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Institut Pasteur



The Institut Pasteur was opened on November 14, 1888 thanks to Louis Pasteur’s international appeal for funds. He now had the facilities to extend vaccination against rabies, continue research on infectious diseases and share the resulting knowledge.


The Institut Pasteur is also internationally renowned for the outstanding quality of its teaching programs. The emphasis on practical aspects attracts students and researchers who wish to expand their expertise or top up their degree programs. The IP has a well equiped Education Center situated in the heart of the campus, that offers outstanding facilities for theoretical and lab sessions in a wide range of biology disciplines. Each year around 900 students follow courses.  In 2009 an international PhD program, in life sciences and biomedicine, the PPU, has been created to attract on the campus motivated students, to offer them innovative teaching methods, and to bring them to excellence.


The Institut Pasteur's scientific strategy is built on strong support for outstanding basic research that is primarily curiosity driven. To meet today's and tomorrow's health challenges, Institut Pasteur scientists aim to speed up our understanding of various physiological and pathological processes and to develop new strategies for diagnosing, preventing and treating disease. Their work covers a broad range of research fields including microbiology and infectious diseases, immunology, neuroscience, developmental biology, genetics and cancer.


All along the PhD, but in particular during the third year, the students can follow several seminars or workshop about  possibilities for their future carreer. The Institut Pasteur offers also a personalized follow-up to guide the young reserchers to find the most appropriate career pathway.


Student services

A Doct-Office is present on the campus of the Institut Pasteur. This office supervises doctoral students in close partnership with French universities and renowned international universities. Institut Pasteur has a strong commitment to doctoral students, both on the academic and social levels.

Housing services

The Institut Pasteur has a partnership  with the Cité Universitaire Internationale de Paris ( a residence around 20 min from IP by metro), which includes the provision of 60 units for Institut Pasteur. A housing platform of Institut Pasteur in 3 languages (English, French, Chinese) also offers a lot of solutions to find accommodations. The PPU students have Units at the Cité Universitaire, automatically reserved for the first 6 months of their PhD.

Library services

The Institut Pasteur offers free access to a state of the art Library facility (Médiathèque) with hundreds of scientific journals, the most extensive resources for microbiology, immunology and molecular biology in France and the unique World Health Organization publication repository in the country.

ICT services

Students have a dedicate computer in the laboratory where they are conducting their research project. Free WiFi is on the campus. Students must abide to the institut’s rules concerning internet access and use. Our institution provides an IT support.

Medical services

A Healthcare Service is on the campus, open from 8h30 am to 5h30 pm. It is made by a multi-disciplinary team coordinated by the occupational physician. It has a preventive purpose, it does not make a prescription except in emergency situation.Its main mission: "To avoid any deterioration in the health of workers because of their work"

Student Life

Campus life

The IP campus is very close to the center of Paris. All the departments are in the same campus. There is a canteen. Supermarket, public transports, and other facilities are at walking distance.

Sports facilities

ASIP (the sport association of the Institut Pasteur) offers to all members of the Institut  23 activities, 2 gyms and over 30 hours of sports every week. This large selection of activities allows everyone to find their appropriate discipline.

Student clubs

The student association (STAPA) has two goals: scientific (to promote exchanges  between young researchers and experienced scientists by organizing scientific meetings, seminars, workshops and conferences but also an annual international scientific retreat) and social ( to welcome and integrate young researchers to the Institut Pasteur but also help newcomers to settle down in Paris by organizing social events (welcome day, social hours, parties, travels, etc.) bringing people together.


Each Institut Pasteur research laboratory is affiliated to a Doctoral school accredited by a Parisian university and involved in supervision and training for doctoral students.

Paris, Île-de-France, France

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