About us

Excellence, cross-disciplinarity and creativity form the backbone of PSL. Created in 2011 and awarded “Investments for the Future” funding from the French government, PSL encompasses a rich array of prestigious schools and institutions that in celebration of their historical relationships and their cultural and geographic proximity decided to together create a new university that promotes breakthrough thinking and the spirit of experimentation.

Covering the arts, sciences, engineering, the humanities and social science, PSL’s diversity is its strength--diversity that also shines through in its students, who hail from multiple geographical, cultural, and social backgrounds.

Knowledge forms the foundation of all of contemporary society’s great transformations. PSL’s students, researchers and faculty are actors in a globalized world. Aware of their individual and collective social responsibility, they are eager to contribute to transforming society through their ideas, discoveries, and innovations. PSL is educating the leaders of tomorrow: scholars, artists, engineers, entrepreneurs, executives.

With 4,500 researchers and 20,000 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 provides a world-class academic environment where disciplines intersect, mutually enhancing intellectual pursuits, where basic and applied research go hand-in-hand, and where universities and the corporate world interact. Freedom of thought and entrepreneurial spirit flourish among PSL’s many resources for exploring new fields, building innovative curricula, creating startups (40 on average per year), and disseminating knowledge to the public at large (22 million courses and lectures downloaded to date).

International in scope, PSL has cultivated strategic 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.

Studying at PSL means following in the footsteps of our illustrious alumni and, just as they did, inventing the world of tomorrow.

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
Oeuvre Louise Bourgeois artiste plasticienne PSL
Louise Bourgeois
Plastic Arts
Assia Djebar Littérature PSL
Assia Djebar
Literature
Claude Monet Peintre PSL
Claude Monet
Painting
Frédéric Mazzella Fondateur de BlaBlaCar PSL
Frédéric Mazzella
Founder of BlaBlaCar
Georges Charpak Physicien PSL
Georges Charpak
Physics
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
Thomas Piketty économiste PSL
Thomas Piketty
Economics
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
Pierre Boulez Compositeur et chef d’orchestre PSL
Pierre Boulez
Music
Simone Weil Philosophie & Littérature
Simone Weil
Philosophy & Literature
Serge Haroche Physique PSL
Serge Haroche
Physics
Laurent Fabius Homme d'Etat PSL
Laurent Fabius
Politics
Claude Debussy Musicien PSL
Claude Debussy
Music
Jean-Pierre Marielle Acteur PSL
Jean-Pierre Marielle
Dramatic Art
Henri Poincaré Mathématiques Physique PSL
Henri Poincaré
Mathematics & Physics
Henri Matisse Artiste peintre dessinateur graveur sculpteur PSL
Henri Matisse
Painting & Drawing
Jean-Pierre Serre Mathématiques PSL
Jean-Pierre Serre
Mathematics
Irène Joliot-Curie Chimie Physique PSL
Irène Joliot-Curie
Physics & Chemistry
Fernand Léger Peintre dessinateur PSL
Fernand Léger
Painting & Drawing
François Ozon Réalisateur PSL
François Ozon
Film director
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