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One of the main strengths of Poitiers University is its comprehensiveness and multi-disciplinary offerings, for the benefit of all students. Poitiers University boast 7 colleges, 2 Scools and 5 institutes.

Our international commitment

The international dimension is one of the major priorities of the University of Poitiers. This is materialized each year by the reception of about 4,000 students from 136 different countries. With 17% foreign students, the University of Poitiers is above the national average. The reasons for this success lie in its wide and diversified range of programs, but also in the human size of our University, allowing for personalized student follow-up and a relaxed yet culturally rich experience.

In order to strengthen the international influence of the University of Poitiers, we have long-standing commitments to major international exchange, training and research programs, which benefit the whole University community through various programs of pedagogical, administrative, financial and logistical support.

We Particularly Support:

  • the promotion of French-speaking culture and institutions
  • the defense of equal rights to education and training for all students
  • the continuation of existing exchange programs and European networks
  • the establishment of co-diplomas, double diplomas, international Master’s degrees, co-supervision of PhDs
  • multilingualism and raising awareness of the languages of all our international partners
  • the mobility of students, lecturers and technical staff
  • the promotion of Summer schools
  • exchanges with new emerging countries and privileged partnership areas
  • the attractiveness of research in our laboratories

It all began in 1431: A short history of the University of Poitiers

The University of Poitiers, founded in 1431 by Pope Eugene IV, later confirmed by French King Charles VII’s letters patent, was originally composed of five Colleges: theology, canon law, civil law, medicine and arts.

As early as the 16th century, the University of Poitiers was the centrepiece of the city’s cultural life. At that time, it was considered the second most important University in France after Paris; 4,000 students attended the University, some of whom were to become famous: Joachim du Bellay, Guez de Balzac, François Rabelais, René Descartes, Francis Bacon, Scévole de Sainte Marthe etc. After the French Revolution, which abolished provincial universities, the University of Poitiers was refounded and strengthened by the addition of new colleges (literature and science) during the 19th century.

The University of Poitiers currently serves more than 23,000 students and employs more than 3,000 people: Teachers and Academics / Librarians, engineers, technicians, workmen, administrative, service and health workers / Temporary teaching and research staff / Language assistants / Contract PhD students / and Contract teachers.

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15, rue de l'Hôtel Dieu
France (FR)

International department web address


+33 5 49 45 30 00