International relations is of key importance to Paris University 13. However, while research is becoming increasingly international, the international aspect of education in France is lagging behind, particularly in our institution. For this reason, Paris University 13 has taken the progressive step of making an optional semester of study abroad a part of its courses. Calles the SOMI (semestre de mobilité optionnel), it is a sort of loan for the purposes of studying abroad (either internship or study) that facilitates the outward mobility of students by means of a new system of grants amounting to as much as 600 euros and a choice of select partners located mainly in Europe. In a time of globalization, experience of studying abroad is becoming an essential part of education and entry into employment. It is already a condition required by business and engineering schools. The International Relations Services thus assists you with the process involved in studying at a foreign university and can offer you various destinations within the framework of cooperation programs (Erasmus for Europe, Micefa for the United States, Crepuq for Canada, and others). It can also help you with completing the formalities required for study abroad, particularly obtaining a grant.
Paris 13 has long since been developing in parallel a tradition of hosting foreign students, which can be seen in the high proportion of their numbers in Master’s courses and the large number of jointly supervised PhD dissertations. Of the 4,500 foreign students who have chosen to come study at Paris University 13, over 200 benefit from agreements, scholarships, etc. (Erasmus Mundus, Sciences sans Frontières, joint degrees, etc.). Their study here will soon be facilitated by the construction of accommodation for 200 on the campus. They are an essential element of the international profile of our institution and have a highly beneficial impact on the studies being pursued by students in France.
International relations at Paris University 13 have also recently become part of the framework of Sorbonne Paris Cité. In addition to branches that have been opened in Berlin, Singapore, Buenos Aires and Sao Paolo, which facilitate closer scientific connections, Sorbonne Paris Cité is now offering grants to PhD students, increasing the joint supervision of research and launching calls for research proposals in the scientific community.
With its openness to international cooperation and its many bilateral and other agreements, Paris University 13 is now, through the Sorbonne Paris Cité Higher Education Community, intensifying its efforts to increase its international presence, particularly with regard to emerging countries, whose importance is growing on a global level. With the awareness that the internationalization of research and education is a long-term process, Paris University 13, and more particularly the European and International Relations Services, are committed to taking further steps along this path.