Program Overview

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.

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.

What is an Exchange?

This is an exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at a UO partner university. Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and on-site student support services such as academic advising, health & counselling services may vary. 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.

NOTE: The host university has its own credit and grading system. The transcripts provided by the host institution will be converted by the UO Registrar’s Office based on established standards of conversion. Exchange applicants should meet with a GEO advisor to discuss program details.

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.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester2017Late AugustMid-December
Academic Year2017-18Late AugustLate May
Spring Semester20182/1/2018Early JanuaryLate May
Fall Semester20182/1/2018Late AugustMid-December
Academic Year2018-20192/1/2018Late AugustLate May
Spring Semester2019Late MayEarly JanuaryLate May

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.