Interview with the Director of the Résidence André Honnorat

Tell us about your background and your arrival at the Cité internationale.

I’m an academic, a linguistics specialist. I completed my doctorate in Slavic linguistics in the US but since then I have taught English linguistics and worked on comparative linguistics and linguistic variation. Different languages and cultures have always interested me.

What do you think makes the Cité internationale a unique campus in the world?

The founders’ dual mission was to offer students decent accommodation and promote peace between nations, all within a magnificent environment that is the Cité internationale park, with its majestic trees and vastly different architectural buildings that give you the impression that you’re travelling the world as you walk through it! The Cité internationale is a true microcosm of cultural and linguistic diversity.

How does living in your house allow residents to have a different outlook on the world and how is it a spring board for their futures?

Living at the Cité internationale is an enormous opportunity: in the house there are numerous different nationalities that allow you to get to know the world without even leaving Paris. But also there is also an entire infrastructure in place at the Cité internationale to help residents during and after their stay. We do our best to make your stay enjoyable and enriching and to ensure that you can advance your studies and research under good conditions.

If you had to sum up the Cité internationale in one word, what would it be and why?


Guillaume Tronchet

Guillaume Tronchet is the General Delegate of the national foundation Cité internationale universitaire de Paris since 9 January 2023. He has been appointed by a joint decision of Jean-Marc Sauvé, President of the Board of Directors of the national foundation, and Christophe Kerrero, Rector of the Île-de-France academic region, Rector of the Paris academy, Chancellor of the Universities of Paris and Île-de-France.

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