Université de Poitiers

Université de Poitiers is an exchange destination for Utrecht University Bachelor and Master students of the faculty of Humanities in Poitiers, France.

"Poitiers is a really beautiful town with a lot of history around you. A lot of cultural events are organised, and there is a sports ground accessible for students where they offer sports classes especially for students. This is a great way to meet French students apart from the Erasmus ones!" - experience from a former exchange student 

Student experiences

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General information for exchange students

Course information

Welcome Guide

Academic calendar

Semester I: September – January
Semester II: January – June

Academic Calendar


Language requirement: a minimum language level of B2 (CEFR) in French is required. All classes are taught in French, with the exception of a few courses. 

Areas of study open to exchange students

Arts & Humanities. Subjects taught here include: 

  • History
  • History of Art
  • Musicology
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Sociology

Students can follow maximum of 2 courses in other faculties within the university. 

Courses at Master’s level


Language of instruction


Housing assistance

More information

Estimated living costs per month

For more information please consult the Welcome Guide (page 55).


Normal study load per semester: 30 ECTS 

Number of places available

2 places per year. 

Additional information


Incoming students can follow French courses at the ”Center of French as a Foreign Language” of University of Poitiers. These courses must be paid by the students : different levels and durations are offered. You may obtain ECTS credits on the condition that you attend regularly and pass the exams. There is also one week “Intensive langue courses”at the end of August, before the beginning of the classes (190 €) Further information on the French center website.

Do you have any questions about this partner university or about studying abroad? Contact the International Office of the Faculty of Humanities (details below).