Country: 
France
Location: 

Poitiers is a center for education, agriculture, industry and communications with a rich history and is only a less than two 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 châteaux, 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 imaginative pavilions. Normandy, Brittany, the French Riviera, the Alps, London, northeastern Spain, and northwestern Italy are all within half a day's train travel.

A university town, boasts a population of 135,000 in the metropolitan area and offers students a chance to live in a manageable-sized city while still being close to larger metropolitan centers in France. Poitiers has the highest per capita student population of any city in France and is a center for the European exchange program, Erasmus. Many in France consider it the smallest of the big cities – une ville à taille humaine.

Students enjoy the support of an experienced full-time Resident Director in the Centre Oregon in Poitiers. Program options include French language study and Direct Enrollment in regular university classes for either a semester or academic year. Students can elect to take a studio art course at the Ecole des Beaux Arts-Poitiers. To encourage cultural integration, there are multiple options for service learning through partnerships with local schools and organizations.  For example, previous students have enjoyed tutoring students in English from the elementary through college level.

Requirement(s): 

Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. One year of college level French (3.00 GPA or higher) for French Language option (semester or academic year). For students intending to direct enroll (semester or academic year), three years of college level French (3.00 GPA or higher) is required.

Program Details: 

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Deadlines:
Fall, Fall/Winter/Spring: March 15
Winter/Spring: October 15

Academic Emphasis: 
Art
Biology
Botany
Chemistry
Chinese
Earth Science
Economics
Education
English
Environ. Econ. Policy
Environ. Science
French
Geography
German
History
Italian
Management
Microbiology
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Spanish
Speech Comm.
Zoology
Program Administrator: 
IE3 Global
Program Costs: 
Duration: 
Fall term
Winter/Spring Semester
Academic year
Language: 
French
Housing: 
Residence Hall
Host Family
Apartment