SLU offers study abroad programs in two French cities, Poitiers and Lyon.


Experience life in an ancient city where twenty centuries of Western civilization are still evident in buildings graced by Roman, Medieval and Renaissance architecture. Today, Poitiers is a center for education, agriculture, industry and communications. A university town, it boasts a population of 120,000 and offers students a chance to live in a manageably sized city while still being close to larger metropolitan centers in France.


Sitting in the foothills of the Alps, where the Rhone and Saone Rivers meet, stands Lyon. The capital of Gaul in Roman times, Lyon became the headquarters of the French resistance during World War II. Today, this vibrant and cosmopolitan city of more than a million people continues to grow in the world scene, recently hosting the summit of the seven most industrialized countries in the world.


Place Bellecour in Lyon is the largest clear square in Europe. It links the major shopping streets in Lyon, contains the tourist office and is home to many statues, as well as the 60-meter ferris wheel shown in this photo.



This program is offered through the the University of Poitiers, established in 1431. It is the second oldest university in France and counts François Rabelais, René Descartes, and Francis Bacon amongst its former students. Students can choose to spend a semester or year in Poitiers, and may live in residence halls, with host families or apartments (single or shared).


This academic year-long, full-immersion program allows students to experience France and its culture firsthand. Students take classes in the French university system with French natives and other international students. They have the option of living in the dormitories, staying with a host family, or sharing an apartment with a French roommate.


To learn more about our study abroad program in Poitiers, France, visit our website.

To learn more about our study abroad program in Lyon, France, visit our website.

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