Created in 1229, Toulouse University, one of the oldest in the world, is contemporary with the earliest European universities such as Bologna, La Sorbonne or Oxford… It has sown the seeds of knowledge for the legal scholars of the Middle-Ages, the dignitaries of the French Monarchy as it had done long before for the juriconsults of the former Roman Empire.
Second university town in France after Paris, Toulouse offers an impressive course portfolio with a strong focus on high-technologies. The students are trained to take up the challenges of the future in many areas: economy, societal issues, energy, transport, information, nutrition... The fact that one graduate in two studying in Toulouse comes from other regions in France or from abroad clearly illustrates the scope of its influence.
The scientific strategy of the University of Toulouse is based on a dual approach consisting in fostering emerging projects and steering strategic research initiatives. It is deployed in three phases:
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Many services and facilities are designed to help the students get easier access to accommodation (regional guarantee system), benefit from cultural events, improve their language skills.
Outstanding document resources are available to students and researchers in the Midi-Pyrénées region. The documentation departments of Toulouse HE institutions are part of a network counting over 50 libraries, which is a rather unique example in France.
The Federal University team is there to advise and explain the steps people need to take to find and rent accommodation, discover what cultural and sports activities they can get involved in, how to get around, to listen to students with disabilities, find a job, healthcare, getting involved in community initiatives, discovering university or grandes écoles courses in the Midi-Pyrenees.
Situated between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, in the heart of Southern France and close to the Pyrenees mountain range, the Midi-Pyrenees region has long been a major crossroads in Europe. Attracting 15 000 newcomers every year, Toulouse, the capital of the region which has been fast growing both demographically and economically, boasts a particularly rich vibrant cultural and artistic heritage.
Living and studying in Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées also means sharing a certain way of life and a rich and diverse culture. In the city and on campus, there are countless artistic and cultural venues : theatres, movies, bars with live music, libraries, public sports venues. For anyone interested in exploring the city's buzzing cultural life the choices are endless!
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