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Université de la Réunion

Université de la Réunion
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
Saint-Denis, Réunion
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
Global & International Studies
Environmental Studies
Political Science
History of Art
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
  • Study in French on the island of La Réunion, located in the middle of the Indian Ocean
  • Ideal for French-speaking students looking for a non-traditional study abroad experience
  • Courses offered include tropical environmental studies, postcolonial Francophone literature, and anthropology of Indian Ocean communities
Program Summary: 

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. Université de la Réunion 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.


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

Academic Information: 

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.

Courses offered in English

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) = 5 ECTS
-Translation course: French-English and English-French (Thème-Version Anglais) = 5 ECTS
-Creole (Langue Orale : Créole) is also offered throughout the academic year = 5 ECTS
-Culture (Environnement, société et culture réunionnaise) = 5 ECTS
Language courses are not designed to be a student's full course load.


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

Life Abroad: 

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.

Further Reading: 

Please contact ISEP coordinator Charlie Ambrose at chambrose@ku.edu for more information.

ISEP website with more information about Université de la Réunion


Study Abroad Information Center
To learn more about your study abroad options, we encourage you to visit the Study Abroad Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The Study Abroad Info Center offers walk-in advising for current and prospective students. Drop by to learn more about program options, make an appointment with a study abroad program coordinator, get information on scholarships and financial aid, and talk to returned study abroad students. We also encourage you to explore the resources available on our website to learn more about the application process, KU Core Approved programs, and the cost of study abroad. 

Study Abroad Information Center
Lippincott Hall, Room 105
1410 Jayhawk Boulevard
Hours: Monday - Friday. 9AM - 5 PM
Contact: studyabroad@ku.edu

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial Aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 pm and Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm in the Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The financial aid officer will be happy to take any questions and can offer individual advising at the end of sessions for specific concerns. For those that cannot attend the weekly Info Sessions due to scheduling conflicts, we also offer appointments for financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students. Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.


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