Universite de Poitiers

Universite de Poitiers

Poitiers, France

Located in the capital of the region, Université de Poitiers has a long history of excellence.

It covers all major fields through its 14 educational and research units (UFR), institutes and schools and offers over 500 national diplomas. There are 24,000 students, including 3,000 international students.

Poitiers is located in the Poitou-Charentes region of France, nestled between the châteaux and the castles of the Loire Valley and the Bordeaux vineyards.

The climate of the Poitou-Charentes region is pleasant and mild, and the city's large student population making a Poitiers a lively and vibrant city.

Website URL: http://www.univ-poitiers.fr/international/venir-etudier-a-poitiers/venir-en-programmes-d-echanges/venir-en-programme-d-echange-679421.kjsp?RH=1328806189327

The International Office assists with finding housing. Options include room in residence, individual bachelor apartment or a shared apartment.


Cost: Medium http://www.univ-poitiers.fr/administrative-formalities/before-leaving-your-home-country/financing-your-studies-1041391.kjsp
External Funding Available: Yes
Availability: 5
Academic Dates:


Course Timetable:

Many disciplines are offered, but the far majority of the classes are offered in French. The best way of finding courses is to look under the specific departments; all linked from the main homepage. Click on Formation and then Catalogue des formations, and research the different faculties.


Program Type: Exchange
Language: English , French
Available Subjects: aboriginal studies , biology , business and entrepreneurship , computer science , english literature , economics , french , geography , geology , history , information and communication studies , kinesiology and sports sciences , law , linguistics , mathematics , media and film , philosophy , political science , psychology , sociology , world literature and culture studies , engineering - civil
Travel Information: http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/france
Practical Information: http://www.univ-poitiers.fr/international/venir-etudier-a-poitiers/venir-en-programmes-d-echanges/venir-en-programme-d-echange-679421.kjsp?RH=1328806189327
Visa Requirements: http://www.univ-poitiers.fr/international/venir-etudier-a-poitiers/demarches-administratives-avant-de-partir/demander-un-visa/demander-un-visa-459101.kjsp?RH=1329136382669
Additional Information:

External funding may be available:

  • French Embassy– AUCC Travel Grant valued at $1500 CAD.
  • Scholarships France-Acadie cover round trip airfare to France, tuition in France, French student social security, stipend for living expenses and books, deadline May 18. Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident residing in NB, PEI, NFL, NS for a minimum of 5 years. Must have completed 3 years of university studies at the time of departure.
  • Francophone students in a minority setting (any location): http://www.fondationricard.com/demande.html.
    • Note: Must already have an undergraduate degree
  • NB students studying at Poitiers are eligible for a $1,500 scholarship from the NB provincial government


"The best thing about France was the culture and the easy access to travel to other destinations in France and Europe. France is so close to other countries that it was easy to get on a train and travel for a day or weekend to other parts of the country and other European countries.  It is easy to buy your ticket and even book your hotel room at your destination all in one stop, it is that easy!

The people were very nice and helpful especially if they knew you were Canadian. The fashions are amazing; the weather was so much warmer than Maritime weather. The food, especially the desserts in France were delicious, especially the pastries and bread. I also found the architecture and historical places interesting as many if not most of the buildings dated back centuries and held so much important and interesting history.

Studying abroad is an experience that one could NEVER get from reading or studying in a book. This was a personal growth experience that could never be duplicated any other way."

Melanie Grimmer, Winter 2009