Second semester international students join the university

Every year in January, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne welcomes new international exchange students. This second semester, 230 of them will be enrolling at the university.

Specific welcome activities for international students

In line with its two-star "Bienvenue en France" certification, our university is committed every year to offering dedicated and high-quality support services to its international students. In addition to the activities organised within the academic departments, exchange students have the opportunity to take part in the Welcome Days, an induction week held at the beginning of each semester. Participants are given the chance to familiarise themselves with the university and identify the staff who will be supporting them throughout their stay. Coordinated by the university's International Relations Department, these Welcome Days also provide students with the option of taking French as a Foreign Language (FLE) courses organised by the Language Department.

Fostering a sense of belonging

Some 150 students attended the welcome and information meeting which took place on 24th January at the Sorbonne. "You are much more than just exchange students at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. You act as a link between your country and France, you are ambassadors", emphasised Camille Salinesi, Vice President for International Relations, in his welcome address. Fabienne Peraldi-Leneuf, Vice-President for Europe, went on to remind the participants of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne's commitment within the Una Europa alliance, stressing the key role that Europe plays at the university in 2023/2024: "In this year marked by the European elections, our university has decided to place Europe at the heart of its academic life. We have organised a series of meetings, debates and conferences on European issues, and you are all welcome to take part". Representatives of the International Relations Department, the sports services, the student life department and several clubs and societies also took part in the event to present their activities, answer questions and welcome the future international alumni of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. The second highlight of this orientation week, the welcome cocktail, was held on 26th January at the Barge du Crous de Paris, giving the attending students the opportunity to get to know each other better in a sociable atmosphere and to forge links before the start of classes.  

Mobility made possible by a number of solid partnerships

A total of 670 international exchange students from nearly 40 countries have been welcomed to the university for one or two semester(s) since September. While more than half of them have come under bilateral or Erasmus+ agreements signed with Italian, German, American, Spanish and Canadian institutions, the rest of the world is largely represented thanks to the 287 partner universities that Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne has on all five continents. "I love French and have always wanted to study in Paris. The prestige of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and its renown in political science also played a part in my choice", explains Yu-Ting, a bachelor's student from National Chengchi University in Taiwan.