A long tradition of welcoming students in exile

The Cité internationale universitaire de Paris has a long tradition of welcoming student refugees. Throughout its history, it has been confronted with the major crises of the 20th century: hosting Armenian students and researchers in the Maison de l’Arménie to bring together in Paris the young representatives of a nation scattered throughout the world due to the genocide of 1915-1916 and the occupation of the territory by the Soviets in 1920; hosting anti-Franco students in the Collège d’Espagne; and, more recently, hosting refugees during the war in Syria or the Taliban regime’s takeover in Afghanistan. Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, it has hosted 140 Ukrainian students, researchers and academics in the House of Ukraine. 


The Cité internationale teaches us to overcome ethnocentrism, to accept different cultures, to understand others.

Aliona, Ukrainian refugee, resident at the Maison des étudiants de la francophonie

Supporting students and researchers in exile

The Cité internationale has a specific programme to help students and researchers in exile: the Residents Without Border Program. This programme offers a complete welcome and support: financial aid, social, psychological and medical support, learning French as a foreign language, guidance in their university career, assistance from the emergency reception centre set up on campus at the start of the conflict, access to the campus’ infrastructure and cultural and artistic sports activities.

How to apply

Applications for the Residents Without Border Program programme should be submitted exclusively to SAM, where they will be processed in a dedicated circuit.


Our actions for students and researchers in exile

BNP PARIBAS scholarships

Since 2019, the BNP PARIBAS Foundation has committed to building an original programme with the Cité internationale dedicated to students and researchers with refugee status. This 3-year commitment will allow 6 grants to be awarded each year to enable them to restart or complete their studies or research and prepare for a smooth integration into the world of work.

Partnership with the Pierre Claver Association

Since March 2022, the Pierre Claver association has been giving the Cité internationale the benefit of its experience in supporting people in exile.  Refugees and asylum seekers hosted by the Pierre Claver School will be able to take part in free football sessions organised by the Cité internationale’s sports department.

The PAUSE programme

The Cité internationale hosts scientists, intellectuals and artists in exile as part of the national PAUSE emergency reception programme. On campus, they benefit from the support of the relais social international and a personalised follow-up set up by acc&ss.

The House of Ukraine

The Cité internationale universitaire de Paris is hosting 140 students, researchers and academics affected by the war in Ukraine. Their stay is carried out within the 43 houses on campus, with a particular mobilisation of the country houses, under the banner Maison de l’Ukraine. A range of assistance and services has been put in place to meet the specific needs of its residents in addition to accommodation.

A collection and emergency centre

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, an emergency centre for the collection of basic necessities has been set up thanks to the help of mobilised residents of the campus and the association Aide Civils Ukrainiens. It provides emergency aid to the Ukrainian population on site. Located in the heart of the Maison internationale, it is open to all. 

Cultural activities in solidarity with Ukraine

The House of Ukraine is the focal point of Ukraine’s academic and cultural influence in the Île-de-France region. In the long term, it will become an important place for the reception and dissemination of intellectual, artistic and cultural productions from Ukraine

Support us

La Cité internationale universitaire de Paris est née de la générosité de grands donateurs en 1925. Encore aujourd’hui, la Cité internationale vit du mécénat grâce au soutien de ses donateurs et entreprises qui s’engagent à ses côtés pour donner un sens au monde et permettre à ses résidents d’étudier dans des conditions optimales. Favoriser l’accès à la connaissance et la mobilité de la jeunesse du monde, promouvoir des valeurs solidaires et humanistes et agir pour un monde soutenable, tels sont les grands enjeux que la Cité internationale s’est fixés.

Promoting solidarity and humanist values

The Cité internationale universitaire de Paris was born of the generosity of major donors in 1925. Even today, the Cité internationale lives on patronage thanks to the support of its donors and companies who are committed to making sense of the world and enabling its residents to study in optimal conditions. Encouraging access to knowledge and mobility for the world’s youth, promoting solidarity and humanist values and acting for a sustainable world are the major challenges that the Cité internationale has set itself