Being the second oldest higher education institution in France after the Sorbonne, Toulouse 1 Capitole University (UT1) has well-established traditions in teaching excellence dating back from 1229.
Originally hosting four departments teaching canon law, theology, civil law and arts, the university was split in three separate institutions in 1880s. Today, UT1 has campuses in Toulouse, Montauban and Rodez, which cover 19 acres of land. The university offers modern degrees in five academic subjects areas: political science, law, communications, management and economy.
The main campus of the institute resides in one of the most important cities in southwest France. Toulouse is a European aerospace industry hub and home for more than 800,000 people.
UT1's facilities are situated in three different locations, all of them placed in town’s historic city centre. Its buildings include amphitheatres, used for lecture purposes, research and training units, laboratories and sports centres.
The university library offers students access to more than 515,000 books, 1,100 DVD films, 57,000 printed theses and 1,605 journal subscriptions. To actively support cultural events and nurture talents, UT1 has created a centre for culture and development on campus, where students showcase their creativity.
In 2012, the European Commission included UT1 in its Jean-Monnet Centre of Excellence programme, which creates a network of universities around Europe which support research activities with a particular focus on European studies.
UT1’s distinguished alumni and faculty members include the French professor Jean Tirole, who won a Nobel Prize in economics in 2014.