Universite de Toulouse– Le Mirail , Toulouse II
Universite de Toulouse, Le Mirail (l’UTM) is the second largest university in France, and one of Europe’s oldest. There are 120,000 students studying at three campuses throughout Toulouse: Le Mirail (Toulouse II) for Humanities, Toulouse I in downtown for Law, Economics, and Business, and Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier for Sciences and Medicine. The University is a mainstay of Toulouse, having been part of the city since 1229 AD, and the student body continues to take an active role in the arts, activities, festivals, and general culture of Toulouse.
The language of instruction at l’UTM is French. UM students can take classes in French as a Foreign Language, French Literature, English Language and Literature, History, and Linguistics. The Departement d'Enseignement du Français Langue Étrangère (DEFLE), part of l’UTM, offers language courses for foreign exchange students.
Housing & Meals
Students may stay in residence halls near the Mirail campus or in private apartments. This application must be filled out through the International Office. Home stays are possible for short periods of time. Students can purchase meals at the campus cafeteria, and from markets and restaurants in the area.
Students pay their regular tuition to UM and their room and board to l’UTM. Housing costs range from 150 to 350 EUR per month. Lunches in cafeterias on campus cost 3 EUR per full meal. Montana residents must apply in person to the French Consulate in San Francisco for their student visa (costs US$120). UM financial aid can apply to tuition, living and travel expenses while on this program. Students should budget for a total of around 750 EUR per month, which includes housing, transportation, food, outings, etc.
Students will register for classes upon arrival at l’UTM. The minimum full-time course load is 24 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits per semester, which transfers to 12 UM credits per semester.
Semester 1: Mid-September to Mid-December
Semester 2: Mid-January to Mid-May
Toulouse, the capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region of France, is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, some 366 miles from Paris. It is called the Pink City because of its entirely brick-built houses and monuments. It is the fifth largest metropolitan area in France, with numerous colleges, research institutes, and industries. The large student population drives a vibrant art, restaurant, and cultural scene.
Toulouse, near the wine-producing Languedoc region, is adjacent to the Pyrenees. To the west of Toulouse, these mountains form the border of France and Spain, and these Catalonian inhabitants share a common mountain culture and language. The area has spectacular hiking and trekking opportunities in the Parc National des Cevennes and canoeing in the blue water of Gorges du Tarn.
For more urban adventures, the TGV can escort students to the country’s romantic capital city, Paris, where world-class art museums, fashion, tantalizing food options, and architectural wonders await.
Exchange levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of instruction: French and some English
Language Requirement: Two years college-level French prior to exchange
University website: www.univ-tlse2.fr
International Office website: www.univ-tlse2.fr/accueil/international/
Length of exchange: semester or academic year
Health and Medical: Students must register at the Sécurité Sociale along with the require HTH insurance
TOULOUSE AT A GLANCE
Mild winters (average temperature is 49°F) and hot summers (average temperature is 83°F)
Marseille: 200 miles
Paris: 366 miles
Angers: 284 miles
Barcelona: 158 miles