There are many cultural events and activities in which students may participate each year. In addition, students in Bordeaux may choose to participate in an excursion organized by Middlebury on-site staff and explore another part of France.
Students are regularly invited to take advantage of attractive group-rate tickets reserved by the Coordinator of Student Life for plays, concerts (jazz, classical, dance), opera performances, and other events: suggestions are always welcome! Students are also strongly encouraged to get involved in independent co-curricular activities, as this is an excellent way to meet French people who share their interests; they may of course also join in activities organized by and for students of their host university. In recent years students have participated in chorus singing, bicycle excursions, intramural tennis, theater, ballroom dancing, hiking, ski trips, volunteer work, and church activities, for instance.
When it's time to enjoy some delicious French cuisine, students should strongly consider eating at one of the many University of Paris cafeterias/restaurants around town. At 4 euros for a three course meal, they can't be beat.
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Students have consistently raved about the variety and number of activities available to university students in Poitiers. Whether it's sports, arts, volunteering, joining clubs, or choirs, Poitiers truly is a university town. In the past, School in France students have joined a fencing club, ridden horses in shows and used the rock climbing walls at local gyms. Being the capital city of the Vienne department and Poitou-Charente region means that life in the west-central part of France emanates from Poitiers, its largest city. The student union of the university is extremely active and helpful in making new students feel welcome in their new city. Visit UP Etudiant for more information.
The Office of International Students in the social sciences welcomes international students to the university each semester and helps them navigate their way through French life.
Students in Poitiers have the opportunity to participate in all excursions organized through the School in France's main office in Paris. Each semester, at least one long-weekend trip is organized to a location of historical or architectural significance in France.
Membership in a Choral Organization
In Poitiers, if you'd like to sing in a choir, we recommend the University Choir. See your Resident Director for further information.
Sports and Fitness
The best place to begin is the SUAPS, the sport department of your university in Paris or in Poitiers. You will be able to sign up for virtually any sport you'd like, and this is how you are going to meet French students in France. However, sign up as soon as you arrive as classes fill up very quickly. There are also private gyms in Poitiers.
Students in Poitiers join the students studying in Bordeaux each semester for an excursion in southwestern France.