Poitiers campus

  • Poitiers campus entrance ©Martin ArgyrogloPoitiers campus entrance ©Martin Argyroglo
  • Students in the Simon Bolivar amphitheater ©Martin ArgyrogloStudents in the Simon Bolivar amphitheater ©Martin Argyroglo
  • Students in a classroom ©Martin ArgyrogloStudents in a classroom ©Martin Argyroglo
  • Students in the Pablo Neruda library ©Martin ArgyrogloStudents in the Pablo Neruda library ©Martin Argyroglo
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  • Students in the garden ©Martin ArgyrogloStudents in the garden ©Martin Argyroglo
  • Campus lobby, with the "péniche" ©Martin ArgyrogloCampus lobby, with the "péniche" ©Martin Argyroglo

Open Day 2017

Come and discover the Poitiers campus, Saturday, 25 November 2017See the programme (fr.)

The Poitiers campus was established in 2001 as the Undergraduate College's Europe-Latin America campus.

A regional specialisation on South America, Spain and Portugal

In conjunction with the multidisciplinary programme in the social sciences common to the entire Undergraduate College, students have the opportunity to focus on the political, geopolitical and economic issues of Latin America, in a comparative perspective with the EU, particularly the Iberian peninsula.

The programme is taught mainly in French, with some courses in English and Spanish. Students explore Latin America's history and contemporary questions such as democratic issues, how economies are integrating into the globalised economy, urban development, and regional and continental integration.

Students can also study the two main languages of the geographic area: Spanish and Portuguese.

A unique experience in an international environment

The Nancy campus has about 200 students, over half of whom are international students, mainly from Latin America and Spain. This cultural diversity makes the first two years on campus an international experience in itself, which is capped off with the third year abroad studying at one of Sciences Po's 470 partner universities.

There are many sporting and cultural events (fr.) (such as the Art and Politics Festival) to enrich campus life. Students are encouraged to organise and take part in debates, conferences, sporting and cultural events, etc. All student initiatives engage with the wider world, helping students gain a sense of responsibility and commitment to the local community.

Thanks to the small class sizes, students work in a pleasant environment and enjoy very close attention from the faculty for both their studies and extra-curricular activities.

Poitiers, a university town in a medieval setting

The campus is centrally located in a sixteenth-century mansion just a stone's throw from a masterpiece of Romanesque art, Notre-Dame-La-Grande church. It has a full range of facilities nearby (accommodation, cultural and sporting facilities) and an be reached on foot or by bicycle.

Just an hour and fifteen minutes from Paris by high-speed train, Poitiers is city with an exceptional Gallo-Roman heritage, reflected by a number of historical monuments (including the oldest baptistery in Europe). The city was home to Eleanor of Aquitaine and bears the memory of other illustrious figures, such as Clovis or Joan of Arc. Development of one of the oldest universities in Europe (founded in 1431) has made Poitiers an important university town in France (Pierre de Ronsard, René Descartes and Michel Foucault studied there), with a student population that makes up a quarter of the total population.

Poitiers has a national theatre (Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers (fr.)) and hosts some major international cultural events (the Poitiers Film Festival, Filmer le travail, Festival A Corps and the Hispano-American Film Festival). A youth-friendly cultural policy facilitates students' access to arts and culture venues in the city.