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About French - La Réunion
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Université de la Réunion


Program Snapshot

The island of La Réunion in the middle of the Indian Ocean offers more than just clear blue waters and pristine beaches. Students can also explore both active and inactive volcanoes, cirques, and picturesque waterfalls. This site is perfect for a student looking for a non-traditional location with a French/Creole twist. Students take courses at the university taught in French paired with French language and culture courses.

Got questions? Contact an ISEP Student Ambassador who studied in this region.

The university is located within walking distance of the commercial center and about three miles from the old town center in St. Denis.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Good.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students

Program Dates
Academic year: August to late June/early July
Semester 1: August to December
Semester 2: January to late June/early July

Fast Facts
St. Denis, French - La Réunion (pop. 700,000)
Student Enrollment: 11,000
Language of instruction: French
University Home Page
Courses Reserved for International Students
International Relations

Full year or semester enrollment in regular university courses

Languages and Humanities
Economics and Political Science
Sciences and Technologies
Institute of Administration and Management
Human Science and Environment
Engineering school (ESIROI): Innovation and integrated agri-food development; telecommunication; computer and multimedia services; sustainable construction and environment
Teachers Training College

Courses taught in English

English Department Course Descriptions

Academic Notes

Unique offerings include Creole studies, ethnology and anthropology in a multiracial society, tropical environment studies, literature and anthropology of the Indian Ocean, African post-colonial literature and culture, postcolonial and francophone literatures.

Students also may have the opportunity to obtain a paid tutoring position. More information is available to students who are accepted by the Université de la Réunion at the time of receiving their acceptance materials.

Students typically enroll in 5 classes per term which averages to 15 hours in class per week. A term runs for 14 weeks.


Transcripts are sent to ISEP in February and July and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes

Language Requirement: A minimum of 4-5 semesters of university-level French or the equivalent must be completed prior to program.

Language Notes: A French language course and French translation course is offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year for intermediate to advanced levels. A Créole class is also offered throughout the academic year, and a course on the local culture may also be of interest:
-Language course (Langue et civilisation du FLE) = 4 ECTS
-Translation course: French-English and English-French (Thème-Version Anglais) = 2 ECTS
-Creole (Langue Orale : Créole) is also offered throughout the academic year = 3 ECTS
-Culture (Environnement, société et culture réunionnaise) = 3 ECTS
Language courses are not designed to be a student's full course load.

For more information on courses and language options, see the:
ISEP French Language Advising Guide for US Students
ISEP French Language Advising Guide for I-to-I Students

Special ISEP Application Instructions

All students studying in France must purchase French health insurance (la Sécu) upon arrival for approximately 215 euros in addition to purchasing ISEP Health Insurance prior to departure.

Hints for Researching Courses

Course List Modern Letters/French Literature
Course List History
Course List Creole
Course List Education Sciences
Course List Geography
Course List English Department
Course List Economic and Social Administration
Course List Economics

(*For Economics and Economic and Social Administration, choose the level Licence 1, 2 or 3; click on descriptifs des cours; click on the course for the description)

For additional course options, please click on the link "course information" above.

Housing and Meals
Students are housed in student residence halls and given a meal stipend.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at 300 euros.

Students studying at the Université de la Réunion will participate in an orientation upon arrival. Orientation includes a visit of the campus, library, and sports facilities. Students will receive a description of the courses available and will visit the city of Saint-Denis.


Airport pick-up is available if the coordinator is notified sufficiently in advance.

Founded in 1970, La Réunion achieved university status in 1982. New facilities, including an international residence hall, cafeteria and library have recently been built. There are exceptional outdoor sports facilities.

What Past Students have to Say
"The amazing thing about la Réunion was the opportunity to experience volcanos (active and inactive), climb to the highest peak in the Indian Ocean, go to museums, the beach, snorkel, scuba dive and descend into cirques and waterfalls. Even for those who don’t enjoy nature it's a spectacular place - a world in itself." - Jessica Kim