Lyon-Poitiers Exchange Program
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Lyon-Poitiers Exchange Program

Lyon College has an exchange program with the Université de Poitiers allowing students to study in France for a semester or a year. Students may take courses at the Centre de Français Langue Etrangère at the Université de Poitiers, which provides courses in oral and written French as well as literature and civilization. In addition, qualified students may take the same courses as French students in other subject matters. Students may choose to stay in a dorm or rent a room in the home of a French host.

The exchange also allows French students to come to Lyon.

The City

Poitiers is a center for education, agriculture, and industry. A university town--or ville étudiante--it boasts a population of 120,000 and offers students a chance to live in a smaller city close to larger metropolitan centers in France. 

Poitiers is the capital of the Poitou region and is only a few hours from Paris by TGV (high-speed train). Located in the west of France, Poitiers is close in proximity to the Loire Valley, Basque Country, dozens of castles, and vineyards. 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 wildly imaginative pavilions. The French Riviera, Brittany, Normandy, the Alps, London, northeastern Spain, and northwestern Italy are all within half a day's train travel.

The University

Established in 1431, the Université de Poitiers is the second oldest university in France and counts René Descartes, François Rabelais, and Francis Bacon among its former students. The university provides 24,500 students courses in science, pharmacy and medicine, engineering, law, economics, management, and the liberal arts. Approximately 15 percent of the students at the university are international students.