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University of Poitiers

University of Poitiers

The University of Poitiers, founded in 1431 by Pope Eugene IV, later confirmed by French King Charles VII’s letters patent, was originally composed of five Colleges: technology, canon law, civil law, medicine and arts.

As early as the 16th century, the University of Poitiers was the centrepiece of the city’s cultural life. At that time, it was considered the second most important University in France after Paris; 4,000 students attended the University, some of whom were to become famous: Joachim du Bellay, Guez de Balzac, François Rabelais, René Descartes, Francis Bacon, Scévole de Sainte Marthe etc. After the French Revolution, which abolished provincial universities, the University of Poitiers was refounded and strengthened by the addition of new colleges (literature and science) during the 19th century. 

The University of Poitiers currently gathers more than 23,000 students and employs more than 3,000 people: Teachers and Academics/ Librarians, engineers, technicians, workmen, administrative, service and health workers/ Temporary teaching and research staff/ Language assistants/ Contract PhD students/ and Contract teachers.

Key figures


  • 7 training and research units (UFR)
  • 1 engineering school
  • 6 institutes
  • 23,000 students, among which 4,000 international students from 136 different countries
  • 3,000 staff and personnel


  • 5 educational areas that cover all disciplines: Law, Economics, Management; Arts, Literature and Languages; Social and Human Sciences; Technology, Health; Sports Science and Techniques.
  • 200 national diplomas
  • 200 specialized diplomas in the health sector
  • 130 University diplomas (DU)
  • 1,600 professionals who teach in various areas


  • 48 laboratories
  • 900 teacher/researchers
  • 270 engineers, research technicians and training staff (ITRF)
  • 120 researchers from National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
  • 1,100 PhD students (among which more than 400 international PhD students from 63 different nationalities)
  • 180 thesis attended each year
  • 30 accreditations to supervice research (HDR) attended each year
  • 173 research contracts in partnership with: companies, European institutions, ministries, public research institutions and/or higher education institutions, territoral communities
  • 13 new application for national and  international patents