With 80,000 students and almost 8,000 staff, Aix-Marseille University (AMU) is the largest French-speaking multidisciplinary university, and the result of a merger between the University of Provence, the University of the Mediterranean and Paul Cézanne University in 2012. Its facilities are spread across 17 faculties, schools and institutes, five campuses, nine cities and four departments in Southern France. AMU's five key disciplinary sectors are Arts, Letters, Languages and Humanities, Law and Political Science, Economics and Management, Health, Science and Technology, and a multidisciplinary sector. Interdisciplinarity is at the core of AMU's development strategy, which is reflected in its recent creation of 15 institutional institutes that serve as a bridge between research, training and a global outlook. The university's commitment to internationalization is also reflected in AMU's 350 partnership agreements, its memberships in the CIVIS alliance of 10 European universities and in the U7+ alliance of world universities, as well as in the establishment of a permanent representation office to the EU in Brussels.
70thAMU ranked 70th worldwide in the Times Higher Education Young Universities Ranking 2021
12,5%AMU's 10,000 international students make up 12,5% of the entire student body
830,000 m²Accumulated size of AMU's 58 research and teaching sites
Aix-Marseille University is a research-intensive university with 113 research units, 9 research federations, more than 50 labelled technological platforms and 12 doctoral schools. AMU has its own Research and Development Department (DRV) that is responsible for spearheading the implementation of the university's research strategy and the administrative management of the research partnerships and collaborations for AMU's units.
AMU is actively involved in European framework programs and other European and international funding programs. As leading French university in the Horizon 2020 "Health" program and second among French universities for grants obtained, AMU coordinates more than 10 projects within the H2020 framework. AMU also supports applications from researchers to the European Research Council (ERC) program through its Aix-Marseille ERC club (CERCle).
In 2021, Aix-Marseille University was awarded the HRS4R – HR excellence in research – label by the European Commission, which reflects the university's commitment to the implementation of the principles of the "European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers".
Engagement with IU
Besides a primary agreement with AMU, IU's Office of Overseas Study has also signed a system-wide exchange agreement with AMU. The Academic Program in Aix-en-Provence (APA) has been in place since 1997 and is offered through a consortium with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The Indiana University Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI has also had a student exchange program with AMU since 2002.