A large urbanised and landscaped project

The Cité internationale has not seen an increase in capacity since the construction of the Maison de l’Iran in 1969. Cité 2025 is an ambitious development project that goes beyond the construction of 10 new houses, allowing the Cité internationale to see its park redefined and enlarged.

 

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Responding to the student housing shortage

The Cité 2025 development project is a response to the lack of housing for Île-de-France students. In the context of increasing international mobility, the reception conditions of international students constitute a true challenge for higher education and research establishments in Île-de-France. Thanks to the construction of 10 new houses, the Cité Internationale can welcome more students and researchers in good conditions. This dynamic is supported by our partners: the Chancellery of the Universities of Paris, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, higher education research establishments in Île-de-France, foreign countries and also the City of Paris and the Île-de-France region.

 

An ambitious project

In 2012, the state, the City of Paris, the Chancellery of the Univerisities of Paris and the Cité internationale signed a protocol for the exchange of land. These exchanges, simplifying the Cité internationale’s network of land, allowed this new phase of development to begin. The Cité internationale’s ambition is strong: to become, in 2025, a campus that meets international standards, that is innovative and exemplary in terms of student life and open to territory and sustainable development. The 10 new houses will respect the Cité internationale’s specific features and translate their values of peace, openness and solidarity. They will also display architectural excellence and their location on this site will be respectful to the existing landscape.

 

An embellished and unified park

The evolution and preservation of the 34-hectare wooded park are essential to the campus’s development project. The development work allows the park to be enlarged and made denser despite the construction of 10 new houses. The park has gained a hectare of additional green space. The range of plants has been enriched with the planting of 1700 trees, 1500 of which are thanks to the City of Paris. The construction of a bridge linking the east and west parks offers additional comfort and security to users. Several large sports facilities have been completely renovated (rugby stadiums, football stadiums, 4 tennis courts).

10 new houses and a redeveloped park

Extension of the Maison de l’Inde

Constructed in 2013, this extension marked the beginning of the Cité internationale’s new development phase.

Maison de l’Île-de-France

Inaugurated in 2017, this pioneering building was the first collective living house that was energy positive using 100% solar power and recycling in France.

Renovation of the Fondation Victor Lyon

This residence, completely redesigned in 2017, welcomes international researchers and their families, notably from the Institut d’études Avancées de Paris.

Résidence Julie-Victoire Daubié

A residence with contemporary architecture, its name pays homage to the first woman to obtain a bachelor’s degree in France.

Maison de la Corée

The Maison de la Corée, was the first country-associated house in 1969, reinterpreting the basics of Korean spacial features.

Pavillon Habib Bourguiba

Built thanks to the Tunisian government’s initiative, this house doubles the number of places at the Maison de Tunisie, opened in 1953.

Maison des étudiants de la francophonie

The Fondation nationale was the owner of this construction that was intended for French-speaking students and sits as the “figurehead” at the far south-east of the campus.

Maison de la Chine-Jardin de l’harmonie

The architecture of this house, which is currently under construction, was inspired by the traditional collective houses of the Fujian province.

Maison d’Egypte

This house, whose foundation stone was laid in December 2020, will reinforce the academic, scientific and cultural cooperation between France and Egypt.

A project in the works

A plot of buildable land is still available in the east park between the Maison du Portugal and the Maison d’Egypte.

Renovated sports facilities

The rugby and football stadiums and the tennis courts have been completely renovated according to the development project. In the east park a new building has been constructed for the changing rooms.

A unified park

The construction of a bridge above avenue David-Weill will allow the two halves of the park to be unified, offering an increase in comfort and security to users. In total, the development work will lead to the gain of one hectare of additional green space.

Cité 2025 : the big steps

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The signing of a framework land agreement

The signing of a framework land agreement between the Ministry of higher education and research, the Ministry of the budget, public account, the civil service and state reform, the City of Paris, the Chancellery of the universities of Paris and the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. The city of Paris cedes full property rights to the State for land of a total area of 16,000 m², allowing the Cité internationale to build accommodation and communal facilities.

2012
The signing of a land agreement protocol

The signing of a land agreement protocol between the City of Paris, the Chancellery of the universities of Paris and the Fondation nationale Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. This protocol officially acts on the land exchanges and simplifies the Cité internationale’s land network.

The foundation stone for the Maison de l’Inde’s extension

The laying of the first stone of the extension of the Maison de l’Inde in the presence of S.M. Krishna, Indian Minister of foreign affairs, Laurent Fabius, French Minister of foreign affairs, Geneviève Fioraso, Minister of higher education and, François Weil, Rector and Chancellor of the universities of Paris and Île-de-France and Marcel Pochard, President of the Fondation nationale Cité internationale universitaire de Paris.

2013
The signing of a convention approving the new development plan

The signing of a convention between Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris, François Weil, Rector of the academic region of Île-de-France and Chancellor of the universities of Paris and Marcel Pochard, President of the Fondation nationale Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. This convention approves the new development plan for the Cité internationale and designates it as the project owner.

Inauguration of the Maison de l’Inde’s extension

The inauguration of the new extension that houses 66 individual rooms and 6 double rooms. It was funded by the Indian government.

2014
The choice of project manager for the development project

The Cité internationale entrusted the multidisciplinary group Fortier | TN+ with the landscaping, and urban and architectural operations of the site’s development. The EPAURIF is charged with the operational coordination of servicing, development and equipment for the construction of future residences. These works, as well as the studies necessary to the operation, are funded by the loans from the “Plan Campus” awarded by the Ministry of higher education and research.

2015
The signing of deeds

The state, the City of Paris, the Chancellery of the universities of Paris and the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris signed the deeds that confirm the land exchange that will allow for the construction of 1800 new places.

The foundation stone of the Maison de l’Île de France

The laying of the first stone of the Maison de l’Île de France in the presence of Isabelle This Saint-Jean, Vice President of the Île-de-France region, Maris-Christine Lemardeley, Deputy Mayor of Paris, François Weil, Rector and Chancellor of the universities of Paris and Île-de-France, Nicolas Michelin, architect and Marcel Pochard, President of the Fondation nationale Cité internationale universitaire de Paris.

2016
The foundation stone of the Maison de Corée

The laying of the first stone of the Maison de Corée in the presence of Park Geun-Hye, President of the Republic of Korea, Pascale Boistard, Secretary of State charged with the elderly and autonomy, François Weil, Rector and Chancellor of the universities of Paris and Île-de-France and Marcel Pochard, President of the Fondation nationale Cité internationale universitaire de Paris.

The signing of a framework agreement for a Maison de la Chine

On the third session of Franco-Chinese discussions of human exchange at a high level, a framework agreement was signed in the presence of Liu Yandong, Vice Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of China and Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of foreign affairs and international development of the French Republic. With this signature, the Chancellery of the universities of Paris gave 2800 m² of land to the People’s Republic of China.

2017
Inauguration of the Maison de l’Île-de-France

The inauguration of this energy-positive building in the presence of Valérie Pécresse, President of the Île-de-France region, Gilles Pécout, Rector and Chancellor of the universities of Paris and Île-de-France and Jean-Marc Sauvé, President of the Fondation nationale Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. This house was entirely financed by the region.

Choosing the project manager for the Maison de la Chine

A jury meeting was held in Beijing chaired by Wang Ning, Deputy Mayor of Beijing and made up of the Ambassador of China in France, two representatives of the “Beijing Capital Group” and representatives of the City of Paris, the chancellery of the universities of Paris and the Fondation nationale Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. The conception of the Maison de la Chine was entrusted to Atelier FCJZ and Coldefy & Associés Architectes Urbanistes.

The framework agreement for a Maison de l’Egypte

The signing in the presence of Sameh Choukry, Minister of foreign affairs for the Arabic Republic of Egypt, Gilles Pécout, Rector and Chancellor of the universities of Paris and Île-de-France and Jean-Marc Sauvé, President of the Fondation nationale Cité internationale universitaire de Paris.

2018
Inauguration of the Maison de la Corée

The inauguration in the presence of Yoo Eun-hae, Vice Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, Choi Jong-moon, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in France, Gilles Pécout, Rector and Chancellor of the universities of Paris and Île-de-France and Jean-Marc Sauvé, President of the Fondation nationale Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. South Korea is the first country to have integrated into the Cité internationale since 1969.

Inauguration of the Fondation Victor Lyon

The inauguration of the Fondation Victor Lyon, renovated by the RIVP, in the presence of Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, Faten Hidri, Vice President of the Île-de-France region and Jean-Marc Sauvé, President of the Fondation nationale Cité internationale universitaire de Paris.

The announcement of a Maison des Etudiants de la Francophonie

Announced by the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, at the Institut de France, the Maison des Etudiants de la Francophonie is a part of its plan for the promotion of the French language.

2019
The foundation stone of the Maison des étudiants de la Francophonie

The laying of the first stone in the presence of Frédérique Vidal, Minister of higher education, research and innovation, Jean-Baptiste Lemoine, Secretary of State charged with tourism, French people living abroad and the French language, Gilles Pécout, Rector and Chancellor of the universities of Paris and Île-de-France, Jean-Paul de Gaudemar, Rector of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie and Jean-Marc Sauvé, President of the Fondation nationale Cité internationale universitaire de Paris.

 

Inauguration of the Résidence Julie-Victoire Daubié

Inauguration in the presence of Marie-Christine Lemardeley, Deputy Mayor of Paris, Ian Brossat, Deputy Mayor of Paris, Jean-Marc Sauvé, President of the Fondation nationale Cité internationale universitaire de Paris and Serge Contat, Managing Director of the RIVP. The RIVP is the owner and project owner.

2020
Inauguration of the Pavillon Habib Bourguiba of the Maison de Tunisie

Inauguration in the presence of Hichem Mechichi, Head of the Government of the Tunisian Republic, Olfa Ben Ouda, Minister of higher education and scientific research, Frédérique Vidal, Minister of higher education, research and innovation, Christophe Kerrero, Rector and Chancellor of the universities of Paris and Île-de-France and Jean-Marc Sauvé, President of the Fondation nationale Cité internationale universitaire de Paris.

The foundation stone of the Maison d’Egypte

The laying of the first stone of the Maison d’Egypte in the presence of Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, Deputy Minister charged with transport, Ehab Badawy, Ambassador of the Arabic Republic of Egypt in France and Jean-Marc Sauvé, President of the Fondation nationale Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. The house was entirely funded by Egypt.

2021
Renovation of the Fondation Avicenne

The start of the renovation work of the Fondation Avicenne by the RIVP with the support of the Recovery Plan.

Inauguration of the Maison des étudiants de la Francophonie

Inauguration in the presence of Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Secretary of State charged with tourism, French citizens living abroad and the French language, Slim Khalbour, Rector of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie and Jean-Marc Sauvé, President of the Fondation nationale Cité internationale universitaire de Paris.

2022
Maison de la Chine-Jardin de l’harmonie

Opening of the Maison de la Chine-Jardin de l’harmonie.

2023
Maison d’Egypte

Opening of the Maison d’Egypte.

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History: the different development phases of the campus

The Cité 2025 development plan marks a new stage in the campus’s history. The first period of its history started with the construction of the first house in 1925 and ended with the Second World War. A new phase of expansion followed, starting at the beginning of the 50s before being interrupted by the construction of the ring road in the 60s.

Discover an exceptional heritage

Want to find out more about the Cité internationale’s heritage? Our Heritage Center offers guided tours and a permanent exhibition space. All year round it offers events to the public to discover the urban, architectural, landscape and artistic evolution of this unique site in the world.