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Applying as an exchange student

Paris Descartes is a key partner with a number of institutions throughout Europe and the world as part of bilateral European, international, Inter-University Cooperation Bureau (BCI), and Erasmus+ exchange programs. Through these partnerships, you can study at our university for a set period of time.

Before you make any plans to travel, contact your university’s international relations office so you can make sure an agreement exists between the two institutions. This office will also help you start planning and provide information about the selection process and the steps you need to take to apply.

Nominations for students selected to study at Paris Descartes University are completed online via MOVEONNET by the student’s home university only. The home university will nominate students and provide a list of applicants to the relevant faculties at Paris Descartes.

 

Schedule for all Paris Descartes facilities

First-semester and full-year study abroad programs:
Online nominations (Erasmus) must be submitted by the home university by: May 15
Pre-enrollment documentation (Erasmus and international students) must be received by: May 31

Second-semester study abroad programs:
Online nominations (Erasmus) must be submitted by the home university by: November 15
Pre-enrollment documentation (Erasmus and international students) must be received by:  November 30

 

Application procedures

Contact :

Research, International, Development, and Doctoral Faculty Department (DRIVE) 
12 rue de l’École de Médecine 75006 Paris
Email : incoming[at]parisdescartes.fr

Erasmus+

Once your home university sends in the official nominations, you will receive a confirmation email informing you of your nomination.

To apply and plan your stay at Paris Descartes University, you will send in your application to the International Relations Office of your host faculty. Your application must include the following:

  • The completed and downloaded online application form. This form must be signed by you and the program director of your home university.
  • The Erasmus+ study contract. This document must be completed at your home university in collaboration with your professors and signed by both parties. It describes the study program you will be following at Paris Descartes University. It must also be signed by the program coordinator at the Paris Descartes University International Relations Office and will be used to validate your study abroad experience upon your return to your home institution.
  • The signed student contract.
  • A copy of your transcript.
  • A cover letter.
  • Your resume.
  • A DALF or TCF/TEF/DELF certificate of your French language proficiency level. You must show proof of at least B2-level certification.
  • Your arrival date as soon as you know it.
  • A copy of your ID or passport.
  • A copy of your student ID.
  • A certificate of school attendance.

Your host faculty will send you an email with its response. If you are accepted, this email will provide details about your definitive admission to Paris Descartes University. You will receive an admissions certificate in June for the start of classes in September and in December in preparation for your second semester.

At the start of classes in September and February, you will complete your enrollment and sign up for classes in person at the Paris Descartes University headquarters and at your host faculty.

European, international, and BCI exchange programs

Once your home university sends in its official nominations, you will receive a confirmation email informing you of your nomination.

To apply and plan your stay at Paris Descartes University, you must send in your application, which should include the following:

The following documents must only be sent to your host faculty:

  • Your study contract signed by the program director of your home university.
  • An approval for your planned study program written by your director of education, advisor, or the appropriate authority.
  • A copy of your full university transcript.
  • A letter of recommendation from your director of education, advisor, or the appropriate authority.
  • A DALF or TCF/TEF/DELF certificate of your French language proficiency level. You must show proof of at least B2-level certification.
  • A cover letter detailing your academic goals.
  • Your resume.
  • A copy of your passport.
  • A copy of your student ID.

Your host faculty will send you an email with its response. If you are accepted, this email will detail your definitive admission to Paris Descartes University. You will receive an admissions certificate in June for the start of classes in September and in December in preparation for the start of classes in February.

At the start of classes in September and February, you will complete your enrollment and sign up for classes in person at the Paris Descartes University headquarters and at your host faculty.

Before returning to your university

Before returning home, you must visit the international relations office of your host faculty to close your student file. Please bring the following documents:

  • A certificate of attendance, which must be signed by Paris Descartes University and submitted to your home university.
  • Your end-of-stay report. This internal document is used by universities in Paris. It serves as a record of your takeaways and feedback and is used to improve the study abroad experience of future international students.

Your transcript will be sent to your host university directly through the faculty in which you took your exams.

Practical information