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About French Antilles
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You might think of France as only falling on a European map; however, ISEP’s institutions in France’s overseas departments provide a unique academic and cultural experience that isn’t found in traditional Metropolitan France. Explore the wonders of Créolité, humanities courses, or science and technology on the three campuses of the Université des Antilles. Or, venture to the heart of the Indian Ocean where the Université de la Réunion has unique offerings in African/Créole culture, tropical environment studies, and anthropology in a multiracial society.

Guadeloupe, Martinique, and French Guiana are French Overseas Departments. Martinique is a Caribbean island. Colonized in 1635, it has remained a French posession except for three brief periods of foreign occupation. Guadeloupe has been a French possession since 1635. It is a Caribbean archipelago constituted by nine inhabited islands, one of which--Saint Martin--is shared with the Netherlands. French Guiana, located in northern South America between Brazil and Suriname, was settled by the French in 1604. It is the launching site for the European Space Agency's communications satellites.

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