The University Paul Valéry is one of the oldest university traditions in Europe. The University of Montpellier, founded on October 26, 1289 by a bull of Pope Nicholas IV regrouping Schools of Medicine, Arts and Law is the third university created in France, after those of Paris and Toulouse.
"The teaching of theology (1421), then of the sciences (1809) and pharmacy were added successively and contributed to give it a reputation for excellence never denied. In 1970, the old faculties formed three distinct universities. Located in a beautiful campus in the north of the city, the Faculty of Letters, Arts, Languages and Human Sciences becomes the University Montpellier III. It takes the name of Paul-Valéry, in homage to this great writer born in Sete, Today, Paul-Valéry University brings together more than 20,000 students, 1,600 staff. It is characterized by its specificity as a university centered on LLASHS and can claim to be particularly innovative, for example in the field of distance education (the first French university for the number of complete diplomas open to the EAD) (With an IDEFI of 6.2 M € over 8 years) or in the field of research around archeology with the ARCHIMEDE labex (10 M € over 10 years)"