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The international strategy of UT Capitole

The development of international relations is one of the strategic priorities of Université Toulouse Capitole.

With a presence on five continents thanks to numerous cooperation agreements, the University of Toulouse Capitole is developing a strategy of international university cooperation based on the quality of the training provided by its faculties/schools in law, economics, management, and information technology, as well as on its international research teams.

The level of internationalization of Université Toulouse Capitole is already very high and is reflected in the fact that nearly 20% of its students are international, in its foreign language training programs, and in its numerous international scientific cooperations.

The University wishes to further increase this international dimension both in teaching and research in order to develop the University's influence throughout the world. The priority is to increase the number of quality partners in both education and research.
The Université Toulouse Capitole wishes to strengthen its links with countries and institutions that have a quality of research and higher education equivalent to ours and that are willing to set up intensified international partnerships that go beyond classic mobility. The University is trying to develop privileged relationships with universities in the South, particularly French-speaking ones. This is why one of the main objectives over the next few years will be to participate in calls for tender aimed at encouraging or promoting incoming mobility within the framework of a public service cooperation.

This policy of Université Toulouse Capitole is linked to that of Université fédérale de Toulouse-Midi-Pyrénées (UFTMiP) of which Université Toulouse Capitole is a member.

Thus, students are offered many opportunities of studying abroad with European or international partners. Students have a rich choice of subjects, academic levels or geographical destinations.

The University has many double degrees in law, management and economics with prestigious European and international universities. These programs enrich students with a dual culture and allow them to obtain two national diplomas at the end of their training. In law, the European School of Law groups together and manages the double courses and double diplomas, the Masters in Law taught in English, as well as the Jean Monnet European teaching modules. It awards a University Diploma, accessible through one of the courses offered by the school.

On the other hand, the reception of foreign students is based on several mechanisms that allow for quality support by the University, which has obtained the Welcome to France label. Each incoming student is followed by an academic advisor who guides the student through the university program. In addition to English language training, specialised French language courses are offered free of charge to incoming students and free movers, as well as support in their administrative procedures. A welcome day is dedicated to them.

The internationalization of research is another facet of the University's European and international strategy. The research centers are involved in numerous projects and scientific cooperation networks with foreign partners. In addition to the organization of international events and publications in international journals, various actions aim to develop research projects and partnerships. Specific actions are carried out in order to promote the mobility of teachers-researchers by inviting foreign researchers, as well as the mobility of doctoral students, in particular through joint PhD agreements.

4 strategic axes are the object of particular attention:

The European axis

Student mobility within the Erasmus area, which reaches more than 70% of outgoing mobility, remains a constant at UT Capitole. The University has developed more than 150 partnerships that offer a wide range of destinations. Beyond mobility, the University has also developed its offer of double degrees in law, economics and management. In this regard, the European School of Law offers innovative and unique programs in France (double degrees in law, bilingual programs, masters in English, etc.). Besides, the participation in the European University ENGAGE.EU since 2020 evidences UT Capitole’s large-scale commitment to the building of a European campus with 6 partners from all over Europe. Lastly, the University is strengthening its participation in European networks, whether institutional (EAIE) or research-oriented (ENTER in economics, ELFA in law, etc.).


UT Capitole works to support the French-speaking world through the development of partnerships in education (student exchanges, double degrees with Quebec in particular, offshore campuses in Vanuatu or Vietnam), research projects with French-speaking countries through joint PhD, colloquia or visiting professorships, or through its policy of waiving differential fees for international students with a French-speaking degree. The University is also a member of the Agence Universitaire pour la Francophonie..

The Spanish-speaking axis

The links between the Spanish-speaking world and Toulouse are particularly close, for both historical and geographical reasons, but also thanks to the existence of the Eurocampus. UT Capitole has developed several double degrees with Spanish universities, and also offers a "Law-Spanish Language" degree program. As for Latin America, the opening in 2004 of the Franco-Mexican House in Toulouse and, more generally, the marked interest of UT Capitole's research professors in the region make it a priority. Thus, long-standing research relationships and exchange agreements with Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Argentina, and Chile continue.

The Asian axis

Various types of cooperation have been set up with the Asian continent. To date, there are three double degrees in management, two relocations in law, two specific actions with China in economics and computer science and AES, and research projects with Japan, Thailand, China and Vietnam in particular. This axis, which remains strategic for the University, is to be deployed in the years to come.