CUIP - International University Campus in Paris
21 March 2019

A Hall of Residence for Francophone students in Paris in 2020

In 2020, a new hall of residence at the Cité Universitaire Internationale de Paris (CUIP – International University Campus in Paris) will be welcoming French-speaking foreign students.
For International Francophonie Day, the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Frédérique Vidal, and Minister of State Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne took part in the laying the foundation stone ceremony for the Francophone Students' Residence on 20 March 2019. The aim is to attract more French-speaking foreign students onto French soil.

A building to house French-speaking foreign students

Scheduled to open its doors for the start of the 2020/2021 academic year, the future Francophone Students' Residence will accommodate 300 students, including 150 from the Francophone space, African countries in particular.

Stepping up academic and scientific cooperation with French-speaking countries and increasing the number of housing units for Francophone students and researchers in Paris – such are the aims of this new infrastructure.

With this new offer, the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (CIUP) is set to provide all the advantages of living on an international campus: comfortable, inexpensive accommodation near the centre of the French capital, along with dedicated reception services, campus life and a wide range of sports and cultural activities to choose from.

Created in the 1920s, the CIUP receives 12,000 students and researchers every year, from 127 different countries. As the Foundation's partners, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the Ministry of Culture make active contributions to its development via the “Cité 2025” project, which, among other things, plans for construction of 10 new residences – 1,800 housing units in all – over the next 6 years.

Making France a true leader in reception of internationally mobile students

At the moment, France is lagging behind other countries as regarded policies on reception of foreign students: complex administrative procedures, difficulties obtaining social aid from Centres régionaux des oeuvres universitaires et scolaires (CROUSs – Regional Centres for School and University Life) and Caisses d'allocation familiales (CAFs – Family Allowance Funds), lack of any real standardised reception programme, and so on. These shortcomings ultimately lead to a sense of isolation among internationally mobile students, in particular those who do not speak French.

In order to remedy the situation, the Government has launched a call for projects, with a budget of 5 million euros, with a view to improving international students' reception conditions in France's higher education institutions.

The public authorities have earmarked another 5 million euros for financing setup of international student reception offices in all universities at the start of the 2019/2020 academic year.

Finally, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs is mobilising 5 million euros over the course of 2019 to promote French higher education in Africa. By doing so, the Government aims to strengthen ties between Francophone countries and make the French language an asset in globalisation.

"Bienvenue en France": a strategy to reinforce French attractiveness on the international scene

Ranking fourth in the world as regards reception of international students (after the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia), France leads the field for reception of non-Anglophone students.

Despite its many advantages (prestigious institutions, training quality, scientific excellence, cultural influence, proud history, and quality of life), the number of internationally mobile students is increasing much less quickly than in Germany, Russia, China or Canada. The reason: these States have developed proactive strategies specifically designed to attract more students.

The Cité Internationale Universitaire is emblematic of the “Bienvenue en France" national attractiveness strategy, with creation and renovation of top-quality student housing, along with reception services and assistance with all required procedures for internationally mobile students in our country.

In November 2018, the Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, presented the "Bienvenue en France / Choose France" strategy, which seeks to make the country more attractive in the eyes of international students and increase the reputation of French higher education abroad.

With this strategy, France has set itself the targets of bringing in 500,000 foreign students – as against the current 324,000 – and encouraging French students' mobility abroad by 2027.