Université Paris Nanterre - Exchange

City: Nanterre Country: France

Université Paris Nanterre Website



  • Nanterre was built in the 1960s on the outskirts of Paris as an extension of the Sorbonne.
  • Based on the American model, it was created as a campus (as opposed to the old French universities which were smaller and integrated to the city they were in).
  • Nanterre is the second largest campus in France after Nantes, with its own Olympic-sized swimming pool and a stadium.
  • It welcomes 35 to 40,000 students every year in all fields of studies: Social Sciences, Philosophy, Literature, History, Languages and Linguistics, Economics, Law and Political Sciences, as well as Teacher Training, Acting, Cinema, Physiology and Sports. The university is renowned in the fields of Law and Economics.

When Can I Go?

Terms Offered: Fall, Winter, Full Year

Term Dates:

Fall term equivalent: September - January

Winer term term equivalent: January - May

Eligibility Requirements

Open to: All Faculties

Level: Undergraduate, Graduate

See Eligibility.

Course Information

Language of Instruction: French, English

Field of Study: All

ECTS= European Credit Transfer System

This exchange requires the equivalent of at least the B1 level in the TCF. Proof from a proficiency test is always best but a letter from a French teacher attesting to your level will also be accepted. Proof of French level must be provided as part of the application. HOWEVER, students wanting to take courses in English only are NOT required to demonstrate minimum French language proficiency.

Université Paris Nanterre Course Information

Université Paris Nanterre Credit Information

Students needing a more descriptive list of courses should also go to the website for the corresponding faculty and find the "livret pedagogique" of the program of interest.


The university does not guarantee on-campus housing to all international students. Priority is given to students on a full year exchange. Please refer to the university housing page for more information.

Université Paris Nanterre Accommodation

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Funding Opportunities 

Students receive on average between $1,400-$2,000 in funding.

Over 80% of students who apply get funding.

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