Marseille is located in the South-East of France, and is the administrative centre of the Bouches-du-Rhône department and the Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur region.
Marseille is the second largest city in France with more than 860,000 inhabitants and the third largest agglomeration (with 1,578,584 inhabitants). Since 1st January 2016 Marseille has also been home to the metropolis of Aix-Marseille, the second most populated in France after that of Greater Paris.
Among the oldest cities in France, Greek sailors from Phocaea founded Marseille under the name of Massalia around 600 BC. Since ancient times, Marseille has been an important trading and transit port.
Legacies of this past, the Grand Seaport of Marseille and the maritime economy are still major centres of regional and national activity and Marseille remains the first French port, the second Mediterranean port and the fifth European port. This city fascinates, intrigues, and has conquered a new audience.
Finally, the higher education institutions of the region are divided between Marseille, where the teaching traditionally focuses on the exact sciences and medicine, and Aix-en-Provence, devoted to the humanities, literature and law. Marseille has about 51,000 students.