France: Universite de Versailles Saint Quintin (UVSQ) (semester)

Universite de Versailles Saint Quintin (UVSQ)

This program is for students interested in French language, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Geography and Sustainable Planning, and/or Natural Resources Management.

L'Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en Yvelines (UVSQ) is located in the Yvelines area in France. UVSQ plays a role in the regional development of the Yvelines area, which is 20 minutes by train from Paris. UVSQ has recently merged with the Université of Paris Saclay.  UVSQ is a part of the Paris Saclay university consortium offering students access to all Paris Saclay campuses. Within "la mention Sciences Sociales", all courses of the first year master (M1) and all second year (M2) are available to GVSU students via the exchange program

UVSQ offers many highly reputable interdisciplinary program in sustainability and environmental studies, which are open to all majors.  This program is designed for students interested in environmental and sustainability issues wishing to complete 12-15 credits abroad. You will have an opportunity to take classes with French and international students from all over the world.  A limited number of courses in geography, urban planning, environmental economics, sustainability, and arctic studies are available in English. For all other UVSQ courses, a minimum of 5 semesters of college-level French is required since most of these courses are only offered in French. See the UVSQ faculty advisor, Elena Lioubimtseva, for more information about course offerings and GVSU equivalencies.

The majority of exchange students will be studying at the Guyancourt Campus, which is the main UVSQ campus. This program requires students to exercise a high level of independence, self-sufficiency, and flexibility to manage the vast array of administrative necessities. While there are basic support services available through this program, participants should not expect to receive the same level and types of support they are accustomed to at GVSU. This program is ideal for students looking for a full immersion into a French University and for students eager to gain insight on the European perspective on climate change and sustainability.

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UVSQ Exchange Student Website

Questions about this exchange program should be directed to Dr. Elena Lioubimtseva, [email protected]


GVUS's partner universities are largely independent programs; prospective participants should carefully consider if this form of study abroad suits their needs before registering. These partnerships allow students to experience a more independent international study abroad, but also require students to have a high level of flexibility and the ability to navigate much of the program independently. Those who prefer additional support may wish to consider other study abroad options such as external study abroad providers and our faculty-led options. 

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2.5 GPA Required
French Language Requirement
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Program Dates and Application Deadline


Fall semester exams take place the first two weeks of January, however, students are eligible to take exams early as to be back mid-December.



Students need to have a high proficiency in French (minimum of 5 semesters of college-level French) to take courses at UVSQ. Most of the advising materials are available to students only in French. UVSQ does offer a two-week intensive French language course at the start of the Fall semester. Students are encouraged to participate in this offering. Spring semester does offer more course options in English than the Fall semester.

The only academic program offered entirely in English is the Arctic Studies program. Students who do not meet the French language requirement are welcome to consider courses from this program. UVSQ is a part of the Paris Saclay university consortium offering students access to all Paris Saclay campuses. Within "la mention Sciences Sociales", all courses of the first year master (M1) and all second year (M2) are available to GVSU students via the exchange program. Additionally, there may be other courses available representing a wide variety of disciplines. Students should contact Dr. Elena Lioubimtseva for details.

Exchange students are eligible for courses at the bachelor's level or Master Year 1 courses. Access to Master Year 2 courses requires permission of international exchange academic advisors, Elena Lioubimtseva from GVSU, and Charlotte DaCunha from UVSQ.

Arctic Studies Courses in English 

*This is a list of courses in the fields of Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Geography and Sustainable Planning, and Natural Resources Management.

University-wide Courses in English 

Students registering for courses that have NOT been pre-approved will need to follow the course approval instructions: Course Approval Process 

For information on fulfilling general education courses abroad, visit: General Education 


Students will stay in on-campus residence halls or homestays. Contact [email protected]. Once students have been accepted, they will be directed to apply for housing online. Students who apply by May 31st for fall semester will be guaranteed housing on-campus. Winter semester participants must complete a housing application by October 31st to be guaranteed housing on-campus.

Housing Options 

*Note: Résidence Vauban is the closest residence to UVSQ. La Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris is located farther away from UVSQ, but caters mostly to international students attending universities across Paris.

The cost of housing is approximately 350-550 Euro per month in halls of residence/ 400-600 Euro per month in the private sector.

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PARTNERSHIP GRANT:  The Padnos International Center will be providing (2) $500 Partnership grants for students spending a semester or year at this partner.  If more than two applicants apply for this program, decisions on awards will be made based on the strength of a student’s application and financial need.  Students may be eligible for more than $500, but two applicants will receive a minimum of $500 in grant assistance.  Decisions on awards will be made following the deadline for applications. Eligibility Criteria

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Health insurance CHUBB ($160) is mandatory and its estimated based on 120 days ($1.33 / day). Actual cost may vary and will be based on your exact travel dates. Policy details

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Minimum of 5 semesters college level French. 2.5 GPA required (limited number of English courses offered).

No current Covid Requirements

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Cultural Information

Campus Info / Campus Life

L’Université de Versailles is 20 minutes by train from Paris.  With sites such as Versailles, Port-Royal des Champs or Rambouillet, located close to the Haute Vallée de Chevreuse et des boucles de la Seine natural park, the university benefits from a rich historic, architectural, cultural and natural environment. Extensive public transportation allows students to fully enjoy the city's cultural activities and surrounding quartiers. With two major airports and six major train stations, Paris allows students to travel domestically and internationally with ease.

The main UVSQ Campus, Guyancourt Campus, is located in a vibrant town called Montigny-les-Bretonneux. Guyancourt Campus is about 10 minutes by the RER train from Versailles. The campus is about 1 hour away from the Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport. The RER train system does connect to the urban metro (underground) system of Paris and provides easy access to all airports and railway stations. A taxi from the airport to the Guyancourt Campus will cost approx. 85 Euro for students who choose to travel early or want to make their own way to the University.

Exchange students can request a French student tutor (volunteer): [email protected]

SEMESTER DETAILS: Fall is 16-18 weeks in duration; Winter/UVSQ's Spring is 18 weeks in duration.  

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Visa Requirements

Students studying in France for more than 90 days are required to obtain a student visa. The process for securing a student visa is lengthy and requires students to first obtain approval through Campus France. Students should begin the Campus France application a minimum of 8 weeks prior to departure, however earlier application is highly recommended. Students must have acceptance from the host university before finalizing their Campus France application. Students will be required to travel to the VFS French Visa Processing Center for a visa appointment. The nearest processing center is in Chicago but students are welcome to schedule appointments at any of the VFS processing centers throughout the United States. Please review our student visa guide for France for important details regarding the application process.

Arrival Information

UVSQ will arrange pick-up from the airport if students arrive during the designated days and times.

Students will have one orientation day at the beginning of each term. 


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