University of Oregon

University of Poitiers Exchange

Program Overview

Note: This program is projected to be relaunched in Fall 2017

The Poitiers program is ideal for students in a variety of majors who have sufficient French background and are hoping to experience cultural immersion in the French context.

The yearlong Poitiers exchange program is a unique opportunity for you to improve your French proficiency and expand your academic training in general-education, major and minor courses within a French university. The language of instruction is French.

There are two types of year-long study in Poitiers. 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 only second-year college French completed usually start with CFLE courses and transition into more direct enrollment courses in the second semester.

Some of the unique academic programs at Poitiers include: a renowned center for medieval studies, the program in "Spectacular Arts" (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, on a case-by-case basis. Studio art and music courses cannot be guaranteed until after arrival in Poitiers, usually based on examination of a small work sample.

The semester Poitiers exchange program is a unique opportunity for students with advanced background in French language to continue to improve their French proficiency while taking regular university courses, in a variety of fields, that focus on French life and culture. The language of instruction is French. The semester program can be paired nicely with an internship semester in or around Poitiers (see below).

The academic program begins each fall with a stage, an intensive cultural and linguistic orientation course for which you will receive UO credits. During the stage, you will 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.

Application Process

Selection for the program is based on a review of the student's written application, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process.

IMPORTANT: Applications for exchange programs involve two parts. Both parts of the application are due by the application deadline. Early application is advised. 

1. Completion of the UO online application.

2. Completion of the University of Poitiers online application.

Please note that students cannot begin the interview process until both applications are complete.

Application fees are due at the time the applications are submitted and are non-refundable under any circumstances.

Graduate Students (year-long program only)

In addition to the process described above and below, graduate student applicants must also complete the Graduate Enrollment in UO-Sponsored Study Abroad Programs form. This form requires that you obtain pre-authorization for your program from your adviser, department head and the Graduate School.

Student Life

This is a student exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at one of the University of Oregon’s partner universities.  Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and do not necessarily include significant on-site student support services, such as academic advising, health & counselling services, planned excursions or social events.  Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

Additional Requirements

  • GPA of 3.25 or above for graduate students.
  • Two years of college-level French or equivalent with GPA 3.0 or higher. Three years for direct exchange.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall2017TBDLate AugustMid-December
Academic Year2017-18TBDLate AugustLate May
Spring2018TBDEarly JanuaryLate May

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.