aude

Université PSL’s ambition is to make an impact on current and future society, in part by using its research to propose solutions to issues facing the world today (economic and environmental challenges, major societal issues, the digital revolution, etc.) but also by training civic-minded, responsible artists, researchers, engineers, executives, and decision-makers in all the sectors encompassed by its broad disciplinary scope. Mindful of its social responsibility, both individual and collective, the PSL community believes knowledge is empowering. Its mission is to form minds as well as citizens.

Université PSL includes eleven schools: Collège de France, Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique, Dauphine, École nationale des chartes, École nationale supérieure de Chimie de Paris, École nationale supérieure des Mines de Paris, École normale supérieure, École Pratique des Hautes Études, ESPCI Paris, Institut Curie, Observatoire de Paris.


PSL receives support from three research institutions: CNRS, Inria, Inserm.

About PSL

Located in the heart of Paris, PSL (Paris Sciences & Lettres) combines excellence and diversity to inspire dialog among and between all areas of knowledge, innovation, and creativity in the Arts, Engineering, Sciences, Humanities and Social Science.

PSL's academic community makes the best of its 181 laboratories to design ambitious, formative, innovative and cross-disciplinary research programs.

PSL is selective and committed to equal opportunity, PSL Université chooses students globally for their talents to offer them research-based education and guarantees a low student to teacher ratio as well as a rich campus life and exciting career paths.

Quick facts

With 4,500 researchers and 17,000 students, PSL’s strengths are comparable to those of the world’s top universities. As a university of manageable size, PSL readily produces actionable results (some 200 research projects and 100 new education programs have been launched since 2011), provides the ideal environment for interdisciplinarity, and prioritizes high student-faculty ratios.

PSL from A to Z

Excellence and Equal Opportunity

PSL is a public university. Its schools all share the same values of excellence and equal opportunity. They respect diversity in all its forms.

They Made PSL What It Is


By coming to Université PSL, students and researchers follow in the footsteps of our most illustrious alumni and can likewise have an impact on society, whether in academia or in the private sector.

mos portrait Emile Durkheim
Emile Durkheim
Sociology
Marie Curie Prix Nobel Physique Prix Nobel Chimie PSL
Marie Curie
Physics & Chemistry
Jean-Paul Sartre Littérature Philosophie PSL
Jean-Paul Sartre
Literature & Philosophy
Aimé Césaire Poète Homme politique PSL
Aimé Césaire
Poetry & Politics
Claude Levi-Strauss Anthropologue et ethnologue PSL
Claude Levi-Strauss
Anthropolgy & Ethnography
Assia Djebar Littérature PSL
Assia Djebar
Literature
Frédéric Mazzella Fondateur de BlaBlaCar PSL
Frédéric Mazzella
Founder of BlaBlaCar
Louis Pasteur biologie chimie physique PSL
Louis Pasteur
Biology & Chemistry
Paul Langevin physique PSL
Paul Langevin
Physics
Isabelle Huppert Actrice PSL
Isabelle Huppert
Dramatic Art
Charles Sainte-Claire-Deville Géologue PSL
Charles Sainte-Claire-Deville
Geology
Pierre-Louis Lions Mathématiques PSL
Pierre-Louis Lions
Mathematics
Maurice Allais Economie PSL
Maurice Allais
Economics
Fernand Braudel Historien PSL
Fernand Braudel
History
François Arago Mathématiques Physique Astronomie PSL
François Arago
Mathematics Physics Astronomy
Jean Rochefort Acteur PSL
Jean Rochefort
Dramatic Art
Philippe Aghion Economie PSL
Philippe Aghion
Economics
François de Wendel Homme d'Etat PSL
François de Wendel
Politics
Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Physique PSL
Pierre-Gilles de Gennes
Physics
Alain Juppé Homme d'Etat PSL
Alain Juppé
Politics
Simone Weil Philosophie & Littérature
Simone Weil
Philosophy & Literature
Serge Haroche Physique PSL
Serge Haroche
Physics
Laurent Fabius Homme d'Etat PSL
Laurent Fabius
Politics
Jean-Pierre Marielle Acteur PSL
Jean-Pierre Marielle
Dramatic Art
Henri Poincaré Mathématiques Physique PSL
Henri Poincaré
Mathematics & Physics
Jean-Pierre Serre Mathématiques PSL
Jean-Pierre Serre
Mathematics
Irène Joliot-Curie Chimie Physique PSL
Irène Joliot-Curie
Physics & Chemistry
Raymond Aron Philosophie PSL
Raymond Aron
Philosophy
Olivier Blanchard Economie PSL
Olivier Blanchard
Economics
Claude Cohen-Tannoudji physicien PSL
Claude Cohen-Tannoudji
Physics
Jean-Christophe Yoccoz Mathématiques PSL
Jean-Christophe Yoccoz
Mathematics
Georges Charpak ESPCI Paris by harcourt creative commons
Georges Charpak
Physique
Isabelle Kocher - Wikimedia commons
Isabelle Kocher
Business woman
Esther Duflo - Wikimedia commons
Esther Duflo
Economics

PSL worldwide

International in scope, PSL has cultivated framework agreements with the University of Cambridge, UCL, EPFL, Columbia, Berkeley, NYU, Technion, ANU, Beida, Shanghai Jiao Tong, National Taiwan University, Tsinghua University, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Scientific and Cultural Events

As a major scientific, cultural and artistic center, PSL hosts many debates, colloquia, lectures, exhibits, shows, and concerts throughout the year.

Disseminating Knowledge and Heritage

Université PSL is home to a wealth of treasures. The museums, collections and libraries within PSL’s institutions provide for the preservation of precious historical and often little-known artifacts and artworks, all available to PSL students, faculty and researchers. Thanks to its 95 libraries along with PSL Explore, its online document library, Université PSL can disseminate knowledge to the widest possible audience.