Welcome to Paris !

You are preparing to study abroad or carry out research in Paris or in the Île-de-France region. This experience will help you to define your future plans, your career trajectory, and your life goals. The Cité internationale universitaire de Paris is here to help before, during, and after your stay to make sure that your experience is the best that it can be. Our website makes a number of tools available to you (chat, webTV, welcome with online appointment booking…), allowing you to complete the steps in your process online. You will also find information concerning your life in Paris. You can also join a community of students who are ready to share their own experiences with you. Don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. We are here for you!

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Paris welcomes students and researchers from all around the world

Welcome to Paris!

You would like to study abroad or are about to begin your study abroad experience — an experience which will help you clarify your goals. You will be spending a few months and sometimes even a few years away from home. By coming to Paris and the Île-de-France region, you are going to have life-changing experiences. These will include experiences of separation, independence, and meeting new people… Traveling is transformative and gives us a new sense of perspective, allowing us to discover our calling or change the way we relate to the world.

Keep in mind, we are here for you: the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris (regardless of whether or not your are a resident at the Cité internationale). Welcoming international students and researchers is the heart of our work. We are here alongside you to help you get settled, manage your administrative procedures, learn French, join student communities, and more generally, to thrive in your new life in France.

With the support of the City of Paris and the Île-de-France region, we put the « Welcome Desk Paris » in place at the beginning of every school year. Our « acc&ss » offices continue to welcome you throughout the year for any questions linked to your mobility that you may have. This website is also available to you all year long. Before you arrive, throughout your stay, and even after you leave, your welcome and support team are here alongside you to make sure that your stay goes as smoothly as possible.

You are not alone! The Cité internationale’s campus is open to you to meet and discuss with other French and international students and researchers, and to participate in projects and events! Every year, we host 12,000 international students and researchers of 150 different nationalities. The park is open to the public from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.! Take advantage of the many services and activities that we provide: libraries, excursive facilities (open to residents or by signing up at the PUC), language learning spaces, dining halls, a co-working space, as well as nearly 1,000 free cultural and artistic events organized by the Cité internationale’s houses.

Welcome home!

The Cité internationale universitaire de Paris is welcoming you


An Ambitious Approach to Hospitality

The Cité internationale has always been a trailblazer when it comes to welcoming international students and researchers. For the last 18 years, it has developed personalized welcome services to answer questions related to international mobility and the integration of international students and researchers, whether they be on-campus residents or not. With the help of the City of Paris, the Île-de-France region, and all its partners, the Cité internationale has set itself the ambitious goal of reinventing hospitality in order to be able to better address the needs of students and researchers. In this way, it developed — in accordance with the directions outlines by the public authority — a true  « culture of hospitality ».

Personalized Welcome Services and Support

The Cité internationale universitaire de Paris is a key contact for international students and researchers in Paris. Thanks to its « acc&ss » hosting network, it provides support to make arrival, the process of settling in, and integration into daily life easier:

  • The Welcome Desk Paris: an in-person help desk and an online platform that is open for two months at the beginning of the semester in September
  • Permanent offices to welcome and support international students and researchers all year long
  • A privileged partnership between the Prefecture de Police de Paris  and the acc&ss Paris Centre service, for all questions related to residence permits.


The acc&ss network

Throughout the year, our goal is to support you in preparing your time abroad as a student or researcher and to make the process of setting into life in Paris and the Parisian region easier:

  • by guiding you through the steps in the administrative process (the housing search, residence permits, employment regulations, the job search…)
  • by providing practical information for day-to-day life
  • by helping you discover the French culture and language (classes in French as a foreign language, cultural activities…)

Our team is here for you.