Exchange with the University of Poitiers in France

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The University of Poitiers is a large public university of about 28,000 students. Founded in 1431 by Pope Eugenius IV and granted a royal charter by King Charles VII, the University of Poitiers had become a leading cultural center by the Renaissance, second only to the Paris Sorbonne. Among its students one finds such illustrious poets, writers, and philosophers as Rabelais, Du Bellay, Guez de Ballzac, Descartes, and Sir Francis Bacon. Today the University of Poitiers is a vibrant, innovative part of the French higher education system and offers a great variety of undergraduate and graduate programs in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts, and Natural Sciences.

Residence hall accommodations are available. Students may study for either one semester or for an academic year. Students studying at the university have commented on the university town atmosphere and good location. You may find additional information on the Univeristy de Poitiers website.

Regarding Student Visas

Exchange Students are responsible for obtaining their own visas.  Countries′ immigration policies change periodically; the absolute best source of information is the Consulate of the country for which you′re attempting to obtain a visa. 

A student visa is a document issued by a country granting an individual permission to enter a country with the express purpose of completing studies there at a recognized institution.  The process of obtaining a visa to study in another country can take weeks or months, so it is important to begin the process as soon as possible after being accepted to the exchange.  Without a visa, you may not be allowed to enter the foreign country, even upon arrival at their airport.