Student Exchanges

Student Exchange Procedure

Students from partner universities are eligible for a student exchange within our faculty. In order to come for one semester or a full academic year, students must have been selected by their home university beforehand.  It is mandatory for the home university to inform our international relations office of the students they will be sending for the next academic year and of their length of stay in Poitiers. Nominations must be sent to us by email ( before June 30th for students arriving for the first semester and before November 30th for students arriving for the second semester.

Once their selection is announced to us by their home faculty, students will receive information by email concerning enrolment procedures and all other procedures related to their stay in Poitiers (accommodation, health insurance, etc.)

Download the University of Poitiers Law Faculty Fact Sheet. [PDF - 103 Ko]

Courses Open to International Students

Exchange students can follow all 1st year (L1) to 4th year (M1) courses.  All the classes are taught exclusively in French, except for 3 Political Science courses that are taught in English (see last page of list)

Download the Faculty of Law Welcome guide (2019-2020) [PDF - 652 Ko] for incoming exchange students, which contains the list of courses open to exchange students.

Course Configuration : Lectures (CM) and Tutorials (TD)

The « Cours Magistraux – CM » are lecture-type courses of 20 to 30 hours per semester (in general 3 hours per week).  Some CMs are associated to a “Travaux Dirigés –TD” , which are optional for exchange students.

Exchange students who are enroled in a CM (without the associated TD), must pass a single oral exam at the end of the semester.

The “Travaux Dirigés – TD” are tutorial-type courses linked to certain CMs.  They are spread throughout the semester into approximately 10 sessions of 1h30 per week.  TDs are optional for exchange students.  The session topic is given a week in advance and focuses on a specific point that was discussed in the CM.  Students must prepare each session according to the teacher’s instructions (library research, lectures, oral presentations). 

Exchange students who are enrolled in a course with TDs obtain a grade for the work provided during sessions.  They also obtain grades for the mid-term and final written exams, called “pré-colle” and “colle”.  They must not submit to an oral exam.


Learning assessment can be achieved through written and oral exams.

Oral exams (for courses followed without TDs) last about 20 minutes.  The professor hands out a topic and the student has 10 minutes to prepare and 10 minutes to answer the question.

Written exams (for courses with TDs) last 3 to 4 hours.

If a student fails an oral exam, he or she can present him/herself to a second session, called “rattrapage”.

Students who are absent during an exam obtain 0/20.

All exam dates are determined exclusively by the Professor in charge of the course and the international relations office.  Students must ensure their presence until the end of the exam period and organize the return trip to their home country accordingly.


An online Accommodation Request Form is accessible on the University of Poitiers’s International Relations Office website, on the following webpage: trouver un logement.  The person in charge of greeting international students will send you a housing proposition in a university residence hall or a list of private accommodation offers to consult, if you prefer private accommodation.

For all information regarding housing, please contact:

Sabrina DELB
Tel : +33.(0).
E-mail :

Health Insurance

Students from the European Union : the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) exempts European students from French student health insurance schemes and covers most medical or pharmaceutical costs incurred in France.

Non-European Students: non-European students staying for more than 3 months are under the legal obligation to buy into the French social security scheme even if they already have domestic health coverage.

Students from Québec: Thanks to a Quebec-France agreement, students from Quebec are exempted from paying student social security.  Students must absolutely provide a signed copy of the "SE 401-Q-106" form when they enroll.

French lessons

The Centre de Français Langue Etrangère (CFLE) offers French lessons for international students who wish to improve their French during their stay in Poitiers.

Faculty of Law Welcome Guide

Download the 2019-2020 Faculty of Law Welcome Guide [PDF - 652 Ko] which contains the list and description of courses open to exchange students.

University of Poitiers Welcome Guide

The 2019-2020 University of Poitiers Welcome Guide is currently being updated.  It will be published in June 2019.

[PDF - 2 Mo]

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