University of Poitiers

Marquette University Law School currently participates in an exchange program with the University of Poitiers (France). In an exchange program, Marquette students pay the same tuition and fees to Marquette that they would pay for a regular semester at Marquette, but are enrolled and attend classes at the foreign law school. The number of Marquette Law students permitted to participate in a semester exchange at the University of Poitiers is limited to a maximum of two each academic semester, and there may be certain semesters when no exchange positions are available at all.

Established in 1431, the University of Poitiers is the second oldest university in France and counts François Rabelais, René Descartes, and Francis Bacon amongst its former students. Highly regarded within France, the University of Poitiers provides 26,000 students a full range of top quality courses in Science, Liberal Arts, Pharmacy and Medicine, Engineering, Law, Economics, and Management. Poitiers provides a student friendly environment with the highest per capita student population of any city in France.  Each year, over 4,000 international students attend the University of Poitiers.

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 in close proximity to the Loire Valley, dozens of charming chateaux, an excellent wine region, and Basque country just to the south. 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. Normandy, Brittany, the French Riviera, the Alps, London, northeastern Spain, and northwestern Italy are all within half a day's train travel.

More information about the exchange program with the Faculty of Law at the University of Poitiers is available here.

Students selected to participate in the exchange program will enroll in classes at the foreign law school according to procedures established by the foreign law school. In addition, students must enroll in the Law School course Law XXX Study Abroad – Poitiers University. Only the Law School course will appear on the student's transcript.

Students will be awarded credit only for classes approved in advance by the Law School Director of Study Abroad Programs and for which the student earns at least the equivalent of a grade of C. All credits awarded will receive a grade of Satisfactory unless the student fails to achieve a grade of C in any class, in which case the student's transcript will show that the student earned O credits for the course with a grade of Unsatisfactory. Students will be awarded credit for classes taken in exchange programs depending on the number of hours of classroom instruction for each class.

French language proficiency is mandatory for this exchange.  Students should not count on residents of Poitiers and the surrounding region being able to speak English.  In addition, while the University of Poitiers offers a limited selection of political science courses that are taught in the English language, all law courses are taught in French.  Note that course offerings change from semester to semester and that the University of Poitiers cannot guarantee that exchange students will be able to enroll in all of their preferred courses.

The University of Poitiers offers French language courses to interested exchange students while they are enrolled in law classes.  Law School credit is NOT awarded for the French language instruction courses.

Interested students should contact Professor Ed Fallone (edward.fallone@marquette.edu) well in advance of the application deadline.  The application deadline is October 1 for the spring academic semester and March 1 for the fall academic semester.

Upon receiving Law School approval, exchange students must submit a formal application to the Marquette University Office of International Education, which then guides the law student through the registration process with the University of Poitiers.

For further information about the University of Poitiers exchange program, contact Professor Ed Fallone, Director of Study Abroad Programs, at edward.fallone@marquette.edu.