About Cité internationale universitaire de Paris

A unique institution


A renewed humanist ideal

  • A project imagined in the 1920s, inspired by the ideals of the League of Nations
  • An institution envisioned by enlightened statesmen and created through the support of its founding patrons
  • A pioneering concept: to promote peace by bringing together in one place – Paris – the young elite from around the globe

A set of core values

  • Peace and cultural diversity
  • Open-mindedness, learning about diversity, tolerance and sharing
  • Excellence and surpassing oneself

An exceptionnal site

  • A full-scale exhibition of 20th century architecture
  • A green living environment located on 34-hectare campus
  • Direct, rapid transportation services to the main institutions of higher education and research as well as to the main airports of Paris

A vital player in promoting international mobility in higher education

  • A selective admissions policy favouring students and researchers enrolled in masters, doctorate and post-doctorate programmes as well as young artists selected by project
  • A careful balance between nationalities and schools
  • The right conditions for “learning to live together”: a mixing of nationalities, schools and disciplines within Houses with numerous common areas and incentives for group projects 

Intellectual and cultural prominence

  • A campus open to the local environment and the general public
  • A trailblazing cultural programme for Paris: CIUP Theatre, numerous House events
  • A special activity hosting international conferences and conventions for drug companies, research centres, major corporations, etc.

A prestigious collection of 20th century architecture

  • A series of 40 Houses
  • Each House has its own identity and architecture: Bold, formal or classical styles (Fondation Deutsch de la Meurthe), strong national or regional influence (Southeast Asia House, Armenian House)
  • Designed by renowned architects: Le Corbusier (Fondation Suisse, Brazil House), Claude Parent (Avicenne Foundation), Willem Marinus Dudok (Netherlands College)
  • Five buildings classed as historical monuments