University Institute of Technology of Reunion Island

Founded in 1994 and 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, based in the South of the island, in the city of Saint Pierre. The IUT of Reunion Island is part of the University of Reunion Island. It is a modern, human-scale structure, combining discipline and conviviality.

It offers university courses centred around technology and dispensed by teachers, teacher-researchers and professionals. Classes made up of small groups are preferred, with continuous assessment and a multitude of practical exercises, involving freely accessible high-performance equipment.

The IUT of Reunion Island offers a variety of qualifications to over 1,000 students.


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What diplomas do we deliver ?


The University Bachelor of Technology (BUT) is a new 3-year French national diploma which offers 180 ECTS credits. Students may attend a wide range of courses covering both general and technical domains. The BUT is accessible with the French high-school diploma (baccalauréat) equivalent to the A-Levels.

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

  • Corporate and Administration Management
  • Biological Engineering
  • Civil Engineering - Sustainable Construction
  • Social Careers
  • Networks & Telecommunications
  • Business & Marketing
  • Health, Safety and Environment

The pivotal aspects of the education that we offer here at the IUT of Reunion Island include practical and highly specialised teaching from experienced lecturers, and high student-involvement in their studies - with classroom presence sometimes reaching over 33 hours per week. During the 3-year diploma, students are asked to carry out an industrial, social or financial project, along with a 22 week placement in their chosen field. Both teaching and learning are organised through a 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. Together these partners participate in the preparation of curriculum content and are members of the board of examiners.

After 3 years of training, the IUT delivers a University Bachelor’s Degree in Technology (BUT). It trains middle managers able to enter the labour market or to improve the skills of employees in lifelong learning.

The solid training of the IUT also allows students to pursue studies in a master’s degree, engineering or business schools.


The IUT also offers training in:

Professional Degrees (1-year course): working alongside businesses, managerial staff qualification BAC +3 :

  • Energy, Environmental & HVAC Trades, Specialised Training in Energy and Renewable Energies
  • Quality, Hygiene, Security, Health, Environment
  • Insurance, Banking, Finance: Account Manager
  • Socio-cultural & Socio-educational Animation
  • Mechatronics & Robotics

Short Courses for employees and jobseekers, updates on workforce knowledge and reinforcement of professional achievements: Cybersecurity, Entrepreneurship, CISCO Certification ...

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.

The + of the campus

- As the IUT is a component of the University of Reunion Island, students benefit from all the university services: cultural and sporting activities, preventive medicine, free teaching units, low university registration fees...,

- Housing, catering, library, shops nearby,

- Events, integration days and cohesion actions,

- Modern equipment and state-of-the-art technological platforms, a Fablab,

- Research activities (8 research laboratories, 23 researchers ) and numerous corporate partnerships,

- A developing vicinity: Health and medecine faculty, startup companies, a hospital, a fire station and a swimming pool...

International Relations office


The International Relations office of the IUT assists its students with their mobility project, their search for an internship and the administrative procedures. Every year, the IUT hosts international students, particularly from Europe and the Indian Ocean area.



The exchange semester in a partner institution is validated by obtaining 30 ECTS/semester on the basis of a programme equivalent to that of the original teaching department in the IUT. The internship abroad in a company or a research laboratory is validated according to the procedures of each department.


Foreign students have the opportunity to come and study at the IUT.

Exchange students (Europe and outside Europe): If the IUT has an exchange agreement with the student’s university, Campus France registration is not required. In this case, students have to contact the IUT directly and we’ll inform them about the application procedure. For exchange students, registration fees are exempt.

If the application is successful, students will receive a document confirming their admission. As soon as they receive this document, they can start the procedure with the French Consulate in their country of residence to obtain a student visa.

International students outside the exchange programme: If the IUT doesn’t have an exchange agreement with the student’s university, applications and registrations are made via the Campus France website.




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.