Program Details: Université de Versailles

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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 and self-sufficiency to manage the vast array of administrative necessities. 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.

Host University Homepage

UVSQ Exchange Student Website

Students interested in fulfilling the General Education Issues requirement abroad are encouraged to apply for this program.

Questions about this exchange program should be directed to Dr. Elena Lioubimtseva,

Summer Program now available! See details below.

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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-Bettonneaux. 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.


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2017-2018 Estimated Budget

How will I pay for this?

Financial Aid FAQ's

A PIC Partnership Grant is available ($500 each) 2 available per year for this program.

The cost of any study abroad program depends to a large extent on the participant's personal spending habits and lifestyle.

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Visa Information

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 an online system called PASTEL that is coordinated through CampusFrance. Students should begin the PASTEL application a minimum of 8 weeks prior to departure, however earlier application is recommended. Students must have acceptance from the host university before finalizing their PASTEL application. Students will be required to travel to the French Consulate in Chicago (or the Consulate with jurisdiction over your state of permanent residence) to apply for the visa. The student visa guide provides further information on application details and required documents. Please note that the appropriate consulate or embassy must be consulted for the most up-to-date visa information.

Housing and Meals

Students will stay in on-campus residence halls or homestays. Contact 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.

See the Guide de Logement for more information.

*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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Program Dates

Fall: September - December (exams take place the first two weeks of January, however, students are eligible to take exams early as to be back mid-December) approx. 15 - 20 weeks, depending on return date. Courses only available in French.

Winter: January - April (exams take place until mid-May) 18 weeks * Courses available in English

Academic Year: September - April (exams take place until mid-May)

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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.

UVSQ has an online registration system. Once accepted by UVSQ for participation in the exchange, students will be invited to register online for classes.

The only academic program offered entirely in English is the Artic 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.

See the table below for a list of available courses

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.

Courses available in English

Other courses offered in English

Additional information about course options can be found at:

Note: This is not a full list of courses offer at this partner Institution

UVSQ Guides

UVSQ Information Sheet 2017

UVSQ Student Guide

UVSQ Flyer

Student Life

UVSQ does arrange for airport pick-ups provided students arrive on the designated days.

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Uni Versailles

UVSQ Application Process

Step 1 - Students must apply and be accepted into the GVSU OASIS application system.

Step 2 - The Padnos International Center will provide all applicants with application instructions after the OASIS priority deadline.

Step 3 - Students must complete all required application materials for UVSQ.

Step 4 - Students receive admission into the program and are provided with additional pre-arrival instructions.

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