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Université de Picardie Jules Verne

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Home of one of the largest 13th century gothic cathedrals in France and among some of the most famous World War I battlefields, Amiens offers a rich cultural life and interesting quartiers for students to explore. Université de Picardie Jules Verne is the ideal university for an ISEP student hoping to take French language and culture courses with a few university courses alongside French students.

For more information regarding programs in France, please contact Lindsay Moats or check out her blog.

Located in Amiens, the capital of Picardie, which is located about 80 miles north of Paris (50 minutes by train). Its proximity to the Channel coast also provides recreational opportunities. It is situated in the heart of Northern Europe, halfway between Paris and Lille, 2 hours from Brussels, 3 from London or Amsterdam. The city offers many cultural attractions including theaters, film and jazz festivals, museums and libraries.

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

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Good.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I to I students is generally Good.

For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: September to June
Semester 1: September to Mid-January
Semester 2: Mid-January to June

Fast Facts
Amiens, France (pop. 160,000)
Student Enrollment: 26,000
Language of instruction: French
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Economics, Management, Law

Foreign Culture and Language/Communications Research: civilization, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Arabic, Dutch Polish, Hebrew, Chinese

Letters: French Literature

Science and Technology: physics, chemistry, biology, physiology, mathematics, computer science, engineering

Social Sciences history, geography, philosophy, psychology, sociology, education science

Arts: Fine arts, visual arts [film or theater], art history, archeology

Academic Notes

Students typically enroll in 5-6 classes per term which averages to 12-15 hours in class per week. A term runs for 12-13 weeks.


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

Language Notes

Language Requirement: A minimum of 3-4 semesters of university-level French or the equivalent must be completed prior to program.

Language Courses: French language courses are offered in addition to regular university classes each semester for all levels. Contact hours per week: 8hrs/week for 12 weeks. Students usually supplement language study with university courses. French language courses are also offered to students during the first two weeks of their stay as part of the orientation program.

Additional information: 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

Please click on the link "Courses" in the "Fast Facts" above.

Housing and Meals
Students are housed in residence halls in single-occupancy rooms with bathroom facilities and refridgerator. The students share the same kitchen. Students receive a monthly stipend to cover living expenses, transportation and meals.


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: 200 Euros.

At the Université de Picardie, an appointment and personalized welcome are arranged with the ISEP Coordinator who helps students with administrative matters and study programs. The International Office also provides aid with registration and everyday life on campus. Student associations organize cultural events to make it easier for everyone to get to know each other and to help foreign students adjust to their new surroundings. French language courses are offered to students during the first two weeks of their stay, which helps students improve their French and adjust to the French-speaking educational system.


Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet. The international student association with the help of the International Office will try to arrange train station pick-up.

Student Activities
International students have many opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities in different associations and sports club.

The University has good American football and ice hockey teams that international students can join.

Two cultural excursions in the region are offered by the international office during the year. A buddy program matches international students with French students.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
There is the possibility for American students to teach “English conversation” in a junior high school and and high school in the city. Students can also run english workshops in our Maison des Langues (Foreign Languages Center) for credit.

UPJV was founded in 1969 and benefits from a long university tradition dating from the beginning of the 19th century. UPJV is a human-scale university close to its students. It tries to provide them with the best facilities to succeed academically and personally. It now enrolls approximately 26,000 students, including 2,000 international students.