Welcome Days: exchange students join the university for the second semester

International exchange students joining Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne for the second semester were welcomed during the Welcome Days, coordinated by the International Relations Department.

A welcome meeting, introduced by the president of the university Christine Neau-Leduc, the vice-president for Europe Fabienne Peraldi-Leneuf and the vice-president for International Relations Camille Salinesi, was held at the Sorbonne on 19th January to give students the opportunity to discover the university and become acquainted with its services and associations. The Welcome Days also make it possible for interested students to take French as a Foreign Language (FLE) classes before the start of their courses.

To complete this welcome and orientation process, a cocktail reception was organised on 30th January at the Barge du Crous de Paris to let the international students get to know each other and meet the International Relations team, who will be their main point of contact throughout their stay.

Over 230 international students have thus been added to the 450 exchange students who joined the university last September for either a semester or a full academic year. In this second semester, more than half of the incoming students come from European universities and over a quarter are from North American institutions. The United States, Italy and Canada make up the top three countries of origin of these new international students. Among them are Natalie and Asiyah, both from Canada and studying law at Université de Montréal and McGill University. "I chose to study at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne because I wanted to deepen my knowledge of French law" explains Natalie, whose previous stay in France as a tourist also motivated her decision and who is looking forward to this new experience.