A word from the vice-president for International Relations
A long-standing tradition
Students at Paris-Sud University benefit from its well-established international dimension. For many years, teachers and researchers have been developing cooperative relationships and connections worldwide, with industrialised countries (in Europe, Northern America and Japan) and with newly industrialised and developing countries (like Vietnam, China, and Northern and sub-Saharan Africa). Today, its outstanding position as the most important French research university guarantees its stature and makes it very attractive to researchers and students alike. In addition, Paris-Sud University remains committed to contributing to the development of research and teaching capacities in the southern part of Africa.
International Relations and networks
Paris-Sud University belongs to many different networks: the AUF, which brings together francophone universities; the EUA, which includes the European universities; and the very selective network LERU (League of European Research Universities).
The university supports multiple initiatives introduced by its 5 faculties (Science, Law-Economy-Management, Medicine, Pharmacy and Sport), 3 Institutes of Technology (Sceaux, Cachan and Orsay) and the Engineering School (Polytech).
International activity is increasing and expanding as part of the interaction with our local partners – universities, grandes écoles and research organisations – brought together under the auspices of the future Paris-Saclay University.
Supporting research and teaching through international exchanges
The quality of research is mainly based on international scientific cooperation with leading foreign partners and the recruitment of high quality researchers who are valued not only for their qualifications and projects, but also for their points of view and their methods.
When our students go abroad as part of an international exchange, this is an integral part of their education: they make progress in foreign languages and discover different mind-sets. Even more importantly, students develop soft skills through experiencing an unfamiliar environment, such as being open-minded, able to adapt, and how to communicate.
Furthermore, high calibre international students who come to Paris-Sud University have a positive influence on teaching and add a new dimension to our courses.
The university has identified four priorities for student mobility via international experiences: developing mobility for all our students, including those who are not traditionally mobile; increasing exchanges outside the traditional destinations in Europe and Northern America (eg. China and Brazil); increasing internship mobility in laboratories and companies; and developing courses taught in English to attract students interested in French methods, but who may lack sufficient proficiency in the French language.
Paris-Sud University is involved in numerous programs fostering student mobility in international settings, namely Erasmus for European countries; MICEFA, TASSEP and CREPUQ for North America; CSC for China; and CSF for Brazil. There are also other scholarships available for incoming and outgoing students.
International study programmes
Mobility is at the core of international action; the next step is to integrate this mobility into well-defined study programmes. This has been implemented for Master's taught in English, double degrees, Erasmus Mundus Master's, University Consortia such as the University for Science and Technology Hanoi, etc. These different international programmes are based on the twin requirements of student and instructor mobility.
Strengthening our students' knowledge, know-how and personal development through international mobility; spreading traditional French university learning and research methods; enriching these through research cooperation; giving our university a truly international signature; these are our ambitions.
Jean-Pierre Faugère, Vice-President for International Relations