University of Toulouse

  • Toulouse, France
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Known as the pink city, Toulouse is both historic and modern. The architecture in older parts of the city make everything appear pink in color. In Toulouse, charming narrow streets lead to churches, rivers, and even a ferris wheel. Whether relaxing by the river, experiencing the art scene, or enjoying world famous French cuisine, it will be hard not to fall in love with your new home away from home.
The friendly student and staff population at University of Toulouse-Le Mirail II, are ready to welcome you to France! With dozens of student organizations, opportunities in art and technology, as well as time to practice the French language, the University of Toulouse-Le Mirail II will serve as a great home base as you explore France!

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Partner University

University of Toulouse


  • Toulouse

Program Term

  • Academic Year
  • Fall
  • Spring

Language of Instruction

  • English
  • French

Exchange Program


Program Details

Academic Program

Studying abroad at the University of Toulouse-Le Mirail II, either for a semester or full academic year, offers students a fantastic opportunity to expand their liberal arts and humanities education.  While most coursework is conducted in French and students with strong French backgrounds will have the chance to pursue more advanced courses, there are many courses available in English. UTM has particularly strong departments in History and English, and both bilingual programs offer courses that count towards a degree at the University at Albany.  Course topics range from the French Revolution, to Gender in contemporary France, to American Civilization and Literature, and beyond.  

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

Review University of Toulouse’s website for more information regarding course offerings.

General Education Information for UAlbany Students

Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.

Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students

Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.


All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary. 

Your Instructors

Your courses are taught by local faculty.


The University halls of residence, run by the CROUS, are dedicated only to French government scholarship holders, foreign  scholarship holders  or any other authorized body, students enrolled in the framework of an international agreement approved by the Ministry of Education and the PhD students (if there are any vacancies).

When registering online, the international exchange students can apply for halls of residence (filling in a form online at the end of your registration).

The acceptance of your registration does not mean that we offer you a room. You will receive an answer by e-mail depending on the vacancies and the number of places available. Learn more online.


There are many places to eat near campus. No meal plan is provided in this program. 

Academic Year 2019/20

Estimate of Costs

France Toulouse EXCHANGE 2019-2020

More Information

Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.

Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.

Academic Requirements

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are able to apply. Applications are welcome from students in all majors.

For direct enrollment, students should have an advanced level of French prior to the start of the program. At least 6 semesters at the college level or the equivalent are necessary. 

Funding Opportunities

Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.

Check out this French Embassy Scholarship! 

External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.

More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.

In Their Own Words

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Program Advisor

Stokes, Jay

About the City

Toulouse is a city in the south west of France, in the Occitanie region, that hasmore than 460,000 inhabitants. It is one of the best city in France for student life” with more than 100,000 students.

Toulouse also has an exceptional location, it is not far from the Pyrenees mountain range, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean; places you can reach from the main train station Toulouse Matabiau.

The Toulouse-Blagnac Airport puts the city within easy reach of the rest of Europe and contributes to its international and multicultural identity. It is a bustling city with many yearly events and activities whether cultural or sports related. For more information, plesa visit the Toulouse website.

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required to participate in this program. You will need to apply through Campus France first and then get your Visa for this program. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.

Application Availability

Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:

  • Spring programs: July
  • Fall/Year programs: December

Academic Year 2018/19 

Program Dates

Academic Year 2018-2019

9/3/2018 to 5/20/2019

Fall 2018

10/8/2018 to 1/20/2018

Spring 2019

1/21/2019 to 5/20/2019

The full academic calendar for exchange students is available online here. 

About the Program

Founded in 1229, the University of Toulouse-Mirail has a long-standing tradition of humanities studies. UTM offers degrees in a broad variety of disciplines, from the undergraduate level to the doctorate.

The main campus is located in Toulouse, in the Mirail quarter, 15 minutes from the city centre by metro. The University also has several smaller campuses in nine cities of the Midi-Pyrenees region, as well as other campuses around the world.

The involvement and the commitment of our student body, faculty and staff along with our high standard of education have established the University of Toulouse II – Le Mirail as one of the best universities in France and a leading academic institution in research and education.

UTM also offers training programs for future teachers.

The department of French as a Foreign Language (DEFLE Département d’Etude du Français Langue Étrangère) offers courses for non-native French speakers in order to improve their knowledge of the French language.

Program Orientations

Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.

Upon arrival at UTM you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.

Support Services

UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary. UTM’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.