The University of Technology of Troyes (Université de Technologie de Troyes or UTT) was established in 1994 and inaugurated by Jacques Chirac as one of a trio of universities of technology, set up by the University of Technology of Compiègne (the commune in Northern France where Troyes is located). It is now one of the largest engineering schools in the country.
Inspired by the American University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, these three universities (including University of Technology of Compiègne and The University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard) blend the usual French university model with its schools of engineers (Grandes Ecoles). Because of this, the teaching is pitched between North American models and French traditions - students have the choice of which course to study, and do directed work (TDs) and practical work (TPs). The final engineering degree is equivalent to the Bac+5 format given by Grandes Ecoles.
There are around 2,700 undergraduates and 180 PhD students at UTT. On the purpose-built 35,000m² campus, students can find a library, sports hall, multi-purpose sports facility, UTT restaurant, student accommodation, landscaped gardens, mechanical engineering workshop, factory mockup and lecture hall.
Troyes is a charming city in itself, but a particularly well-pitched student city. It is located 90 minutes from Paris and is a city rich with art and history. Right in the middle of the Aube region, it is famous for its champagnes and wines - the region’s vineyards produce a quarter of all champagne. Troyes old city centre is known as the Champagne Cork because of its unique shape. Whether it’s admiring the medieval architecture, taking part in the vibrant cultural and artistic activities, or enjoying the classic French foods (and drinks), Troyes has a host of attractive features.