The University of Cergy-Pontoise
Founded in 1991, the University of Cergy-Pontoise - UCP - is located in the Val-d’Oise district within a dynamic, pleasant city with its artistic and cultural events and numbers of theatres, museums, concert halls. It is one of the largest economic zones in France with two international airports nearby. Now, with its thriving airport, Roissy Charles de Gaulle, at 25 minute drive from the city of Cergy-Pontoise, the whole district is unrivalled with a wonderful scenary. At approximately 30 km far from central Paris, the Val-d'Oise district has gained with a high density of firms including a large number of foreign companies.
Nearby the River Oise and with a 30-year history, the city of Cergy-Pontoise has turned out to be the focus of one of the most important French architectural ventures with over 200 000 inhabitants and it is still working to reach higher levels in terms of innovation and invention. Nestled in green fields, with gardens emerged throughout the district, the city of Cergy-Pontoise has benefitted with an exceptionally rich architectural heritage, ancient sites containing a number of châteaux with significant beauty. The architectural gem is Le Château de la Roche-Guyon. The Val d'Oise dates from medieval age and Pontoise was a bustling fortress town on the bank of the River Oise.
As a result, it is a perfect location for the foundation of a university campus combining with convenient facilities and other modern public infrastructures.
The University of Cergy-Pontoise - UCP - is a dynamic state-funded university among 13 institutions for higher education and a leading centre of teaching and research, which hosts 15 000 students and 1 700 international students interested in studying abroad during a semester or an academic year - September to June - or in obtaining a degree.
As an academic and vocational establishment, five major disciplines are mainly being taught : law, economics and management, international studies and modern languages, humanities, science and technology. In addition, a large range of vocational courses are created to satisfy the need of today's job market. Furthermore, an institute of technology - IUT - a teacher training institure - IUFM - and an administrative training institute - IPAG - are to be found at UCP.