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Experience life in an ancient city where twenty centuries of Western civilization are still evident in buildings graced by Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance architecture. Today, Poitiers is a center for education, agriculture, industry and communications where students benefit from a variety of course offerings, engage in the local community and meet students from around the world. 

Poitiers | France

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More photos from this program can be found here.

Experience life in an ancient city where twenty centuries of Western civilization are still evident in buildings graced by Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance architecture. Today, Poitiers is a center for education, agriculture, industry and communications. A university town, Poitiers boasts a population of 85,000 within a larger metropolitan area of 140,000 and offers students a chance to live in a manageably sized city while still being close to the larger cities such as Paris and Bordeaux.  The Université de Poitiers is a comprehensive university comprised of 23,000 students taking courses in 14 different colleges, institutes and schools.  Poitiers is in the storied western region of France, in close proximity to the Loire Valley and its châteaux, the Atlantic coast, Basque country, and Normandy, with Paris less than two hours by train.

This program allows students to enroll in either French language courses or regular university courses in many fields of study, taught entirely in French. Some University of Poitiers courses are also available in English.  The language program is open to students with at least one year of college-level French while students interested in a full schedule of direct enroll courses should complete at least three year college-level French.  With opportunities for engagement in the local community and options to take studio art courses at Les Beaux Arts de Poitiers, the program offers unique aspects unavailable in other locations.

  • The University of Poitiers offers a broad array of academic disciplines and courses in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and business
  • Poitiers participants who are studying art may take a studio art course at Les Beaux Arts de Poitiers on a case-by-case basis
  • A center for Erasmus, the European exchange program, the Université de Poitiers attracts 4,000 international students each year which is a larger percentage of the overall student enrollment (17%) than any other university in France
  • Students of theater arts and film studies will benefit from Poitiers’ wonderful program in “arts de spectacle,” including all aspects of stage and film studies
  • The medieval studies center at the Université de Poitiers is one of the largest and best in France
  • Still nestled into its medieval walls, Poitiers is one of the most intact medieval cities of Europe, with its church from the 900’s proudly standing in the center of the walled area

Program Duration:

  • Fall: late August – mid December
  • Winter/Spring: early January – late May
  • Fall/Winter/Spring: late August – late May

Fall: March 15
Yearlong: March 15
Winter/Spring: October 15

- Sophomore or higher

- GPA of 2.75 or above

- minimum of one year of college-level French with a B average or higher

The Poitiers program is ideal for students in a variety of majors who have a base in French language and are hoping to experience cultural immersion in the French context. It is a unique opportunity for students to improve their French proficiency and take courses for their major, minor or general education requirements within a French university.

Most Oregon students in Poitiers make use of the language institute courses at the Centre de Français Langue Étrangère (CFLE), which offers intensive training in French language skills at all levels. Students whose French skills are sufficient may select from direct enrollment courses in a variety of fields in the humanities, social and natural sciences, and business management. Most students who arrive in Poitiers with three years of college-level French completed are ready for direct enrollment from the first semester, whereas students who arrive with first or second-year college French completed usually start mainly with CFLE courses.  Depending on language progress, yearlong students may transition into more direct enrollment courses in the second semester.

The fall academic program begins with a stage, an intensive cultural and linguistic orientation course for which students receive home university credits. During the stage, students complete a language skills evaluation that determines CFLE placement levels and/or confirms that students are ready for direct enrollment in general university courses taught in French. All stage, CFLE and direct-enrollment courses are taught by University of Poitiers faculty members, but only international students (from outside France) participate in the stage and CFLE courses.

The Poitiers program is open to students from all fields of study. To be eligible, students must meet the following minimum requirements before departure:

  • 45 credits or more (sophomore standing)
  • An overall GPA of 2.75 or above
  • Minimum one year of college-level French with a B average or better.

Students must also make satisfactory academic progress throughout the application process and during their study abroad program, and otherwise comply with policies and procedures of the host university, IE3 Global, and their home university international programs office.

Housing is coordinated by the IE3 Global Site Director.  Students may choose a host family, a residence hall, or a small apartment depending on their preferences.  The host family option provides an opportunity for cultural and linguistic immersion and a majority of meals are included.  Students living in residence halls have access to cooking facilities and/or inexpensive student restaurants.

Students are supported by Site Director, Sylvie Brugerolle, who works out of the Centre Oregon at the University of Poitiers. Experienced and personable, Sylvie will help arrange housing, coordinate orientation, introduce you to the city, give you guidance regarding the French educational system, and provide other logistical and personal support as needed.

sylvie-brugerolleAbout Site Director, Sylvie Brugerolle

A French citizen, Sylvie holds a Masters of Law from the University of Bordeaux (France).  After having worked in a bank for a few years, Sylvie was hired by IE3 Global in 1992 as the Program Assistant in Poitiers. Currently Site Director in Poitiers, Sylvie is responsible for supporting students by facilitating their housing, university registration, providing on-site orientation and organizing group activities. She greatly appreciates having the opportunity to put her knowledge of the local community, French culture and practical experience with her country and region to work as she advises students participating in the program. Sylvie strives to provide students with the support they need in order to grow in their French proficiency and confidence in navigating daily life in France.

Terms

Fall | Fall/Winter/Spring | Winter/Spring

Application Deadline

Fall: March 15
Yearlong: March 15
Winter/Spring: October 15

Basic Requirements

- Sophomore or higher

- GPA of 2.75 or above

- minimum of one year of college-level French with a B average or higher