University Institute of Technology of Reunion Island

Located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, the IUT (University Institute of Technology) of Reunion Island is a French public higher education and research institution. It is based in the south of the island, in Saint Pierre. The IUT of Reunion Island is affiliated with the University of Reunion Island, located in the northern capital city of Saint Denis.

Due to its unique geographic location, the IUT of Reunion Island is the most southerly European IUT in the world.

The IUT of La Reunion offers a variety of qualifications to over 700 students, ranging from Biological Engineering to Social Work.

What diplomas do we deliver ?

The University Diploma of Technology (DUT) 120 ECTS credits


The DUT is a two-year French national diploma which is roughly corresponding in content and level to a BTEC Higher National Diploma (GB) or 2 year technical degree (USA). Students may attend a wide range of courses in general and technical domains. The DUT is accessible with the French high-school diploma (baccalauréat) equivalent to the A-Levels.

We are a vocational institute offering two or three-year courses in technical, scientific, financial and social fields such as:

•          Accounting and management

•          Biological Engineering,

•          Civil Engineering

•          Social Work

•          Telecoms and Networks


The pivotal aspects of the education that we offer here at the IUT of Reunion Island include a practical and highly specialised teaching from experienced lecturers, and high student-involvement in their studies - with classroom presence sometimes reaching over 30/35 hours per week. During the 2 year diploma, students are asked to carry out an industrial, social or financial project, along with a 12 week placement in their chosen field. Teaching and learning is organised through the combination of formal lectures, tutorials, group projects, oral presentations, and case studies aimed to develop skills.


The national programme proposed has been developed in close partnership with firms, companies or administrations, technicians and specialists of the studied sector. They together actively participate in the preparation of the curriculum’s contents and are members of the board of examiners. According to our 2018 statistics, 83% of DUT students continue on from Year 1 to Year 2 and 96% of students are successful in Year 2.

Further studies

After two years of studies, graduates can immediately begin working in their chosen field. Undertaking further studies used to be rather exceptional, but it is now commonly accepted to say many successful graduates carry on a supplementary curriculum, towards a school of engineering, a business school, a Bachelor’s Degree and later go on to carry out an M.Sc., M.Eng, or a PhD.

Overseas Opportunities

Here at the IUT of Reunion Island, we pride ourselves in giving our students the best educational experience possible. For DUT students who are interested in travelling, discovering different cultures and acquiring new linguistic skills, the IUT of Reunion Island offers placements overseas in Europe and Quebec. Languages on offer at IUT of Reunion Island include English, Spanish and Chinese.

Professional bachelor’s degrees

Professional bachelor’s degree (60 ECTS credits)

Students can also opt to undergo studies at the IUT for one more year, upon graduating the DUT course. In the French education system, this extra year in education is known as a ‘Licence Professionelle’. This is a supplementary year of specialisation in the chosen field following the two yearlong DUT diploma, hence giving the participating students access to a Bachelor’s degree. The students are required to study on an alternation system among local firms, companies or administrations. By the end of the LP, students are awarded 180 ECTS credits.

•          Bank, Insurance and Finances

•          Biological Engineering “Quality, Health, Safety and Environment”

•          Civil Engineering “Construction, Project Management” & “Energy and HVAC “

•          Telecoms and Networks

Just like the DUT, the emphasis is also set on technical, practical work. The programme is organised and ultimately achieved through a combination of formal lectures, tutorials, group projects, oral presentations, case studies and includes the participation of experienced business, scientific and industrial professionals. As noted in our 2018 statistics, 82% of our Professional Bachelor’s students were successful in their post-DUT studies. Along with this, 87% of students were successful in finding permanent positions in their chosen field upon graduating from the IUT of Reunion Island.

Short training courses

For people interested in gaining specific knowledge in a particular aspect of their chosen field, the University of Reunion Island offers short training courses. These qualifications are available either as Diplomas or University Certificates. 

• Entrepreneurship (DIP)
• Computer Development – Web Trades (DIP)
• Fiber Optics (DIP)
• Cyber Attack and Cyber Security (DIP)
• Socio-cultural Development (DIP)
• Prevention of Professional Risks (DIP)
• Agricultural Protection of Crops (CERT)
• Food Microbiology Techniques for Agri-food Professionals (CERT)
• Building Information Modelling (CERT)
• Household Waste Management and the Green Economy (CERT)
• Renewable Energies, Storage and Hydrogen System (CERT)
• Academic Certification for CISCO Networking Academy
• IPv6 Networks


The University of Reunion Island has developed high quality research and the IUT of Saint Pierre houses 3 antennas of northern laboratories in the following areas:

All of these research activities are carried out in partnership with leading French institutions, in particular through joint research units. The Institute of Research for Development (IRD), the French National Meteorological Service, the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Centre for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD), the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) and the Institute of Earth Physics of Paris (IPGP).

With its partners, the University of Reunion Island offers state-of-the-art research platforms, with a plant protection division, a cyclotron, a satellite-assisted environmental monitoring station and an atmospheric observation station.

Campus life

The human dimension of the campuses encourages exchanges between students and lecturers. Support and guidance schemes have been established to foster student achievements.

As far as infrastructure is concerned, students have extensive computing facilities at their disposal, and internet access throughout the campus. The IUT library offers an ideal work environment with almost 8,000 books, 150 magazines and newspapers and permits access to more than 25,000 electronic journals. The University of Reunion Island, and therefore the IUT, encourages the use of digital tools, and produces numerous online resources.

In addition, a dedicated centre informs students of their educational opportunities, offering them guidance and supporting their entry into the world of employment. A Preventive Health Care Service, providing free medical consultations, is also readily available to all students.

As for student life, each university site is home to a Student House, which is a place to socialise and share information. Students can also take part in a number of cultural and sporting activities organised on the various sites throughout the academic year (the largest range of outdoor activities in France). In addition the IUT is home to 5 student societies.

Practicality is key here at the IUT of Reunion Island, and therefore the university restaurant is located on-site, along with student accommodation as well.

Applying to University of Reunion Island

Life in Reunion Island

Reunion Island is an overseas department of France, located in the Indian Ocean. Under French administration, the island benefits from infrastructure identical to that of northern Europe; such as road networks, healthcare, industries, shops, hotels and services. Yet, the exceptionally unique living environment offered by Reunion Island is what really sets it apart from the rest of Europe. On this island, you do not have to choose between the mountains and the sea. Some of the most magnificent views can be enjoyed from the mountaintops on Reunion Island, which is surrounded by scenic beaches and seascapes. Along with this, the island is known for its volcanic landscapes and tropical forests. Reunion Island is home to one of the most active volcanoes in the world, namely, Piton de la Fournaise, which means ‘Peak of the Furnace’. Reunion Island has been described as being at the crossroads between European, African and Asian cultures. This aspect of the island makes for a very diverse population, which hosts an abundance of fascinating traditions.

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