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Guest Speak- Life at CIUP

Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (CIUP) is a unique place of its kind in its world- situated in the 14th arrondisement of Paris, this huge campus houses approximately 5500 students from over 100 countries, in over 40 different buildings.

 

CIUP

 

 

Most of the buildings in CIUP campus are Maisons (houses) representing different countries. These are meant for housing students from respective countries to study in Paris. There are some buildings which are not sponsored by countries and house students who have received 'bourse' (scholarships) from different French agencies.

 

Getting accommodation in Cité U

The process is pretty simple – you have to visit CIUP’s website and submit an application for residence in your country’s house; i.e. if you are an Indian, you would apply for residence in Maison de l’Inde.

 

Facilities in Cité U

Dealing with administrative formalities: Cite U helps its residents in completing formalities for Carte de Sejour, Insurance, CAF etc. The academic session in Paris starts in September; from September till December, representatives from these agencies sit in Maison Internationale (the central building of Cite U) and collect applications from residents. This is a big relief as residents don’t have to take prior appointments and can get everything done at the same place.

 

Commuting

Cité U is located in the south of Paris and allows easy access to public transport. RER B and Tram T3 are just outside the main entrance. The nearest metro station (line 4) is Porte d'Orléans which is 5 minutes by walking. Porte d'Orléans is also a stop for many buses and night buses. If you want to ride on public bicycles (vélibs), there are 4 bicycle stations around Cité U.

 

Food

The main building 'Maison Internationale' has one restaurant (open for lunch and dinner on weekdays) and one café (open all day) where one can get decent food at reasonable rates. Apart from this, food is also available at 'College d’Espagne' (Spanish House). If you are bored of eating inside or want to eat late at night, there are many eating options near Porte d'Orléans- at 5 munutes walking distance.

 

Sports

Cité U has a swimming pool, tennis courts, gymnasiums (in most buildings), basketball court and some small fields to play football, volleyball etc.

 

 CIUP Maison du Japon

 

Fun and Learning

Cité U offers many facilities for its residents. There is a big library (free for Cité U residents) in 'Maison Internationale' which contains all sorts of books and journals. Houses of Brazil, Germany, Japan, Mexico and Spain have libraries equipped with regional literature and other related material. If you want to learn French, you can subscribe for language classes held regularly inside Cité U. If you are interested in learning music or dance, you can subscribe for classes held in different houses. If you are a party animal, you’ll be spoilt for choices- on weekends, there is always some or other party happening in one of the houses.

 

Cross-cultural interaction

This, to me, is the highlight of living inside Cité U. You have an opportunity to meet people from so many different countries and get to know them better. Also, every country’s house celebrates their main cultural events/festivals which gives you an opportunity to know about other cultures and participate in their celebrations. Citéscope- the cultural magazine of Cité U- showcases upcoming cultural programs, conferences, musical concerts, events, exhibitions etc. in the campus.

 

At the end, I would restate that Cité U is a unique place in the world. It is a microcosm which allows you to meet people from all over the world. It is a melting-pot which allows you to learn different languages and cultures while having fun. Thus, it gives you an opportunity to have an unforgettable and truly international experience.

 

Cité International Universitaire de Paris

14, Boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris
Tel: +33 (0) 1 44 16 27 50
Website of CIUP (in English and French)

Visitors are allowed access from 07:00 AM-10:00 PM 

 

Rahul 

About the Author

Rahul Agrawal is a MBA graduate from HEC Paris and stayed at CIUP while pursuing his MBA. His interests include travelling, trekking, reading and meeting new people.

 

Editor's note

Cité Universitaire started in 1925 after 5 years of planning and development by the French industrialist Émile Deutsch de la Meurthe, supported by the Ministry for Public Education and the University of Paris. During an interlude of the second world war, the construction was halted. It was resumed in 1945 to bring out more houses and residenes for students. Today, the CIUP campus houses the old and the modern as various famous architects and planners have built house projects.

Le Corbusier (1887-1965)- the Swiss-French architect, designer and urban planner- who is known in India for his planning-design of Chandigarh, had also designed the 'Pavillion Suisse' (the Swiss Building) & 'Maison du Brésil' (Brazil House) in the Cité Universitaire.

 

Photo Credits

Cité International Complex in Paris by Andra, licensed by CCPL 

Maison du Japon by Pierre Sardou, licensed by CCPL