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Established in 1431, the University of Poitiers is the second oldest university in France and counts François Rabelais, René Descartes, and Francis Bacon amongst its former students. Highly regarded within France, the University of Poitiers provides 24,500 students a full range of top quality courses in Science, Liberal Arts, Pharmacy and Medicine, Engineering, Law, Economics, and Management. Poitiers provides a student friendly environment with the highest per capita student population of any city in France.
Some of the unique academic programs at Poitiers include: a renowned center for medieval studies (in an excellent setting for the topic!), the program in "arts de spectacle" (theater arts and film), and the Institute of Technology, which blends scientific studies with technological training and innovation. In addition, students majoring or minoring in the fine arts or music may sometimes be placed into one or two courses per semester in the School of Fine Arts Poitiers (separate from the university), on a case-by-case basis. Studio art and music courses cannot be guaranteed until a French professor accepts the student after arrival in Poitiers, usually based on examination of a small work sample.
Poitiers is the capital of the Poitou region and is only a few hours from Paris by TGV (high-speed train). Located in the west of France, Poitiers is in close proximity to the Loire Valley, dozens of charming chateaux, an excellent wine region, and Basque country just to the south. The Futuroscope--part interactive learning center, and part theme park--is located just outside Poitiers and pays tribute to the technologies of multimedia in several wildly imaginative pavilions. Normandy, Brittany, the French Riviera, the Alps, London, northeastern Spain, and northwestern Italy are all within half a day's train travel.
Today, Poitiers is a center for education, agriculture, industry and communications. A university town, it boasts a population of 120,000 and offers students a chance to live in a manageable-sized city while still being close to larger metropolitan centers in France. Many in France consider it the smallest of the big cities – une ville à taille humaine.
Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. Two years of college level French (3.00 GPA or higher) required for the academic year program; three years of college level French (3.00 GPA or higher) required for the semester programs.