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Toulouse 1 Capitole University

One of the priorities of Toulouse 1 Capitole University is to develop its international and European influence.Our actions focus on 4 key areas: Students and lecturers exchange agreements, training offers in partnership with foreign establishments, research work and increasing English-taught courses on offer.



Toulouse University is the second oldest university in France. It was created in 1229, just after the Sorbonne which dates back to 1200. UT 1’s academic foundations initially started around Law and Political science but the campus has gone through major scientific diversification in the 60s, with the development of further research teams focusing on economics and management.


University Toulouse 1 Capitole is a key actor in the Toulouse region in terms of research and teaching in social sciences. The university research fields (Law, Economics, Management and Computer Science) play a great role in:

  • the analysis and understanding of society major trends and evolution
  • tackling existing and newly arising societal challenges
  • bringing a contribution to policy-making and shaping the new regulations of our post-modern society

Researchers at University Toulouse 1 Capitole are greatly recognized by a great number of stakeholders due to their dedicated expertise, independence of thought and capacity to conduct a differentiated analysis with a prospective and large scope medium-term view.

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
801 -50
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Housing services

  • The  CROUS  (Regional Student Social Support Service) provides rooms and flats in student halls. Accommodation applications should be made at the same time as scholarship applications before the end of April prior to the start of the university year.
  • The Youth Information Centre (CRIJ) provides online information about private owners’ offers to students.  
  • Toul'Box, a complete set of tools for the students who are looking to easily settle in Toulouse
  • There is also a number of useful sites: leboncoin, seloger, etc.
  • You may also find it useful to resort to real-estate agents.

Library services

There are four libraries on the campus : Arsenal Library, Manufacture des Tabacs Library, Garrigou Library and Boutaric Library.

Student Life

Campus life

Greater Toulouse, in Midi-Pyrénées, counts more than 850, 000 inhabitants.

Known as  " the Pink City" (for the color of brick and clay, the traditional construction materials), it is the cultural, economic and historical capital of Haute-Garonne. 

It aggregates a great number of industries in a variety of fields like aeronautics, data information and aerospace and, as such, has become a major European science and technology hub. French third university center with more than 97, 000 students in 2012, Toulouse has been nominated "best student city in France" for the second year in row.

Sports facilities

Combat Sports/ Martial Arts

  • Karaté do, Self defence, Capoeira, French Boxing
  • Fencing


  • Contemporary dance, African Dance, Swing Dance, Cuban Salsa
  • Rock


  • Yoga
  • Pilates

Sports with Other Universities

  • Horse riding
  • Swimming
  • Judo
  • Wrestling
  • Qi Gong

Racket Sports/Games

  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Table tennis

Individual Sports

  • Athletics
  • Golf
  • Rhythmic gymnastics
  • Swimming
  • Rock climbing
  • Preparation for civil service entrance exams
  • Multi activities
  • Muscle training

Team Sports

  • Basket-ball
  • Football
  • Handball
  • Rugby
  • Volley-ball
  • Indoor soccer


Student clubs

Because art, together with knowledge, is an indispensable tool for promoting innovation and imagination on the campus, for developing creativity in all the fields of UT1 Capitole and for encouraging broader understanding and debating, Toulouse1 Capitole has developed  a cultural centre since November 2009. Art is now regular part of the university intellectual life.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

UT1 is very selective. However the section classes are good. Uni is well maintained, bar the non-conditioned amphitheatres

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Université Toulouse 1 Capitole is in the first 50 universities of the world by Shanghai Ranking in 2017. ESFAM is not only the delocalized campus of Toulouse 1 but also as the international French-speaker Academic Institutions Agence (AUF) project, it's the unique institution of the French-speaker academic world: The best universities of France and Belgium delocalize their...

study abroad experience in Toulouse
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

What I really liked: - living in Toulouse and exploring the city and surrounding area - courses offered at my host university were quite interesting and challenging Where I see room for improvement: - organizing the stay abroad was very bureaucratic and sometimes quite inefficient, in particular at the host university - places for exchange students at the host...