Capital of the Midi-Pyrénées Region and France’s fourth-largest city with over 1.2 Million inhabitants, Toulouse occupies a central position within a Region located in southwestern France close to the Pyrénées Mountains. It is now one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country, with an average of 20,000 newcomers per year. Toulouse’s pleasant climate, and its proximity to both the Blagnac International airport and popular outdoor sports activities in the Pyrénées mountains, also attract many tourists and retirees. Toulouse is centrally located in southern France, located 2-3 hours by train from both Bordeaux and Marseille, and about 3 hours from Barcelona in Spain. An estimated 3500 American citizens reside in the Midi-Pyrenees, primarily in and around Toulouse.
Best known as the home of Airbus, Toulouse is one of the leading European cities for aerospace and aviation interest, as the final assembly point for Airbus Industrie aircrafts. The city is one of the fastest-growing centers in France for biotech research and also boasts a strong electronics industry.
With over 120,000 students enrolled at 3 public universities and 14 graduate engineering and business schools, Toulouse ranks second only to Paris as an academic center in France. The relationship between local academic and research entities and the U.S. is strong, with numerous exchanges of students, professors and scientists across a wide range of areas.